The Folger Shakespeare Library will host an NEH Summer Institute for college faculty from 25 June to 3 August 2001. Joined by a distinguished cast of visiting faculty members, Pamela H. Smith and Pamela O. Long will co-direct "Experience and Experiment in Early Modern Europe." The institute will open up a wide ranging and carefully nuanced investigation of different strands and shifting understandings of experience in the early modern period. It will explore an increasing reliance on instrumentation as well as other material and intellectual strategies for the validation of knowledge claims. This interdisciplinary institute accordingly encourages historians of science, cultural historians, art historians, philosophers, anthropologists, sociologists, literary critics, and historians of technology to apply.
Selected participants will examine key texts (many in their original or early printings) that affect the histories of practices such as painting, architecture, cartography, alchemy, medicine, and performance. They will focus on the technologies that drove change and sustained its effects. These technologies may be as specific as the development of artists' perspective or as general as the advent of the printing press. In each case, participants will attend to the habits of mind that shaped a new empirical method of philosophizing and a new way of viewing nature. They will also adapt their research for classroom instruction by selecting and annotating a set of images to feature in a website posting.
For more information, including a week-by-week description of the institute, its visiting faculty, and an application form, consult http://www.folger.edu/institute/nintro.html.
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