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Round-Table: Hosted by GEMSS
November 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
“Artificial Instruments: Technology and the Early Modern Period”
The panel will feature:
- Dr. Florence Hsia (History)
- Dr. David Hildner (Spanish & Portuguese)
- Dr. Pablo Gómez (History)
- Jorge Hernández-Lasa (Spanish & Portuguese)
- Felipe Moraga (Spanish & Portuguese)
- Moderated by Alice Coulter Main (History)
Friday, November 30, 2018
Helen C. White Hall, Room 7191
Early modern people were urgently concerned with bodies: human bodies, celestial bodies, divine bodies, administrative bodies… Problems of corporeality and cohesion shaped debates on every pressing subject, from salvation to the state. Looking backwards to the era of Erasmus and Elizabeth I, the printing press and the air-pump, the Reformation and the Age of Revolutions, we ask how bodies as a heuristic category can reframe our understanding of a signal moment in global history. How did early modern observers comprehend the raced, sexed, (dis)abled, mechanical, spiritual, sinning, or even transubstantiated body? Why were bodies such potent metaphors for large social groupings, such as the Church, nation, or empire? What bodies of work – literary, scientific, or polemical – propelled transformations in early modern thought? And what about the very word “body,” with its roots in the Latin “corpus” and its implications of physicality, boundedness, and volition, has so compelled people across the centuries?
The Graduate Early Modern Student Society (GEMSS) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison invites conversation exploring these questions at its third annual symposium. We seek to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among graduate students interested in early modernity however defined. Please consider joining us! UW students can also RSVP through the Wisconsin Involvement Network: https://win.wisc.edu/event/2898231