Chawton House Library, 1st-2nd March 2012
Hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Writing the lives of people and things, AD 500-1700: an inter-disciplinary conference
Key-note speaker: Charles Nicholl
[Freelance writer, author of The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street
and The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe]
CALL FOR PAPERS
This conference is intended to push the boundaries of research in biography by bringing together postgraduates and early-career researchers from across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Biography has particular relevance in contemporary scholarship as it encompasses every field of human experience. As a result, scholars are becoming increasingly interested in using the lives of individuals to elucidate the past. In the fields of archaeology and anthropology, too, object biography has been a growing area of theoretical research in the past thirty years. This interest in the stories objects can tell resulted in the British Museum and BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects, broadcast in 2010.
We welcome abstracts of no more than 200 words for 20 minute papers from postgraduates and early-career researchers of the medieval and renaissance periods with an interest in biography. The conference themes will include (but are not limited to):
· Artefact biography and human interaction with physical objects through time.
· The experience of life in settled spaces.
· Biography through portraiture and clothing.
· The imaginative recreation of individual lives and mentalities through micro-history.
· The relationship of the self to society, i.e. through social cultural or economic interactions.
· The exploration of the self through music.
· New perspectives on the ‘discovery of the individual’ during the medieval period and renaissance.
· The cementing of social and creative networks and affiliations through the ownership of manuscripts and objects.
· Scientific approaches to biographical interpretations of manuscripts, objects, paintings and human remains.
Please send abstracts along with your name, affiliation and email address to:Gemma Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Robert Smith at email@example.com
The deadline for abstracts is 31st October 2011.