MLA CONVENTION 2005,
Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature (SGRABL)
We are inviting proposals for two sessions on
Papers on the ways in which knowledge -- social, cultural, economic, political, and scientific -- is produced in Early Modern literature and culture are welcome.
How did authors challenge established institutions, disciplines, practices, and policies to create new modes of knowledge? What was the author’s role within established institutions? What is the relationship between the production of knowledge and its dissemination through educational practices? What are innovative practices, research programs, explanatory models, and theoretical modes on the creation of knowledge?
Papers might speak to the following issues:
The forms of display and the creation of knowledge in the natural history cabinet (Raritätenkabinett)
The embattled issue of latinitas
New approaches to Sprachgesellschaften
Innovative insights from the history of science
The role of the family as creator of social knowledge
The writer and his/her role in taste formation
Sociability as a form of social and cultural knowledge
Games and other leisure pastimes as creators of knowledge
The portrayal of travel as creator of cultural/political knowledge
The objects of material culture and the creation of knowledge
Fashion as conveyor of social and political knowledge
Papers may focus on specific writers or works or take a thematic approach.
Papers might also focus on the way we, as scholars of the Early Modern, create and convey knowledge on our field to students, graduate students, administrators and the public at large. How do we argue for the importance of the Early Modern in a “presentist” academic and general cultural climate?
Send one to two-page abstracts by MARCH 10, 2005 to:
Karin A. Wurst
German Studies Program/ 644 Wells Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
Tel: 517 353-7870/Fax: 517-432-2736 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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