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Rethinking Early Modern Conversion

An Explorative Workshop

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 9:00am

College Arts & Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Ave.

Explorative Workshop, IU Bloomington, December 4-5, 2014

Location: College Arts & Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Ave

Format: Each presenter will introduce a textual or visual cultural artifact from his or her own research which is judged to be of particular significance for the conceptualization of conversion. Rather than traditional papers, the workshop will consist of discussion of the common corpus constituted by this set of artifacts. This corpus will be pre-circulated, cf. below.


9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introduction

9:30-12:30 Panel 1
Chair: Hall Bjørnstad (French and Italian, IU)
Bret Rothstein (Art History, IU): Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights
Christopher Wild (German & Theatre, U of Chicago): Descartes’ Dreams
Constance Furey (Religious Studies, IU): Luther and Donne

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-5:00 Panel 2
Chair: Anita Lukic (German, IU)
Ellen McClure (French & History, U of Illinois, Chicago): The Conversion of the Prince de Tarente (1670)
Hall Bjørnstad (French and Italian, IU): Pascal’s Mémorial
Michelle Molina (Religious Studies, Northwestern U): The Conversion of Lorenzo Ignazio Thjülen (1768)

5:00 Reception


9:00-12:00 Panel 3
Chair: Christopher Wild (German & Theatre, U of Chicago)
Patricia Ingham (English, IU): Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale
Peter Erickson (German, U of Chicago / Oakland U): G. S. Steinbart, against conversions on the scaffold (1769)
Sonia Velázquez (Religious Studies & Theatre, IU): Jusepe de Ribera’s St Mary of Egypt

12:00-12:30 Final Discussion

12:30-1:30 Lunch

For access to the pre-circulated corpus, please contact Hall Bjørnstad (hallbjor@indiana.edu).

This workshop is organized in collaboration with Christopher Wild (University of Chicago), and is made possible thanks to generous support from the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French and Italian, the Renaissance Studies Program, the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities, the Department of the History of Art, the Department of English, and the Department of Religious Studies.