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.

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 – Chair of Society for The Society For Emblem Studies, Tenth International Conference, University Kiel, Germany, 27 July – 1 August, 2014. Organizer, Ingrid Hoepel.

2015 – Digital Humanities and Renaissance Studies, Pre-Conference Meeting  before the Renaissance Society of America, held at the  Leibniz Association, Berlin, March  25 (with Funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

2016 – Emblematica Online – Linked Open Data – Developing an Ontology for Annotating Emblems, International Workshop organized by Mara R. Wade  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Monika Biel and Thomas Stäcker, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, April 6 (with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and University of Illinois-Newberry Library Consortium Funds.

2016 –Creating the Semantic Web for Visual Cultural Heritage.  Digital Humanities, Arkyves, and Iconclass at the University of Illinois, 7-8 April.
Lecture (Iconclass, Arkyves and the use of Iconography Vocabulary Standards to Enhance Access) and two workshops (Searching and Browsing with Arkyves and Learning to Index with Iconclass) by Hans Brandhorst, Arkyves.

2016 – “Emblematica Online: Learning to Search and Browse for your Research,” Stockholm University, 19 May 2017 (two-hour workshop for museum curators, librarians, and scholars)

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

2016 – “Johann Klajs Friedensdichtungen 1650-1651: Emblematik als Friedensinstrument,” at the conference “Johann Klaj (1616-1656) Friedensdichter – Poet – Theologe“ at the Germanisches National Museum Nürnberg 22. – 24. September.

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