Vann Seminar List of Sessions 1985-2008

Current Vann Seminar Schedule

This list is the closest we can come to a complete reconstruction of the sequence of sessions. We are grateful to Blair Major for helping us rescue this history by donating to the Vann Seminar the files kept by the late Russell Major, one of its founders.

First Season 1985-1986

December 15, 1985: Amanda Eurich, Emory University
Topic unknown

[Records of other original sessions lost]

Second Season 1986-1987

September 28, 1986: J. Russell Major, Emory University
“The Robe and the Sword in Early Modern France.”

October 26, 1986: Douglas Cameron-Miller
“The Wilton Boys Charity School”

December 7, 1986: Susan Socolow, Emory University
“Acceptable Partners: Marriage Choice in Colonial Argentina (1778-1810)”

February 1, 1987: William Sessions, Georgia State University
“The Last Day of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547): His Trial

February 22, 1987: paper by Margie Gray

April 5, 1987: Diane Willen, Georgia State University

April 27, 1987:, Orest Ranum, Johns Hopkins University

Third Season 1987-1988:

October 4, 1987: Marion Kuntz, Georgia State University
“Angelo Foligno and Venetian Spirituality”

November 15, 1987: Robert Smith, Emory University
“The Wentworth Estate”

Fall, 1987: John Doney

[Two other fall sessions lost]

January 31, 1988: Brian Dooley
“Rural Relations on Parlementaire Estates in Burgundy”

February 28, 1988: Diane Willen, Georgia State University
“Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe”

March 27, 1988: Mack Walker, Johns Hopkins University
“The Salzburger Exiles as Social History”

May 1, 1988: Chuck Spornick, Woodruff Library
“Pope Eugene III: the Bishop of Rome and the Republic of St. Peters”

Fourth Season 1988-1989:

Fall semester, Michael Bellesiles, Emory University
"Unexceptionally American: the Agrarian Economy of Frontier New England, 1760-1830"

November, Sharon Strocchia, Emory University
"Remembering the Family: Women, Kin and Commemorative Masses in Renaissance Florence."

April 16, 1989: Jonathan Dewald, University of California at Irvine
"Ambition and Political Order: A Problem in French Aristocratic Culture"

Fifth Season 1989-1990:

Fall semester, James Van Horn Melton, Emory University
"Otto Brunner and the Origins of German Social History"

January, 1990, Jonathan Prude, Emory University
"To Look upon the Lower Orders: Runaway Ads and the Appearance of Class in American Working-Class Culture, 1750-1800"

Spring, Thomas Kaiser, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
"Money, Despotism and Public Opinion in Early Eighteenth-Century France: John Law and the Debate on Credit"

Sixth Season 1990-1991:

September, 1990: Thomas Burns, Emory University
"Stilicho at the Bridge."

October 7, 1990: Serge Gruzinski, C.N.R.S., Paris
"Images and Cultural Mestizaje in Colonial Mexico."

November 11, 1990: David Sabean, Cornell University
"Peasant Voices and Bureaucratic Texts: Narrative Structure in Early Modern German Protocols."

January, 1991: James Melton, Emory University
"Throne and Scepter: The Religious Foundations of Absolutism in France and the Holy Roman Empire, 1500-1789" [paper co-authored with Thomas Kaiser].

March 28, 1991: Wolfgang Weber, University of Augsburg
"What the Good Ruler Should Not Do: the Theoretical Limits of Royal Power in Seventeenth-Century Political Theory."

April 28, 1991: Kevin Robbins, Emory Law School
"What Happened in La Rochelle after the Siege of 1628? Catholic Kinship, Urban Police, and the Tactics of Counter-Reformation 1628-1650"

Seventh Season 1991-1992:

October 13, 1991: Bernard Roussel, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
"Religion and its Integration into Society: The Case of the French Reformed Church."

November 3, 1991: Richard Goldthwaite, Johns Hopkins University
"Identity and Consumerism in Renaissance Florence."

December 8, 1991: Sharon Strocchia, Emory University
"Learning the Virtues: Convent Schools and Female Culture in Renaissance Florence."

Februrary 8, 1992: Diane Willen, Georgia State University
"Godly Women in Early Modern England: Puritanism and Gender."

March 1, 1992: William Beik, Emory University
"Moral Economy, Violence, Solidarity: the Motivation of Seventeenth-Century French Crowds."

March 22, 1992: Joseph Bergin, University of Manchester
"Kings, Patrons and Bishops: the French Church under Henri IV and Louis XIII."

April 12, 1992: Alice Jarrard, Art History, Emory University
"Italian Festive Modes: the Este Court in Modena, 1629-1658."

Eighth Season 1992-1993

October 11, 1992: J. Russell Major, Emory University Emeritus
"The Late Medieval-Renaissance French Nobility."

November 4, 1992: GROUP SESSION: SOCIAL PROTEST AND THE POLITICS OF PROVISIONS IN BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND GERMANY. Papers by John Bohstedt, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Cynthia Bouton, Texas A & M, and Manfred Gailus, Technische Universitët, Berlin

December 6, 1992: Mark Ravina, Emory University
"Ascriptive Demography and Political Economy in Early Modern Japan."

February 7, 1993: William I. Miller, University of Michigan Law School
"Getting a Fix on Violence."

March 21, 1993: Edward Muir, Louisiana State University
"Ritual in Early Modern Europe."

April 18, 1993: William Bradford Smith, Oglethorpe University
"Orthodoxy and Order in Late Medieval and Counter-Reformation Bamberg."

May 2, 1993: Marion L. Kuntz, Georgia State University
"Voices from a Venetian Prison in the Cinquecento: Francesco Spinola and Dionisio Gallo."

Ninth Season 1993-1994:

September 26, 1993: Susan Socolow, Emory University
"Women of the Frontier: Buenos Aires, 1740-1810 (or the Gaucho turned Upside Down)."

October 31, 1993, Stanley Chojnacki, Michigan State University
"Social Identity in Renaissance Venice: the Second Serrata."

November 21, 1993: Dena Goodman, Louisiana State University
"Suzanne Necker's Mélanges: Gender, Writing, and Publicity in Eighteenth- Century France."

February 13, 1994: William Sessions, Georgia State University
"The Arundel Castle Portrait of Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey (1517-1547): History, Language, and Art."

March 20, 1994: Peter Bakewell, Emory University
"Conquest After the Conquest: the Rise of Spanish Dominion in America"

April 17: James Farr, Purdue University
"Interpreting Artisan Culture of Early Modern Europe"

Tenth Season 1994-1995:

September 25, 1994: Guido Ruggiero, University of Miami
"The Abbot's Concubine: Microstrategies of Power and Binding Passions in Late Renaissance Italy."

October 16, 1994: Geoffrey Clark, Emory University
"The Diffusion of Commercial Intelligence in the 'Age of Projects:' the Case of Life Insurance in England, 1706-1720."

November 6, 1994: Ronald Witt, Duke University
"Petrarch, Third Generation Humanist."

February 12, 1995: Barbara Harris, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Patriarchy and Partnership: Aristocratic Wives in Yorkist and Early Tudor England."

March 19, 1995: Laura Mason, University of Georgia
"Singing the French Revolution: Popular Culture and Revolutionary Politics in Paris."

April 23, 1995: Judith Miller, Emory University
"The Stealth State: Lessons of Napoleonic Provisioning, 1799-1815."

Eleventh Season 1995-1996:

September 17, 1995: James Van Horn Melton, Emory University
"Reading Publics: Transformations of the Literary Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century Europe"

October 15, 1995: Gary Kates, Trinity University
"The Transgendered World of the Chevalier/Chevalière d'Eon"

November 5, 1995: Kristen B. Neuschel, Duke University
"Noblewomen and War in Sixteenth-Century France"

February 18, 1996: Peter Lake, Princeton University
"Agency, Appropriation and Rhetoric under the Gallows: Puritans, Romanists and the State in Early Modern England"

March 31, 1996: Monica Chojnacka, University of Georgia
"Women, Charity and Community in Early Modern Venice: A Study of the Zitelle and the Soccorso"

April 28, 1996, Thomas J. Kuehn, Clemson University
"Person and Gender in the Laws of Renaissance Italy"

Twelfth Season 1996-1997

September 15, 1996: Laurie Nussdorfer, Wesleyan University
"Festive Pamphlets in Baroque Rome"

October 6, 1996: Lawrence Stone, Princeton University
"The Leisure Revolution in Eighteenth-Century England"

November 17, 1996: James B. Collins, Georgetown University
“The Res Publica in Early Modern France (14th-18th Centuries)”

February 2, 1997: Anthony La Vopa, North Carolina State University
"The Philosopher and the Schwärmer: On the Career of a German Epithet from Luther to Kant”

February 23, 1997: Sharon Strocchia, Emory University
"Gender and the Rites of Honor in Italian Renaissance Cities"

April 20, 1997: William Bradford Smith, Oglethorpe University
"Territory and Community in Germany, 1370-1450"

Thirteenth Season 1997-1998

September 21, 1997: David Paradis, Emory University
“Authority and Justice during the English Rising of 1381”

October 19, 1997: Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews
“Militant in Song: Popular Religious Culture in the French Wars of Religion”

November 16, 1997: Keith Baker, Stanford University
“Transformations of Classical Republicanism in Eighteenth-Century France”

February 1, 1998: Diane Willen, Georgia State University
“Godly Imperative: the Politicization of Puritan Women in Caroline England”

February 22, 1998: Liana Vardi, SUNY Buffalo
“The Culture of Physiocracy”

April 5, 1998: Elizabeth Cohen, York University
“Prostitution and Community in Early Modern Rome”

Fourteenth Season 1998-1999

September 27, 1998: Vivien Dietz, Davidson College
“May Taxes Vanish, but Dyes be Permanent: Politics and the British Cotton Industry, 1784-85”

October 8, 1998: Jonathan Strom, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
“Preaching and Discipline: the Case of Seventeenth-Century Rostock”

November 15, 1998; Mack Holt, George Mason University
“Wine, Life, and Death in Early Modern Burgundy”

January 31, 1999: James Van Horn Melton, Emory University
“Pietism, Politics, and the Public Sphere in Germany”

February 21,1999: Edmund Kern, Lawrence University
“Cleaving the Body Social: The ‘Public Sphere’ and the Execution of Witches”

March 28, 1999: Robert Brenner, UCLA
“Property and Progress in the Countryside before the Industrial Revolution: the Brenner Debate Revisited”

Fifteenth Season 1999-2000

September 26, 1999: Sharon Strocchia, Emory
“Whispers in the Convent: Interpreting Monastic Scandal in Renaissance Florence”

October 17, 1999: Gregory Monahan, Eastern Oregon University
“Prophetesses and Rebels: Women in the War of the Camisards”

November 21, 1999: Michael Lynn, Agnes Scott College
“Divining the Enlightenment: Public Opinion and Popular Science in Old Regime France”

February 6, 2000: William Beik, Emory University
“The Political Voice of the People in Early Modern France”

March, 2000: Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
“Women and the Reformation: Recent Historiography”

Sixteenth Season 2000-2001

September 24, 2000: Ben Ehlers, University of Georgia
“Christians and Muslims in Valencia in the Age of Charles V”

November 5, 2000: David Bell, Johns Hopkins University
“The Unbearable Lightness of Being French: Law, Republicanism and National Identity at the End of the Old Regime”

December 3, 2000: David Harley, University of Notre Dame
“Racializing Jewishness in Elizabethan London: the Trial and Execution of the Royal Physician Rodrigo Lopez”

March 4, 2001: Stephanie Seigmund, University of Michigan
“Jewish Communities in Renaissance Florence

April, 2001: Amy Enright, Emory University
“Municipal Identity and the Founding of Collèges in Early Modern Champagne”

Seventeenth Season 2001-2002

September 14, 2001: James Van Horn Melton, Emory University
“School, Stage, Salon: Musical Cultures in Haydn’s Vienna”

October 19, 2001: Robert A. Schneider, Catholic University
“Court Culture Outside the Court in the Age of Richelieu: the Case of the Rambouillet Salon”

January 25, 2002: Robert C. Davis, Ohio State University
“Pilgrims and Tourists in Late Medieval Venice”

April 19, 2002: Brian Cowan, Yale University
“Topic on Coffeehouses in Eighteenth-Century England”

Eighteenth Season 2002-2003

October 4, 2002: Carlo Ginburg, UCLA
“Latitude, Slaves and the Bible: An Experiment in Microhistory”

November 15, 2002: Duane Corpis, Georgia State University
“False Conversions in Early Modern Germany”

January 24, 2003: Thomas Robischeaux, Duke University
“The Last Witch of Hürden”

April 11, 2003: Annette Finley-Crosswhite, Old Dominion University
“From Murder to Memory: Some Thoughts on Trauma and its Displacement in Representations of the Assassination of the Duke of Guise”

Nineteenth Season 2003-2004

October 3, 2003: Sharon Strocchia, History Department, Emory
"When the Bishop Married the Abbess: Representing Masculinity in Florentine Episcopal Entries."

November 21, 2003: Andrea Frisch, Department of French and Italian, University of Southern California and Fellow at the Folger Library
“Amnesty, Clemecy and Pardon during the French Wars of Religion”

January 30, 2004: Michael Breen, Reed College
“Understanding Monarchy: Legal Culture, Urban Government and Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Dijon."

March 19, 2004: Mark Forster, University of Connecticut
“Domestic Devotions and Family Piety in German Baroque Catholicism”

Twentieth Season 2004-2005

October 1, 2004: William Beik, History Department, Emory, "The Violence of the French Crowd: Age-Old Traditions and the French Revolution."

October 29, 2004: Dale van Kley, Ohio State University, "Marginal Martyrs: 'Letters of Communion' to the Excommunicated Diocese of Utrecht from Catholic Europe, 1719-1809"

January 21, 2005: Susan Amussen, Union Institute and University "'If Her Son is Living with You, She Sends Her Love:' The Caribbean in England 1650-1700."

March 25, 2005: James Melton, History Department, Emory, ”From Salzburg to Savannah: Transatlantic Worlds of a Salzburg Miner, 1695-1761."

Twenty-first Season 2005-2006

September 26th, David Nirenberg, Johns Hopkins University,“ Figures of Thought & Figures of the Flesh: ‘Jews’ and ‘Judaism’ in Late Medieval Spanish Poetry and Politics”

November 18th, Caroline Bynum, Columbia University,"Living Blood Poured Out: Themes in Late Medieval Blood Piety."

February 2, Joseph C. Miller, University of Virginia, (joint session with the Seminar in African History, Culture, and Society),“Abolition as Discourse.”

February 17, Valerie Kivelson, University of Michigan,“’Between All Parts of the Universe’:
Cartography and Conceptions of Empire in Early Modern Russia.”

Twenty-second Season 2006-2007

Oct. 27, 2006 Jeffrey Houghtby, Visiting Asisistant Professor, Emory, "Traditional Origins of Modernity: Rural Property Rights and Social Redistribution in Early Modern Burgundy."

April 20, 2007: Special Program of the Vann Seminar
French Social History: Intersections and New Directions
A Symposium in Honor of William Beik

“Sexual Culture in Early Modern France: Royal Authority and the Politics of Illegitimacy under Louis XIV” Katherine Crawford, Vanderbilt University

“Personal Influence and Everyday Retribution: Noble Culture and Violence in the Early Modern Mediterranean World” Brian Sandberg, Northern Illinois University

“Vietnam 1960: The Peasant Revolt that Began the War,” David Hunt, University of Massachussets, Boston

Comment. Barbara Diefendorf, Boston University
Roundtable Discussion with Audience. Judith Miller, Emory University (Moderator)
Closing Tribute to Bill Beik


Twenty-third Season 2007-2008

Sept. 21, 2007 Professor Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, "Government, State, and Cartography in the Eighteenth Century"

Jan. 18, 2008 Professor John Thornton, Boston University, "Black Jesus: Kongolese Representations of Christ in the Eighteenth Century"

Current Vann Seminar Schedule