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01/12/2020: Debating the Stars in the Italian Renaissance

Ovanes Akopyan recently appeared on two podcasts to discuss his book entitled “Debating the Stars in the Italian Renaissance: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola’s Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem and Its Reception” (Brill, 2021). You can check out Ovanes’ conversations with Luis Ribeiro (University of Lisbon) and Dan Attrell (University of Toronto), respectively, on YouTube:

The Astra Project (with Luis Ribeiro) – Debating the Stars in the Italian Renaissance with Ovanes Akopyan  

The Modern Hermeticist (with Dan Attrell) – Debating the Stars - Pico Della Mirandola Against Astrology

 For more information about the book have a look at Brill.com


01/12/2020: Archives of Natural History 42.7

The latest issue of Archives of Natural History 42.7 (2020) contains an article by our team member Dominik Berrens. In his paper, Dominik deals with early modern names of the sloth, an animal that was perceived as particularly strange in the early modern period. He tries to reconstruct how the given names and their etymologies were connected to the perceived behaviour and the physiognomy, and what this might tell us about the conceptions behind these.

“Naming an unknow animal the case of the sloth (Folivora)”, pp. 325–343


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.


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