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20/10/2020: Virtual Guest Talk Johanna Luggin at STVDIO seminar Warwick

On October, 20th, our colleague Johanna Luggin gave a virtual guest talk at the STVDIO seminar of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick. She presented the peculiar reception of doctrines by philosopher René Descartes in two Neo-Latin didactic poems from the 18th century – the Mundus Cartesii (“The World of Descartes”) written by Pierre le Coëdic SJ and the Cerebrum (“The Brain”) written by Claude Griffet SJ. These two works play with Cartesian theories as well as with the Virgilian and Lucretian subtexts, bending genre traditions and representing an intriguing mix of genuine fascination and subtle critique of the ideas of the 17th century natural philosopher.

The talk was attended by the Renaissance Centre’s academic staff as well as PhD- and MA-students and inspired a discussion on i.a. the didactic function of these peculiar Neo-Latin texts.

For more information on the STVDIO seminar visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/news_and_events/seminars/stvdio



14/10/2020: ATRIUM-Ringvorlesung

The interdisciplinary lecture series “ATRIUM-Ringvorlesung” takes place even in the time of corona, albeit online. The lecture series presents new research results from various disciplines of ancient cultures and Neo-Latin studies based in the Atrium in Innsbruck. Our colleague Dominik Berrens gave the first lecture on the October 14, 2020 with the title “Flinke Peterchen und fette Gänse – Die amerikanische Fauna in der neulateinischen Literatur”. Dominik discussed some of his findings on the naming of the American fauna.



22/09/2020: Antike und Abendland 65/66

Our researcher Dominik Berrens contributed to the recent issue of Antike und Abendland  65/66 (2019/2020) an article on terminology in Georg Agricola’s Bermannus:

“Names and Things: Latin and German Mining Terminology in Georgius Agricola’s Bermannus”, pp. 232–243 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/anab-2019-0011



22/06/2020: IANLS Albacete Proceedings Published

In summer 2018 all our project members attended the big IANLS (International Association for Neo-Latin Studiens) congress in Albacete (Spain). Now the Acta Conventus Neolatini Albasitensis have been published by Brill, which, in addition to the five plenary papers, contains a further 49 essays on all areas of Neo-Latin Studies.

Our team member Irina Tautschnig  contributed to the new Acta with a paper on Carlo Noceti’s Iris: “The Weaver of Light: Divine Origin of Nature and Natural Science in Carlo Noceti’s Iris”. In her paper, Tautschnig examined the role of one specific strategy to promote science within the text, namely to present scientific discoveries as divinely ordained.



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Funding: European Research Council Advanced Grant
Principal Investigator: Martin Korenjak
Host Institution: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
Duration: 10/2017–09/2022
Project No. 741374
More information on ERC and CORDIS




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