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How Can You Tell? Judgment in Early Modern Europe

We don't like to stand in judgment, and we don't want to be judged, but we live in a world of ratings, assessments and evaluations. Judgment is an elusive topic in the humanities because it falls between the cracks of periods and disciplines. This workshop will address this problem by bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines to study judgment in early modern Europe.

Workshop, Friday 6 March 2020 10am till 5pm, University of Warwick. Zeeman Building - IAS Meeting Room

Call for Papers:

We are seeking contributions from humanities researchers at Warwick for this workshop. We are seeking two sorts of paper: surveys of the concept of judgment, or of related concepts such as connoisseurship, discernment, and discrimination; and case studies exploring the techniques that people used to make judgments in their daily lives.

Like early modern people, we interpret judgment broadly to include any attempt to determine the quality or authenticity of something, whether an idea, an object, a text, an act or a person. Judgments may be legal, social, political, scientific, commercial, aesthetic, culinary, sartorial, scholarly, and more. The period covered is the early modern and eighteenth century, roughly from the Reformation to the French Revolution. The geographical scope is Europe, European Empires, and their global connections.

To submit a paper, please send a 200-word abstract to m dot bycroft at warwick dot ac dot uk by Sept 10, 2019.