The Early Modern Colloquium Presents

its 6th Annual Conference:

Spatial Epistemologies in the Medieval and

Early Modern Worlds


Friday, February 18, 2005

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

3222 Angell Hall


œSpatial Epistemologies in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds  draws upon recent scholarly interest in the study of space to bring together current graduate work from a wide array of disciplinary communities.  Looking at fields as varied as art, architecture, cartography, drama, economy, religion, travel writing, and urban history, this conference aims to foster interdisciplinary conversation about the various forms of spatial knowledge that emerge and evolve in the medieval and early modern periods. 


9:00 am | Introductory Remarks,

Kentston Bauman (English, Michigan) &

Valerie Traub (English and Women’s Studies, Michigan)


9:30 am | Keynote Address,

Barbara Hodgdon (English, Michigan): “Innoculating the Old Stock: Shakespearean Chorographies”


10:30 am | Panel One: Exchange and the City Space

Chair: Steven Mullaney (English, Michigan)


Alicia R. Zuese (Spanish & Portuguese, Columbia): "The Space of the City in the Spanish Novela corta Collection of the Seventeenth-Century”


Marjorie Rubright (English, Michigan): “Staging London’s ‘Low Countries’: Proximate Relations in London City Comedy”


Patricia Akhimie (English & Comp Lit, Columbia): “‘The Ware Wherein Consists My Wealth’: Marlowe’s Jew of Malta and the Spatial Logics of Early Modern Capitalism”


12:00 pm | Break for lunch


1:15 pm | Panel Two: Spaces of Travel

Chair: Susan Scott Parrish (English, Michigan)


Shashi Thandra (English, Wayne State): "The Descent of Europe: Pastiche and Arabic Travel Writing"


Laura Williamson (English, Michigan): “Travel ‘Too Near Home’: Local Journeys and Antipodean Spaces in Richard Brome’s The Antipodes


Phillip John Usher (Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard): “Devotional Practice and the Textualization of Space: A Brief Inquiry into Performative Mapping”


3:00 pm | Panel Three: Visual Perspectives

Chair: Karl Longstreth (Map Librarian, Michigan)


Min Yong Cho (History of Art, Michigan): “Styling Kingship: Landscape in the Diwan of Sultan Ahmad Jalayir”


Gavin Hollis (English, Michigan): “A Map in the Dust: Hybrid Spaces in Early Colonial Virginia

Kristina Luce (Architecture, Michigan): “Perspective’s Praxis: Vermeer’s Floors and the Triple Horizon”



The EMC organizing committee would like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions and sponsorship: the Departments of English, History, and Women’s Studies; Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; and the Institute for the Humanities. Special thanks also to Stephanie Batkie, David Lavinsky, Amy Rodgers, and Jonathan Smith.