CFP: “Time, Seasons, & the Senses: Urban Space & Environment, 1400-1700”

CFP: “Time, Seasons, & the Senses: Urban Space & Environment, 1400-1700” Florence, woodcut by Hartmann Schedel. Nuremberg Chronicle, Latin edition, 1493, printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger; leaf LXXXVII. (Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Body in the City Focus Program calls for papers in connection with this workshop to take place at Monash on Monday 8 October 2018.

How did those living in early modern cities experience the seasons and time, and how did these rhythms shape life and movement within the city and between urban and rural spaces?  Work, diet, migration, and religion all had significant seasonal patterns, as did sickness, health, birth, and death.  The sensory experience of any city could shift radically from summer to winter, as foods went in and out of season, as changing weather brought life in or out of doors, and as work activities and ritual calendars brought changing sights, smells and sounds into the streets.  Even war and violence had seasonal ebbs and flows.

In this workshop, we will aim to trace how the seasons and time shaped the experience of life in cities and in the countryside around them. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the intersections of environmental, sensory, and economic history, and how men, women, and children moved through these intersections. While our focus is on the Renaissance and early modern period (1400-1700), we are aiming for a global scope, and welcome studies dealing with these dynamics around the world.

Format: we welcome papers, panels, and posters and encourage approaches incorporating tools or methods of the digital humanities.

Please send a 150-word abstract and brief biographical statement to: OR by 31st May.