>Subject: CFP: Renaissance Discovery? (4/1/07; RSA, 4/3/08-4/5/08)
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>Renaissance Discovery? (RSA 08)
>Scholars of various Renaissance fields ˝ including science, emblems, and
>antiquarianism ˝ have observed an instability or paradoxicality around the
>operative concept of empirical discovery. Scholars have not, however,
>evaluated or explained this strange observation. In some cases, discovery
>seems irrelevant to the periodÝs production of knowledge; in others,
>relevant, but discouraged or abjured. Given that discovery seems basic to
>modern notions of evidence, and of interpretation, the hermeneutic and/or
>epistemological consequences of the Renaissance attitude may be
>Interdisciplinary papers are invited, therefore, for a panel at RSA 2008
>(Chicago) on the shape and significance of Renaissance discovery. Proposals
>that attempt to draw a theoretical point out of their historical material
>are especially welcome. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
>-- books of secrets: why arenÝt they absurd?
>-- emblem interpretation: does it find anything out?
>-- magical experiments: what do they produce?
>-- alchemical manuals: what do they reveal?
>-- forgery and authenticity: why such a persistent problem?
>-- occult qualities: whatever happened to them?
>-- the new world: both found and made?
>-- romance anagnorosis: anticipated, or surprising?
>-- from invention to discovery: a Renaissance transition?
>Please send proposals of 200-350 words, along with a c.v., to J. D. Fleming
>([log in to unmask]) by April 1st, 2007. Selected presenters will need to be
>members of the RSA by the time of the conference (April 2008).
>James Dougal Fleming
>Department of English
>Simon Fraser University
>Laissez parler les faits.
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