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Atlantic Medieval Association Event Oct. 7

24 Sep 2021 11:10 AM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

In lieu of our annual Atlantic Medieval and Early Modern Group conference, I am delighted to announce that we will be hosting Professor Nicholas Terpstra (Univ. of Toronto) for a virtual lecture entitled:

“Race, Gender, and the Politics of Enclosure in Early Modern Siena 


7 October 2021 at 4pm (Atlantic)

(Zoom link to be distributed in the days before the talk; please contact rraiswell@upei.ca )

Abstract: In spring 1572, Siena’s military governor had two pressing issues on his plate:  getting the Jews of the city and surrounding towns into a ghetto on instructions from Tuscany’s Grand Duke Cosimo I, and enclosing the tertiary nuns of 7 hitherto open convents on instructions from Pope Pius V.  Both Jews and nuns hotly resisted these moves.  Why were authorities pushing for enclosure, how did the resistance play out, and what explains the very different outcomes in the years following?

Do please join us for what promises to be a very stimulating talk. 

I look forwards to seeing everyone online on 7 October—and then again, in person, next autumn.


Richard Raiswell


Dept. of History,

Univ. of PEI

550 University Ave.,

Charlottetown, PEI

C1A 4P3


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