Modern Languages

Seiziémistes of the MidAtlantic

The Second Biennial Conference of
the Seiziémistes of the MidAtlantic


The second Biennial conference will bring together sixteenth-century scholars of France of the MidAtlantic. This conference will explore literary and cultural production in French in and around the period from 1500 to 1600.


The registration fee for the conference is $20 (before midnight on Dec. 1) or $25 (after midnight on Dec. 1). You can register for the event on Eventbrite by following this link. Credit card payment only; cash (exact change only) will be accepted the day of the event before the first panel.


There are various options for lodging in Chestertown. It is advisable to reserve early.

  • The conference has a block of rooms reserved at the Quality Suites with a nightly rate of $100. When you call, be sure to specify that you’re reserving with the “sixteenth-century conference.” For similar rates, the Holiday Inn Express is right next door. Both of these hotels are a short drive to campus, and both are about a 20-minute walk from campus. 
  • For a more intimate experience, Simply Bed and Bread is right down the street from the College.
  • In the center of town (a 10-15 minute walk from campus), you can find the historic White Swan Tavern
Traveling to Chestertown

 For more information about how to find us, please see the College’s travel page. We recommend that those traveling from afar use BWI Airport or PHL Airport (with a preference for BWI). The closest train station is in Wilmington, DE, about an hour and 15 minutes away by car.  We recommend renting a car at the airpot or train station. Because the town is only accessible by car (there is no public transportation to Chestertown!), we will try to coordinate carpools for those of you who don’t drive. If interested in giving or getting a ride, please provide information on our carpool page

Schedule (tentative) 

Saturday, Dec. 9

9:00-10:00 Conference Registration and Coffee (Miller Library, TBA)

10:00-11:00 Panel 1 (Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library)

Chair: Corinne Noirot, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, University of Vermont, Emotional Narratives of the French Wars of Religion

Scott Francis, University of Pennsylvania, Redeeming Hircan: The Salvific Efficacy of Toxic Masculinity in the Heptaméron 

11:15-12:15 Keynote, Jeff Persels, University of South Carolina (Hynson Lounge)

 “Domain and Dominion: The French Wars of Religion and the Environment.” 

 12:30-1:30 Lunch (Hodson Faculty Lounge)


1:45-2:45 Panel 2  (Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library)

 Chair: Bruce Hayes, University of Kansas

Brooke Di Lauro, University of Mary Washington, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you” (Job 12:7): The Hidden Meaning of Animal Imagery in the Poems and Emblems of the Délie

Pauline Dorio, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne nouvelle, Editing a Poet: François Charbonnier, Creator of his Master 

3:00-4:00 Panel 3 (Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library)

Chair: Elisabeth Black, Old Dominion University

Jeff Kendrick, Virginia Military Institute, Reprimanding the King: A Study of One Sixteenth-Century Remonstrance

Kathleen Loysen, Montclair State University, Women’s Gossip as Historical Reference : Le Plaisant quaquet et resjuyssance des femmes 

4:15-5:15: Panel 4 (Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library)

Chair: Kitty Maynard, Washington College

Frédéric Elsig and Carmen Decu Teodorescu, University of Geneva, Painting in France in the 16th Century

Catharine Ingersoll, Virginia Military Institute, Illusion and Disillusion: Acknowledging the Medium in the Grotesque Months Tapestry Cycle.