CFP: Changes and Innovations (10/15/08; 10/9-10/09 France)

by Jessica C. Murphy

An international interdisciplinary conference organized by EHIC at the University of Limoges, France, 9-10 October 2009

Moving World(s): Changes and Innovations in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe

The habit of dividing Time into centuries has often raised controversy due to its arbitrariness and imprecision. Rather than focus exclusively on the topic of disruption – entailing radical and exclusive positions – we have chosen to highlight the notion of continuity: what forms do the changes take at the end of the Middle Ages and at the beginning of the Renaissance, questioning the fixity of systems and more particularly the world picture and the schema of a central, immobile Earth?
Through historical documents, literary texts or works of art, this conference means to explore the expression of changes in various fields of studies so as to bring together scholars from apparently separate disciplines.

Suggested topics:
· work, economy and daily life: their concrete aspects and their specific vocable
· mobility, the representation and perception of space and territories
· technical innovations in the fields of art, architecture, literature
· Man facing changes and his relation to Time
· participation in public life; exploration of the intimate space as a form of “geographical meditation” (Jean-Marc Besse, Les Grandeurs de laTerre. Aspects du savoir géographique à la Renaissance, Lyon, ENS Éditions, 203, p. 309)

You are invited to submit a proposal for a 30-minute paper (in French or in English).
Deadline for proposals: 15 October 2008

Please contact:

Muriel Cunin:

Martine Yvernault :