MARGOT fourth international conference

Women and community in the ancien régime: Traditional and new media

Les evangiles des quenouillesJune 18-20, 2014 Barnard College, New York City







Schedule of events

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Wednesday, June 18

Time Activity
8:00-9:00 Registration and continental breakfast

Plenary: Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University

« French Theology in English Convents: Regional and Supraregional Medieval Women’s Communities »
10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Session 1 : cloistered communities

  • Katie Bugyis, University of Notre Dame

 « Making history, Benedictine Cantrices and Aeditvae in Central Medieval England »

  • Ghislain Tranié, Université de Paris-Sorbonne

    « Philippe de Gueldre and the Colettine’s Religious Community (1519-1547) »

  • Kandace Brill Lombart, Independent Scholar

    « De Vita Regulari at the Royal Monastery of St. Louis de Poissy, France »

  • Ciro Romano, University of Jyväskylä

    « The ‘Feminine’ management in a nuns’ monastery in late medieval Naples: The Case of Saint Peter e Sebastian Monastery »

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Session 2 : revisiting the debate on early modern salons I: salon sociability in sixteenth-century Italy

  • Elena Brizio, The Medici Archive Project, Florence

    « Sienese Women and Sociabilité : can we talk about culture, independence, and politics? »

  • Alison A. Smith, Wagner College

    « The Civile Conversazione of Stefano Guazzo : what can book IV tell us about salon sociability in Llate sixteenth-century Italy ? »


Session 3 : The Republic of Letters I

  • Leigh Whaley, Acadia University

    « Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Darlus Thiroux d’Arconville and the Republic of Letters during the French Enlightenment »

  • Simon Surreaux, Université de Paris-Sorbonne

« Duchess and Letter-Writer : Victoire Louise Josèphe Goyon de Matignon, duchess of Fitz-James (1757-1771) »

  • Hélène Michon, Université François Rabelais-Tours

“Le Règlement donné par une dame de haute qualité à M*** sa petite-fille, de Jeanne de Schomberg: a feminine concept of civility?”

4:30-5:00 Coffee break

Session 4 : visual representations of and within female communities

  • Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame

    « Hildegard, the Nuns of the Rupertsberg, and the Production of the Illuminated Scivias »

  • Sophie Cassagnes-Brouquet, Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail

    « The Nine Female Worthies: a group of female heroes in the middle ages under the brush of painters »

  • Barbara Selmeci Castioni, University of Lausanne

    « Illustrious and illustrated ? Textual and engraved images of women in the Mercure Galant »

  • Sonia Coman, Columbia University

    « A community of women artists and actresses at the end of the ancien régime : the Portrait of Madame Thénard Mère in ‘Hermione’ by Adèle Romany »

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Thursday, June 19

Time Activity
8:00-8:30 Coffee and registration

Plenary: Susan Brown, University of Guelph

« Community, connections, and choices: changing literary Hhstory on the web »

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

Session 5: beyond the cloister

  • Alexandra Verini, University of California at Los Angeles

    « ‘I schal send the frendys anowe’: female friendship in The Book of Margery Kempe »

  • Ashley Williard, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

    « ‘Ce commerce d’Amour’ : La Fayolle on mission and marriage in the seventeenth-century Caribbean »

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Project demonstrations

  • Kenna Olsen, Mount Royal University

    « Material girls: middle English secular female scribes and their cultural agents »

  • Christine McWebb, University of Waterloo and Lori J. Walters, Florida State University

    « The Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium : its creation & implementation for teaching & research »


Session 6 : revisiting the debate on early modern salons II : salon sociability in France and Ireland

  • Julie D. Campbell, Eastern Illinois University

    « Marie de Beaulieu and Precursors of the Précieuses in Sixteenth-Century France »

  • Chanel de Halleux, Univeristé libre de Bruxelles

    « Fanny de Beauharnais’ Salon : a promoter to ‘Light Poetry’ (1762-1780) »

  • Maureen E. Mulvihill, Princeton Research Forum

    « The remarkable Mary Tighe (1772-1810) : An Irish poetess & her London Salon » with table display.

4:00-5:30 Coffee break

Session 7:The Republic of Letters II

  • Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami

    « From the community of women authors and readers to the history of evil queens in the works of Louise de Kéralio (1758-1821) »

  • Mélinda Caron, Fordham University

    « A distinguished and anonymous female presence : Louise d’Épinay and the Correspondance littéraire’s imagined community »

  • Tania Robles, Complutense University of Madrid

    « Madame Roland’s letters : a source for the history of the French revolution »

8:00 Dinner (optional, off-campus)

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Friday, June 20

Date Activity
8:30-9:00 Continental breakfast

Session 8: transmission of knowledge

  • Francesca Canadé Sautman, Hunter College and Graduate Centre and the City University of New York

    « Building women’s community through patronage in late fifteenth-century Burgundy »

  • Henriette Goldwyn, New York University

    « Female prophesying in France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes »

  • Mallika Lecoeur, Columbia University

    « Conversation as childsplay: the performances of Madame de Maintenon’s Conversations at the Royale Maison de Saint-Louis»

  • Sylvène Renoud, Université de Nantes

    « The representation of the delivering woman’s body: the role of midwives in knowledge

Session 9: cultural production by pre-modern women

  • Kathleen Loysen, Montclair State University

    « Women and communities of authorship: the storytelling scene »

  • Britt-Marie Karlsson, University of Gothenburg

    « Women’s intellectual work in sixteenth-century France: the case of Hélisenne de Crenne »

  • Cecilia Rosengren, University of Gothenburg

    « Political implications of the bodily gestures in the Peritexts of Margaret Cavendish »

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Session 10: upper-class women, agency and authorities

  • Sini Mikola, University of Helsinki

    « Valuing women’s voices: Martin Luther’s (1483-1546) responses to female agency »

  • Rose-Marie Peake, University of Helsinki

    « Submissive servant, yet great leader ? Louise de Marillac (1591-1660) and Authority »

  • Claire Buchet, Université de Paris XIII

    « Bring up to the power: the Princess of Condé and the princely education of the future Grand Condé between 1643 and 1646 »

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