This symposium is co-sponsored by the departments of English and History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and by the journal Restoration. The symposium will explore the Restoration era’s significance in the creation of the British empire. Papers will address theater, politics, literature, gender, war, sexuality, colonialism, dissent, religion, and the slave trade. For purposes of the symposium we define the “Restoration” as roughly 1660-1688, but also will discuss the enduring effects of this period in later times, on other nations, and in all locations touched by this expanding empire. This symposium celebrates the move of the journal Restoration to the University of Maryland. We are honored to welcome Timothy Harris of Brown University as our keynote speaker.


Tentative Program:

All meetings & lunch will be in Tawes 2115

8:30-9:   Coffee & Pastries

9:00:    Preliminaries & Introduction:  Misty Anderson (English,  University of Tennessee) & Laura Rosenthal (English, UMD)

9:30-11:15:  Panel I

Captivity, Slavery & Sovereignty: 

Chair & Respondent: Jason Sharples (History, Catholic University)

Catherine Ingrassia  (English, Virginia Commonwealth University): “Behn, Empire, and Cultures of Captivity”

Holly Brewer (History, UMD) : “Creating a ‘Fashion’ for Slavery in the Stuart Court(s)

Erin Keating (English, Film, and Theatre, University of Manitoba):

“ ‘Ye King’s Immediate Hand’: Audience and Affect in Restoration Manuscript Newsletters”

11:30-12:15:   Lunch .

12:15-1:15 Gather for Keynote

Speaker Tim Harris (History, Brown) : “ Hibernophobia and Francophobia in Restoration England”

Introduced by Holly Brewer

Respondent: Ralph Bauer (English, UMD

1:30-3:15   Panel II

Imperial Reach:

Chair & Respondent, Melissa Mowry (English, St. John’s University, NY)

Cynthia Van Zandt  (History, University of New Hampshire): “Regicides and the Good Old Cause in New England”

Jennifer Wells (History, Brown):  “Restoration and Constitutional Models for Empire”

Tita Chico (English, UMD) :  “Instruments of Empire”

3:15-3:30  Coffee Break

3:30-4:45:   Panel III

Theatres of Empire 

Chair & Respondent: Alok Yadav (English, George Mason University)

Dan Gustafson (English, The City College of New York): “Sovereignty and the Afterlife of Restoration Libertine Theater”

Laura Rosenthal (English, UMD): “Fops, Fashions, and Foreigners”

Stefano Villani (History, UMD): “James II and a ‘Protestant’ Pope”

5:00-6:30 walk to Lake Artemesia

6:30-  Dinner  in the lobby and main conference room.

7:30  Roundtable and Conference Reflections

Joanna Katherine Labor , History,

Matthias Ball, History

Tamar LeRoy, English

Garth Libhart, English

Chair: Deborah C. Payne (English, American University)