Professional

Advisory Boards and Review Committees:

1996 – 1997, Committee, Roland Bainton Book Prize in Literature, Sixteenth Century Studies Society

1998 – present, Steering Committee Member, Europa Triumphans, Centre for Renaissance Studies, University of Warwick, England

1999- 2010, Advisory Board, Program for Jewish Culture and Society, UIUC

1999 – present, Advisory Board, The International Society for Emblem Studies

2000-2002, Advisory Board, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

2001 – 2003, Advisory Board, “Deutsche Schriftstellerinnen, 1517-1779” (“German Women Writers, 1517-1779”), Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, and Brown University

2010-2014, Board, DAAD AA, Alumni Board of the German Academic Exchange Service

2010 – American Friends, Herzog August Bibliothek (travel grants for doctoral research)

2012 – Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Representative for Emblem Studies;

2014 – 2019, Wissenschaftlicher Beirat (Academic Advisory Board, by appointment of the ministry of culture, State of Lower Saxony, Niedersachsen) Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.

The Board advises on the research and fellowship programs of the library. The Herzog August Bibliothek works in partnership at the national level with the Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, establishing new humanities research initiatives in Germany. The academic board awards research fellowships and determines research agendas and programs.

2012-2017, Modern Language Association, Executive Committee, Forum on German Literature to 1700, elected.

2014 – Advisory Board, Society for Emblem Studies

2014 – Renaissance Society of America, Representative for Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

2015 – 2017, Modern Language Association,  Committee, Distinguished Scholarly Edition, by appointment. Chair 2017.

2015- Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Nominating Committee

2016-2018, Krannert Art Museum’s Acquisitions Committee

2016-2019, European Science Foundation, ESF College of Expert Reviewers

Editorships of Journals and Other Learned Publications

2000 – 2002, Rarissima Litterarum, Series Editor. Stuttgart, Hiersemann

2006 –Emblematica Journal for Emblem Studies, Guest Editor for Volumes 15 and 16.

2007 – 2014, Emblematica Journal for Emblem Studies. Editorial Board, beginning with Emblematica 17)

2007– present, Renæssance Forum, Journal of Renaissance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Editorial Board.

2009 – present, German Studies Association, Spektrum ( monograph series), Editorial Board.

2012– 2014, Renaissance Quarterly, Editorial Board (Elected office for two-year term).

2014 –  present, Emblematica, Managing Editor

Review

Book manuscripts

  • Oxford University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • University of Toronto Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • Berghan Books

Book proposals

  • German Studies Association, Spektrum
  • Centre for Renaissance Studies, University of Warwick, England

Articles for publication

  • Renaissance Quarterly
  • DAPHNIS
  • The Women in German Yearbook
  • Seminar
  • Emblematica
  • Wolfenbütteler Barock-Nachrichten
  • International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations Journal
  • German Studies Review

Grant proposals

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Bilateral Digital Humanities Program, 2015
  • American Council of Learned Societies, ACLS, 2013, 2014
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
  • American Friends, Herzog August Bibliothek
  • Consortium seminar proposals, Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies

Conferences Organized:

1999 – “Beyond the Book: Emblems in Early Modern Material Culture,” Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany; Arbeitsgespräch/ Invited Conference (with Gerhard Strasser, Pennsylvania State University)

2003 – “Emblem Literature: Digital Modeling of the Interrelationships between Texts and Images,” Organized at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

2005 – “Emblems in the Twenty-First Century: Materials and Media,” The Seventh International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies, University of Illinois, July 24-30

2007 –Emblem Digitization, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel (with Thomas Stäcker) 14-17 March

2007 – “Gender Matters: Re-Reading Violence in Early Modern Literature and Culture,” Mellon State of the Art Conference (with Stephanie Hilger and Marcus Keller, Illinois) 29-31 March

2008 – “‘That all the world may wonder!’ The Celebration and Significance of the Palatine Wedding of 1613,” Exeter University, UK (with Sara Smart) 7-11 September

2011 – Chair of Society for The Society For Emblem Studies Ninth International Conference, Glasgow University, 27 June – 1 July, 2011. Organizer, Laurence Grove.

2014 – Chair of Society for The Society For Emblem Studies Ninth International Conference, University of Kiel Germany, 25 July – 1 August. Organizer Ingrid Höpel.

2011 – “Change Through Exchange,” co-organized with Robert Jenkins and Bruce Murray, October 26-27, University of Illinois; conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Austria Illinois Exchange Program

2014 – Co-organizer with Ingrid Höpel, The Society For Emblem Studies Tenth International Conference, Christian Albrechts Universität, Kiel, 24 July- 2 August, 2014

2015 – Leibniz Gesellschaft, Berlin, 25 March 2015; “Digital Humanities and Renaissance Research,” (sponsored by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) featuring attendees from Johns Hopkins University; Illinois State University; Folger Shakespeare Library; Villa i Tatti, Florence; Concordia University, Montreal, CA; CELL, University College London; University of Leiden; University of Tel Aviv; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Huygens Institute, Utrecht University; Arkyves/ Erasmus University Library, Rotterdam.

2016  – “Emblematica Online: Linked Open Data, Developing an Ontology for Annotating Emblems,” International Workshop, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, organized with Monika Biel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, 5-7 April.

2016 – “Creating the Semantic Web. Digital Humanities, Arkyves, and Iconclass.” Three lectures and workshops with Hans Brandhorst, Arkyves, on digital humanities and semantic web technologies. Sponsored by GLL, SLCL, University Library, and GSLIS. 6-7 April 2016.

NOTE: I regularly organize series of panels at the Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference for Emblem Studies and for the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek,  Wolfembüttel.

Invited Keynote Lectures [1]

2009 – “From Early Modern to Postmodern” at the conference “Literary Collections and Collecting,” Yale University, March 5-6

2010 – “Discourses of Sexual Violence. Grimmelshausen, Rape, and the Sack of Magdeburg,” at the conference “(Re)Contextualizing Literary and Cultural History,” Stockholm’s University, Stockholm Sweden, 4-7 September

2010 – “Beyond the Book: Emblematica On-Line, A Case Study from the Humanities for Imaging Renaissance Texts and Illustrations,” Imaging without Boundaries, Exploring the Science, Technology, and Applications of Imaging and Visualization, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 14-15 October 2010

2012 – “Emblematica Online: A New Resource for Renaissance Studies, Frühe Neuzeit Inerdisziplinär, Duke University, 30 March

2014 – “The Domains of the Emblem,” 10th International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies at the Institute of Art History, Christian Albrechts Unviersität, Kiel, Germany. 27 July – 1 August, 2014.

2016 – “Emblematica Online: Resources for Early Modern Studies and Beyond,” Stockholm University, 19 May 2016 (one-hour lecture)

2016 – “Emblematica Online: Learning to Search and Browse for your Research,” Stockholm University, 19 May 2016 (two-hour workshop)

2016 – “Early Modern Networks: Dynastic Women at North German Courts,” Stockholm University, Keynote at the Literature Day, May 25, 2016

2016 – “Klajs Festdichtung” (Eröffnungsvortrag):  Johann Klaj (1616–1656) Friedensdichter–Poet–Theologe. Internationale und interdisziplinäre Tagung zu seinem 400. Geburtstag  im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, 22. bis 24. September.

Invited Lectures and Invited Conference Presentations

1994 – “Herzog Augusts Reise nach Kopenhagen (1634) und ihre Bedeutung für die Entwicklung der frühdeutschen Oper in Halle und Weißenfels,” 2. Weißenfelser Colloquium zur barocken Hofkultur, Weißenfels, Germany

1994 – “Literarische Musik-Kultur in Nürnberg im 17. Jahrhundert,” international symposium on German literature and culture in Nürnberg, “Der Franken Rom: Nürnbergs Blütezeit in der zweiten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts,” Nürnberg, Germany

1995 – “Dresdener Hoffeste im frühen 18. Jahrhundert,” Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

1995 – “Christian IV. von Dänemark als deutscher Friedensfürst: der kulturhistorische Kontext des dänisch-sächsischen Hochzeitsfests von 1634 in Kopenhagen,” Nikolaus Kopernikus University, Toruń, Poland

1995 – “Die Hoffeste anläßlich des Staatsbesuchs Frederiks IV. von Dänemark am Hof August des Starken (1709),” Academy of Sciences, National Historical Commission of Poland, Toruń, Poland

1995 – “Court Festivals in Dresden on the Eve of the Great Nordic War,” University of Exeter, Exeter, England

1998 – “Kronprinz Christian von Dänemark und seine sächsische Braut Magdalena Sibylle als Mazäne von Heinrich Schütz,” Mitteldeutsche Heinrich-Schütz-Tage, Weißenfels, Germany

1998 – “Stefan Zweig als jüdischer Schriftsteller: Zu seiner ‘Legende vom begrabenen Leuchter,’” Studiumseminar der Ev.-luth. Landeskirche Hannovers, Göttingen, Germany

1998 – “Barocke Festkultur: ‘Große Hochzeit’ und Gipfeltreffen in Kopenhagen 1634,” Seminar für deutsche Philologie, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany

1998 – “Anne of Denmark in Context: Cultural Agency at the Northern European Courts of Dresden, Gottorf, Wolfenbüttel, and Copenhagen,” Centre for Renaissance Studies, University of Warwick, England

1998 – “Scandinavian Court Festivals 1500-1725,” Centre for Renaissance Studies, University of Warwick, England

1998 – “Sisters in Patronage: The Transformation of Court Culture at Four Northern European Courts,” at the conference “City, Court, Countryside: Cultural Connections in Europe 1500-1700,” University of Cincinnati

1998 – “Invisible Bibliographies: German Women Writers of the Seventeenth Century, The Case of the Saxon Sisters,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

1999 – “Splendid Spectacles: Dresden Court Festivals in the Reign of Augustus the Strong,” at the symposium opening the exhibition “Dresden in the Ages of Splendor and the Enlightenment. 18th-Century Pictures from the Old Masters Picture Gallery,” Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

1999 – “Friedensembleme in Nürnberg 1650,” Arbeitsgespräch (invited working conference), “Beyond the Book: Emblems in Early Modern European Material Culture,” Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

2000 – “Von Schedels Weltchronik bis zu Birkens Friedensdichtungen: eine Nürnberger emblematisch-ikonographische Tradition im Kontext,” University of Wisconsin, Madison

2000 – “Performance and Politics: Saxon-Danish Festivals 1548-1709,” EURESCO sponsored conference “Festivals of the European Renaissance and After,” Castelvecchio, Italy

2000 – “Der Regenbogen über Nürnberg: Sigmund von Birkens Friedensembleme (1649-1650) und ihre Tradition,” University of Munich, Germany

2001 – “Pomp, Power, and Politics: Danish-Saxon Court Festivals 1548-1709,” Seminar in Courts, Households and Lineages, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

2001 – “‘Digital Emblematica’: The German Emblem Digitization Project at Illinois,” Conference on Emblem Digitization at the Sterling Maxwell Collection, University Library, Glasgow, Scotland

2003 – “Emblems in the 21st Century,” UIUC University Library Symposium recognizing IBM’s gift of two “Intellistations” and two T221 Monitors under the IBM Shared University Research Program, University Library, UIUC

2004 – ‘Das Beste ligt verborgen’: Georg Philipp Harsdörffer als Theoretiker und Praktiker der Sinnbildkunst, International Symposium “Georg Philipp Harsdörffer und die Künste,” at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Nürnberg, Germany

2006 – “Georg Philipp Harsdörffer und die Musik,” Lecture for the faculty and students of Musicology, Hochschule für Musik un Theater, Hannover, Germany, 12 June 2006

2006 – “Witwenschaft und Mäzenatentum: Die Kurfürstin Hedwig als Mäzenin von Heinrich Schütz,” at the conference “Die Stadt – Ort kulturellen Handelns von Frauen in der Frühen Neuzeit,” Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, 29 June- 1 July 2006.

2006 – Widow and Patron: Hedevig, Princess of Denmark and Electress of Saxony (1581-1641), Renaissance Women as Collectors and Patrons of Art and Culture, Seminar at the University of Copenhagen, 21 September 2006

2006 – “Duke Ulrik (1578-1624) as Agent, Patron, Artist: The International Perspective c. 1600,” at the international conference “Reframing the Danish Renaissance,” National Museum, Copenhagen Denmark, 27 September-1 October 2006

2007 – “Emblem Digitization and the Portal,” Workshop on Emblem Digitization, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, 14-17 March

2010 – “German Mock Battles and Fireworks held on the Water from 1548-1709” at Water-Borne Pageants of the Renaissance, University of Warwick, at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy, March 18-20

2010 – “A Space for Female Cultural Agency: Princess Magdalena Sibylle and Court Ballet in Denmark and Saxony,” at the conference “Hof” sponsored jointly by the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, and the Forschungszentrum Gender und Musik, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, May 31-June 2

2010 – “Von Nürnberg bis zum Baltikum: Der Pegnesische Blumenorden als Agent literarischen Kulturtransfers,” at the conference “Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik weltweit,” XII. Kongress of the International Association for Germanic Studies (IVG) Warsaw, 30 July-7 August

2010 – (with Robert Jenkins) “Forty Years of Austria Illinois Exchange Program—Building an Integrated Program,” Fulbright Commission Sixtieth Anniversary Conference, “Impacts: Does Academic Exchange Matter? Cultural Diplomacy, Scholarly Internationalism, and American Studies since World War II,” Vienna, Austria, November 18-19, 2010

2011 – “Gender at Play in Seventeenth-Century Nürnberg,” University of Tel Aviv, March 16

2011 – “Violence and Gender During the Thirty Years’ War,” University of Tel Aviv, March 17

2011 – “Gesprächspiel, Emblem und Gender in Harsdörffers Stechbüchlein,” Herzog August Bibliothek, Kolloquium, 16 May

2011 – “Emblematica Online,” inaugural lecture of the Göttingen Center for Digital Humanities at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Göttingen, May 17, 2011;

2011 – “Vom Gesprächspiel zur Gesprächskultur: Gender und Emblematik in Harsdörffers Stechbüchlein,” Freie Universität Berlin, May 24

2011 – “Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms,” invited planning group meeting and presentations for a major grant from the Riksbank Fonden, Stockholm

2012 – “Magdalena Sibylle (1617–1668). The Dynastic Woman and the Confessional Space of Female Cultural Agency,” at the international ESF colloquium, “Beyond Scylla & Charybdis,” National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, 30 April-2 May.

2012 – “Digital Emblematics  – Enabling Humanities Research of a Popular Early Modern Genre,” Digital Humanities Conference Hamburg, 16-22 July 2012

2012 – “Emblematica Online,” Werkstattsgespräch, with Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Herzog August Bibliothek, 26 July.

2012 – “Geld, Geschlecht und gute Ordnung im frühdeutschen Roman Fortunatus” at the 14th triennial international conference of the Wolfenbüttel Research Network for Baroque Studies, “‘Eigennutz und gute Ordnung’: Ökonomisierungen der Welt im 17. Jahrhundert”, 22.-25. August

2013 – “Körper in der Emblematik,” at the Internationale Tagung/Colloque international “Körper, Kultur, Kommunikation/Corps, Culture, Communication” at the Université de Lausanne, 22 – 24 May.

2013 – “Das Emblem verkörpert,” Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Kiel, 11 July.

2013 – “Women and Books: A Case Study of a Copy of Georg Philipp Harsdörffer’s Frauenzimmer Gesprächspiele in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel” at the conference, “The Feminine in German Culture: A Conference in Honour of Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, at Oxford University, 5 – 7 September.

2013 – “The Education of the Princess. Hedwig Eleonore (1636-1715) and Ballet at the Gottorf Court,” at the conference “A Queen Emerges: A Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture around the Baltic,” 1-4 October, at the Stockholm palace, Gripsholm, Drottingholm, and the Riddarhus in Stockholm

2013 – “Kulturtransfer durch Herzogin Elisabeth von Dänemark” at the conference “Herzog Heinrich Julius von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1564-1613): Politiker und Gelehrter mit europäischem Profil” from 6-9 October 2013, Herzog August Bibliothek and the Rathaus, Wolfenbüttel.

2014 – “From Denmark to Saxony –The Golden Horn of Princess Magdalena Sibylla,” at the Conference: Marrying Cultures “Dynastic Networks as Vehicles for Cultural Transfer,” Wolfenbüttel 15 -18 July 2014 .

2014 – “Emblematic Practices in the Baltic Lands in the Age of G. F Stender,” University of Riga, Latvia, 4-7 September.

2015 – “Picturing Peace, Texting Conciliation: Johann Vogel’s Emblems of Peace ” at the Conference “Conceiving Peace, Pacification, and Conflict Resolution in the Early Modern Period” at the Center for Early Modern Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 6.

2015 – “Emblems and Early Modern Intellectual Networks,” First Annual Interdisciplinary CAS Spring Symposium, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Illinois, 20-21 April.

2016 – “Women’s Networks of Knowledge: The Emblem Book as Stammbuch,” at the Conference “Knowledge in Motion: Constructing Experience in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (1200–1750), Washington University, St. Louis, 31 March – 2 April.

2016 –  “Data Science at Illinois,” CAS Symposium, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Illinois, 4 April.

2016 – “The Emblem: From Early Modern Social Networks to Emblematica Online,” Uppsala University, invited lecture, 30 May 2016.

2016 – “The Consort and National Patrimony: Preserving Dynasty with Magdalena Sibylle’s Golden Horn,” at the workshop “Telling Objects: Contextualizing the Role of the Consort in Early Modern Europe,” Herzog August Bibliothek, 10-11 June 2016.2016 – “Kla Festdichtungen,” at the Conference “Johann Klaj (1616 –1656)Friedensdichter–Poet –Theologe. Interdisziplinäre und internationale Tagung zu seinem 400. Geburtstag,” Germanisches National Museum, Nürnberg, 22-24 September.

2016 – DH 2016,  Kraków, Poland, “Emblematica Online: A Model for International Cooperation,” full panel consisting of Mara R. Wade, “From DH Projects to DH Humanities Students: Pedagogy and Emblematica Online”;  Myung-Ja K. Han, Timothy W. Cole, Janina Sarol, and Patricia Lampron, “Transforming SPINE metadata to Linked Open Data“; and Thomas Stäcker, Linked Open Data for Emblem Research.”

[1] To conserve space this listing includes only invited lectures and does not list regular papers presented at annual meetings, for example, of the MLA, RSA, SCSC, DH, and similar conferences, which I attend annually.

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