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Dr Helen Smith (Department of English and Related Literature, University of York)
We are pleased to announce the one-day conference, Matter and Materiality in the Early Modern World, in collaboration with the CRASSH graduate group Things that Matter seminar series. The conference is funded by the School of Arts and Humanities and supported by the Centre for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). It will be held in the Alison Richard Building, the home of CRASSH.
The conference will be centered around the theme of ‘materiality’ in order to acknowledge the current ‘material turn’ in scholarship. This will allow speakers to emphasise how the economic, cultural, and physical attributes of certain materials contributed to understanding the value and connotations of objects in their original contexts. Discussions will also encourage a deeper awareness of the theories of matter that permeated early modern thought and how these philosophies contributed to understanding the meanings of objects in the early modern world.
Dr Helen Smith is a historian of the early modern book, social and religious history. Her current research explores theories of matter in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and how the materiality of books and more ephemeral paper objects, such as wastepaper, contributed to these theories.
Organised by Margaret Carlyle, Sophie Pitman, Katie Reinhart, Lesley Steinitz and Katie Tycz.
Registration and Welcome
Ephemera and the Body
Michelle Wallis (University of Cambridge)
Sarah Anne Bendall (University of Sydney)
Elizabeth Sharrett (Birmingham City University)
Nailya Shamgunova (University of Cambridge)
Miranda Clow (Royal College of Art)
Alice Dolan (University of Hertfordshire)
Anna Reynolds (University of York)
Heidi Carlson (University of Cambridge)
Rachael Morton (University of Warwick)
Raymond Carlson (Columbia University)
Lindsey Cox (University of Kent)
Senses and Emotion
Amparo Fontaine (University of Cambridge)
Rebecca Unsworth (Quee Mary University of London / V&A)
Sarah Ann Robin (Lancaster University)
Esther Helena Arens (University of Cologne)
Luisa Coscarelli (University of Hamburg)
Helen Smith (University of York)