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Durham University

Durham Early Modern Conference

Durham Early Modern Conference

It is with regret that, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the full 2020 Durham Early Modern Conference has been postponed until 6-8 July 2021.

The global health crisis and lockdown requirements around the world have resulted in many people feeling isolated, not only from their personal, social contacts, but also from their professional networks. The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies has therefore set up a series of online events related to this year’s Conference to ensure that as many research conversations as possible can continue to flourish during this time. All are welcome to join these online sessions, which are free of charge.

Click on the title of each event for further details.

Registration for the Conference Sessions has now closed.

Renaissance Graces: A Round-Table Conversation

9th July 2020, 15:00 to 16:30

This event is sponsored by the IMEMS research project Early Modern Keywords and is part of a series of online events arranged in lieu of the full Durham Early Modern Conference, which will return 6-8 July 2021

Chair: Marc Schachter (French, Durham University)

Ita Mac Carthy’s 2020 book, The Grace of the Italian Renaissance, joins Brian Cummings’s 2011 monograph, The Literary Culture of the Reformation: Grammar and Grace, and Patricia Emison’s 1991 Renaissance Studies article, ‘Grazia’, in a growing body of early modern scholarship on grace within and beyond the disciplines of Modern Languages, English, and Art History. Mac Carthy sought in her study to bring such scholarship together. She explores grace as a ‘complex keyword’ that at once conveys and connects the most pressing ethical, social, and aesthetic debates of sixteenth-century Italy. She does so in the knowledge that grace also acts ‘as a crucible for culture and society, spirituality and politics’ – as she puts it in her book – ‘across a range of contexts’ in other times and places.

This event will bring together, in a live online conversation, an international group of major scholars working on grace and related notions. The conversation will take place in the light of Mac Carthy’s new study and will be informed by the different preoccupations and perspectives of the participants. Please join the conversation and add to it by posting your questions and comments for the panel online during the event.


Brian Cummings (English, University of York);

Patricia Emison (Art History, University of New Hampshire);

Ita Mac Carthy (Italian and Translation Studies, Durham University);

Martin McLaughlin (Italian, University of Oxford);

Simon Park (Portuguese, University of Oxford)

About the Durham Early Modern Conference

The Durham Early Modern Conference is an annual conference organised by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University. It offers a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for any aspect of early modern studies, covering the period c.1450 to c.1800.

In 2013 Durham’s Seventeenth-Century Studies group, which was originally founded in 1985, became an integral part of IMEMS, beginning a new role within one of Durham University’s flagship research institutes. Building on the success of the Durham Seventeenth Century Conference, in 2017 the decision was taken to re-launch this regular scholarly event with a more ambitious timeframe. The emphasis is deliberately multi- and inter-disciplinary, with papers displaying a full range of methodological approaches and spanning national and disciplinary boundaries.

Contact Details

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
7 Owengate