The Early Modern Circle is an informal, interdisciplinary seminar open to interested students, academics and researchers. The group meets at 6:15 pm, during semester, usually on the third Monday of the month.



Semester 1 2021

Monday 15 March

Dr Charlotte Millar, The University of Queensland

‘Urban Ghosts: Space and Spectral Narratives in Early Modern London’


Monday 19 April

Carl Villis, National Gallery of Victoria

‘Deciphering Lucrezia’s Portrait’

Monday 17 May

Jennifer McFarland, The University of Melbourne

‘Honour and profit: Pizzochere and women's work in early modern Venice’

Monday 21 June

Dr Kristie Flannery, Australian Catholic University

‘Fighting Pirates, Forging Empire in the Spanish Pacific World’


Semester 2 2021

Monday 16 August

Professor Paul Salzman, La Trobe University

‘Treasures from the Emmerson Collection in the State Library of Victoria’

Monday 20 September (non-teaching week)

Associate Professor Catherine Kovesi, The University of Melbourne

‘Hunting for Marco Polo’s Unicorn’

Monday 18 October

Associate Professor Andrea Rizzi, The University of Melbourne

‘Face value: translators and interpreters’ portraits in early modern Europe’

Monday 15 November

Nat Cutter, The University of Melbourne

‘Barbarian Civility: British Expatriates, Periodical News, and the Transformation of the Maghreb in British Eyes, 1660-1714’