Session Title

The Sciences and Medieval Studies: New Approaches, New Questions

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dept. of History, Univ. of Southern California

Organizer Name

Justin Haar

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Southern California

Presider Name

Patrick Wyman

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Southern California

Paper Title 1

Hypothesis Testing in the Humanities? A Digital Contribution to the Debate on Early “Germanic” Identity

Presenter 1 Name

Christopher M. Roberts, Sean M. Bergin (ACMRS Graduate Student Prize Winners)

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Arizona State Univ., Arizona State Univ.

Paper Title 2

The Medieval Billingsgate Trumpet: a Celebration of 30 Years Since Its Recovery and the Possibilities for New Investigations Beyond 2013

Presenter 2 Name

Andrew Evans, Jennifer Curl

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Univ. of Sydney, Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

Objectivity and Its Discontents: Scientism, Critical Theory, and the Epistemological Quandary of Medieval Studies

Presenter 3 Name

J. Michael Colvin

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Southern California

Start Date

10-5-2013 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1265

Description

“The Sciences and Medieval Studies: New Approaches, New Questions”: Medieval scholars have always been, to a large extent, interdisciplinary: art history, history, literary studies, archaeology, anthropology, and other disciplines have informed medieval historiography for decades. There have been times, however, when the breadth of our questions have outstripped the possibilities of our skills. In recent years, pathbreaking work has begun to overcome these limitations by uniting traditional historical methods with tools from the natural sciences--dendrochronology, isotope identification, DNA and chemical analyses, among others--which have allowed scholars to make unprecedented breakthroughs and ask entirely new sets of questions. This panel invites scholars working across these disciplinary boundaries to share their work, either in calls for new directions in medieval scholarship or in demonstrations of the possibilities or pitfalls of incorporating natural sciences into the study of the medieval past.


Justin D. Haar

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

The Sciences and Medieval Studies: New Approaches, New Questions

Schneider 1265

“The Sciences and Medieval Studies: New Approaches, New Questions”: Medieval scholars have always been, to a large extent, interdisciplinary: art history, history, literary studies, archaeology, anthropology, and other disciplines have informed medieval historiography for decades. There have been times, however, when the breadth of our questions have outstripped the possibilities of our skills. In recent years, pathbreaking work has begun to overcome these limitations by uniting traditional historical methods with tools from the natural sciences--dendrochronology, isotope identification, DNA and chemical analyses, among others--which have allowed scholars to make unprecedented breakthroughs and ask entirely new sets of questions. This panel invites scholars working across these disciplinary boundaries to share their work, either in calls for new directions in medieval scholarship or in demonstrations of the possibilities or pitfalls of incorporating natural sciences into the study of the medieval past.


Justin D. Haar