The "Object" of Early Modern Science

full name / name of organization: 
NACBS panel proposal
contact email: 
erika.olbricht@case.edu

Call for Papers
North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS)
Baltimore, MD
November 12-14, 2010

Roundtable: The “Object” of Early Modern Science

This roundtable (4 papers) will treat the question of early modern scientific methods and instruments, particularly uses of a technology by which an object is examined, rendered, or recognized as scientifically significant. For example, papers might consider microscopes, medical instruments, or measuring devices. But the paper should also be focused on the particular object of study. Does the object under examination change through different technologies? Do different technologies yield different understandings of the same object? Are these understandings politically, ideologically, culturally inflected? How does that inflection temper our understandings of “science?”

But papers could also “object” to the ways that early modern science is currently framed in the discipline. What do we need to consider now in order to understand science then? Are there helpful (or less helpful) ways of considering the idea of “objectivity?”

(“Early Modern” here is broadly defined; papers pre-1800 or so will be considered)

Please send a 300-word abstract and brief CV by January 31, 2010 to: erika.olbricht@case.edu

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
medieval
renaissance
science_and_culture