Making Knowledge in the Renaissance

Event Date: 
19 Mar 2015

 The Northern Renaissance Seminar Presents:

Making Knowledge in the Renaissance

Thursday 19th March 2015

University of Liverpool

Call for Papers

Aimed primarily at postgraduate research students and early career researchers in English, History, and Philosophy, this one-day conference will look at the concept of ‘making knowledge’ in the Renaissance. We will consider this concept broadly, addressing interests such as:

  • Developments in intellectual history and the concept of ‘knowledge’ in the Renaissance world,
  • Cultures of belief and the aesthetics of knowledge,
  • Changing methods of making and categorizing knowledge about the natural world and anatomy (e.g. through empirical investigation and scientific enquiry),
  • The roles that the theatres played in the making of knowledge and experience,
  • The material processes involved in the physical making of knowledge through printed text and illustration and through material objects,
  • Fabricated knowledge and ‘tall tales’ in drama, popular print, and travel writing,
  • Alchemy, magic, and supernatural knowledge in print and on the stage.

Our plenary lecture will be presented by Dr Catherine Richardson (University of Kent), who will speak about Making Household Knowledge in Early Modern England: Text, Performance and Material Culture’.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the above or any other means of ‘making knowledge’ in the Renaissance, and would welcome contributions from any relevant discipline.

Please send 200-word abstracts and 150-word bios to Maria Shmygol ( and Jonathan Day ( by 10th January 2015.

Submission date for papers: 
10 Jan 2015
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