The transcript of the May 7th workshop, “Global Archivalities: A Conceptual Workshop,” is now available on line. It includes the video, audio, and chat from the entire workshop. You can also access it from the Events page on the website http://globalarchivalities.org.
“Global Archivalities” was organized by Professor Randolph Head and supported by the “Material Cultures of Knowledge” MRG. The next Global Archivalities event is planned for September in Munich, in connection with the major conference of the Arbeitsgruppe Frühe Neuzeit.May 7 Participating Faculty:Konrad Hirschler, SOAS LondonDiego Navarro Bonilla, Universidad Carlos III MadridBryan Lowe, VanderbiltChristian Speer, Universität WittenbergJohn-Paul Ghobrial, Balliol College OxfordNatalie Rothman, University of TorontoMarkus Friedrich, Universität Frankfurt A.M, Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte BerlinEric Ketelaar, Universiteit Amsterdam, Emeritus; Director Emeritus, National Archives of the NetherlandsJacob Soll, USCHilde de Weerdt, University College, LondonArndt Brendecke, Universität MünchenFilippo de Vivo, Birkbeck College, LondonGraduate Students:Ron Makloff, BerkeleyPatrick O’Neill, UCRBenjamin Esswein, UCRColin Whiting, UCRSteven Anderson, UCR
The Global Archivalities Network is a project launched by Randolph Head (University of California, Riverside), Arndt Brendecke (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) and Hilde de Weerdt (Kings College London). We seek to connect and recruit humanists in all disciplines interested in the comparative history of archives before the modern era. The founders specialize in what may be called early modernity in various parts of the world, but we welcome those working on all forms of systematic record-keeping in any period.
Please contact Randy Head (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
A first event, entitled Global Archivalities: A Conceptual Workshop, will take place (with attendance via Adobe Connect) on May 7, 2013 from 9-11 AM (PDT).
Vital Matters: Eighteenth-Century Views of Conception, Life, and Death
Edited by Helen Deutsch and Mary Terrall
Published by Toronto University Press, 2012
Eighteenth-century questions about the properties essential to life often explored the boundary between the physical world of the body and the immaterial world of the mind and soul. Locating materialism within the larger history of ideas, Vital Matters examines how and why eighteenth-century scientists, philosophers, writers, and artists questioned nature and its animating principles.
In this volume, interdisciplinary essays by premier scholars in literary studies, art history, and the history of science and medicine analyse a wide range of subjects, including ghosts and funerary practices, dissection and digestion, automata, and monstrous births. Featuring new approaches to literary texts such as Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and paintings such as Girodet’s Eternal Sleep, as well as new research on cases from the history of medicine and the history of science, Vital Matters reconsiders Enlightenment oppositions between body and mind, brain and soul, life and death, and the physical and the abstract.
Sponsored by the University of California Multicampus Research Group on The Material Cultures of Knowledge and UCHRI
May 7, 2013, 9-11 AM, PDT
Archives play a fundamental role in historical research, yet archivality as a human cultural product subject to enormous variation has received little comparative attention. By forming a collaborative network of humanistic scholars interested in investigating the formation, use, and representation of archives around the globe in the pre-modern period, we seek to promote shared understandings of the decisive theoretical and empirical issues that the comparative study of pre-modern archivality must address. A second goal is to highlight the many research opportunities that the comparative study of archivality can offer, and to help create a supportive network of junior as well as senior humanists that can promote such research.
Convenors: Randolph Head (UC Riverside), Arndt Brendecke (Munich), Hilde de Weerdt (King’s College London).
Participants will include, among others: Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck College London), Konrad Hirschler (SOAS, London), Diego Navarro Bonilla (Madrid) and Jacob Soll (USC).
Location: The workshop will be available over the internet via Adobe Connect.
Conference at Huntington Library, Jan. 25-26, 2013:
Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800
Conference Date: February 9, 2013 / Abstracts Due: December 2, 2012
The Early Modern Center at University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our twelfth annual conference, “Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800.” This one-day conference will be held on Saturday, February 9th, and feature keynote speaker Joseph Roach (Yale University).
This conference is being hosted in conjunction with a one-day UC multi-campus research group symposium on “Shakespeare & Risk,” which will take place on UCSB’s campus on Friday, February 8th, and feature keynote speaker Richard Halpern (New York University). Conference attendees and presenters are cordially invited to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events.
Contemporary discussions of “risk” or “speculation” often identify these concepts as distinguishing features of modern or postmodern societies. In this conference, we seek to explore and investigate early modern English cognates, forebears, and analogues of “risk” (including, but not limited to, “hazard” and “venture”). We hope for a range of presentations investigating religious, economic, political, or environmental aspects of risk in early modern literature and history.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to: maritime trade and the rise of insurance; mathematics and the early history of probability; civic and political crises and governmental intervention; environmental and social crises (plague, famine, etc.) and their “management”; gambling, play, and games of chance; erotic and romantic exposure; religious reform and upheaval; conversion and the specter of apostasy; hermeneutics and reading; the stigma of print and publication; violence and the vulnerability of the body.
Who Can Apply: UC graduate students working on a dissertation project in the Humanities and Medicine or in the Theoretical Social Sciences and Medicine
Level of Award: Up to $20,000. Awards are contingent upon available funding.
Funding Source: UCHRI
Deadline: February 13, 2013 (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps (opens on November 28, 2012).
“The Seeds of Disaster: Relic Hunting and Scientific Exploration”
a public lecture by Professor Adriana Craciun (University of California, Riverside)
Friday 12 Oct. 2012
5:00 pm in 300 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
Reception to follow
As part of the collaboration between the “Material Cultures of Knowledge” MRG and Cambridge University’s Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, there will be a second collaborative event in the series on “Material Cultures of the 18th Century,” to be held at Cambridge University, Sept. 27-29, 2012. The event will include a series of hands-on workshops in Cambridge museums, seminars, and public lectures, the latter of which are included on the CRASSH website:
Blind Man on the Mountain: The Paradox of Enlightenment Mathematics
A public lecture by
(Professor of History, UCLA)
Thursday, July 19, 2012 – 5:30-7:00 pm
Maud Fife Room, Wheeler Hall
(Reception to follow)