Past Forward: New Ways of Looking at Old Things

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Call for Papers
October 4, 2019
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Literature, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies

CFP: Past Forward: New Ways of Looking at Old Things

MEST Symposium, Indiana University Bloomington

March 6-7, 2020

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted to by October 4, 2019.


Keynote: Dr. Michelle Warren (Dartmouth College)


The digital age is presenting us with new technologies for data mining, data management, and forensic analysis of material culture, while interdisciplinary methodologies and modern theories help us imagine new ways of posing questions about the past and enable us to set new boundaries for framing "the bigger picture." Together, contemporary theories and modern technologies promise new perspectives on the past.

This symposium invites papers that consider new ways of seeing old things. We are interested in asking: How might applying new, potentially anachronistic, theory to medieval art and literature strengthen or challenge our understanding of the past? What do digital surrogates/avatars/reproductions do for/with/to medieval objects? How can (or should) we use Digital Humanities in the classroom and in our research? What can we learn from medieval technologies as we continue to develop and refine our own?

How do modern theories and technologies help us better understand the Middle Ages while drawing it into our present?