Lectio Doctoral Seminar with Outi Merisalo: Transmitting Science in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Material Evidence

11-05-2017 from 10:00 to 18:00
Leuven, Museumzaal MSI 02.08, Erasmusplein 2
Erika Gielen
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Lectio seminar 2017 for early stage researchers. With Outi Marisalo and on transmitting science in the Middle Ages.

Prof. Outi Merisalo is holder of the 2017 LECTIO Chair. She will give a Doctoral Seminar on Transmitting Science in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance (c. 1100 – c. 1500) : the Material Evidence.Lectio doctoral seminar 2017

From c. 1100 to c. 1300, the great re-discoveries of ancient scientific texts, such as those of Aristotle and Galen in either indirect or direct Latin translations, as well as original Latin texts, brought about a true scholarly revolution in Western Europe, very soon concretely visible in the program of the new universities. Hundreds of texts of scientific content circulating in the centuries between 1100 and 1500 still lack detailed examination of the manuscripts having transmitted them to the posterity, not to speak of proper critical editions. Existing studies point to interesting differences in copyists’ faithfulness between at least some traditions of scientific texts and those of e.g. historiographical and literary texts, making it interesting to reflect on such a key concept as text. Furthermore, there are some indications of differences in the material characteristics of the manuscripts according to genre.

On the occasion of this seminar, early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs) will give presentations on specific manuscript traditions of texts written in both learned and vernacular languages circulating in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, considering both the procedures of text transmission and the material characteristics of the manuscripts.

HPIMS' dra. Sien De Groot will be presenting the first paper of the afternoon (13:00-13:30): "Book Epigrams in the Byzantine Manuscript Tradition of Ps.-Dionysius the Areopagite". Sien works at the Department of Linguistics, doing PhD research within the project 'Poetry from the Margins: Literary, linguistic, philological and cultural-historical analysis of a new corpus of Byzantine book epigrams (800-1453)'.