Compartments in literary and literal objects: A Lunchtime Workshop

a box with drawers and bottles inside it, painted black on the outside and red on the inside, oval shaped

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Yusen Yu (Corpus Christi): 'Frame Work in the Pre-Modern Islamic World'

Marie Thebaud-Sorger (Oxford/CNRS): 'Portable Pharmacies and other Boxing Tools'

Having explored, in our first 'compartments' workshop last term, the emergence and evolution of divisions and connections between areas of study through the play between objects and images (astronomical models and drawings, maps of botanic gardens), we continue to investigate the role of 'compartments' in objects alongside the intellectual 'compartmentalisation' of thought or text into (re-)combinable 'elements’.

This lunchtime workshop will explore the relationship between conceptual representations and their embodiments in the structuring of early modern (practices of) knowledge. By emphasizing 'circulation', translation, borrowings, the back-and-forth between empirical and theoretical knowledge, between material framework and intellectual productions, as well as within different cultures of the pre-modern world, we will ask: how did literal and literary borders, frames, 'drawers', and compartments operate? How did the drawing of boundaries and the classification of objects (things, 'elements', tools, topics, or themes) serve as a framework for building thoughts and actions?

This event is part of the TORCH Writing Technologies Network

You will be contacted within 48 hours of the event with the Zoom link for this event. Please be aware tickets will close an hour before the event.


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You will be contacted within 48 hours of the event with the Zoom link for this event. Please be aware tickets will close two hours before the event.