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 October 17, 2014

Research Connections: An "Intellectual Labor of Love" at the Intersection of Art and Science

In her latest book, Lens, Laboratory, Landscape: Observing Modern Spain, Claudia Schaefer (Rush Rhees chair and professor of Spanish and comparative literature and of film and media studies) explores the uses of observation for the acquisition of knowledge about the world in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spain, set within the context of the country's problematic road to modernization and its participation in the European scientific community. For Schaefer, the book represents "an intellectual labor of love and a personal challenge to find a language of intersecting interests between the humanities and sciences."