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Committee for Early Modern Studies

Bradford Bouley, Department of History
Robin Thomas, Department of Art History

The Committee for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) brings together faculty and graduate students in numerous departments—including Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Music, and Spanish and Italian—for the purpose of exploring the early modern and medieval periods (roughly 1000-1800 AD). Our theme for the 2016-2017 academic year will be destruction and memory in the early modern world. This is a topic of broad importance both for understanding the period as well as the modern world that has emerged out of it. Some of the questions that our speakers will address include: how has the survival of certain material objects shaped our impression of the early modern world? What did early modern people think was worthy of preservation? What did they think should be destroyed? Was destruction ever a creative activity?