The Folger Institute is a center for advanced study in the early modern humanities. Its programs gather university faculty and graduate students for scholarly investigation of designated topics. Based at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Institute is supported by dedicated endowments, program-specific grants, and a consortium of universities that has grown from the local to the international.
In the coming year, the Institute's program ranges from rogues to research methods and from Machiavelli and Montaigne to Wroth and Hobbes. A highpoint of the year will commemorate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. In early March 2014, the Institute's Center for Shakespeare Studies will host a conference on "Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography." The conference will begin with the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture delivered by Brian Cummings.
The program year begins in September 2013, when the Institute's Center for the History of British Political Thought will host a symposium on "Where Was Political Thought in England, c. 1600-1642?," which welcomes several dozen scholars to join the discussion. Program directors and topics in 2013-2014 include Barbara K. Lewalski on "Constructing and Representing Authorship in Early Modern England"; Lorna Hutson and Victoria Kahn on "Political Theologies in Early Modern Literature"; Marcy Norton on "Entangled Trajectories: Integrating European and Native American Histories"; Denise Albanese on "A Folger Introduction to Research Methods and Agendas" for early stage graduate students; David Cressy on "Rogues, Gypsies, and Outsiders: Early Modern People on the Margins"; Karen Ordahl Kupperman and Peter Stallybrass on "Researching the Archive" for dissertation writers; and a spring symposium offered in collaboration with the Herbert D. Katz Center at the University of Pennsylvania on early modern Jewish history. In June 2014, Heather Wolfe will direct "English Paleography," a Mellon Summer Institute in Vernacular Paleography.
Full program descriptions may be found on the Institute's website: www.folger.edu/institute.
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