Workshop for the Early Modern Period (WEMP)

The Workshop for the Early Modern Period (WEMP) provides a forum for graduate students to present research on any aspect of early modern history in a friendly and sociable environment. These workshops are an excellent platform to trial potential avenues of research, receive feedback on your work, and gain experience presenting to a group and responding to ideas and questions.



The Easter 2024 program will operate in hybrid format. Zoom links will be distributed to the WEMP mailing list in advance of each workshop (see below to join).

13 May / Gender and Space (SR06)

ANG LI (Oxford) – How to View Quattrocento Painting: A Case Study on Spatial Experience, Gender and Depicting Interior/Exterior in Fifteenth-Century Italian Homes

ROMAIN FACCHINI (Aix Marseille University) – Women and Trade Circulation in the Urban Space of the Ancien Régime (Marseille, 18th Century)

20 May / MPhil Work-In-Progress Session (SR06)

LAUREN WALKER (Cambridge) – Performing Dutch and Indian in London, 1603-40 

JACKSON HARTIGAN (Cambridge) – Lorenzo Pignoria’s De servis (1613) and Ancient Slavery in the Age of Humanism

SHERRY XUEZI XU (Cambridge) – Dramma or Musica? A Comparative Study of Leonardo Vinci’s 1729 and Nicola Porpora’s 1729/1739 Semiramide Riconosciuta

27 May / Devotion and the Devil (SR06)

ASHLYN CUDNEY (Edinburgh) – The Bute Witchcraft Panic of 1662

HARRY O’NEILL (Birkbeck) – Revelations, Visions, and Stories: Language and Subjectivity in the Prophecies of Ursula Jost, 1524-1532 

VERONIKA ŘEZNÍČKOVÁ (Brno) – Counter-Reformation Visuality of Sacred Space: The Chapel of Our Lady in Kratochvíle

3 June / Encounters and Exchanges (SR06)

CRISTINA DE LA ROSA GARCÍA (Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) – The people of Oran and Mers-el-Kébir (1534-1536): An intersectional history of relations with religious alterities in the ‘frontier societies’ of the Spanish Empire

JACK DYKSTRA-MCCARTHY (Cambridge) – ‘All Knowledge arising from Sense’: Seventeenth-Century English Knowledge-Making in the Ottoman Empire

STEPAN BLINDER (Cambridge) – Library Visits as Instruments for Accumulating Symbolic Capital in the Early Modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth



Format of Meetings

The format consists of two or three twenty-minute papers followed by discussion, questions, and feedback. Workshops are well attended by students from a range of disciplines.

Contact and Information

The 2023-24 convenors for WEMP are Lavinia Gambini, Jennifer McFarland and Christian Owen. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at

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Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list hereVenues and links to join virtually will be circulated to the workshop mailing list. 


This workshop thanks the Faculty of History for its financial support.