The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at University of Maryland, College Park–an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students–is excited to announce this year’s conference, Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds.
Nature, according to the critic Raymond Williams, is quite possibly “the most difficult word in the English language.” The genealogy of nature’s complexities—semantic, philological, epistemological, ontological—are the subject of this two-day conference that seeks to bring into dialogue historians of science, philosophy, art, and literature. How did early writers and artists and other thinkers know and encounter nature? What practices made nature legible? What ethics were thought to arise out of the environment? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods. By what metaphors and strategies did pre-modern people represent the sensible world of matter? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods, seeking to rethink the relation between fields of knowledge and to bridge the widening gap between the humanities and the sciences in our own universities.
The conference will take place October 24-25, 2014. Please submit 250-word paper proposals to email@example.com by May 1.
Online registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America closes TODAY. Onsite registration for the meeting will be payable by check only and will be subject to the late registration fee.
Onsite registration for special events (luncheon, banquet, and closing reception) will be limited and on a space-available basis only. You must pre-register if you wish to attend the closing reception at the Getty Villa in Malibu. http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/medieval_academy/index.html
Paper proposals are welcome (presentation duration: 20 minutes) on Maximus the Confessor’s thought, work and relevance to any area of Philosophy by scholars in Philosophy, Byzantine Studies, Theology and related disciplines. Papers may examine the relationship of Maximus’ thought to that of other thinkers, but the paper must focus on Maximus the Confessor’s contribution. All papers must be presented in English.
Please send us the title and a short abstract of your presentation (200-400 words) in English, along with a short CV, until Sunday, May 11, 2014 via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be informed concerning your possible acceptance on Monday, May 12, 2014, and you will be asked to submit the registration fee via bank transfer.
A volume on Maximus the Confessor as a Philosopher based on the colloquium is planned to be published.
Further details can be found at http://maximus2014.eu.