[UPDATE] Expertise in the Early Modern World (grad) - 5/8-5/9/2009

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Princeton Renaissance Studies
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renaiss@princeton.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS

EXPERTISE IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD

An interdisciplinary graduate student conference sponsored by the Princeton
University Renaissance Studies Program

May 8-9, 2009 at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Keynote speaker: Sarah Blake McHam, Department of Art History, Rutgers
University, New Brunswick

This conference will explore the concept of expertise and its relation to
the making and transmission of knowledge in the early modern period. What
constituted expertise in this period and who was considered an expert? How
was authority constructed, verified, or propagated? What were the tools and
techniques of expertise? Expertise assumes a social dimension when
considered in the context of networks of knowledge. Where, how, and by whom
was expertise established?

Related themes and possible paper topics include but are not limited to:
- Defining expertise: Knowledge, especially knowledge about making;
authorship; craft and craftsmanship; maniera, style, virtuosity; taste and
connoisseurship; experience, practice; genius; specialization
- The construction of authority: Fame and reputation; biography and
portraiture; the authority of the ancients
- Expertise as a social concept: Transmission and networks of knowledge;
persuasion; the paragone; enthusiasm and the liefhebber or amateur;
political expertise and statecraft
- Craft and pedagogy: Workshop, guild, academy, university;
apprentice-master relationships; the Meisterstück – masterpiece; treatises,
manuals, and books of secrets; style and rhetoric; linguistic expertise and
translation; tools and techniques of the expert
- Subversions of expertise: failure and error; folly; the expert parodied;
the idiot-savant; the dilettante

Please submit abstracts of not more than 350 words to Elizabeth Melly and
Johanna Heinrichs at renaiss_at_princeton.edu. Papers should be no longer than
20 minutes.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 15, 2009

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