CFP: Science and Technology

by Jessica C. Murphy

“Science and Technology, 1500-1800”
March 14, 2008
University of California, Santa Barbara
The Early Modern Center (EMC), in collaboration with the Transcriptions Project, at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites paper proposals for “Science and Technology, 1500-1800,” an interdisciplinary conference that will take place at UCSB on Friday, March 14, 2008. This one-day conference will be a forum to explore the interrelated fields of science and technology in the early modern period. We conceive of science and technology as a broad range of social and cultural practices, cultural and historical formations, and epistemological perspectives. How and why were systems of knowledge created and proliferated? What particular scientific developments participated in the exploration of the body, the mind, time, and space? How were individuals, communities, and nations impacted by new systems of knowledge, particular objects or
hardware, or advanced procedures to accomplish tasks?
We invite proposals from across the disciplines that use a variety of thematic and methodological approaches. Papers ranging from specific case studies to broad explorations within the fields of science and technology are welcome. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to, discussions of horticulture, botany, engineering, automata, stage machinery, navigation, cartography, anatomy, medicine, alchemy, the occult, taxonomy, archiving, printing, and information science. Since both the Early Modern Center and the Transcriptions Project undertake initiatives that bridge the study of digital media and the humanities, we are also interested in proposals that apply the perspectives of new media study to the cultural formations of the early modern period.
The program will consist of nine panelists representing a variety of disciplines, as well as talks by three keynote speakers (TBA).
Abstracts (300 words or less) for 15-minute minute papers should be sent to by Friday, November 16, 2007. We hope to notify participants by December 1, 2007.
Please visit our website at to learn more about the conference, the Early Modern Center, and the Transcriptions Project at UCSB.