Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800

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Early Modern Center at UCSB's English Department
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University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference Date: February 27-28, 2015
Abstracts Due: December 5, 2014

The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our fourteenth annual conference, "Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800," to be held on February 27-28, 2015. We are excited to announce our keynote speakers, Professor of English Patricia Fumerton (UC Santa Barbara) and Seth Low Professor of History Pamela H. Smith (Columbia).

We seek to explore the various kinds and forms of making. From manufacturing a sheet of paper, to printing a ballad, to conducting an experiment, to producing a play, to fashioning an identity, to consolidating a monarchical and political body, this conference is broadly interested in the concept of early modern making. Yet, while making offers a model of potential--we can make all manner of subjects and objects--it also gestures towards fixity and boundaries--things are made in certain ways for certain purposes, necessarily limited by design. We are interested in exploring: What are the factors and who are the human and non-human actors implicated in making? How does learning about the processes and materials of making offer new insights into the final product? What is the value in conceptualizing the formation of texts, artifacts, ideas, governments? We encourage papers that actively engage these questions and issues.

We welcome participation from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

• Craft Knowledge and Artisanal Labor
• Mechanical Arts
• Conceptions of the Body
• Early Modern Science
• Theatrical Performances, Productions, and Adaptations
• Materiality of Texts
• Art History
• Architecture
• Identity
• Politics
• Theology and Religion
• Iconoclasm

Please send abstracts, 300 words in length, to EMCconference@gmail.com by December 5, 2014. Feel free to contact the organizing chair, Phillip Cortes at emcfellow@gmail.com with any questions.