Tables rondes : La représentation des catastrophes naturelles dans la littérature anglaise des XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
Projet I-Site - CAP 20 25 - 1er, 2 et 3 octobre 2020

Tables rondes : La représentation des catastrophes naturelles dans la littérature anglaise des XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles

The Representation of Natural Disasters in Early Modern Literature
Provisional programme

Given the circumstances, the logistics of the Round Table event which was planned for October next will now have to be rethought as UCA has postponed all on-site meetings for the foreseeable future. We would of course like to pursue and adapt to the new social distancing rules and regulations by adopting alternative online solutions which will allow us to continue to collaborate on this exciting project.
The new format is as follows :
– Conference participants will be asked to send in 10-15 minute video or audio versions (coupled with Powerpoint or PDF presentations for example) of their papers (20-25 minutes for plenaries).
– We will share the video, audio and text on a secure platform which the University will make available to participants. This platform will be up and running by early September.
– The platform will follow the initial programme layout and participants may then watch, read or listen to the papers, in their own time.
– At the end of September, we will send you a password-protected link to join us on Microsoft Teams and to go virtual.
– Guests (muted) may also attend this online event and we as hosts will monitor their entry. Please feel free to invite as many attendees as you wish !
– The Round Table discussions themselves will take place on the dates of the original conference programme (1st-3rd October).
– There will be one workshop session a day bringing together participants and guests.


3.00 pm – 6.00 pm (French time which will allow American participants to join us)

3.00 pm -3.30 pm
Welcome and session summary

3.30 pm- 4.30 pm : DISCUSSION

  • Keynote : John Gillies (University of Essex) : ‘What was or is a natural disaster ?’
  • Julie Vanparys-Rotondi (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘Tending one’s own garden : husbandry, weather lore and prognostication in early modern England’
  • Sandhya Patel (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘The Royal Society’s transactions with natural disaster in the eighteenth century’
  • Laurence Gourievidis (Université Clermont Auvergne) : Phytophthora Infestans, European Famines and heritage.

4.30 pm- 5.45 pm : DISCUSSION

  • Keynote : Geraldo U. de Sousa (University of Kansas) : ‘Extreme Weather : Shakespeare, natural disaster, and atmospheric phenomena’
  • Jean-Jacques Chardin (Université de Strasbourg) : ‘The perception of natural disasters by early modern mythographers’
  • Danièle Berton-Charrière (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘Man in stormy weathers : tempestuous skies and outbursts in Shakespeare’s times and works’
  • Anna Demoux (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘The Art of Navigation by Martín Cortés, a case study’
  • Jonathan Pollock (Université de Perpignan – Via Domitia) : ‘The Renaissance commonplace of the storm at sea : Rabelais, Camoes and Shakespeare’

5.45 pm – 6.00 pm
Concluding remarks


3.00 pm – 6.15 pm (French time which will allow American participants to join us)

3.00 pm -3.15 pm
Recap and session summary

3.15 pm- 4.15 pm : DISCUSSION

  • Anne Geoffroy (Université Versailles Saint Quentin) : ‘Aqua alta in Venice from an English perspective’
  • Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon) : ‘Frozen : journeys to the end of the world’
  • Anne Rouhette (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘Frankenstein’s creature, a natural “catastrophe”’ ?
  • Vincent Martins (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘Comparative collapsology : from Shakespeare to George R.R. Martin’

4.15 pm- 5.15 pm : DISCUSSION

  • Keynote : Todd A. Borlik (University of Huddersfield) : ‘Eco-catastrophe in the late works of Michael Drayton : the invention of the disaster epic’
  • Meriel Cordier (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘Representations of Ovine diseases in early modern England’
  • Sophie Chiari (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘The plague of gnats in early modern England’
  • Mickaël Popelard (Université de Caen Normandie) : ‘Between the earth and a hard place : John Ray’s inquiry into the dissolution of the world in Miscellaneous Discourses (1692)’

5.15 pm – 6.00 pm : DISCUSSION

  • Angus Vine (University of Stirling) – ‘Of windmills and sail-boats : Francis Bacon and the mastery of the winds‘
  • Pierre Lurbe (Paris Sorbonne Université) : ‘The Lisbon disaster viewed from England’
  • Katherine Halsey (University of Stirling) : ‘Storms, tempests and “visions of romance” : Jane Austen and the weather’

6.00 pm – 6.15 pm
Concluding remarks


4.00 pm – 6.00 pm (French time which will allow American participants to join us)

4.00 pm – 4.15 pm
Recap and session summary

4.15 pm- 5.30 pm : DISCUSSION

  • Keynote : David M. Bergeron (University of Kansas) : ‘The storms of Othello in 1613’
  • Chantal Schütz (École Polytechnique) : ‘“Hecla, whose sulfurious fire Doth melt the frozen clime and thaw the sky” : musical representations of extreme natural phenomena in early modern English madrigals and lute-songs’
  • Alix Desnain (Université Clermont Auvergne) : ‘Staging the elements : Purcell’s King Arthur’
  • Anne-Valérie Dulac (Paris Sorbonne Université) : ‘The impact of climate on early modern watercolours’
  • Caroline Bertonèche (Université Grenoble Alpes) : ‘Romantic disasters : Byron, Keats and John Martin’

5.30 pm- 6.00 pm
Results and perspectives

Informations Pratiques

Comité d’organisation : Sophie Chiari, Meriel Cordier, Alix Desnain, Sandhya Patel.

Contact : Sophie Chiari

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Cet événement est labellisé dans le cadre de la Fête de la Science.