Objects of Knowledge

5 July 2019, 10:00 - 19:00

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RB

Convenors

Dr Camilla Temple (University of Cambridge)

Dr Carla Suthren (University of Cambridge)

 

Summary 

This one-day workshop will consider the intersection of literature, epistemology and materiality in the early modern world (1400-1700). This event is part of the project ‘Crossroads of knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature’ and seeks to build upon the exploration of knowledge and literature in this period by considering the importance of the material world to this relationship. Building upon the constantly evolving field of literature and materiality, the event asks how knowledge interacts with and is shaped by its relationship with the material world. Questions posed might include: Do objects know things? What kind of knowledge do objects possess? How do we construct knowledge through objects? Is there is a special relationship between knowledge and materiality in this period, and does it rely on literature? How does the material book interact with theories and practices of knowledge in this period? Are specific material objects important to epistemology? What kind of knowledge does a material approach to literature seek? The workshop will involve physical objects including books, prints and applied arts objects.

 

Sponsors

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge and by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 617849

Friday 5 July

10:00-10:20

Registration and coffee (Friends’ Room)

10:20-11:20

EPHEMERAL KNOWLEDGE (Founder’s Library)

Introduction (Carla Suthren and Camilla Temple)

Turning Waste Over (Anna Reynolds)

The Very Pin (George Oppitz-Trotman)

11:20-11:30

Coffee break (Friends’ Room)

11:30-12:30

INTERVENING KNOWLEDGE (Founder’s Library)

‘Glassy Margents’: Between Text and Object (Subha Mukherji)

Proctor’s Greek (Jane Raisch)

The Book of Common Prayer as an Early Modern Material Text (Joe Ashmore)

12:30-1:30

Lunch (Friends' Room)

1:30-2:45

BODIES OF KNOWLEDGE (Graham Robertson Room)

A Sixteenth-Century Book Bead and Prayer Nut (Jane Partner)

Embroidered Books (Claire Canavan)

Anecdote of the Pharmacy Jar (Sarah Cawthorne)

2:45-3:00

Coffee break (Friends’ Room)

3:00-4:00

COSMIC KNOWLEDGE (Graham Robertson Room)

Stitching Letters: Gender, Analogy, and the Labor of Translation in Lucy Hutchinson’s Lucretius (Jessie Hock)

Ovid’s Metamorphic Matter (Helen Smith)

Myth as the Unconscious of Materialism (Camilla Temple)

4:00-4:30

Conclusion/discussion (Tania Demetriou and Jason Scott-Warren)

5:00-7:00

Reception and tours of the house (Kettle’s Yard)