The Generation of ´14: Science and Modernity – a century on, Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, 14 March – 1 June 2014. An exhibition of almost 300 books, documents, letters, photographs, posters and art related to the generation of Spanish authors, journalists, scientists and artists, born in the 1880s and 90s, who in 1914 launched a campaign and a journal (España) aiming to modernize Spanish intellectual and cultural life by turning to Europe – Germany, France and Britain – as inspiration. The men and some feminist-inspired women were led by Ortega y Gasset and the doctor and historian Gregorio Marañon and portrayed by artists such as José Gutiérrez Solana and Ignacio Zuloaga.
In recent years, the consideration of visual and material sources has greatly enriched the study of a wide range of scientific practices in the early modern period. As scholars have moved away from characterizing “art” and “science” as discrete categories, they have increasingly turned to paintings, prints, and other forms of artistic production as a means to explore how early modern actors came to understand their experiences of the natural world. While the vast majority of these studies focus on the visual and material culture of Protestant Northern Europe, a small but growing number investigate similar trends in Spain and the Spanish Americas. Yet even as scholars have turned to instances where visual thinking formed a central component of scientific practices in this region, they have been more tentative to consider how religion, and particularly Catholicism, shaped such practices in this context.
This session seeks papers that consider the intersections of visual production, scientific thinking, and religion in the early modern Iberian world, investigating such themes as:
• Material culture, techne, and artisanal epistemologies
• The mobilization of indigenous American and creole systems of natural knowledge
• The Catholic Enlightenment
• Healing, disease, and visual production
• Visual and material culture, theology, and natural philosophical argument
• Epistemic images in the early modern Iberian world
To submit a proposal, please email a 250-word abstract, CV, and proposal form to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by Monday August 6, 2018.
For more information: http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/programs/conference/CAA-CFP-2019.pdf