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[UPDATE] Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Daemonic to the Hydraulic [Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 13–16, 2009]
full name / name of organization:
Anthony Adams, Brown University
Seeking papers on any aspect of medieval or Renaissance simulacra, automata, or mirabilia, whether textual or material. Subjects that would be welcome would include aspects of mirabilia in Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate, depictions of marvels in medieval romance, clocks and machines as metaphors, mechanical automata unmasked, the history of the Golem, the use of puppetry in medieval drama, folklore of living dolls or wooden toys, and any theoretical aspects of idols and images, simulations/simulacra, and “thing theory” as applied to medieval studies.
Papers could also involve research into the history of science, Arabic studies, manuscript illumination, or any other related field that touches upon the presence of simulacra as object or as metaphor.
Please send queries and submissions to Anthony_Adams@brown.edu.
I am seeking papers from scholars working on some aspect of these topics for presentation at a session to be held at the 2010 International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. Contributions are welcome from those working in literary history, the history of technology and science, archaeology, and religious history; those working in either Western European or Byzantine traditions, as well those exploring the confluence of the two cultures, as well as those working in the tradition of medieval Arabic scientific sources, are especially welcome.
Please send 500-word abstracts, your current affiliation and status, and relevant contact information to Dr Anthony Adams anthony DOT adams AT utoronto.ca. Submit any queries to same address. Submissions from junior scholars and current graduate students welcome.