Call for Applications: The Housing of Technology in Art – University of Copenhagen

Call for Applications: The Housing of Technology in Art

The workshop aims to explore the intersections and tensions between art and technology in the early modern era. It aims to bring together papers that nuance the standard narrative about material culture and adaptive technology. The workshop seeks to advance and develop the interdisciplinary scholarship that breaks down the boundaries that separate the sciences and the arts, by demonstrating that early modern transcultural techne opened up new frontiers of practice for both realms of knowledge.

The increased opportunities for travel and the circulation of aesthetic principles from across the globe impacted on early modern conceptualizations of the connections between technology and artistry. Moreover, current trends that seek to reassess connectedness in the early modern world in light of material culture necessitate an increased focus on the processes and rituals by which techno-aesthetic ideas circulated in early modern global trade.

Papers on the following topics are encouraged:

  • Traveling craftsmen and their apprentices: intercultural exchanges of technology and artistry.
  • How artistic or technological ideas travelled in print media.
  • Methodological papers on material culture as primary sources for research on the history of technology and art.
  • Collection and display of technological artefacts.

Application Procedure:

Please send a short CV and a 100-word abstract to by December 10, 2017.

Two spots in the sessions have been reserved for graduate students or junior museum personnel from outside Copenhagen to attend the workshop. Flights and accommodation will be funded. 

If you would like to attend the workshop, but you do not need funding, please feel free to send an inquiry.