Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World
Keynote Speaker: Merry Wiesner-Hanks
Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World" Conference.
‌March 2-4, 2017
Wesley Foundation Gallery
University of Miami

Sponsored by the University of Miami Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the Center for the Humanities, the Department of History and Joseph Carter Memorial Fund

Registration & Fees | Program | Hotel | Map & Directions

Registration & Fees

All participants, UM affiliates, and general public MUST register through this online form.
The deadline to register for the conference is Wednesday, February 22nd*.

Registration Fee

Participant $75
Graduate Student Participant $40
General Public - Thursday, March 2 $25
General  Public - Friday, March 3 $35
General Public - Saturday, March 4 $25
General Public - All 3 Days of Conference $75
University of Miami Faculty, Staff & Students Free

For payment of registration fees, checks should be made out to the UM Dept of Modern Languages & Literatures and sent to the mailing address below**.

Conference Refund Policy: Refunds will be made ONLY if written notice of cancellation is received prior to Feb. 17, 2017. After this date, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. Refunds will be processed after completion of the conference.

Mailing Address
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
University of Miami
Attn: Monica Metcalf
PO Box 248093
Coral Gables, FL 33124-2074


*Registration fees not mailed by the deadline will need to be paid on the day of via check, money order or exact USD.
**All checks must be sent in USD from a US Bank; otherwise payment must be sent via money order in USD.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

3:00PM Registration
Wesley Gallery
3:45PM Welcome
Leonidas Bachas, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
4:00PM Session 1: Women's Health and Aging
Chair: Mary Lindemann, University of Miami
4:00-4:30PM Rita Krueger, Temple University
‘I ask your pardon for playing the old woman’: Maria Theresa and Maternal Health
4:30-5:00PM Julia Dabbs, University of Minnesota, Morris
Something Old, Something New: Expanding our Vision of the Early Modern Women Artist in Old Age
5:15PM-6:30PM Reception
Scharlin Patio, Merrick Building
7:00PM Welcome & Introduction
Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami
Wesley Gallery
7:15PM Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture
Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Adjusting Our Lenses to Make Women Visible
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8:00PM Book Signing with Merry Wiesner-Hanks


Friday, March 3, 2017

8:30-9:00AM Continental Breakfast
Wesley Gallery
9:00AM Session 2: Women as Other
Chair: Viviana Díaz Balsera, University of Miami
9:00-9:30AM Bernadette Andrea, University of Texas, San Antonio
The Intersecting Paths of Two Women from the Islamic World: Teresa Sampsonia, Mariam Khanim, and the East India Company
9:30-10:00AM Mairi Cowan, University of Toronto
Relief, Deliverance, Healing, Exorcism? Women Fighting Demons in Seventeenth-Century New France
10:00-10:30AM Stephanie Matos-Ayala, Purdue University
Janet Schaw and the White Colonial Other: Race, Gender, and Nationality in British Eighteenth-Century Travel Literature
10:45AM Session 3: Women's Guild Membership
Chair: Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami
10:45-11:15AM Lois G. Schwoerer, George Washington University
Women and the Gun Guild in Early Modern England
11:15-11:45AM Hilda L. Smith, University of Cincinnati
The Public Face of Women’s Guild Membership and Commercial Concerns in London, 1660-1700
11:45-12:00PM Respondent, Melinda S. Zook, Purdue University
12:00-12:15PM Q&A
12:15-1:30PM Provided Lunch for Registrants
Scharlin Patio, Merrick Building
1:30PM Session 4: Women At Court
Chair: Maria Galli Stampino, University of Miami
1:30-2:00PM Catherine Medici, University of Nebraska
‘How Unfit the Place is for Her Majesty’: The Politics of Space and Intimacy at Elizabeth I’s Court
2:00-2:30PM Jessica Goethals, University of Alabama
Hunting for Diana: Female Regency in the Patronage Poetics of Margherita Costa
2:30-3:00PM Silvia Z. Mitchell, Purdue University
Cartas domésticas: The Familial and Political in Mariana of Austria’s Letters to Habsburg Relatives, 1665-1679
3:00-3:30PM Coffee Break
3:30PM Session 5: Pushing Boundaries In Sports, Fashion, and Music
Chair: Pamela Hammons, University of Miami
3:30-4:00PM Peter Radford, Brunel University London
Was the Long Eighteenth Century a Golden Age for Women in Sport? The Cases of Mme Bunel and Alicia Thornton
4:00-4:30PM Emilie M. Brinkman, Purdue University
Dress for Success: Catherine of Braganza, the Mistresses of Charles II, and the Politics of Display in the Restoration Court
4:30-5:00PM Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Pushing Boundaries: Women, Sounding Spaces, and Moral Discourse in Early Modern Spain
5:15PM Session 6: Nuns and Nunneries
Chair: Anne J. Cruz, University of Miami
5:15-5:45PM James A. Palmer, Florida State University
Houses of Women: Understanding Roman Political Society at the Turn of the Fifteenth Century
5:45-6:15PM Horacio Sierra, Bowie State University
Vows of Seduction: The Sexual Appropriation of Nuns in Early Modern Women’s Literature


Saturday, March 4, 2017

8:30-9:00AM Continental Breakfast
Wesley Gallery
9:00AM Session 7: Women and the English Civil Wars
Chair: Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami
9:00-9:30AM Charlotte Young, Royal Holloway, University of London
‘Our wives you find at Goldsmiths Hall’: Women and Sequestration during the English Civil War
9:30-10:00AM Caroline Boswell, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Women and the Everyday Politics of Slander, Sedition, and Informing during the English Revolution
10:00-10:30AM Marjon Ames, Appalachian State University
Women’s Speaking Unjustified: Rethinking Women’s Roles in Interregnum Quakerism
10:45AM Session 8: Writing Women
Chair: Jessica Rosenberg, University of Miami
10:45-11:15AM Deborah Lesko Baker, Georgetown University
Women Re-writing Women’s Conduct Books: Marie de Romieu’s  ‘Instruction pour les jeunes dames’
11:15-11:45AM Tanya Schmidt, New York University
Margaret Cavendish's Life of William
11:45-12:15PM Ineke Huysman, Huygens Institute, Amsterdam
Beyond the Boudoir: The Correspondence of the Dutch and Frisian Stadholder’s Wives (1605-1725)

Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University
1350 S Dixie Highway (US 1)
Coral Gables, FL 33146

‌‌‌Special discounted room rate for registered conference participants: $169 per night.

You are advised to register early as hotel rooms are likely to go fast. Reservations received after 01/31/2017 will be accepted on a space available basis.

Book your room today online or by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or 305-667-5611 and providing the three-letter code “UCH” to receive the discounted rate.

Map & Directions

Conference Locations (see map for all locations):
All conference sessions will take place at the Wesley Foundation Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Reception on Thursday, March 2 and Lunch on Saturday, March 4 will be served on the Scharlin Family Patio, below the Merrick Building.

Click here for MRB Map‌‌‌‌


Conference Hotel:
Holiday Inn Coral Gables - University, 1350 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 667-5611


Getting to Campus from Hotel:
From hotel to campus, walk north to Mariposa Avenue, cross South Dixie Highway to the Hurry-Cane shuttle stop on Ponce de León Avenue at the University Metrorail.  Take the Stanford Shuttle to Stanford Drive; the Wesley Foundation Gallery is two blocks east on Stanford Drive.  Shuttles run every ten minutes, so give yourself time.

You may also walk from the hotel to campus;  walk north to Mariposa Avenue, cross South Dixie Highway to Ponce de León, walk north to Stanford Drive. Wesley Foundation Gallery is two blocks west on Stanford.  The walk will take approximately twenty minutes.


From the Miami International Airport:
Taxi rates from MIA to Coral Gables are approximately $40-50. If you would like to try metrorail:

Metrorail is the most affordable choice for getting to and from the airport. A one-way ticket costs $2.25. For more Metrorail information, go to www.miamidade.gov/transit/metrorail.asp.

From MIA Metrorail station take Metrorail Orange Line to University Metrorail station for the UM Coral Gables Campus.  Cross Mariposa Avenue to Dixie Highway and walk south two blocks to the Holiday Inn.


Driving Directions to campus:  Click on link for driving and parking information:


Parking on campus: 
Metered public parking may occasionally be found on Stanford Drive.  It is best to park at the Pavia & Merrick Garages (enter through Stanford Drive and ask directions to garage at the gatehouse).  The Pavia & Merrick Garages have a dedicated visitor parking area (see attendant for assistance). Passes are available via cash and credit card (Visa & MasterCard). 24-hour parking is $8.00.  The garage is conveniently located immediately behind Wesley Foundation Gallery.