Milton and Materiality Symposium

Conference/Symposium | February 16 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English, Townsend Center Working Group for the History of the Book

This one-day symposium brings together graduate students and professors from California, Chicago, and Canada to explore the relationship between Milton and materiality. Presenters approach that topic in a variety of ways, including sensory experience, the biology of the immaterial, and the material dimensions of accommodation in Milton’s works. We invite all those who attend to join us in a closing roundtable discussion about a pre-circulated excerpt from Milton writings, followed by a wine reception. For a copy of the roundtable excerpt, please email


Opening Remarks


Panel #1: Worldly Sensations
Chair: David Landreth
Hannah Newburn (UC Santa Cruz) Michal Zechariah (Chicago)
Miles Drawdy (UC Berkeley)


Panel #2: Animal Spirits
Chair: Joanna Picciotto
Monica Multer (UC Santa Cruz) Michael D’Itri (Concordia) Sarah Sands Rice (UC Berkeley)


Panel #3: Material Politics
Chair: David Marno
Raphael Magarik (UC Berkeley) Tim Randell (UC San Diego)




Wine Reception