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The Early Modern Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and its affiliates invite scholars to attend the 2007 EMC Winter Conference, "Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800." This two-day interdisciplinary event is being organized in conjunction with the collaborative “Making Publics” project centered at McGill University and funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (www.makingpublics.mcgill.ca). This conference provides a space to investigate the following questions: What were early modern publics? How were they formed? What needs did they serve for those who participated in them? And how did they relate to the emergence of a cultural formation that we recognize as distinctly early modern? How did the publics for playgoing, for natural history, for madrigal singing, for antiquarian scholarship, for amateur drawing, for geographical learning, and for dozens of other voluntary activities come into being? And what does it mean for a society when such groups grow and proliferate?
David Harris Sacks, History, Reed College, author of The Widening Gate: Bristol and the Atlantic Economy, 1450-1700 (The University of California Press, 1991).
Ann Bermingham, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara, author of Learning to Draw: Studies in the History of a Polite and Useful Art (Yale University Press, 2000).
Lesley Cormack, History and Classics, University of Alberta, author of A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility (With Andrew Ede. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2004).
Brian Cowan, History, McGill University, author of The Social Life of Coffee (Yale University Press, 2005).
ACCOMODATIONS: Rooms have been reserved for conference participants at the South Coast Inn in Goleta, CA. Visit their website at www.bwsci.com or you can call 805-967-3200. The rooms are reserved under MAPs Conference, and will be held at a discounted rate until Friday, February 16.
EXTRA CONFERENCE EVENTS:
Please join us for dinner at Opal's in downtown Santa Barbara
Saturday, March 10 at 8:00
$25 per person
(Please make checks out to UC Regents, and give them to Cat Zusky at conference registration)
RSVP by March 1 to EMCConference2007@gmail.com
QUESTIONS? Email us at EMCConference2007@gmail.com
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