Early Modern Research Cluster

The Early Modern Research Cluster is inspired by a desire for a multidisciplinary community with shared and varied interests in early modern studies. The EMRC seeks to create such a community and to foster dialogue and debate. It will serve as a forum for faculty, graduate and interested undergraduate students, and affiliates and colleagues beyond UBC and SFU. The EMRC conceives of ‘early modern’ as global and flexibly ranging from 1300-1800.

This year, the EMRC will launch a colloquium series with talks given by UBC faculty. The meetings will be casual and talks will range from works-in-progress, to pre-circulated papers and polished presentations. The aim is to expand our scholarly community by meeting a few times a year to learn about and be inspired by each other’s work, and to discuss our interest in early modern studies. 

Convener: John Christopolous


Meetings will be held in Buchanan Tower, room 1197. They will take place on Fridays from 2pm-4pm.


Term 1

Nov. 3: Mauricio Drelichman (Economics): “The long-term consequences of the Spanish Inquisition”

Nov. 17: Elizabeth Hodgson (English): “Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Clown: Contract Actors on the Shakespearean Stage”

Dec. 1: Alexander Fisher (Music): “Bells and Apotropaic Magic in Post-Reformation Germany”


Term 2

Jan. 19: Coll Thrush (History): “Mirrors upon Mirrors: Presencing Indigenous Histories in Early Modern London”

Feb. 16:  Bruce Rusk (Asian Studies): “Powerful Imagination: Chinese Maritime Networks of the Fifteenth Century in the Eighteenth Century World”

Mar. 9: Kim Beauchesne (FHIS): “Bridging Transatlantic and Transpacific Studies: Spanish, Japanese, and Nahua Narratives about the Keichō Embassy (1613-20)”

April 6: Patricia Badir (English): “Fixing Affections: Nicholas and John Ferrar and the Books of Little Gidding”​