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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 the problem by bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines and sub-disciplines to study judgment in early modern Europe.

Workshop, Friday 6 March 2020 11:45pm till 5.15pm, University of Warwick. Zeeman Building - IAS Meeting Room


11:45-12:45pm – lunch (catered)

12:45-1pm – Introduction (Michael Bycroft)

1-2pm – 4 x 15min talks on categories of judgment:

Discernment (Sophie Mann)

Legal judgment (John Snape)

Diagnostics (Kathryn Woods)

Connoisseurship (Michael Bycroft)

2-2:30pm – discussion of 4 talks (chaired by Charles Walton)

2:30-3pm – afternoon tea (catered)

3-4pm – 4 x 15min talks on techniques of judgment:

Judging truth and falsehood during the French religious wars (Penny Roberts)

Judging loyalty: ‘Good affection’ in the English Republics (Imogen Peck)

Suspending judgment in seventeenth-century natural philosophy (Alice Leonard)

Telling friends from foes in early modern England (Naomi Pullin)

4-4:30pm – discussion of 4 talks (chaired by Mark Knights)

4:30-4:45 – comfort break

4:45-5:30 – final discussion (commentary and chairing by Penny Roberts)

Open to all University of Warwick staff and students

Contact: m dot bycroft at warwick dot ac dot uk