Les Nouveaux Modernes recommandent : “Venice: The Converted City”, Iain Fenlon (Professor of Historical Musicology, Univerisity of Cambridge), November 2, 2:30 PM – 4PM, McGill University

Venice: The Converted City, a lecture by Iain Fenlon, Professor of Historical Musicology, Univerisity of Cambridge.

November 2, 2:30 pm-4pm, Wilson Hall, McGill University (3606 University St.), Wendy Patrick Room.


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The same day at McGill University :

Philip Sohm (University of Toronto)
With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation​

“Vicarious painting and ludic visual projection”

November, 2 / 4PM – 6PM

McGill University, Arts Building, W-215

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow.

Les Nouveaux Modernes recommandent : Phillip Sohm, « Vicarious Painting and Ludic Visual Projection », jeudi 2 novembre, 16 – 18h, McGill, Arts Building, W-215

Les Nouveaux Modernes recommandent : “Apocalyptic Imagination in Early Modern Spain”, November 14, 2017, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m, Concordia University

Apocalyptic Imagination in Early Modern Spain

  • Shifra Armon – “Apocalypse Interruptus”
  • Jennifer Faucher – “Power Politics from the Fringe”
  • Vivek Venkatesh and Brad Nelson – “Necrophilic Empathy in Cervantes”

Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm

H 527, Hall building – 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West

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Shifra Armon is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Florida. She earned the M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago and the Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Armon is the sole author most recently, of Masculine Virtue in Early Modern Spain (Ashgate 2015). Her first book,Women and the Courtship Novel in Early Modern Spain came out with Rowman and Littlefield in 2002.  She also contributed to the Routledge Research Companion of Early Modern Spanish Women Writers released earlier this year. Next month her article “The Spectacle of War in Cervantes’s Numancia” will appear in the Bulletin of the Comediantes.  As Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Society and Culture at the University of Alberta this semester, Dr. Armon is preparing a manuscript entitled Staging Curiosity: Skepticism and Science on the Spanish Stage, 1650-1750.

Jennifer Faucher is a PhD student in the INDI program at Concordia University. Her area of study focuses on the role of the pícaro in early and late modern literature and art. Her interest in the pícaro, both early as well as late modern representations, is rooted in the notion that this fascinating character represents a powerful sociopolitical narrative that continues to reflect on the ethical implications of abuse and corruption throughout society.

Brad Nelson is Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Development in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University. He is the author of The Persistence of Presence: Emblem and Ritual in Baroque Spain (2010), and a number of articles on the Baroque, Cervantes, María de Zayas, and Calderón de la Barca, as well as early and late modern expressions of hate speech. His current book project, tentatively titled Estranged Epistemologies: (neo)Baroque Science Fiction, studies the representation of emergent scientific theories in early and late modern literature and culture.

Vivek Venkatesh is an Associate Professor of Education and the Interim Associate Dean of Recruitment and Awards in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University. His work theorises how individual and communal identities influence the production and consumption of narratives of dystopia, racism, violence and terrorism in post-modern contexts, and is grounded in elements of social pedagogy, which – in an era of post-web 2.0 – advocate for the reflexive and inclusive adoption of mobile and digital media in creating frameworks for pluralistic dialogues. Venkatesh’s research is constantly shaped through interactions and mediations with the broader public via the internationally-renowned Grimposium festival and conference series which highlights music, writing and visual art from the underground extreme metal and electronic music scenes, and the SOMEONE (Social Media Every Day) portal which features multimedia and curriculum to counter hateful narratives in online environments.

Rosa Maria Dessì (Université de Nice), “Spectres du bon gouvernement d’Ambriogio Lorenzetti : Artistes, cités communales et seigneurs angevins au Trecento”, vendredi 27 octobre, 16h, UQAM, salle R-4240.

Dear all, chères et chers,

La troisième séance de la session aura lieu ce vendredi, 27 octobre, à 16h, à la salle R-4240 de l’UQAM.

Nous accueillerons Rosa Maria Dessì de l’Université de Nice, qui parlera des Spectres du bon gouvernement d’Ambrogio Lorenzetti : Artistes, cités communales et seigneurs angevins au Trecento.

Mme Dessì publie ces jours-ci un livre sur ce sujet.

Cette séance spéciale réunit Les nouveaux modernes, la Société d’études médiévales du Québec ET le programme inter-universitaire d’histoire de l’art, et sera suivi d’un pot festif!

Drinks will follow!



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Les Nouveaux Modernes recommandent : Phillip Sohm, “Vicarious Painting and Ludic Visual Projection”, jeudi 2 novembre, 16 – 18h, McGill, Arts Building, W-215

Philip Sohm (University of Toronto)
With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation​

Vicarious painting and ludic visual projection

November, 2 / 4PM – 6PM

McGill University, Arts Building, W-215

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow.

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Raúl Romero Medina (Universidad Internacional de la Rioja / chercheur postdoctoral à l’Université Laval) : “Le mécénat de la Maison ducale de Medinaceli entre le Renaissance et le Baroque”, vendredi 13 octobre, 16 – 18h, salle R-4240, UQAM

Dear all,

Our second Nouveaux Modernes session this fall is approaching, et cette fois-ci nous recevrons Raúl Romero Medina de la Universidad Internacional de la Rioja en Espagne, actuellement post-doc à l’Université Laval. Il parlera du Mécénat de la Maison ducale de Medinaceli entre la Renaissance et le Baroque.
La séance aura lieu le vendredi 13 octobre entre 16h et 18h à la salle R-4240 à l’UQAM (fourth floor of the Pavillon des Sciences de la gestion).
The abstract in the attached file.
Venez nombreux!


Transforming Books Symposium, 6-7 October 2017, McGill University, Thomson House, Ballroom.

For a few decades now, the social and material life of books has been a central object of study among scholars of a wide array of disciplines. Thanks to the work of experts in the fields of critical bibliography, literary analysis, history, and media studies, we now have a sense of the crucial role of the material forms of texts – including their format, typography, illustrations, and other paratextual features – as well as the role of the context of production and circulation of those texts for their reception and the creation of meaning. In turn, recent scholarship has also aimed at better understanding how the mediation of texts in the public sphere helps foster different kinds of transformation that touches readers, writers, and publishers as well as the literary and material forms of books.


Building on this scholarship, the Transforming Books Symposium aims to bring together the study of the transformative power of books (on individuals, communities, as well as in relation to large-scale social and political change) with the ways in which books are themselves transformed by the processes of production, dissemination, translation, transvaluation, and adaptation. A key focus will be the many ways that the material forms of books enable and transform the meanings and social agency of texts. The symposium aims to consider books in many forms, including electronic kinds of publication, and across a range of historical periods.

The participants in the symposium will represent different areas and periods of study and different approaches to the key questions. They will share their particular archives and approaches with each other; they will also work together toward an understanding of the interrelationship between the transformative power of books and the many ways by which books themselves are transformed (including, of course, by other books).    


Transforming Books is a collaboration between McGill University’s Department of English and the Early Modern Conversions Project, directed by Professor Paul Yachnin  The full program will be available shortly.

Keynote speaker : David Lee Miller, University of South Carolina

Conférence de Guido Beltramini : “Quel sens avait l’histoire pour les architectes et leurs mécènes à Bologne, en 1579?”, Centre Canadien d’Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), 5 octobre 2017, 18h30.


Andrea Palladio, architecte. Camillo Azzone, dessinateur. Projet d’élévation partielle pour la façade de la basilique San Petronio, à Bologne, 1579. CCA. DR1964:0007

L’histoire de l’architecture traite des relations entre espace, bâtiment, géométrie urbaine et pratiques sociales – elle exprime comment l’expérience de l’espace correspond à une expérience du monde. Cette conférence présentera une analyse du débat qui, au XVIe siècle, a entouré l’achèvement de la façade de la basilique San Petronio à Bologne, construite en partie dans un style gothique, avec des dessins proposés par Baldassare Peruzzi, Giacomo da Vignola, Giulio Romano et Andrea Palladio.

La série d’échanges Quel sens a/avait l’histoire pour… ?cherche des réponses à la question du rôle de l’histoire dans la pratique de l’architecture. Le CCA invite des historiens à réfléchir sur l’attitude envers l’histoire d’architectes d’envergure historique; et des architectes contemporains, à leur propre vision de l’histoire. La série poursuit l’échange entamé lors de l’exposition L’histoire, par ailleurs : Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen.

Guido Beltramini est historien de l’architecture et commissaire d’expositions. Depuis 1991, il dirige le Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio à Vicence. Spécialiste de l’architecture de la Renaissance, en particulier des travaux de Palladio et de ses successeurs, il a fait paraître de nombreuses publications sur le sujet. Il a aussi enseigné ou donné des conférences à la Columbia University, à la Harvard University, à la Princeton University, au Victoria and Albert Museum, au Royal College of Art et à l’Universität Basel. Il a organisé des expositions en Europe et en Amérique du Nord, qui lui permettent d’approfondir ses recherches sur la Renaissance, en particulier sur le réseau des relations établies entre artistes, architectes et hommes de lettres.

Beltramini a écrit, à propos du rôle de l’historien :

Dans sa pratique, l’historien prend la mesure constante de la distance. L’histoire ne nous révèle pas ce que nous sommes, mais quelque chose de ce que nous ne sommes pas. Elle éclaire les modes et structures qui ont façonné les sociétés et les vies d’individus du passé, et elle nous montre que notre expérience du monde n’est qu’une expérience – issue de pensées, d’intuitions et de préjugés.