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Problems and Controversies in Early Modern Studies of Art and Science


The aim of this reading group is to explore various theoretical positions that have offered differing analyses of the relationship between art and science in the Early Modern period. Two of the main streams informing these readings will be the epistemological relationship between craft and science, and the changing subtexts of vision and visualization. We will explore key theoretical positions (Zilsel, Foucault, Baroque science, social constructivism) and specific interdisciplinary case studies (Paracelsus, Galileo), with an emphasis on the most recent scholarship in order to explore new takes on old problems. In addition to scholars and students working on the early modern period, this reading group would be of interest to those concerned with the complexity of interdisciplinary methodologies, and the potential problems with internalist and externalist approaches.

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Convenors: yelda [dot] nasifoglu [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Yelda Nasifoglu) Matthew Hunter, and Nicholas Dew
Meeting times: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm: 11, 25 September, 9, 23 October, 6, 20 November
Room 21-6, 3610 McTavish St.