Séminaire Epistémè, 8 avril 2019, Conférence-Concert, The Indian Queen

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La prochaine séance du Séminaire Epistémè aura lieu à la Maison de la Recherchede la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 4 rue des Irlandais, Paris 5e, le lundi 8 avril à 17h00. Il prendra cette fois la forme d’une conférence-concert.

Nous y entendrons Gisèle Venet (Professeur émérite, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, fondatrice d’Epistémè)parler de : « The Indian Queen de Dryden et Howard: texte pour un opéra ou texte pour un siècle? »

Son intervention sera illustrée en musique par Chantal Schütz (voix) et Jean Louchet (clavecin)

La séance sera suivie d’un pot.



CFP Strange Habits / Strange Habitats: Clothes, climes and the environment in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

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International Conference

“Strange Habits” / Strange Habitats: Clothes, climes, and the environment in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Organized by Sophie Chiari (Université Clermont Auvergne) and Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Institut Universitaire de France, Université Paris-3 Sorbonne Nouvelle)

14-16 May 2020

Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA)

Confirmed speakers:inigo jones, a mady masquer, chatsworth house
Patricia Lennox (The Gallatin School, New York University)
Ulinka Rublak (University of Cambridge)
Maria Hayward (University of Southampton)
Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse University)
Sophie Jane Pitman (Aalto University)

Taking a cue from the current growth of ecocritism and of material approaches in Shakespeare studies as well as in global Renaissance studies, this conference seeks to cross and confront those two critical trends by looking at one same object — clothing. Clothing can be explored from a variety of perspectives and calls for cross-disciplinary dialogue between social history, art history, dramatic history, fashion history, literature, sociology, and anthropology. The sheer variety of terms that can be used to designate clothing speaks to the far-reaching implications of dress. The now archaic term “habit,” referring at once to a “garment” or “apparel” and, beyond that, to a person’s outward appearance, was of common usage in the early modern period and was the word Shakespeare favoured in reference to clothing in his plays. While it can designate the dress or attire of a function or profession, it also introduces the notions of characteristic behaviour, natural mode of growth, and habitation (or habitat). The conference will focus on early modern dress such as it is represented on stage and the ways in which dress mediates England’s relation to foreign places and “climes.”

While the relation between dress and gender, disguise and identity-building, and the importance of the numerous sumptuary laws in the shaping of social identity has been largely explored, much less attention has been devoted to the relation between dress and the ecological environments for which dress was devised. Whether worn by the poor, the middling sort, or the nobility, clothes need to be looked at not only in the relation to broad social, cultural, and material contexts, but also in relation to climactic or geographic environments. Because clothes protect the human body and serve as an interface between the body and the environment, dress can be considered as the most immediate locus for the establishment of any sort of ecology, in its etymological sense of a “discourse” or “science” of the oikos, that is of the home, or human habitat. From their production down to the way they are worn, clothes interweave natural materials and artifice, the human body and the social body, the weather conditions and the culture in which they are born and those to which they adapt. They come to materialize and epitomize identity in its various inclinations and inflections. Conversely, they participate in shaping the environments or the landscapes for whose diversity they stand metonymically.

In staging climes through costumes, Shakespeare and his contemporaries invite us to decentre our perspective by, first, looking beyond clothes as an object and clothes as a means of fashioning personal identity and personae (or impersonations) on stage, toward clothes as a privileged space of “eco-logy,” and second, by adopting an anthropological gaze on early modern English dress and culture. It is through a confrontation with foreign dress, that is with the materials of difference, that English identity can be better gauged. Ultimately, this conference aims at exploring how dramatic text and textile enrich each other in the early modern period, and how dress and costume are essential in England’s attempt to define its own cultural identity within a new global space inclusive of many different climes reflected on stage.

We are seeking proposals that inquire into the complex ecology, economy and anthropology of dress, drawing notably on the material history of concrete elements such as pigments, dies, and raw materials (sometimes imported from distant regions and climes) used to make clothing and costumes. We also invite papers with more literary approaches that look at the ways in which dress on stage becomes a means to negotiate the self or same in relation to the other or embodies contemporary understandings of climes and the environment. Proposals may focus on a specific costume or a specific dramatic corpus by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries. Comparative approaches, drawing on European and global materials and practices, are also encouraged.

The conference will include outreach activities, such as workshops and round-tables open to the general public. We welcome proposals in English from established scholars, doctoral students, curators and other professionals working on or with early modern dress and more contemporary costumes representing that period.

300-word proposals, along with a brief CV (1 page maximum), should be sent by May 15, 2019 to the conference organizers:

Sophie Chiari: sophie.chiari@orange.fr
Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise: miller-blaise.am@wanadoo.fr

Advisory board:
Anne-Valérie Dulac (Sorbonne Université)
Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham)
Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
Robert Lublin (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Chantal Schütz (Ecole Polytechnique)

Séminaire Epistémè/PEMS 16 novembre 2018: Nicholas Hilliard en 2019

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Vendredi 16 novembre 15h30-17h30, Réunion de rentrée, Institut du Monde Anglophone, salle 15. 17h30-19h30, Séminaire Epistémè / PEMS. Avec Anne-Valérie Dulac (Sorbonne Université) et Céline Cachaud (Diplômée de l’Ecole du Louvre et de l’EPHE) : ‘Nicholas Hilliard en 2019. Autour du numéro 35 d’Etudes Epistémè (printemps 2019)’. Institut du Monde Anglophone, salle 16.

Colloque Nouvelles Perspectives sur la Duchesse d’Amalfi, John Webster, 12-13 oct 2018

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Photo_Duchess_Of_Malfi edit Gisele

Photo: Lidia Crisafulli

Epistémè (EA PRISMES) organise, en collaboration avec les universités Paris-Diderot et Paris Sorbonne, un colloque sur l’oeuvre de Webster au programme de l’agrégation, The Duchess of Malfi le 12 et 13 octobre 2018. Lieux: 12 octobre, à partir de 14h, Amphi 6C, Halles aux farines, Université Paris Diderot; 13 octobre, à partir de 9h, Amphi Guizot, Université Paris Sorbonne. Le colloque est ouvert à tous, sans inscription. Se présenter avec une pièce d’identité. Le programme: New Perspectives on the Duchess of Malfi programme

Journée d’Etudes Objets Domestiques, entre privé et public, 11 sept 2018

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Organisation : Antoinette Gimaret (université de Limoges) Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle), Nancy Oddo (université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Date : mardi 11 septembre 2018, Maison de la Recherche de Paris 3, 4 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris


9h -9h15 : Accueil- introduction

Session 1 : La domus humaniste 9h15-9h35

Cristina Panzera (université Bordeaux Montaigne) « Objets domestiques et représentation de l’espace privé dans les lettres de l’Arétin »

9h35-9h55 : Laurence Pradelle (université de Limoges) « Les objets d’Isabella d’Este »

9h55-10h15 : Myriam Marrache (université de Bretagne Occidentale) « Le cabinet de curiosités, un espace emboité »

10h15-10h35 : Sabine du Crest (université Bordeaux Montaigne) : « L’autre près de soi / tout autre et si près : objets exotiques dans les intérieurs »


Pause 11h-11h15

Session 2 : Les objets domestiques et l’écriture de l’Histoire

11h15-11h35: Mathilde Bernard (université Paris-Nanterre) « L’objet du crime : objets domestiques et récits du massacre de la saint Barthélemy »

11h35-11h55: Alicia Viaud (université de Strasbourg) « Le coffre et les pantoufles : intrusion du public et surgissement du privé dans les Mémoires de la fin du XVIe s » Discussion

Pause-déjeuner (12h15-14h)

Session 3 : Modes et travaux

14h-14h20: Thibault Catel (université de Limoges) : « La ménagère apprivoisée : objets, domesticité et domestication dans les traités des femmes au XVIe siècle »

14h20-14h40: Astrid Castre (École des Chartes) : « Les pratiques textiles domestiques en France au XVIe siècle »

14h40-15h : Julie Rohou (Musée national de la Renaissance d’Ecouen) : « Les bijoux à la Renaissance, un apparat de l’intime »


Pause 15h30-16h

16h- 18h30 Table ronde avec la participation de Muriel Barbier (Musée national de la Renaissance d’Ecouen), Marianne Cojannot (université de Paris-Nanterre), Frédéric Cousinié (université de Normandie), Florent Gabaude (université de Limoges), Blanche Llaurens (université de Poitiers), Marjorie Meiss (université de Lille)

Les Ateliers PEARL – Paléographie & « Letterlocking » 11 juin 2018

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Les Ateliers PEARL

11 juin 2018, 14h-18h, Institut du Monde Anglophone, salle 16.

Les deux ateliers pratiques organisés par PEARL le 11 juin prochain seront centrés sur la matérialité de l’épistolaire et des correspondances de la période moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe). Etudiants et enseignants-chercheurs seront initiés à la paléographie de la période et aux différentes techniques pratiquées pour garantir à la fois la confidentialité et l’authenticité des lettres.


14h-15h45 : Atelier paléographie XVIe-XVIIIe siècle, avec Guillaume Coatalen

16h-18h00 : Atelier « Letterlocking », avec Jana Dambrogio et Daniel Starza Smith

Le nombre de places étant limité, il est obligatoire de s’inscrire : miller-blaise.am@wanadoo.fr

Guillaume Coatalen est maître de conférences en littérature anglaise de la Renaissance à l’université de Cergy et membre de l’EA PRISMES. Son travail porte notamment sur les transferts poétiques et rhétoriques dans l’Europe de la première modernité, ainsi que sur la correspondance. Il a co-édité un volume sur la correspondance étrangère de la reine Elisabeth Ire d’Angleterre (Queen Elizabeth I’s Foreign Correspondence: Letters, Rhetoric and Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) et prépare en ce moment une édition critique de deux traités de rhétorique élisabéthains. Il a étudié la paléographie à Trinity College, où il a été formé par Jeremy Maule. https://sites.google.com/site/gcoatalen/


Jana Dambrogio is Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator at MIT Libraries. She has held positions at the National Archives, United Nations, and Vatican Secret Archives, is a recipient of a Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship in historic preservation and conservation, and was recently elected a member of the Grolier Club. She coined the term letterlocking in 2009 to describe the systems of deliberate folds, slits, locks, and seals that build security, privacy, and authentication enhancements into letters. Dambrogio’s specialization is developing tools and treatment techniques to conserve material culture and the secrets they contain.
Daniel Starza Smith is a lecturer in early modern English Literature at King’s College London. He is author of John Donne and the Conway Papers (OUP, 2014), and co-editor of Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014). He most recently published on a newly discovered John Donne manuscript at Westminster Abbey (https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgx135).

Dambrogio and Smith are co-founders of the Unlocking History research group, co-editors of the Dictionary of Letterlocking and letterlocking.org, and both work on the international project Signed, Sealed, & Undelivered (http://brienne.org/).

Workshop participants will unlock models of various historical locked letters, then learn to make their own. We will discuss these letters in terms of their security and aesthetic features, and consider them alongside images of real archival originals by historic figures such as John Donne and Elizabeth I.


PEMS – 4 mai – « Strolling Players / Mobile Texts », Karen Newman (Brown University)

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avec le  Paris Early Modern Seminar

4 May 2018, 5.30 pm- 7.30 pm

Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne (délocalisé à la Maison de la Recherche de Paris IV, Serpente)

Professor Karen Newman (Brown University) will be giving a talk entitled:

« Strolling Players/Mobile Texts »


Travelling players scoured Europe in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Accounts of the visits of the English actors show that their performances “attracted great crowds” of young and old, men and women, city fathers and “educated professionals.” Henslowe, entrepreneur and purveyor of costumes and stage properties to the London theatre, apparently numbered the continental troupes among his clients. The traveling players employed not only English actors, but foreign comedians as well, and thus fostered a theatre that was multi-lingual and what we today term transnational. Texts too were mobile. Long before “global Shakespeare,” before, in fact, the First Folio saw print, booksellers were peddling their intellectual property in Shakespeare internationally. Early advertisements of the First Folio offered for sale to a European market at the Frankfort Book Fair, evidence of the visits of English players to the Continent, and the presence of Shakespeare in various libraries suggest that the continental presence of Shakespeare and early modern English drama has been under-estimated and undervalued.


Karen Newman is Owen Walker ’33 Professor of Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Brown University. She has written widely on early modern English and continental letters and culture and on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Books include Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama; Fetal Positions: Individualism, Science, Visuality; Cultural Capitals: Early Modern London and Paris and Essaying Shakespeare. Recent collections include Early Modern Cultures of Translation, co-edited with Jane Tylus, and This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature, edited with Jonathan Goldberg and Marcie Frank. She is currently working on early modern translation and on the reception of Shakespeare in Europe.