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Renaissance Technologies
Huddersfield, March 2002


Renaissance Technologies

A one-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Huddersfield
in association with the Northern Renaissance Seminar

Saturday, March 16, 2002, 10am-5.30pm


Confirmed speakers: Stephen Clucas, Ceri Sullivan, Jonathan Sawday,
Scott Wilson

This conference will focus on the theme of Renaissance Technologies.
Issues of technological innovation and revolution will be approached from
a variety of disciplinary standpoints and theoretical positions.
Fruitful avenues for investigation might be: information and print
technology; material consumption; the commodification of technology;
interaction between human and machine; representations of the meta-human;
the economic influence and repercussions of technology; the nature of the
body; banking and financial transactions; imperial and republic
technologies; measurement and dominion; definitions of spatial relations;
labour and agriculture; medical technology and anatomical prints;
emblematic representation. Specific discussions could range from a
discussion of the iron-man Talus in The Faerie Queene to the impact of new
arms technology on early modern warfare or the effect of new time-keeping
instruments on Restoration society. Theoretical considerations might
deploy the work of Michel Foucault, Friedrich Kittler, Paul Virilio or
Jean Baudrillard. Papers from Postgraduate students are welcomed.

Please send abstracts of 400 words (post or email) by November 15th 2001
to Jerome de Groot, English Department, University of Huddersfield, St.
Peter's Building, St. Peter's Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RA, United
Kingdom, Telephone: +44-1484 478424, Fax: +44-1484 478428, Email:
j.degroot@hud.ac.uk