Colloquium Program

All panels, lectures, and events will take place in the Rubenstein Library, Room 153 (Holsti-Anderson Room), located on Duke University’s west campus.
Rubenstein Library map
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Friday, March 9th

9:00-9:45am・Registration, Coffee


10:00-11:15am・States of Dissent: Imagining Politics in the Premodern World
Chair: Meghan Woolley, Duke University

Allison Gose, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Servants Not Soldiers: A New Imagination of Empire”

Nathan Hershberger, Duke University
“Patient Apocalypticism and the Syriac Tradition: Dissent in Ephrem the Syrian, Mar Qardagh, and Giwargis Warda”

Stephanie Merinoff, North Carolina State University
“The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Formation of the English State”

11:15-11:30am・Coffee Break

11:30am-1:15pm・Dissenting Bodies: Composing and Converting “The Other”
Chair: Shirley Li, Duke University

Hinasahar Muneeruddin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Sex, Slavery, and Othering: An Exploration of the Singing Slave Girls (Qiyan) in Medieval Abbasid Society”

Joanna Murdoch, Duke University
“‘Lord, Am I the One?’: Dissent and Conversion in the Middle English ‘Judas’ Ballad”

Jordan Hugh Sam, University of Colorado Boulder
“‘Passing the Love of Women’: A Homoerotic Reading of David’s Laments through the Lens of King James’s Favorites”

Kareem A. Wall,
Louisiana State University
“The Black Male Experience in Othello


2:30-3:45pm・Converting Institutions: Dissent and Reformation
Chair: Nicholas Smolenski, Duke University

Olga Kalashnikova, Central European University
“The Father of Bohemian Reformation: Iohannes Milicius’s Criticism of the Church in Pre-Hussite Bohemia (1363-1374)”

Kristen Coan Howard, University of Arizona
“Reform and Maintain: The Contours of Dissent in Reforming Geneva”

Alexandra Siso, University of Colorado Boulder
“Cantiones Sacrae (1589): The Prayers of a Catholic Composer Loyal to a Protestant Queen”


4:00-5:15pm・Keynote Lecture

Dr. Roseen Giles, Duke University
“The Millennial Discord: Generational Tensions in Early Modern Italy”


Saturday, March 10th

9:00-9:30am・Breakfast, Coffee

9:30-11:15am・Disguising Authority: Gender, Writing, and Dissent
Chair: Jessica Ward, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Corrie Greene, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“Turning a Noble Child into a Defective Male: Resistance, Dissent, and Regeneration in Silence”

James B. Harr, III, North Carolina State University
“Like a Virgin: Costumes, Cross-Dressing, and Subterfuge as Rebellion in Female Hagiography”

Katelyn Alley, North Carolina State University
“‘Truest Criseyde’: Resisting Binary Opposition in Troilus and Criseyde and The Testament of Cresseid”

Kristen Whittier Foote, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Questioning Authority through Feminine Authorship in the Works of Hélisenne de Crenne”

11:15-11:30am・Coffee Break

11:30am-1:15pm・(Dis)Continuities of Dissent: Constructing the Past and Imagining the Future in the Medieval and Modern World
Chair: Meghan Woolley, Duke University

Holly Sims, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Royal Descent/Dissent: Historical Writing and Dynastic Conflict in don Juan Manuel’s Libro de las armas o de las tres razones”

Elisabeth CreMeens, Dallas Museum of Art
“Weaving Sanctity: The Textile Relics of St. Cuthbert”

Marisa Žele, Postgraduate School of Scientific Research Center of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
“Intervening in the Anticipated: Medieval Calculation of the End as a Form of Dissent”

Douglas Stark, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Playing with Plague: The Black Death in Video Games”


2:30-3:45pm・Rebels and Revengers: The Character of Dissent in Early Modern Literature
Chair: Lindsey Larre, Duke University

Maggie Kelly, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“Justice and Revenge in The Spanish Tragedy

Trevor B. Williams, Vanderbilt University
“Satan’s Mindful Dissent: An Exhibition of Early Modern Alternatives in Milton’s Interpretation of Genesis 3”


4:00-5:15pm・Keynote Lecture

Dr. Sara S. Poor, Princeton University
“Observant Reform, Women Writers, and the “Book Mistress” of St. Catherine’s in Nuremberg”