Conferences and workshops

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Plurilingualism in the Kingdom of Naples (1442-1503): reassessing uses and literary production

1 July 2021

Plurilingualism is usually defined as the use of several languages by the same individual. It includes bilingualism - the most frequent case - but is distinguished from multilingualism, which means the coexistence of several languages within a specific social group. A plurilingual society is composed mainly of individuals able to communicate at various levels of ability in several languages, whereas a multilingual society can be mainly composed of monolingual individuals.  

Taking the Kingdom of Naples as a starting point, the workshop will offer case studies of other languages and countries to broaden towards a re-examination of the question of plurilinguism in Early Modern Europe. 

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New Approaches to Cosmos and Spirit in the Premodern World

9 - 10 July 2021

This conference will celebrate the recent publication of three books on or related to the cosmos and spirit in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern world from late Antiquity until the the early modern period: 

> Juan Acevedo, Alphanumeric Cosmology from Greek into Arabic (Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2020)

> Michael-Sebastian Noble, Philosophizing the Occult: Avicennan Psychology and ‘The Hidden Secret’ of Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (De Gruyter, Berlin, 2021)

> Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice, ed. Liana Saif, Francesca Leoni, Matthew Melvin-Koushki and Farouk Yahya (Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2021)

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Classical Reformations: Beyond Christian Humanism

2 - 3 September 2021

This conference explores how the literature and ideas of the classical world calibrated early modern Christianity—its interpretation, ordinances, moral instruction, politics, theology, cultural expression, and polarizing impulses of confessionalisation.

Looking beyond the Christian absorption of pagan material and Erasmian humanism redux, this conference focuses instead on a classical Christianity, even a Greco-Roman monotheism, in the generations after Erasmus. Where recent scholarship has replaced confessionalism at the heart of early modern philology, we aim to replace classicism at the heart of theology and religious politics. The classical tradition was too ubiquitous and authoritative a presence in early modern intellectual life to have left theology untouched.

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