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.





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




AMEMG Conference Program, Charlottetown, 4-5 October 2013


Friday, October 4

8pm Welcome Reception (location TBA)

Saturday, October 5

Session 1: 9:00-10:15am Europeans and non-Europeans

Chair: Gary Waite, UNBF

Richard Raiswell, UPEI – Calvin, Rhetoric and the Representation of India in Early 17th C

Robin Vose, STU – The Inquisitor’s Matrix: a Global Survey of Inquisition Manuals: Mexico

Pamela Bastante, UPEI – Fray Martín de León and Novo-Hispanic Tradition of the Ars Moriendi

Session 2: 10:30-12:30pm: Politics, Religion, and the People

     Chair: Edie Snook, UNBF

Greg Kennedy, UdM – The Projection of French Naval Power into Atlantic North America

Catherine Innes-Parker, UPEI – Antoinette Auger and the French Counter-Reformation

Neil Robertson, UKC – Justice as Charity: The Political Vision of Dante’s Paradiso

Christina Luckyj, Dal – Early Modern Women Writers and the Politics of the Female Voice

Jeremy Hayhoe, UdM – 18th c French Villagers and Migration

Bill Barker, Dal – Gabriel Harvey’s Political Reading

12:30 -1:30pm LUNCH

Session 3: 1:30-3:15 pm: Medicine, Science, and the Occult

Chair: Richard Raiswell, UPEI

Janine Rogers, MTA – Medieval Codicology and the History of Science Collection

Kathryn Morris, UKC – Superstition and 18th c Vampire Debates

Karim Baccouche, UNBF – Origins of the Witches’ Sabbat 15thC

Edith Snook, UNBF – Women’s Writing and Medicine in Early Modern England

Wendy Churchill, UNBF – Medical Conduct and Morality in Early Modern Britain and its Empire

Session 4: 3:30-4:45 – Teaching and Performing Early Modern, Then and Now

Chair: Janine Rogers, MTA

Shannon Murray, UPEI – Satan Teaches Paradise Lost

Sandra Bell, UNBSJ – Learning Shakespeare through Performance

Adriana Benzaquen, UPEI – Educational Designs: Younger Sons in the Late Seventeenth Century

Michel Cardin UdM – The Theorbo, as a Solo and a Continuo Instrument, 1600 and 1750

5-6pm: AMEMG Business Meeting: The Future

Election of Executive

7pm AMEMG Banquet or Dinner out