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Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, April 4-5, 2014
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Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture
The literature and culture of the late medieval and early modern periods were profoundly affected by the expansion of new artisanal and scientific technologies—innovations and ideas that would lead to the production and consumption of new forms of knowledge. In both periods, knowledge was conceptualized across a range of intersecting disciplines, including natural philosophy, astrology, mathematics, medicine, art, mechanics, and cartography, among others. Literature embraced, criticized, or participated in these fields in diverse ways, often examining how these new forms or categories of knowledge influenced the locus and ontology of the individual and social self
Collectively, we will investigate the ways in which medieval and early modern literature engages with scientific, technological and textual processes of making and disseminating knowledge. In addition, we are interested in discussing the creation and development of modern/postmodern technologies through and around medieval and early modern texts. As such, scholars studying medieval and early modern texts, performances, and art—or later reassessments thereof— are welcome.
This conference is part of a three-year collaboration between King’s College, London and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Previous conferences include “Shakespeare and the Natural World” at UNC and “Shakespeare, Memory, and Culture” at KCL. “Making Knowledge” aims to continue this collaboration and engage in critical discussion with graduate students from both institutions and from across the US.
Suggested topics include:
Dr. Pamela Smith, a cultural historian at Columbia University, will deliver a keynote on Saturday evening, April 5th. Dr. Smith’s work focuses on early modern conceptions of nature and artisanal craft.
We invite 20 minute papers on these and related topics. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due November 1st, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be notified on December 1st.
“Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture” will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from April 4th-5th, 2014.