CFP: 5th Annual Meeting of Atlantic Medieval and Early Modern Group (AMEMG)

13-14 October 2017

University of New Brunswick

Fredericton, NB

If you are interested in presenting a paper (15-20 minutes in length, depending on number of submissions) or in organizing a paper or roundtable session, please submit a brief abstract or description of roughly 250 words to Gary Waite, copied to Edith Snook, by Friday June 16, 2017; if you require more time to prepare an abstract, simply let us know. We welcome papers from graduate and honours students, as well as from regular members of AMEMG.

We have set this deadline to allow out of town participants to make arrangements for accommodations. Papers can be on any subject relating to the pre-modern era, in any discipline, and can be presented in either English or French. Participants will be notified as soon as possible after submission, and a preliminary program will be disseminated by early July.

Our keynote presenter this year will be none other than Randall Martin, Department of English, UNB, who on the Friday evening will deliver the (public) keynote address: Early English Environmental History / Shakespeare / Ecological Modernity.

There will be registration and a welcoming reception (wine and cheese, etc) on the Friday late afternoon/evening. If we receive more submissions than can be covered for a Saturday, we may extend into Sunday morning or consider concurrent sessions.

Formal confirmation of attendance will be required by the end of August so that we can have a firm fix on numbers. More information on accommodations is available here.

For further information contact Gary Waite.




Joint Conference of the Atlantic Medieval Association & Atlantic Medieval and Early Modern Group



Mount Allison University

Sackville,NB, Canada

September 30-October 1, 2016

Friday, September 30

7 pm   Dean’s Welcome Reception and Wine and Cheese (University Club)

7:30 pm   Keynote address

Chet Van Duzer: “Beyond the Edge of the Map: Northern Europe in Medieval and Renaissance Cartography” (University Club)

8:30 pm   Dinner

Reservation at Joey’s, upstairs event room (Bridge Street, Downtown Sackville)

Saturday, October 1

Registration and presentations will take place in Avard Dixon 120.

9 am Registration and Coffee

9:30 am  Session 1: On the Edge of Reason

Gary K. Waite, University of New Brunswick
The Spiritualist Hermeneutic and its Long Term Impact: From David Joris to Baruch Spinoza?

Anik Stanbury, Mount Allison University
A Case for the Import of the Late Antique Commentary Tradition in the Study of Medieval Philosophy 

Neil G. Robertson, University of King’s College
The Edge of Modernity: The Early Leo Strauss on the Origins of Modernity

Robbie Moser, Mount Allison University
The Vanishing Point of Anselm’s Argument

10:45-11 am Coffee Break

11-12:15 pm Session 2: Borderlands: Creating Space and Place

J. Marc MacDonald
Voyaging into the Apocalypse: Science, Exploration, Revolution, and Millenarianism (1755-2060)

Laura Verner, King’s College, London
Catholics and the Invention of Sacred Space in the Elizabethan Midlands

Lauren Beck, Mount Allison University
Early-modern European and Indigenous Linguistic Influences on New Brunswick Place Names

12:15-1:15 pm  Lunch (University Club)

1:15-2:30 pm   Session 3: Devilish and Divine

Julie Sutherland, Athabasca University/Cape Breton University
Isabella, the Avenging Angel: Restorative Justice in Measure for Measure

Bill Lundell, Mount Allison University
The Turks and Church Reform in Mid-fifteenth-century Carthusian Advocacy of the Authority of General Councils

Donna Trembinski, Saint Francis Xavier University
Reading Medicine into the Early Lives of Saint Francis

2:30-2:45 pm   Coffee Break

2:45-4 Session 4: Edgy Stuff

Nicole Slipp, Queens University
Saracens and Sexuality: Race, Sadism, and Distanced Consumption

Robert Buranello, Dalhousie University
Patterns and Palimpsests in Porn: Elements of the Erotic in Early Modern Italian Literature

Cheryl Petreman, University of Dresden
Torture and Capital Punishment in Late Sixteenth-Century Nördlingen

4-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-5:30 pm  Session 5: Manuscripts and Margins

Robin Vose, Saint Thomas University
Textual Transmission of the Directorium Inquisitorum: Deux Solitudes?

Elizabeth Edwards, University of King’s College
Virtue’s Attendants

Kevin Whetter, Acadia University
Mapping the Manuscript Text; or What’s Happening at the Edges of the Morte Darthur

5:30-6:30 pm   Business Meetings

Unless otherwise announced, the AMA will meet at Ducky’s Pub on Bridge Street in Downtown Sackville and the AMEMG will holds its meeting in Avard Dixon 120.

7 pm  Kitchen Party, BYOB (68 Queens Road, Sackville)





MA Student Funding Opportunity: Early Modern European History

Dr. Gary Waite, of the Department of History, University of New Brunswick, has funding for a qualified MA student for the academic year 2016-2017 who wishes to complete an MA by thesis (18 months) or report (12 months) at UNB in Early Modern European History, preferably on some aspect of sixteenth or seventeenth century intellectual, religious, political or socio-cultural history (England, Netherlands, Germany, France). This stipend is in conjunction with the new research project, “Amsterdamnified! Religious Dissenters, Anti-Providential Ideas and Urban Associationalism in the Emergence of the Early Enlightenment in England and the Low Countries, 1540-1700,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. For a brief description of the project, see the website

The stipend for year one will be in the order of $15,300. Research Assistantship duties will follow the UNB Graduate School guidelines (c. 8 hours per week) and will involve assisting Professor Waite (and when appropriate his co-investigator, Professor Michael Driedger of Brock University) with ongoing bibliographical searches and analysis of secondary source material, searching for and analysis of relevant primary source material (English and/or Dutch), and assisting in the mapping of correspondence, printing, and personal networks of Christian and Jewish nonconformists in the UK and continental Europe.

The particular collections to be utilized will depend of course on the language skills of the particular student. There will also be funding for presenting relevant research findings at appropriate scholarly venues, and perhaps also to accompany Prof. Waite on a research trip to London.

For further information or if interested, please contact Dr. Waite by email at:

All applicants will of course have to meet the usual requirements for admission and funding for MA students as set out in the Department of History and School of Graduate Studies. The History Graduate Student webpage is a good place to start:

2015 Conference, 25-26 September, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS



PROGRAM (revised September 21)

Location: Hall of Clans, Angus L. MacDonald Library 

Friday, September 25

Registration fee: $30, includes lunch and nutrition/coffee breaks. Registration at the welcome reception and on the morning of September 26th (8:30 -9:00am).

6:30 – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception 

7:30 – 9:00 pm The Devil: A Panel of Devilists

  • Keynote: Richard Raiswell (UPEI) – “Black Cats with Roasted and Boiled Babies: The Errores Gazariorum and the Synagogue of Satan”
  • Kathryn Morris (UKC)
  • Karim Baccouche (UNBF)
  • Stephanie Pettigrew (UNBF)
  • Gary Waite (UNBF)

Saturday, September 26

All speakers are asked to keep their presentations to 15 minutes.

8:45 – Opening Remarks

8:50 – 10:00 am Session 1: New World and Old Worlds Collide

Chair: Simon Kow

  • Lauren Beck (Mt A), “Indigenous Travels to Spain in the Early Modern Period: The Journey of Calisto Tupac”
  • Stephanie Pettigrew (UNB) – “Early European Expansion: Re-Imagining the Imperial Narrative”
  • Gregory Kennedy and Vincent Auffrey (U de M) – “Alexandre Bourg, la vie frontalière et l’émergence d’une élite communautaire en Acadie, 1671 à 1760”

10:00 – 10:10 Nutrition Break

10:10 – 11:20 Session 2: Early Modern Marriage and its Transgression

Chair: Edith Snook

  • Julie Sutherland (Athabasca University/CBU) – “A little refreshing adultery?: Chapman’s Bussy d’Ambois and the Sexual Woman”
  • Krista Kesselring (Dal) – “Licensed or Licentious? Divorce with Remarriage in the English Reformation”
  • Tim Stretton (SMU) – “Marriage and Contract in Early Modern England”

11:20 – 12:30 Session 3: Changing Worldviews in the Enlightenment

Chair: Richard Raiswell

  • Simon Kow (UKC) – “The Tolerant Emperor: Bayle on Religious Toleration and China”
  • Neil G. Robertson (UKC) – “Constitutional Liberty in the Eighteenth Century”
  • Gary Waite (UNBF) – “The Religious Roots of Disbelief in the Enlightenment”

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:40 Session 4: The Body: in Sickness, Health, and Death

Chair: Krista Kesselring

  • Adriana Benzaquén (MSVU) – “The Quicksilver in the Weatherglass: John Locke and Mary Clarke on Health, Illness and Medicine”
  • Edith Snook (UNBF) – “Health, Hygiene, and Hair in Early Modern England”
  • Kathryn Morris (UKC) – “Demons & Bodies: The Devil in 18th-Century Vampire Debates”

2:40 – 3:50 Session 5: New Light on Old Sources

Chair: Adriana Benzaquén

  • Ronald Huebert (Dal) – “‘Sacred Lust’: The Private Devotions of John Saltmarsh”
  • Janine Rogers (Mt A) – “Compiling and Collaboration: On an Interdisciplinary Research Project”
  • Ranke de Vries (St FX) – “Scribal Attitudes and Editing in Medieval Irish Manuscripts”

3:50 – 4:20 Guided Tour of Celtic Collection

4:20 – 5:30 Session 6: Religion, Authority, Witchcraft

Chair: Gary Waite

  • William Lundell (Mt A) – “New Evidence of the Durability of Carthusian Support for the Council of Basel in the Wake of the Basel Schism (1437)”
  • Karim Baccouche (UNBF) – “Preaching Against the Witches’ Sabbbath: Demonological Debates in the Fifteenth Century and the Case of Guillaume Adeline”
  • Todd Pettigrew (CBU) – “‘The Devil is a Juggler’: Pythagoras as Witch in the English Renaissance”

5:30 – 5:50 Tour of Rare Books Room

5:50-6:20 AMEMG Business Meeting: The Future Continued

  • Election of Executive Members
  • Other Matters
    • Next Year’s Conference (MtA)
    • Palaeography Training
    • Other Collaborations

6:20 – Closing Reception

Conference accommodation is available at Homeward Inns of Canada,  41 James Street.

1-902-863-4212 (Local)
1-902-863-1700 (Fax)
1-800-251-0008 (Toll Free)

Mention the Department of English conference to receive the group rate discount (79.95$/night).  Rooms are reserved for Friday and Saturday night. The motel is walking distance to St. FX.

Photo credit: Photo by “mrbanjo1138” on Flickr. Licensed by Creative Commons License. No changes were made to the photo.

CFP for the 3rd Annual Meeting of AMEMG

September 25-26, 2015 (Friday afternoon-Saturday evening)

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

If you are interested in presenting a paper (15 minutes in length) or participating in a themed roundtable (or in organizing a roundtable), please submit a brief abstract or description of 250 words maximum to: Edith Snook ( and copied to Gary Waite ( by June 15, 2015.

Papers can be on any subject relating to the pre-modern era, in any discipline, and can be presented in either English or French. We are planning a multi-disciplinary roundtable on the subject of the Devil and diabolical and encourage any who are interested in participating in this roundtable to indicate so in your abstract submission (you may also submit a paper proposal). If you wish to organize a roundtable on another theme, we would encourage you to do so. The actual mix of papers and roundtables will of course be determined by submissions. A decision will be made within two weeks of submission. Formal confirmation of attendance will be required in mid-August so that the conference organizer, Joseph Khoury ( can have a firm fix on numbers. Information about accommodations will be provided soon.

Antigonish, by Michael Swan from Flickr. Reproduced under Creative Commons License.

Antigonish, by Michael Swan from Flickr. Reproduced under Creative Commons License.

2014 Conference, 25-26 August, University of King’s College, Halifax



The registration fee is 25$ and includes lunch and coffee breaks.  Registration will take place at the Welcome Reception and 8-8:30am on Tuesday, September 26.

If you are not giving a paper and plan to register, please let Kathryn Morris know by Thursday, August 21st, when she will need to confirm the final numbers to catering. Please inform her of any dietary restrictions, as well.

Monday, August 25

7:30-9pm Welcome Reception at the pub at the Dalhousie University Club.


Tuesday, August 26

All presentation sessions will be held in the KTS Lecture Hall, New Academic Building, floor 2.


8:30-9:40am – Session 1: Europeans and the World: Imagination and Reality

Chair: Gary Waite

  • Simon Kow, China and Enlightenment Political Thought
  • Stephanie Pettigrew, French Witchcraft Belief in Colonial America
  • Kathryn Morris, Margaret Cavendish: Philosophy and the Imagination

9:40-10:30am – Session 2: Reimagining Early Modern Politics

Chair: Simon Kow

  • Joseph Khoury, Machiavelli and Petrarch: A Comparison
  • Neil G. Robertson, Charles Inglis and Constitutional Liberty

10:30-10:45am – Break

All breaks and lunch are in the Wilson Common Room, across from the lecture hall.

10:45-11:30am – Roundtable 1: New Worlds and Old Worlds

·      Kow, Khoury, Morris, Pettigrew, Robertson

11:30am – 12:20pm – Session 3: Reimagining Early Modern Sources and Spectators

Chair: Edith Snook

  • Adriana Benzaquén, Locke’s Children: Letters as Sources for the Historical Study of Early Modern Childhood
  • Ronald Huebert, Early Modern Spectatorship: Essays in the Interpretation of English Culture 1500-1780

12:20 -1:30pm – LUNCH

1:30-2:25pm – Session 4: Reimagining Medicine in the Early Modern World

Chair: Kathryn Morris

  • Wendy Churchill, The Protection of a Professional Reputation in the Eighteenth-Century Medical Marketplace: Dr George Cheyne, “Mrs Barry”, Sir Hans Sloane, and the 1720 Postscript
  • Edith Snook, Margaret Cavendish, Recipes, and the Theory and Practice of Medicine in Early Modern England

2:25-3:15pm – Session 5: Reimagining Religion and Science in Early Modern Europe

Chair: Adriana Benzaquén

  • Gary K. Waite, Radical Religion and the Formation of New Ideas on the Eve the Early Enlightenment in the Netherlands, 1570-1640
  • Lyn Bennett, Sir Thomas Browne and the Rhetoric of Healing

3:15-3:30pm – Break

3:30-4:45pm – Roundtable 2: Reimagining Early Modern Literature, Science, Medicine

·      Benzaquén, Bennett, Churchill, Huebert, Snook, Waite & allcomers

5-6pm: AMEMG Business Meeting: The Future