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CfP from Warwick humanities researchers: How Can You Tell? Judgment in Early Modern Europe, deadline 10 Sept 2019

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.

We are seeking contributions from humanities researchers at Warwick for this workshop, which will be held on March 6, 2020. The event is part of the annual series of workshops run by the Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Centre. 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 judgements 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 by Sep 10, 2019.

Mon 22 Jul 2019, 16:03

EMECC welcomes new staff members

We are delighted to be joined by EMECC's first Research Fellow, Dr Callie Wilkinson, who will work on her Leverhulme-funded project, and by Dr Naomi Pullin, who returns to the Department from Cambridge as Assistant Professor with her Leverhulme-funded research project. Further details of their projects will follow on our Research page.

Tue 09 Oct 2018, 13:05

David Taylor leaves Warwick

We are very sorry to lose Dr David Taylor (English), who has been an enthusiastic and supportive member of the Centre for several years. He is moving on to a new job as Associate Professor of Eighteenth Century literature at the University of Oxford, and tutorial fellow at St Hugh's College. We wish him every success!

Mon 17 Sep 2018, 18:24

Congratulations to newly appointed professors

Two EMECC members have just received well deserved promotions to professor. They are Kate Astbury (French) and Tina Lupton (English).

Wed 01 Aug 2018, 12:04

CfP: 'Small Things in the Eighteenth Century', York, June 2019

Small Things in the Eighteenth Century

6-7 June 2019
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
University of York

We invite proposals for papers that address the scale of material objects, in particular the smaller things that have received less critical attention than larger, substantial goods. We are interested in how the scale of things shapes the cultural and / or literary significance of objects and what size might illuminate more broadly about the value and meanings of material culture. Do small things merit different kinds of attention across genres or types of media? How does monetary value, labour and time affect perceptions of the minute? What is the place of the small in scholarly conversations about material culture across humanities disciplines?

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words, along with a very brief biography, to by October 15, 2018.
Support from the British Academy will cover registration costs and food for all speakers.

This conference is co-organized by Dr Chloe Wigston Smith, University of York and Professor Beth Fowkes Tobin, University of Georgia.


Brittany Scowcroft

Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
University of York

CREMS: Mon & Wed (Berrick Saul Building)/ CECS: Tues & Thurs (King's Manor)

Tel: +44 (0)1904 328128 (CREMS)/324980 (CECS)



Mon 16 Jul 2018, 10:59

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