2012 Annual Meeting

On October 26-27,  SSEMW held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Sixteenth Century Studies conference.

Thanks to the hard work of VP Jane Couchman and SCSC liaison Julie Campbell, we sponsored an exciting array of sessions:

Mistresses and the Arts in Early Modern Europe

Organizer:  Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University

Chair:  Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University. “Can you forgive her?  Vanozza Cattanei Borgia as Pious Art Patron in Renaissance Rome”

Maria F. Maurer, Indiana University. “Fatal Transactions: The Attempted Assassination of Isabella Boschetti”

Sigrid Ruby, University of Giessen.  “The Royal Mistress in France: Images and Imaginations”

Motherhood and Early Modern English Women’s Manuscript Writing

Victoria E. Burke (Ottawa). “The Mother’s Advice Writing of Anne Halkett”

Paula McQuade (DePaul). “ Maternal Catechesis in the Manuscript Miscellany of Katherine Fitzwilliam (c.1600)”

Kate Narveson (Luther College). My most precious jewel”:  women’s manuscript devotional books as iconic objects

Early Modern Women’s Networking I and II

Organized by: Julie D. Campbell, Eastern Illinois University; Anne R. Larsen, Hope College; Diana Robin, Newberry Library

Early Modern Women’s Networking I: Literary Networks

Chair:  Sheila ffolliott;  Comment: Diana Robin

Jane Couchman, Glendon College, York University. “A Huguenot epistolary network (1558-1564): Éléonore de Roye, Princess of Condé”

Julie D. Campbell, Eastern Illinois University. “Court Networks and L’Histoire de la Chiaramonte”

Anne R. Larsen, Hope College. “Anna Maria van Schurman’s Networking and the Republic of Letters”

Early Modern Women’s Networking II:  Urban, Domestic, and Princely Networks
Chair: Anne R. Larsen; Comment:  Julie D. Campbell

Amanda G. Madden, Georgia Institute of Technology. “Women’s Networks and Vendetta Violence in Sixteenth-Century Modena”

Florine Vital-Durand, Université Pierre Mendès. “The Cultural Policy, Art Patronage, and Networking of Christine de France (1637-1663)”

Megan Darby, Pennsylvania State University. “Employing Fancy: The Housewives of Margaret Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies”

Convent Studies: Looking Back, Looking Ahead 

Organizer:  P. Renée Baernstein,  Miami University, OH

Chair and Comment: Susan Dinan,William Paterson University

Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University. “Convents in the Iberian World: Lessons in Cross-Pollination”

P. Renée Baernstein Miami University, OH. “A Grand Tour: Scholarship on Italian Nuns and Convents”

Amy Leonard, Georgetown University. “Nuns and Convents in Reformation Germany”

All the sessions were well attended.

We also were treated to an amazing keynote speech by Lisa Vollendorf  “Towards a History of Gender Violence: Methodologies and Challenges.”  The room was packed and we had to bring in lots of extra chairs.  Keynote speaker address with a packed audience

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