Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (1529-1683) – Programme

8-9 June 2022


(All times are British Summer Time [GMT+1])

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Day One: 8 June 2022:  The Public Stage

1.45pm: Introductions: Lucia Boldrini (CCL, Goldsmiths) & Margaret Shewring (SEFR, University of Warwick)

Chair, Dr Margaret Shewring

2.00-2.30pm: Iain Fenlon (King’s College, Cambridge): ‘Enslaving the Turks in Post-Lepanto Venice’

2.30-3.00pm: Murat Kabak (Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey): ‘“If Libertie they finde, then Anarchie they make”: Sources of Sovereignty in Fulke Greville’s Mustapha

3.00-3.30pm: David Chataignier (Åbo Akademi, Åbo, Finland: ‘Staging the War on Turks: Rhodes subjuguée par Amé quatriesme comte de Savoye, by Vincent Borée (1627)’


4.00-4.30pm: Catherine Dumas (Université de Lille, Lille, France): ‘Voices from Outside: the Interference of Turkish Warriors in Frégonde by Hardy (1626)’

4.30-5.00pm: Maria Maciejewska (University of Innsbruck, Austria): ‘Applause for Failure. Japanese Topics in Jesuit Drama on the Example of the Play Sanctus Franciscus Xaverius (Lucerne, 1677)’


Day Two: 9 June 2022: Festivals

Chair, Prof. Marie-Claude Canova-Green

2.00-2.30pm: Oswin Humberto Orellana (University of California, San Diego, USA): ‘Spain, England and the “Other”: A Comparative Study of Constructions of Difference in Early Modern Chronicles’

2.30-3.00pm: Bram van Leuveren (Leiden University, Netherlands): ‘Banquet at the East-India House in Amsterdam (1638): Colonial Violence and Orientalism in Performance’


3.30-4.00pm: Iván Rega Castro (Universidad de León, Spain) & Borja Franco Llopis (UNED, Spain): ‘Images of the “Orient” in Portuguese Public Celebrations (C15th to C18th)

4.00-4.30pm: Barbara Ravelhofer (University of Durham): ‘Turks in Early Stuart Performance Culture’

4.30-5.00pm: Margaret M. McGowan (1931-2022): ‘“Mauresques” and “Turqueries”: Spectacular Orientalism in French Court Ballet (C16th to C17th)’. The paper will be read by M.C. Canova-Green

5.00pm: Conclusion: M.C. Canova-Green (CCL, Goldsmiths)


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