Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World

Global in scope, the Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World Working Group seeks to integrate through interdisciplinary discussion two different spheres of scholarly inquiry: macro-economic studies of international networks and micro-historical engagements with materialities. In recent years, the promotion of synchronic, transnational fields, such as the ‘Global Renaissance,’ has made it incumbent on emerging scholars to develop competencies far outside traditionally defined specialties. This working group is designed to address the needs of a new generation of scholars, and to appeal to both dissertating and pre-candidacy doctoral students. By organizing a series of topically-relevant symposia that feature presentations by leading faculty, the working group aspires to function as a forum, exposing graduate students in different disciplines to research trends and alternative methodologies. 


Upcoming Events:

Shaping Identity in the Early Modern World

Thursday, December 11, 2014
2–3:30 pm
425 Doe Library

A workshop with presentations by:

Jennifer Mackenzie
PhD Candidate, Italian Studies Department, UC Berkeley
“Heraldry in Motion: Travel, Semiotics, Conflict”

Grace Harpster
PhD Candidate, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley
“Skin and Ink: The Representation of Black in Alonso de Sandoval's
Treatise on the Salvation of ‘Ethiopians’”

Tony Sandset
Guest Scholar, Rhetoric Department, UC Berkeley
“Time and Translation: Temporalization as Identity Markers in
Theodore de Bry’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia”

To join bSpace, please sign up for our group and contact Jessica Stair (, Grace Harpster ( or Andrew Sears ( We will add you to the site. 

Past Events:

Textual Transmissions & Printed Media in Early Modern Europe

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5–6:15 pm
308A Doe Library

A Workshop with Presentations by:

Ian Thompson
PhD Candidate, Department of Scandinavian Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley 
“Nomine Saxo: Media, Authorship, and Renaissances in the Reception of Saxo Grammaticus”

Rachel Wamsley
PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
“Importing Hebrew Print: Material Texts between Venice and Cracow”


Past Events:


Session Canceled (due to the campus-wide power outage):


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