SAMLA Special Session: Hybrid Networks: Literature and Science in Early Modern England

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
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This panel welcomes papers on the various social, intellectual, or textual networks among authors and consumers of early modern literature and science. This panel seeks to understand what new networks of influence or collaboration we can discover by pairing disparate genres/fields of inquiry in the early modern period. Essentially, this panel asks: how can disparate or shared methods of signification within literary and scientific genres challenge our understanding of the early modern production of knowledge? Suggested topics include fictional representations of scientific communities, processes of experimentation both in literature and in contemporary practice, printers and publishers of fiction and science, generic divides between scientific and literary representations of methods, or figures and contemporary discourse surrounding the role of the scientific author. By June 1, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Katherine Walker, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at walkerkn@email.unc.edu. SAMLA will take place November 13-15, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.