Making, writing, pointing, demonstrating, feeling, representing… hands work hard in early modern texts. This workshop will consider these intersecting uses and meanings of hands from a variety of temporal, disciplinary, generic, and theoretical perspectives. From the emblematic hands of an idealised renaissance architect-figure to the mechanical hands designed to fill in for their human counterparts in eighteenth-century machinery, we will explore the language and imagery of handling, manipulation, and manoeuvre.
Marie Thébaud-Sorger (History of Science and Technology, MFO) ; Jérôme Baudry (History of Science and Technology, Geneva) ; John Christie (Oxford); Jennifer Oliver (Early Modern French, Oxford) ; Wes Williams (Early Modern French, Oxford)
Organized by Jenny Oliver (St John) & Marie Thébaud-Sorger (MFO)
Coffee served from 1.45pm, all welcome.