COLL: « Herbert in Paris », 18-21 May, Sorbonne nouvelle


Thursday, May 18th / Jeudi, 18 mai

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Institut du Monde Anglophone,

5, rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris

9:00 Registration and coffee / Accueil des participants et café

9:15-9:30 Welcome address / Allocution

Line Cottegnies (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3).

9:30-10:45 The Religious Context in Europe

Chair / Présidence: Anne-Valérie Dulac (Université Paris 13)

9:30-10:15 Keynote / Conférence plénière : Tatiana DEBBAGI-BARANOVA (Université Paris-Sorbonne) The French Religious Context and the Aftermath of the Wars of Religion

10:15-10:45 The Herberts, War and Peace, Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) & Greg Miller (Millsaps College)

10:45-13:00 Guided historical tour along the Seine and in the Quartier Latin / Promenade historique le long de la Seine et dans le Quartier Latin: Paris at the time of Edward Herbert’s visits and embassies.

13:00-14:30 Lunch break / Pause déjeuner

14:30-16:00 Parallel sessions / sessions parallèles

French & Foreign Wisdom

Chair / Présidence: Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Nanterre)

Typology, language and Inspiration

Chair / Présidence: Lynn Sermin Meskill (Université Paris-Diderot)

Christopher Hodgkins (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) ‘Gerson, a Spirituall Man’: Herbert and the Sorbonne’s Proto-Protestant Chancellor.

Martin Elsky (Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City Universty of New York) ‘Where’s the taste / Of mine Inheritance?’: La nouvelle théologie, Ressourcement, and the Rediscovery of Typology in French Theology and Herbert’s Poetry.

Angela Balla (University of Alabama in Huntsville) Prayer as Political Theory: Conscience, Natural Law, and Sovereignty in Jean Bodin and the Herbert Brothers.

Malgorzata Grzagorzewska (University of Warsaw) The Givenness of Being and Language in George Herbert’s The Temple.

Anne M. Myers (University of Missouri) ‘Forrain Wisdome’ and Proverbial Form: Exchange, Participation and the Self in ‘The Church-porch’ and Outlandish Proverbs.

Noam Flinker (University of Haifa) The Psalms and Herbert’s account of Inspiration in ‘Jordan (I)’.

16:00-16:30: Break and walk to the Sorbonne (5 min.)

Amphithéâtre Richelieu, Sorbonne,

17, rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris

16:30-16:45 Welcome address / Allocution

Denis Lagae-Devoldère, Université Paris-Sorbonne / Paris IV & Christopher Hodgkins, George Herbert Society.

16:45-18:20 The Herberts and European Music

Chair / Présidence: Chantal Schütz, Ecole Polytechnique

16:45-17:45 Kenote / Conférence plénière : Helen WILCOX (Bangor University) Sweet Singers of our Israel: French Psalmody, the Sidneys and Herbert.

17:45-18:20 The Herberts and Musical Practices, Simon Jackson (University of Warwick)

18:30 Cocktail at the Club de la Sorbonne

20:30 Concert by the Sorbonne Scholars, Psalms and Anthems, Chapelle du Lycée Henri IV, 23 rue Clovis, 75005 Paris

Friday, May 19th / Vendredi, 19 mai

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Institut du Monde Anglophone,

5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris


Edward Herbert (I)

Chair / Présidence: Greg Miller (Millsaps College)

Michael Schoenfeldt (University of Michigan) Ceremony and Self: Belligerent Civility in Herbert’s Autobiography.

Cristina Malcolmson (Bates College) Edward Herbert’s The Amazon and De Veritate

Sean McDowell (Seattle University) Edward Herbert Within the Fellowship of Gentlemen Plain Speakers.

Eleanor Hardy (University of Oxford) ‘Travel is a second birth’: Edward Herbert’s French Companions.

11:00-11:30 Coffee break / Pause café


Edward Herbert (II)

Chair / Présidence: Sandrine Parageau (Université Paris Nanterre)

Christopher de Warrenne Waller (University of Bristol) George and Edward Herbert: Brothers in Discursive Conflict?

Paul W. Gleason (University of Virginia) The Emergence of ‘Religion’ in Edward Herbert’s Correspondence Paul W. Gleason

Anita Gilman Sherman (American University, Washington, D. C.) Meeting the Skeptical Challenge: The Allure of Neutrality in Edward Herbert’s Philosophy.

12:45-14:00 Lunch / Pause déjeuner


– Presentation of the Chauncey Wood Award to Dr. Shaun Ross, McGill University, by Christopher Hodgkins (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Director of the George Herbert Society) and Gordon Teskey (Harvard University)

– Tribute to Robert Ellrodt, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (1991-2015) and poet. Gisèle Venet (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

14:30-16:30 Parallel sessions / Sessions parallèles

God, Trust, and the Word

Chair / Présidence: Laïla Ghermani (Université Paris Nanterre)

Text and Textualities

Chair / Présidence: Guillaume Coatalen (Université de Cergy)

Annelise Duerden (Washington University in St Louis) ‘O let me’: Authorship and Authority in Herbert’s Poetics of Devotion.

Gabriel Bloomfield (Columbia University) Herbert the Space Man.

Ryan Netzley (Southern Illinois University) Mine Then Thine: Exchange, Ownership, and Free Salvation in The Temple.

Kensei Nishikawa (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies) Names that Work: Spelling the Names of the Savior in The Temple.

Paul Dyck (Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg) The naked Word and the Word, undressed: Herbert and radical bibliography

John M. Kuhn (Wesleyan University) Transnational Herbert: Hunter MS 27 and Its Contexts.

Joseph Sterrett (Aarhus University) ‘Loe, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him’: trust in the religious imagination of John Donne and George Herbert

Robert Whalen (Northern Michigan University) George Herbert’s Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse: A Critical Edition.

16:30-17:00 Coffee break / Pause café

17:00-18:30 Parallel sessions

The Country Parson

Chair / Présidence: Susan Bell (Havergal College)

Thought, the Ancients and New Philosophy

Chair / Présidence: Claire Gheeraert (Université de Rouen)

Clay Greene (Yale University) The Visible Spirit: Pneumatology and Control in The Country Parson.

Camilla Temple (University of Bristol) Herbert and the Greek Anthology.

Regina Walton (Harvard Divinity School and Grace Episcopal Church, Newton, Massachusetts) ‘Then Order plaies the soul’: George Herbert and Rule of Life.

B. R. Siegfried (Brigham Young University) Montaigne, Lucretius, and the Ant: Prospects on Nature in Herbert’s Temple and Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies.

Kristine A. Wolberg (Valor Christian High School) and Lynnette St. George (Valor Christian High School) George Herbert’s The Country Parson and John Calvin’s Pastoral Theology

Catherine Gimelli Martin (University of Memphis) Herbert and the Pan-European ‘Merchants of Light’.

20:30-22:00: Lecture and concert at the Oratoire du Louvre, 145 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

-Pastor Marc Pernot, Welcome address and brief presentation of the history of the Oratoire du Louvre and Early Paris Protestantism

-Chantal Schütz (Ecole Polytechnique and PRISMES): The Circulation of Lutes and Lute Music in Early Modern Europe

-Lute Concert by Jamie Akers – Edward Herbert’s Lute Book and Continental Music.

The concert is organized as part of the “Festival de la diversité culturelle” with the support of the Mairie du Premier Arrondissement de Paris and under the patronage French National Commission for UNESCO.

Saturday, May 20th  / Samedi, 20 mai

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Institut du Monde Anglophone,

5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris

9:00-10:30 Parallel sessions / Sessions parallèles

Economies of Salvation

Chair / Présidence:  Christopher Hodgkins (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

French Spiritual and Poetic Influences

Chair / Présidence:  Christine Sukic (Université Reims Champagne Ardenne)

Curtis Whitaker (Idaho State University) Calvin, Herbert, and the Steady-State Economy.

Chauncey Wood (McMaster University in Ontario) Evaluating ‘Grief’: Herbert and the French Connection.

Esther Gilman Richey (University of South Carolina) George Herbert’s Theology of Exchange.

Guillaume Coatalen (Université de Cergy) George Herbert and French, Protestant Poets (Chandieu, Grévin, Sponde).

Tom Clayton (Princeton University) George Herbert and the Reformation of Indifference.

Jonathan Nauman (Secretary, Vaughan Association – USA) Holiness From Abroad: George Herbert’s Dialogue with St. François and Henry Vaughan’s Emulation of St. Paulinus.

10:30 Coffee break / Pause café

11:00-12:00 Plenary talk by Richard STRIER (University of Chicago), Devout Humanism and its Problems: George Herbert and François de Sales.

Chair: Line Cottegnies (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

12:00-13:15 Lunch / Pause déjeuner

13:15-14:45 Parallel sessions / Sessions parallèles

The Baroque

Chair / Présidence: Denis Lagae-Devoldère (Université Paris-Sorbonne / Paris IV)

Prayer, Metaphysics, Politics

Chair / Présidence: Pierre Lurbe (Université Paris-Sorbonne / Paris IV)

Clarissa Chenovick (Fordham University) Repentant Corporeality: Herbert and Continental Tear Poetry Revisited.

Kate Narveson (Luther College) Tuning the Breast:  Representations of Right Prayer.

Luke Barnhart (Stanford University) Is Herbert a Baroque Poet?

Gordon Teskey (Harvard University) ‘Must They Have My Brain’: Herbert and Metaphysics.

Penelope Murav (Cornell University) Baroque Conceits in Herbert and La Ceppède.

Jenna Townend (Loughborough University) Imitation and a Poetics of Anglican Survivalism: George Herbert’s Poems in the English Civil Wars and Interregnum.

14:45-15:00 Break / Pause

15:00-17:00 Parallel Sessions / Sessions parallèles

Sighs, Grief and Consolation

Chair / Présidence: Laurent Curelly (Université de Haute Alsace)

Patterns and Poems

Chair / Présidence: Mathieu Duplay (Université Paris-Diderot)

Naya Tsentourou (University of Exeter) Holy Breathing in The Temple.

Joel Swann (University of Portsmouth) Herbert’s Herbs.

Leila Watkins (Western Kentucky University) Lyric Sequence as Consolation in The Temple: The Case of ‘Constancy’ and ‘Affliction’ (III).

Hope Howell Hodgkins (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) G.H., Imagiste

Anna Lewton-Brain (McGill University) Dynamic Conversions: grief and joy in George Herbert’s musical verse.

Andrew James Harvey (Grove City College) George Herbert’s Borrowed Flame: ‘The Forerunners’ in the Light of Greek Patristic Thought.

Claire Falck (Rowan University) ‘Still My God’: ‘The Forerunners’ and Poetry in Motion.

17:00-17:15 Coffee break / Pause café

17:15-18:50 POEM (Sorbonne Nouvelle Poetry Workshop) – Reading Herbert, Writing after Herbert, with Sally Ito, Sean McDowell, Lynn Sermin Meskill, Greg Miller, Marc Penchenat and Regina Walton. Chairs: Marc Porée and Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

19:00 Participants’ Gala Dinner at the Bouillon Racine, 3 rue Racine, 75006 Paris / Dîner de gala pour les conférenciers

Sunday, May 21st / Dimanche, 21 mai

Day outing to the Musée National de la Renaissance in Ecouen and to the Château de Chantilly. Departure in coach around 9:00 am from the Quartier Latin.

10:00-11:30 Edward Herbert, The Montmorencies, Diplomacy and Salon Culture.

Chair / Présidence: Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

Nancy Zaice (Francis Marion University) Being James I: The Metaphysics and Materiality of Lord Edward Herbert of Chirbury’s Ambassadorship to France.

Claire Buchet (EA Agora, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris-Seine.) Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency et les salons précieux, 1618-1640 (Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency and Salon Culture)

Melaine Folliard (Aix-Marseille Université), Théophile de Viau’s Diplomatic Voyage to London.

11:30-12:30 Guided Visit of the Museum. French-British Exchanges under The Montmorencies

12:30-14:00 Buffet lunch and music / Déjeuner musical (music by Marc Penchenat)

Bus trip to Chantilly (or return to Paris by train)

15:00-17:30 Visit of the Château de Chantilly and the Flower festival. Poetry reading by Greg Miller and Melaine Folliard, La Maison de Sylvie, and Marc Penchenat (French translations of The Temple)

17:30 – 18:30 Bus trip back to Paris

The conference is supported by / Colloque soutenu par:

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (EA 3498 PRISMES)

George Herbert Society

Université Paris-Sorbonne (EA 4085 VALE)

Université Paris Diderot (UMR 8225 LARCA)

Université Paris Nanterre (EA 370 CREA)

Université de Haute-Alsace (EA 4363 ILLE)

Institut Universitaire de France

With the assistance of / avec le concours du Musée National de la Renaissance, Écouen

And under the auspices of / sous l’égide de la Societé Française Shakespeare