The Transnational Impact of Latin Theatre from the Early Modern Netherlands


Transnational Drama within and beyond Europe, 1450-1750




Early modern drama research is done on an increasingly large scale. On the one hand, this is the result of the use of computational research methods and the expansion of online resources for the study of drama. On the other hand, the larger scale is the result of scholars making connections between fields that were previously separated. These new approaches increasingly take into account colonial drama and drama written by Jesuit missions, as well as the transnational movements of theatre texts and practices across national, linguistic, and confessional borders. Mobility and circulation can be studied on a small scale, but the accumulative effect of these studies is a view of early modern drama that extends over a large portion of the world map and that begins to create a global picture. What new skills do scholars apply in order to tackle these changing scales of research?

The presentations focus on:

  • the integration of computational and non-computational methods;
  • the connections between different national traditions and languages, including Latin: circulation, mobility, transnationality;
  • the connections between the local and the supralocal;
  • the integration of large-scale and small-scale research methods;
  • the integration of various databases, resources, and data formats;
  • the relationship between the different research fields for early modern drama: literature, performance, cultural history, etc.

The conference will take place in hybrid format, on location in Amsterdam with the possibility of following, contributing, and interacting with the other participants online.

Organising committee: Dinah Wouters, postdoctoral researcher, Jan Bloemendal, senior researcher and PI TransLatin

About the Project: This conference is organised within the scope of the TransLatin project ( of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, which forms part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The project studies the international network of Netherlandish Neo-Latin playwrights and the vital interaction between Latin theatre and a ‘transnational’ web of plays, through computational analysis and a qualitative investigation of sources.

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All sessions take place at the University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18, Amsterdam, and via videoconferencing. If you want to participate online, please register and we will send you the necessary information.

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Thursday 1st of September

09.30 – 09.45 Registration

09.45 – 10.00 Introduction

10.00 – 11.00 KEYNOTE (chair: Jan Bloemendal)

Nigel Smith (Princeton University)
Transnational Early Modern Drama: Violence, Emotion and Political Theater

11.00-12.30 SESSION 1 Presentation of the TransLatin project (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands—Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 – 15.00 KEYNOTE (chair: Dinah Wouters)

Ioana Galleron (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle)
Free the Drama! A Call for Rethinking Editorial Practices of (European) Theatrical Texts

15.00 – 16.30 SESSION 2 Digital editing (chair: Radhika Koul)

Mirella Saulini (Historical Archives of the Pontifical Gregorian University)
Codices and Digital File Formats

Neven Jovanović (University of Zagreb)
Preparing a Research Corpus of Stanislaus Kostka Plays

Piotr Urbański (Adam Mickiewicz University) and Michał Bajer (University of Szczecin)
Tragedies about Saint Polyeuctus (16th-18th century) in Modern Bibliographical and Textual Studies: Visibility vs. Invisibility

16.30 – 17.00 Break

17.00 – 18.00 SESSION 3 Performance and visual sources (chair: James A. Parente)

M.A. Katritzky (The Open University)
Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Transnational Performers: The Visual Record

Justyna Łukaszewska-Haberkowa (University Ignatianum)
From Transnational Literature to Tapestry. Understanding the Performance of Ballet des Polonais

19.00 Conference dinner

Friday 2nd of September

09.30 – 10.30 KEYNOTE (chair: Dinah Wouters)

Barbara Fuchs (University of California)
Rethinking Gender in the Hispanic Comedia

10.30 – 12.00 SESSION 4 Drama in circulation (chair: Robin Buning)

Linda Simonis (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) ONLINE
Trojan Women’ in Early Modern Drama.

Thom Pritchard (University of Edinburgh)
”The Tragedies that are acted upon the Theatre of this World”: Reconstructing the Thirty Years War in European Drama

Mathieu Ferrand (Université de Grenoble) ONLINE
“L’Invention du THéâtre Antique dans le Corpus des paratextes savants du XVIe s.” (ITHAC – Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France) : Methods, aims and first results of a collective research program

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 KEYNOTE (chair: Jan Bloemendal)

Frank Fischer (Freie Universität Berlin) ONLINE
Behind the Digitised Mask – Focusing on Single Characters Within Large Multilingual Corpora

14.30 – 16.00 SESSION 5 Networks (chair: Andrea Peverelli)

Gabriela Villanueva Noriega (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Spanish Sources and English Literary Networks during the English Civil War

Jakob Ladegaard (Aarhus University) ONLINE
Social network analysis and early modern drama: Methodological reflections.

Julia Beine (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) ONLINE
How to Figure out a Schemer: Tracing Types of Roman Comedy and its Reception through Network Analysis with DraCor

16.00 – 16.45 Concluding remarks. James A. Parente (University of Minnesota) ONLINE

16.45 – 18.30 Reception