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Cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of knowledge-making in the early modern world (1450-1800)

A London Arts and Humanities Partnership PhD Conference

Dr Williams’s Library (London, United Kingdom)

Saturday, 14th October 2017

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0930-1000 Registration and coffee

1000-1015 Welcome

1015-1115 Panel 1: Meaning through organisation

  1. Stefano Gandolfo (University of Oxford, Oriental Studies): Drip-Drop-Splash-And Dao: Water Conceptual Metaphor and Knowledge Organization in the Siku Quanshu
  2. Gregorio Astengo (University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture): Printing/Building. Joseph Moxon and the Dissemination of Mechanick Architecture in Late-17thC London
  3. Deborah Ramkhelawan (University of Oxford, English Language and Literature): A Daughter of the Royal Society: Materiality, Metaphysics, and Natural Philosophy in Mary Evelyn’s ‘Miscelania’

1115-1145 Panel 1 – Discussion chaired by Joseph da Costa

1145-1200 Coffee break

1200-1300 Panel 2: Perceptions of change through sights and sounds

  1. Nicholas Rheubottom (King’s College London, Music): Caging the Beast: Sublime Experience as Cultural Object in Late Eighteenth-Century Glees
  2. Dayeon Oh (University of Oxford, History of Art): Picturing, Mapping and Transmitting Knowledge in Early Modern European and Edo Japanese Visual Culture
  3. Zhuozhang Li (University of Liverpool, School of the Arts, Visual and Urban Studies): The Representation of Urban Milieu in Chinese Paintings in the Early 18th Century

1300-1330 Panel 2 – Discussion chaired by Marina Bezzi

1330 – 1415 Lunch

1415-1515 Panel 3: Boundaries of knowledge

  1. Natalia Gándara (University College London, History): Geographies of knowledge. The Chilean Sea in the second half of the 18th century
  2. Virginia Ghelarducci (School of Advanced Study, Institute of Latin American Studies): Ethnographic description and illustration in sixteenth century French travel literature: Jean de Léry and André Thevet on Brazilian cannibalism
  3. John Carrigy (National University of Ireland, Galway, English): Transcending boundaries: John Dee’s imperial literature in the context of Elizabethan scholarly practice

1515-1545 Panel 3 – Discussion chaired by Dr Toby Green (Senior Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture at King’s College London)

1545-1600 Coffee break

1600-1700 Keynote address by Dr Zoltán Biedermann (Senior Lecturer in Luso Brazilian Studies at University College London): ‘Cross-disciplinarity in Science History: between the obvious and the outrageous’

1700-1730 Final discussion

1745 Dinner for speakers

Call for Papers

Call for Papers


Cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of knowledge-making in the early modern world (1450-1800)

Deadline: 7th July 2017

With the support of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), the Dr Williams Library (London) will host a student-led interdisciplinary conference on the overlap, cross-fertilisation, and collaborative potential between the Humanities and Social Sciences across studies on the history of knowledge-making in the early modern world (1450-1800), 14th October 2017.

The conference is open to all PhD candidates from any department within Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in the United Kingdom.

Submissions with studies of knowledge-making in the early modern world (1450-1800) from a wide range of fields are welcome, such as Legal, Political, Social, Cultural, Intellectual, Environmental and Economic History; Global, Imperial and World History; History of Science, Medicine and Technology; Digital Humanities; Linguistics and Literary Studies; History of Art and History of Architecture; Anthropology and Sociology; Cultural and Historical Geography; Performance, Gender and Queer Studies. We particularly encourage topics that highlight the circulation and transmission of knowledge in the period, including but not limited to:

  • Visual knowledge and spatial representation
  • Natural philosophy, Botany, Mathematical sciences
  • Languages
  • Ethnography
  • Religion and Jurisprudence
  • Colonialism and imperialism
  • Political and economic thought

The aims of the conference are to deepen the understanding of how a certain type of cross-disciplinarity already characterised knowledge-making along cultural encounters in an expanding world from c.1415 onwards; to highlight how PhD students use cross-disciplinary approaches to better understand their primary sources and the contemporary intellectual framework within which their research is situated; and to promote similar events and future collaborations among the panellists and the audience.

Keynote speaker:

Dr Zoltán Biedermann (Senior Lecturer in Luso Brazilian Studies, University College London)

How to submit your proposal:

Proposals for papers should be submitted using the online form by 7th July 2017 and include a maximum 300-word abstract, in English, for a 20-minute paper. (Link to the online form:

All candidates will be notified by 31st July 2017. Attendance is free of charge.

Travel bursaries:

Small bursaries might be available to help cover travel expenses to and from London. Please send us your estimate travel expenses to after submitting your proposal.

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