Sea Sense: Blue Humanities and the Early Modern Imaginary

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April 29, 2021 to May 1, 2021
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, Fine Arts

The UCI New Swan Shakespeare Center and the UCI Center for Early Cultures invite you to this year’s annual conference, Sea Sense: Blue Humanities and the Early Modern Imaginary.

Sea Sense will focus on the narrative and representational aspects of early modern land/sea distinctions and the environmental concerns these distinctions foreground. The conference will explore the allegorical and rhetorical role oceans play in early modern conceptions of environmental catastrophe, and the limits and possibilities that oceans presented for thinking with ecocriticism in a deep historical context.

This three-day history and history of art event will include roundtable discussions, special lectures, and a graduate student conference.

See the full schedule HERE.


We are excited to welcome the following presenters and participants:

Marisa Bass, Associate Professor of Art History,  Yale

Alex Borucki, Associate Professor of History, UCI

Jeffrey Cohen, Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University

Kevin Dawson, Associate Professor of History, UC Merced

Anne Goldgar, Garrett and Anne Van Hunnick Chair in European History, USC

Hanneke Grootenboer, Professor of History, Art History and Classics, Radboud University

David Igler, Professor of History, UCI

Andrew Lipman, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College

Lyle Massey, Associate Professor of Art History, UCI

Steven Mentz, Professor of English, St. John’s University

Jessica Millward, Associate Professor of History, UCI

Jane Newman, Professorof Comparative Literature, UCI

Claudia Swan, Mark S. Weil Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University

Bronwen Wilson, Professor of Art History, UCLA

Julian Yates, H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English, University of Delaware

This event will also feature our graduate student conference, The Sea: Mobility, Ingenuity, and Ecology in the Global Early Modern. This is co-organized by Cynthia Fang (UCLA), Drew Lash (UCLA), Sara Sisun (UCI), and Zachary Korol-Gold(UCI)



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