Working Groups

The UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library host several working groups in early modern studies. The goal is to stimulate the discussion of research issues and the exchange of work in progress among faculty, post-docs, and graduate students at UCLA and in the Los Angeles area. Reading or writing groups, workshops, lecture series with local scholars, and interdisciplinary exchanges are just some of the possibilities envisioned. Limited research funding is available for each group, to be used towards refreshments and hosting speakers. Each group determines the schedule and nature of the meetings, typically held on the UCLA campus or at the Clark Library (depending on space availability).

The Comedia in Translation and Performance

The idea is to provide a space in which to think about how to bring the comedia to a wider audience, in particular to audiences in Los Angeles. In a city of so many Spanish speakers, the fabulous corpus of Spanish Golden Age plays should be more frequently staged, but it is not always easily available to practitioners. This working group attends to issues of translation and adaptation, while also connecting academics with playwrights, translators, directors, and actors. The group maintains the website, Diversifying the Classics.

Organizer: Barbara Fuchs, Professor, Departments of English and Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA (fuchsbar@humnet.ucla.edu)

Early Modern Research Group

The Early Modern Research Group comprises faculty and graduate students at UCLA. The Works-in-Progress Workshop series provides a forum for advanced graduate students and junior faculty from across the humanities and social sciences at UCLA and neighboring institutions to workshop ongoing projects invested in the history, literature, and cultures of the early modern world. For more information and updates, please contact the organizer.

Organizers: Marguerite Happe, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, UCLA (margueritehappe@ucla.edu), Laura Muñoz, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA (lmunoz0@g.ucla.edu), and Rhonda Sharrah, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, UCLA (rhondas@ucla.edu)

Indigenous Material and Visual Culture in the Americas, circa 1450–1750 CE

IMVCA is an interdisciplinary working group aimed at facilitating the study of indigenous cultural productions from across the Americas: South, Central, and North. Although there is an early modern focus, the group often expands its chronological scope.

IMVCA meetings seek to provide a space for engagement between disciplines and geographic fields in order to develop and strengthen both individual research projects and collective scholarly advancement. Meetings take place throughout the year and include talks by guest speakers from leading research institutions, as well as graduate student work-in-progress presentations. Aside from these primary meetings, the group also holds primary and secondary source reading workshops. Those interested in participating or being added to the listserv should email the graduate student organizers below.

Faculty Advisors: Stella Nair, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, UCLA (snair@humnet.ucla.edu) and Kevin Terraciano, Professor, Department of History, UCLA (terra@history.ucla.edu)

Organizers: Anthony Meyer, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art History, UCLA (ajmeyermaya@ucla.edu) and Lisl Schoepflin, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, UCLA (lisl.schoepflin@gmail.com)

Irish and Scottish Enlightenment(s) Reading Group

This group will read and discuss works by Irish and Scottish writers of the long Eighteenth Century, including works from literature, moral philosophy, political theory, and other fields.  We have prepared a fairly comprehensive list of eligible works, and participants are welcome to add titles and will be involved in selecting readings, so that our choices will serve everyone’s interests over the course of time.  The group is open to graduate students and faculty throughout the Los Angeles area, to visiting scholars at the Clark or other area research institutions, and to independent scholars and anyone interested in reading and discussing the works we read.

Organizers: Donald Marshall, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago (profdon43@gmail.com)


To propose a new working group, please submit a brief description and proposed meeting schedule to Kathy Sanchez, Program Manager, at ksanchez@humnet.ucla.edu. There is no deadline for the submission of working group proposals.


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Professor Michael Hackett and first-year students in the MFA Acting and Directing Programs, Department of Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, in a staged reading of Lope de Vega’s A Wild Night in Toledo, translated by The Comedia in Translation and Performance working group directed by Barbara Fuchs.
Photographer: Reed Hutchinson