Gower and Science
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2014
The boundaries between science and the humanities as we perceive them now were less definitively drawn in the past; unlike modern science with its protocols and procedures, its laws and regulations, medieval science encouraged the intermingling of otherwise disparate categories of things, often to startling effect. This session seeks paper that re-examine Gower's experiments with alchemy and astronomy, re-launch his explorations into outer space (the macrocosm), study its effects on the human body (the microcosm), and note the poetic richness such excursions into new scientific knowledge provide.
250-word abstracts by 15 September, 2013.