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‘Writing Technology/technology of Writing’

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10 Norham Road OX26SE


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.

Contact name: 
Anne-Sophie Gabillas
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