The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0764 Friday, 26 March 2004
From: Robin Headlam Wells <
Date: Thursday, 25 Mar 2004 18:24:33 -0000
Subject: Call for Papers
CALL FOR PAPERS (with apologies for cross posting)
MINDS AND BODIES: RENAISSANCE WAYS OF KNOWING
Papers are invited for the annual conference of the Centre for Research
in Renaissance Studies, University of Surrey Roehampton, London SW15 5PH
on 23 October 2004.
Quentin Skinner, Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge
University, will give the Turner Lecture in Renaissance Studies (keynote
lecture) entitled 'Representing the Mind and Body of the People: The
Frescoes of Ambrogio Lorenzetti at Siena'.
Invited speakers will include Margaret Healy (University of Sussex),
David Hillman (Cambridge University) and Paulina Kewes (Jesus College,
Did the Renaissance mind work in a different way from the modern mind?
Is gender an artefactual product of social discourse, or does it owe
something to our biological nature? Can history teach us about human
behaviour, or are we isolated within our own peculiar modalities of
experience? Is there a universal essence of human nature, or are we
exclusively the product of social forces? The conference will consider
Renaissance attempts to define what it means to be human.
Papers are invited from academic staff and postgraduate students on the
following or related topics: minds and bodies, humanism, historiography,
primitivism, self-knowledge, role play, gender and sexuality, humoral
psychology, 'grace and rude will', microcosm/ macrocosm. Papers may deal
with Renaissance literature, historical and political writing,
iconography, anatomical and medical treatises, sermons, psychology,
anthropology, travel writing, or any combination of these.
Proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers should be submitted by 1
September 2004 to Professor Michael Dobson (
For further details including maps and a booking form please go to
and follow the link to 'conference', or write to
Professor Robin Headlam Wells (
Professor Michael Dobson (
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