Specialized Knowledge in the Iberian World: Theory, Practice, Ideology, and the Path of New Ideas , Elvira Vilches, North Carolina State University, email@example.com.
Proposals are sought for sessions examining handbooks, manuals, self-help books pertaining to the mechanical arts, mining, assaying, commerce, husbandry, arithmetic, penmanship, management, science, and law printed in the Americas and Spain. Papers may consider the ways these texts assess facts, economic realities, labor, training, social fluidity, as well as notions of utility, exchange, the public good, and prosperity. Discussions may complicate the current debate about artisan knowledge and the emergence of the new science. Paper may examine the few clear diving lines between forms of writing, professions, and expertise during the long sixteenth century in order to ponder the interrelatedness of genres and disciplines across the cultural field. Papers should concentrate on the Iberian world and relate to the period covered by SCSC
Dr. Elvira Vilches
Associate Professor of Spanish
Early Modern Studies
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8106