Mellon Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies Symposium--Empire and Epistemes: Writing Space, Erasing History

Mellon Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies Symposium–Empire and Epistemes: Writing Space, Erasing History

Mellon Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies Symposium–Empire and Epistemes: Writing Space, Erasing History

Application Deadline: Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: Putah Creek Lodge




Tom Conley
(Visual and Environmental Studies & Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University)
“Montaigne que voicy: Torsion and Vision of the Essais


Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
(History, University of Texas at Austin)
“How Imperial Historiographies Silence the Past: The Case of the Old Testament in the Spanish Monarchy.”

Monday, April 23, 4 PM
Putah Creek Lodge

Dinner will follow the talks. If you wish to join us for dinner, RSVP by APRIL 13 to Lisa Carvajal <>.

Graduate students are also invited to join Professors Conley and Cañizares-Esguerra on April 23 at 12 PM in the Andrews Conference Room for a lunchtime conversation about approaches to evidence. If you would like to attend, RSVP to Lisa <> by April 13. Some short reading material will be pre-circulated to the group of attendees a week before the luncheon.

About our speakers:
Tom Conley is Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. His work examines relations of space and writing in literature, cartography, and cinema, moving to and from early modern France and issues in theory and interpretation in visual media.  In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author of a number of books including Film Hieroglyphs (1991, new edition 2006), The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern Writing (1992), The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France (1996, new edition 2010), L’Inconscient graphique: Essai sur la lettre à la Renaissance (2000), Cartographic Cinema (2007), and An Errant Eye: Topography and Poetry in Early Modern France (2010). He is also the translator of several works by Michel de Certeau, including The Writing of History (1988 and 1992); of Marc Augé, In the Metro (2003) and Casablanca: Movies and Memory (2009); of Gilles Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque (1993); and of Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map (2006), among others.

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra is Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the early modern Atlantic, science and colonialism, the history of knowledge, as well as colonial Spanish and British America. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is also the author of Puritan Conquistadors: Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550-1700 (2006), translated into Spanish as Católicos y puritanos en la colonización de America (2008); Nature, Empire, and Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World (2006); and How to Write the History of the New World: Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (2001), which was published in Spanish as Como escribir la historia del Nuevo Mundo: Historiografías, epistemologías e identidades en el mundo atlántico (2007) and in Portuguese as Come escrever a História do Novo Mundo (2011). He is the co-editor with James Sidbury and Matt Childs of Borderlands Within: The Black Urban Atlantic, 1500-1800 (forthcoming) and with Erik R Seeman of The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000 (2006).

For more information please contact: Lisa Carvajal,

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