Regional events and speakers of interest to the Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence
Authority and Materiality in the Italian Songbook: From the Medieval Lyric to the Early-Modern Madrigal
May 1-2, 2015, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University
Call for Papers, deadline Dec. 1, 2014
In recent decades, scholars of medieval and early-modern texts have increasingly rejected as object of study the coherent, corrected text of the modern critical edition in favor of the instability and singularity of individual manuscripts and prints. Academic interest has turned particularly to the construction of authorial identity in late medieval and early-modern lyric anthologies and music books through scribal and authorial choices about the visual disposition and ordering of individual poems and songs. Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) stands as a key figure in the development of the single-author poetry book, exhibiting in his autobiographical Cansoniere an acute concern with the minutia of the material production of texts and a high degree of authorial self-consciousness in the arrangement of his poems into a coherent narrative, which set a precedent for centuries to come. Petrarchism became the dominant idiom of European poetry in subsequent centuries, as well as the primary thematic register of the sixteenth-century madrigal, a musical genre in which composers also increasingly asserted authorial control over the appearance of their songs in printed music books.
The Center for the Humanities of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
World of Matter, Sept. 10-Nov. 1, The James Gallery
The world we inhabit is expanding. Global population growth, increased mobility, accelerated contacts, rising levels of production and consumption, and the expansion of natural resource extraction have had a significant impact in environmental, social and psychological terms. What forms of interaction with the material world acknowledge that there are limits to what we, as humans, might know and control? Go online for more information.
Social Science Research Council Digital Culture Program
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, nonprofit international organization founded in 1923, whose mission is to nurture new generations of social scientists, foster innovative research and mobilize necessary knowledge on important public issues.
It's Digital Culture Program explores the intersections of technology, knowledge and culture in a digital age. Information on the program is available on the web.