CFP: Scientiae. Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World (Toronto) | #Scientiae2015
Victoria College, University of Toronto, 27-29 May 2015
Keynotes: Anthony Grafton (Princeton) & Peter Dear (Cornell)
Paper, panel, and round-table proposals are invited for Scientiae 2015: the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, therefore, needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. Always, our focus must be on the subject-matter at hand, rather than on the disciplinary performances by which we access it. Although centred around the emergence of modern natural science, Scientiae is intended for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- intellectual geography: networks, intellectual history, and the digital humanities;
- theological and religious origins and implications of the new sciences;
- law, learned practices, and the sciences;
- antiquarianism and the emergence of modern science;
- the impact of images on the formation of early modern knowledge;
- genealogies of “reason”, “utility”, and “knowledge”;
- Humanism and the Scientific Revolution;
- Paracelsianism, Neoplatonism, and alchemy more generally;
- interactions between the new sciences, magic and demonology;
- the history of health and medicine;
- morality and the character of the natural world;
- early modern conceptions of, and practices surrounding, intellectual property;
- poetry, literature, and the natural sciences;
- the development of novel approaches to cosmology and anthropology;
- natural history, botany, and art;
- music: between mathematics, religion, and medicine;
- global history and nature in the early modern period;
- information technology, media, and the study of early modernity.
Abstracts for individual papers of 20 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. For panel sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes, a list of speakers and chair (with affiliations), a 500-word panel abstract, and individual abstracts from each speaker are required. Newly at Scientiae 2015, we also invite proposals for a limited number of topic-based roundtable sessions. These should feature brief presentations from 2 or 3 knowledgeable speakers on a defined but broad issue in early-modern intellectual history, with the intention of opening up multilateral discussion from the floor—the main business of the session.
All submissions should be made using the online form here.
The submission deadline is 17 November 2014.
The CFP for Scientiae 2015 (Toronto, 27-29 May) is now available: http://t.co/L7257LY1Rs.
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Scientiae 2014 (Wien): http://ordensgeschichte.hypotheses.org/7056 (Storify)
Website: Scientiae. Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World