Call for Papers – (Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference

(Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference

University of Maryland, College Park
October 9-10, 2015

Networks are widely recognized as modes of professional collaboration as well as objects of scientific inquiry. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will hold a two-day symposium that brings together scholars in a wide range of fields to exchange research on medieval and early modern networks within and across disciplines, social classes, and national boundaries.

We are also interested in examining the various methods by which contemporary researchers identify and analyze networks. How were networks constructed in the medieval and early modern periods, and how and why do we reconstruct them today?  We aim to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, interest, and potential of networks both as a practice and as an analytical concept.

Confirmed speakers include Ruth Ahnert (English, Queen Mary University of London), Sebastian Ahnert (Physics, University of Cambridge), Michiel van Groesen (History, University of Amsterdam), Alicia Walker (Art History, Bryn Mawr College), David Wallace (English, University of Pennsylvania), and Colin F. Wilder (Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina).

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars of all disciplines that address the medieval and/or early modern periods. Some proposals may be selected for alternative formats.

Topics may include:
• What constitutes a network?
• Networks and scientific collaboration
• Networks as/and interdisciplinarity
• Computer-aided networks analysis
• Visualizing/depicting networks
• Vehicles of transmission within networks
• Networks and space
• Networks over time
• Non-elite/popular networks

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short professional biography to by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Chris Maffuccio

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