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Early Modern Discussion Group | Lívia Bernardes Roberge

3 December, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lívia Bernardes Roberge (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Sheffield), ‘The Digger “radical imagination”: representation struggles and construction of identities through print (1649-1652)’

Lívia Bernardes Roberge, visiting researcher at the University of Sheffield and PhD student at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, will be giving a paper on her research into publications of the seventeenth century religious sect, the Diggers.

Using a cross-disciplinary approach, Lívia’s paper examines the Diggers’ use of pamphlets and broadsides to not only express and justify their beliefs, but also to depict what Nicholas McDowell called the ‘radical imagination’, a set of discursive and rhetorical practices used by these groups in order to manage their collective perception within the seventeenth century public sphere.

Combined with the observations of Pierre Bourdieu on the symbolic structures sustained by representations and its disputes, as well as with the work of Roger Chartier on representations, this paper aims to demonstrate how disputing and constructing a specific collective identity was central in the group’s strategy.

The seminar will be held online on Blackboard Collaborate. Register for this event here.


3 December, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Early Modern Discussion Group