Conference Program

Keynotes, Panels, and Lunches take place on the 2nd floor of Decio Hall.

Workshops take place in the Hesburgh Library.


11:30 – 12:30 | Lunch and Welcoming Remarks

12:30 – 1:30 | Opening Keynote: Robert Frodeman (Philosophy, University of North Texas) – “Interdisciplinarity and the Future of the Humanities”

1:30 – 1:45 | Break

1:45 – 3:00 | Panel 1 – Shakespeare Sans Interdisciplinarity? Interdisciplinarity Sans Shakespeare?

Chair: Arnaud Zimmern (English, Notre Dame)

Casey Caldwell (English, University of Chicago) – “Interdisciplinarity, Specialization, Early Modern Texts”

John Ladd (English, Northwestern) – “Digital Shakespeare and the Problem of the Test Case”

Matt Hawkins (Film, Television, and Theater, Notre Dame) – “Classrooms, Stages, and Sites of Collaborative Bardolatry”

Panel Abstracts

3:00 – 3:15 | Break

3:15 – 4:30 | Workshop: Teaching with Rare Books (Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library)

Organizers: Maria Sole Costanzo (Italian, Notre Dame) and Jenny Smith (CUSE, Notre Dame)

Julie Tanaka (Special Librarian, Notre Dame)

Ted Cachey (Italian, Notre Dame)

Robert Goulding (History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame)

Jesse Lander (English, Notre Dame)

4:30 – 4:45 | Break

4:45 – 6:00 | Panel 2 – Early Modern Judaism: Interdisciplinary and Interreligious Approaches

Chair: Breanna Nickel (Religion, Augustana College)

Margaret Slaughter (Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington) – “Clandestine Synagogues: Judenreglement in Early Modern Germany”

Samuel Baudinette (History of Christianity, University of Chicago Divinity School) – “‘Let every man abound in his own sense:’ Pablo de Santa María and the opposition between reason and faith in his Additiones and Scrutinium Scripturarum

Benny Bar-Lavi (History, University of Chicago) – “Figural Judaism in the anti-Machiavellian discourse of Counter-Reformation Spain”

Panel Abstracts

7:00 | Conference dinner for invited speakers and panelists


9:15 – 10:30 | Panel 3 – Italian Studies and the Origins of Interdisciplinarity

Chair: Maria Sole Costanzo (Italian, Notre Dame)

Enrico Carnevali (Italian, University of Chicago) – “‘Perché le scienze ancor son molte’: Tasso and the Framing of the New Intellectual”

Emma Pcolinski (Italian, Indiana University Bloomington) –  Feminine Reception of Lucretia: A Study in Visual and Textual Representations”

Giovanni Vedovotto (Italian, Notre Dame) – “Allegory in Tasso’s Jerusalem Conquered and Judgment

Panel Abstracts

10:30 – 10:45 | Break

10:45 – 11:45 | Keynote: Edward Muir (History and Italian, Northwestern University) – “Adventures in Interdisciplinary Travels”

12:00 – 1:00 | Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 | Teaching with DH (Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship)

Organizer: Arnaud Zimmern (Notre Dame)

Dan Johnson (Special Librarian for English and Digital Humanities, Notre Dame)

2:30 – 3:45 | Panel 4 – Phenomenologies of Intimacy: Gender, Sexuality, and Disciplines

Chair: Laura Ortiz-Mercado (English, Notre Dame)

Jenny Thorup (English, Notre Dame) – “The Girl on Stage: Modern Takes on Early Modern Tragedy”

Julia Karczewski (Romance Studies, Cornell) – “Intimacy and Envy: The Perils of Compassion in Catherine des Roches’s ‘Agnodice'”

Joe Nelson (Musicology, University of Minnesota) – “’Still Jove with Ganymed lyes playinge’: King James, Sexuality, and Public Intimacy in the Stuart Court”

Panel Abstracts

3:45 – 4:00 | Break

4:00 – 5:15 | Faculty Round-Table: Interdisciplinarity and Job Markets

Organizers: Emily Donahoe (English, Notre Dame), Breanna Nickel (Religion, Augustana College)

Robert Frodeman (Philosophy, University of North Texas)

Laura Knoppers (English, Notre Dame)

Stephen Little (Notre Dame Press, Acquisitions Editor)

Margaret Meserve (History, Notre Dame)

Edward Muir (History/Italian, Northwestern)

Evan Ragland (History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame)

5:15 – 5:30 | Conference Wrap-up

6:00 | Optional dinner for invited speakers and panelists