Please note this two-day symposium will take place online on 24-25th June 2021 in British Summer Time (BST) (UCT+1) via Zoom. 

For a complete programme, including speakers’ abstracts, please download our PDF version.

24th June

10:00 – 10:15   Registration and Welcome

10:15 – 11:45   Panel 1: Creating Agency

                         Chair: Jake Arthur (University of Oxford)

                         Katherine Mennis (University of Oxford): ‘Translators Learn of Her’:                          Latin Translation and Women’s Agency

                         Jessica Sternbach (Temple University): Virginal Spaces: Feminine                          Music and Space in Dutch Seventeenth-Century Painting

                         Caitlin Dahl (University of Pittsburgh): Playful Articulation: Voicing                          Female Desire in Les Mémoires de Henriette-Sylvie de Molière

11:45 – 12:00   Break

12:00 – 13:30   Panel 2: Crafting Agency

                         Chair: Ellice Wu (Nanyang Technological University)

                         Emily Fu (University of Toronto): Making and Thinking Small:                          Encounters with Pronk Poppenhuisen

                         Mallory Haselberger (University of Maryland): Learning to Draw:                          Giovanna Garzoni’s Libro de’caratteri and Transnational Calligraphy

                         Lorenz A. Hindrichsen (Independent Scholar): Glocal                          Intersectionality in Lady Drury’s Closet

13:30 – 14:30   Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00   Panel 3: Embodying Agency

                         Chair: Valentina Finger (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

                         Hayley O’Kell (University of Leeds): ‘They say the ladies eat these                          clays, to tone down their colour’: Perilous Beauty Regimes in Early                          Modern Spain

                         Selin Ozulkulu (Williams College): Beautiful Protection: Henna in                          Anatolian Henna Nights

                         Blanca Llanes Parra (University of Valencia): Gender-Based Violence                          and Women’s Agency in Early Modern Madrid

16:00 – 16:15   Break

16:15 – 17:45   Panel 4: Challenging Representations

                         Chair: Tristan Marshall (Shakespeare’s Globe)

                         Seth Wilson (University of Georgia): Restoration Actresses and the                          Invention of the English Woman

                         Claire Becker (University of Rochester): Mother Juana de la Cruz                          Through the Eyes of Father Antonio Daza

                         Rathika Muthukumaran (University of Oxford): The ‘Penthesilean of                          China’ and the ‘Arrias and Portias of Rome’ in India: Mediating                          Women’s Agency and Asian ethnography on the Late-Stuart Stage

17:45 – 18:00   Break

18:00 – 19:00   Keynote: Agency and Activism: Then and Now

                         Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin,                          Milwaukee)

25th June

10:00 – 10:15   Registration and Welcome

10:15 – 11:45   Panel 5: Practising Agency 

                         Chair: Nancy Haijing Jiang (Northwestern University)

                         Chloe Fairbanks (University of Oxford): ‘For no man’s pleasure, I’:                          Exercising Female Agency in the Early Modern English Tavern

                         Laura Roberts (University of Oxford): ‘She was not only your Mother                          but your Captain’: English Nuns, Religious Violence, and                          Self-Identification in the Dutch Revolt, 1566-1630

                         Urvi Shah (Jadavpur University) and Debraj Ghatak (Independent                          Scholar): Religious Agency, Cult Worship and Traditions of                          Womanhood in Mangalkabya

11:45 – 12:00   Break

12:00 – 13:30   Panel 6: Mobile Agents 

                         Chair: Serena Laiena (University of Cambridge)

                         Chris Higgins (Birkbeck): ‘Wide Wandring Weemen’: the                          nature and variety of female mobility in the early modern era

                         Theresa A. Kutasz Christensen (Independent Scholar): Agents,                          Acquisitions, and Agency: Queen Christina of Sweden’s                          Development of Antiquarian Collections in Stockholm and Rome

                         Kathryn Marshalek (Vanderbilt University): The Politics of Sanctity:                          Luisa de Carvajal in Anglo-Spanish contexts

13:30 – 14:30   Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00   Panel 7: Networks of Agency 

                         Chair: Chimène Bateman (University of Oxford)

                         Anne R. Larsen (Hope College): Salons, Agency, and the                          Self-Representation of Three French Seventeenth-Century                          Women of Science

                         Olin Moctezuma-Burns (University of Cambridge): Mary Somerset’s                          seed lists and the paperwork of transnational cooperation

                         Ben James (King’s College London): Letters of a Portuguese Abbess:                          Madre Soror Maria da Cruz

16:00 – 16:15   Break

16:15 – 17:45   Panel 8: Confronting Power

                         Chair: Sam Dobbie (University of Glasgow)

                         Ruchika Sharma (University of Delhi): Bequeathing Unto Thee:                          Intimacy and Materiality in Mixed-Race Households in early                          Colonial Bengal

                         Erica Levenson (Crane School of Music, State University of New York,                          Potsdam): From the French Courtroom to the English Opera: The                          Trial of Marie-Catherine Cadière on the Early Eighteenth-Century                          London Stage

                         Jagyoseni Mandal (University of Oxford): ‘Why are women kept                          in the protest?‘: Revisiting the Bishnoi Movement (1730), The First                          Environmentalist Movement in India in light of today’s Protests

17:45 – 18:00   Break

18:00 – 19:15   Women and Agency: Transnational Perspectives

                         Roundtable Discussion

                         Chair: Dr Nadia Cattoni (University of Lausanne)

                         Professor Bernadette Andrea (University of California,                          Santa Barbara)

                         Professor Suraiya Faroqhi (Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul)

                         Professor Ros Smith (Australian National University, Canberra)

19:15 – 19:20   Closing Remarks

                         Symposium Organisers: Kate Allan (University of Oxford) and Nupur                          Patel (University of Oxford)

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