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Digital-age Approaches to Early Modern Print Episteme
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11/6/2019 to 11/9/2019
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Where: Copenhagen
Contact: Ruth S. Noyes

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Workshop: Digital-age approaches to early modern engraved, etched, and imprinted episteme. Images, objects, materials and methods.

Copenhagen, Denmark, 6–9 November 2019.

The international workshop interrogates how prints vitally contributed to the early modern construction of targets of heuristic inquiry. The event brings together diverse incised, etched and engraved images, objects and materials produced c. 1500–1700 to reframe a comparative history of the rise of the ‘epistemic imprint’ across cultural, religious, and geographic divides as superintendent technology for aestheticizing knowledge formation rendering imperceptible entities accessible to the senses, from the interdisciplinary perspective of international academic researchers and museum professionals trained in different fields and drawing on diverse methodological approaches.

The event also seeks to expand the notional epistemic imprint to consider paper instruments, pictures, diagrams and their woodblock and copperplate matrices; engraved metal instruments including armillary spheres, clocks, globes, quadrants and astrolabes; their constitutive materials (wood, metal, ink, paper) and impressed and incised geometric lines; as well as the early telescope, a device that generated images via imprinting. Of particular interest is consideration of methods, approaches and projects employing digital humanities technologies and re-enactment strategies to investigate and produce new understandings about early modern epistemic imprints, their making, and the forms of knowledge and personae they helped to make in turn.

It is organized by Ruth S. Noyes, with the support of the Novo Nordisk Fonden and the National Museum of Denmark. The workshop is open to the public free of charge. Pre-registration is required, please contact:

Ruth S. Noyes
Novo Nordisk Fonden Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Museum of Denmark

Olivia Friis Uhrbrand
Workshop Assistant Coordinator, National Museum of Denmark

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