The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2118  Monday, 20 November 2000.

From:           Owen Williams <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 17 Nov 2000 11:14:20 -0500
Subject:        NEH SUMMER INSTITUTE: "Experience and Experiment in Early
Modern Europe"

The Folger Shakespeare Library will host an NEH Summer Institute for
college faculty from 25 June to 3 August 2001.  Joined by a
distinguished cast of visiting faculty members, Pamela H. Smith and
Pamela O. Long will co-direct "Experience and Experiment in Early Modern
Europe."  The institute will open up a wide ranging and carefully
nuanced investigation of different strands and shifting understandings
of experience in the early modern period.  It will explore an increasing
reliance on instrumentation as well as other material and intellectual
strategies for the validation of knowledge claims.  This
interdisciplinary institute accordingly encourages historians of
science, cultural historians, art historians, philosophers,
anthropologists, sociologists, literary critics, and historians of
technology to apply.

Selected participants will examine key texts (many in their original or
early printings) that affect the histories of practices such as
painting, architecture, cartography, alchemy, medicine, and
performance.  They will focus on the technologies that drove change and
sustained its effects.  These technologies may be as specific as the
development of artists' perspective or as general as the advent of the
printing press.  In each case, participants will attend to the habits of
mind that shaped a new empirical method of philosophizing and a new way
of viewing nature. They will also adapt their research for classroom
instruction by selecting and annotating a set of images to feature in a
website posting.

For more information, including a week-by-week description of the
institute, its visiting faculty, and an application form, please consult
<http://www.folger.edu/institute/nintro.html> .

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