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

October 14, 2017
London Arts and Humanities Partnership

Dr Williams Library
United Kingdom

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

With the support of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), the Dr Williams Library 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 at King's College London, University College London, School of Advanced Study, Queen Mary University and the London School of Economics. 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, Environmental and Economic History; Global, Imperial and World History; History of Science, Medicine and Technology; Literary Theory; Historical Anthropology; Cultural Geography; Historical Geography; 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, represented in world maps, globes, portolans, charts

● Natural science (botany, natural history, mathematical sciences)

● Languages (maths, dictionaries, grammars)

● Ethnography (travel accounts, treatises)

● Gender

● Religion

● Colonialism and imperialism, political and economic thought, Jurisprudence

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 panelists and the audience.

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. Enquiries should be directed to Joseph da Costa at

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