Embodiment and New Materialism in Premodern Literature and Culture 1350-1700
Lancaster University and The Storey
New Materialist approaches to premodern literature and culture offer exciting avenues of scholastic engagement through refocusing debates around materiality and exploring what lies beyond the material. Thomas Tomkis's comedy Albumazar (c.1615) is such an example of a periphery text, and stages moments where the material self becomes subject to doubt, transformation and ontological uncertainty. This conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines including philosophy, literature, history and cultural studies, and will offer a unique space to explore the potentialities of New Materialist approaches to premodern literature and culture. In addition to a range of papers, the conference will also feature a performance workshop on Albumazar with The Rose Company in Lancaster Castle, and will end with a roundtable to push the boundaries of the conference further. We are also excited to announce that our confirmed plenary speaker is Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam). The conference is funded through the NWCDTP and SRS, and affiliated with the Northern Renaisssance Seminar and Northern Theory School.