CFP: The Early Modern Line: A Symposium

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The Early Modern Line: A Symposium

Friday 18th September 2015 – Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

The Early Modern Lines Research Network is hosting a discursive symposium with keynote presentations from Dr Matthew Eddy (Durham University), Matthias Garn, Master Mason, and carver Kibby Schaefer, alongside an exhibition of items from the Library’s Special Collections.

We invite proposals for 10-minute lightning papers on any topic considering the ‘early modern line’, conceived of in the broadest possible sense. Papers should be designed to provoke discussion, raise problems, puzzle out ideas and ask questions rather than provide answers, and should present work in progress rather than polished research.

Abstracts should be 150–200 words, outlining some of the main points you wish to discuss. Please email them – or any queries you might have – to by Monday 10th August 2015. Travel bursaries, generously provided by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, are available to all postgraduate students attending the symposium. Please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for a bursary .

Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:

  • Lines as organisational technologies; e.g. tables, diagrams and brackets
  • The importance of the line in scientific, philosophical and mathematical disciplines
  • Architectural and artistic lines
  • Poetic lines
  • Framing devices in early modern books
  • Conceptual, metaphorical or figural lines
  • Genealogical lines
  • The line in three dimensions
  • Cartography, trade and travel routes
  • The line in military strategy
  • Chronological lines and histories
  • Decorative lines and pattern
  • Folds, cuts, tears and creases
  • Typography
  • Plotlines
  • Weaving, stitching and knitting
  • Lines of influence
  • Applying modern theories to early modern lines

The Deleuzian Line

The Early Modern Lines Research Network is delighted to invite you to our next event, a discussion group, held at 2:30pm on Monday 29th June, at the B/S 008 at the Berrick Saul Building at the University of York.

‘This line is simple, abstract and yet is the most complex of all, the most tortuous’
– Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues II, (2007)

The Deleuzian line is a complex entity. Encompassing, inscribing, and undoing modes of societal and cultural control, space, and even the essence of life, Deleuze’s line(s) both express and determine the world around us and our relation to it: ‘whether we are individuals or groups, we are made of lines’, he wrote in his Dialogues. This discussion group will introduce and examine the Deleuzian molar and molecular lines and lines of flight in relation to the early modern period, probing whether such complex conceptual renderings of the line have any practical relevance or conceptual analogy in the study of the renaissance episteme and its writing, typography, science, art and architecture.

We would love to hear from anyone with an interest in early modern lines in the most broad sense, or with interests in Deleuzian theory. We’ll be wrestling with these concepts together – no former expertise or knowledge required. A short and introductory piece of reading will be sent out before the event.
Refreshments will be provided. Travel bursaries generously funded by WRoCAH are available for students from the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing by Friday 27th June so we make sure we have ordered enough cake!

Forthcoming Events

Diagrams, Charts and Tables: Visualising Information in Early Modern Lines

Thursday 29th January 2-4pm at York Minster Library, followed by light refreshments

Diagrams, tables and charts pervade a diverse range of early modern texts from almanacs to architectural treatises, from military to meditational manuals, and from scientific discourses to the household ‘how-to’. Moreover, as Katherine Acheson has recently demonstrated in Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English Literature (2013), an even broader range of texts were shaped by the systems of thought formed by these technical and schematic lines.

This workshop aims to explore how lines were used to visualise, organise, create and disrupt information and knowledge in early modern Europe. Held at York Minster Library, the workshop will include an introductory talk by the Minster’s librarians and will allow participants to examine a selection of items from the library’s extensive collections of early modern printed material. We warmly invite scholars working in all disciplines to join us at this inaugural meeting of the Early Modern Lines Research Network.

If you would like to attend, please email by Friday 23rd January.