Expanding Relations: Family in the Renaissance
Wheaton College is excited to host the 2011 New England Renaissance Conference on Saturday, November 12, 2011.
Family formed a critical part of early modern social structure yet scholars have long studied family history as genealogy—the tracing of descent and the glorification of ancestral deeds. Recent works, however, have gathered information on family in order to illuminate other social phenomena.
The conference will examine the theme of family through various lenses such as, among others, its implications for the development of society during a crucial period of political expansion; its push for intellectual, scientific, and artistic development; and its participation in the self-fashioning of individuals.
We seek to understand how ties within and extrinsic of families helped shape newly-emerging social interchanges in expanding geographic and mental worlds. We aim to investigate how family networks played a role in visual productions, collecting practices, political designs, and social rhetoric. Through this process, we hope to inject more subtlety into our understanding of the notion of family, family structure, and familial hegemony.
To learn more about the conference and to submit a paper proposal, please contact conference organizers Touba Ghadessi and Gen Liang. The deadline for submission of 250-word paper abstracts and CVs is August 15, 2011.
The 2011 NERC is made possible by generous support from the Evelyn Danzig Haas '39 Visiting Artist Program, Office of the Provost, Department of History and the Helmreich Symposium, Phi Beta Kappa, Women's Studies, and the Student Government Association's Speaker, Educational Council, and Venture funds.