Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World

Global in scope, the Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World Working Group seeks to integrate through interdisciplinary discussion two different spheres of scholarly inquiry: macro-economic studies of international networks and micro-historical engagements with materialities. In recent years, the promotion of synchronic, transnational fields, such as the ‘Global Renaissance,’ has made it incumbent on emerging scholars to develop competencies far outside traditionally defined specialties. This working group is designed to address the needs of a new generation of scholars, and to appeal to both dissertating and pre-candidacy doctoral students. By organizing a series of topically-relevant symposia that feature presentations by leading faculty, the working group aspires to function as a forum, exposing graduate students in different disciplines to research trends and alternative methodologies. 

 

Call for Proposals:
Deadline for proposals: September 17, 2014

The U.C. Berkeley Townsend Working Group, Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World, invites graduate students from all disciplines to participate in our series of topically relevant workshops. Global in scope, the working group seeks to integrate through interdisciplinary discussion two different spheres of scholarly inquiry: macro-economic studies of international networks and micro-historical engagements with materialities. In recent years, the promotion of synchronic, transnational fields, such as the ‘Global Renaissance,’ has made it incumbent on emerging scholars to develop competencies far outside traditionally defined specialties. This working group is designed to address the needs of a new generation of scholars and to appeal to both dissertating and pre-candidacy doctoral students. Over the course of the 2014–2015 academic year, two to three graduate students will present their work at monthly interdisciplinary panel workshops with the aim of gaining feedback and engaging in discourse on research trends and alternative methodologies. The format of the sessions will include a 10–15 minute presentation of students’ work followed by a brief question and answer period and a longer interdisciplinary discussion of all panelists’ work. We welcome proposals from graduate students of all stages of study, including pre-candidacy and dissertating students. Specific workshops topics may include but are not limited to: travel literature; movement of objects, techniques, and technologies, such as from periphery to center; African diaspora; collecting culture; the movement of religious objects in missionizing projects; intersections between art and literature; the history of the book; music, theater and performance; the history of science; and cartography and maps. We gladly accept proposals on topics not listed here. Please send abstracts of 300 words or fewer to Jessica Stair (stairjes@berkeley.edu) by September 17, 2014.

 

Readings for individual sessions are available on our bSpace site.

To join bSpace, please sign up for our group and contact Jessica Stair (stairjes@berkeley.edu), Grace Harpster (gharpste@berkeley.edu) or Andrew Sears (asears@berkeley.edu). We will add you to the site. 

Past Events:

Past Events:

 

Session Canceled (due to the campus-wide power outage):

 

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