Yehuda Halper, “Nature and the Study of Nature among Aristotelians”
DAY 1 – TRANSFORMING NATURE
Robert Middeke-Conlin, “Ancient Chemistry: The aromatics industries of the Old Babylonian period”
Vincenzo Carlotta, “Universal Nature and Individual Metallic Natures in Byzantine Alchemy”
Alchemical activities: Looking at the recipes
Anne Grons, “On Minerals and Stones as Ingredients of Coptic Pharmacological Prescriptions”
Cesare Pastorino, “Studying the Formation of Fossils in the Early Modern Period”
DAY 2 – ROOTING NATURE
Giouli Korobili, “Botany and Entomology in Greco-Roman Antiquity”
Nicholas Aubin, “A tenth-century Islamic Neoplatonist on the Nobility of the Date Palm”
Maria Avxentevskaya, “Rooting of Plants vs. Rooting of Words: Structuring Living Nature through Early Modern Artificial Languages”
AT THE NATURKUNDEMUSEUM
DAY 3 – SENSING NATURE
Grégory Clesse, “Animals with Human Skills: Translating and Commenting Aristotle in the Middle Ages”
Mattia Cipriani, “Animals in 13th Century Latin Encyclopaedias: Classification, auctoritates and Direct Observation”
Emmanuelle Kuhry, “The Physiologus and Its Medieval Heritage: From Christian Moralised Bestiary to Natural Philosophy Source”
Katja Krause, “Conceptualising Experience in the Medieval Sciences of Animals”
Activity: What is “experience” in the Middle Ages?
DAY 4 – EXCEEDING NATURE
Nicola Polloni, “Premodern Epistemologies of Matter”
Angela Axworthy, “The Geometrisation of the Heavens in Pre- and Early Modern Europe”
Tom Lancaster, “Physical Matter: From the Large Scale Structure of Spacetime to the Quantum Structure of Elementary Particles”
Activity: Make a picture of… a particle (and the universe)!
Rosie Reed Gold and Joshua Harvey, “How to See Nothing: An Exploration of Absence in Art and Science and Its Parallels to the Epistemological Pursuit of Prime Matter”
Day 5 – WORKSHOP
Thomas Seissl, How to Give a Non-circular Definition of Time: Simplicius’ Criticism of Aristotle’s Account of Time and a Possible Way Out.
Salvatore Carannante, “The efficient nature”. The role of Plotinus in Bruno’s doctrine of natural production (De la causa, II).
Viktoriia Dremova, The Limits of Description. Spontaneous generation in Early Modern Texts.
Luca Beisel, “Full of Systems as the Universe”. Alexander Cozens (1717-1786) and the Procedural Generation of Nature.
Gerd Micheluzzi, Quasi naturalis iuris? Medieval Cast Shadows between Art and Science.
Larissa Gniffke, Natural Theology in Thomas Aquinas
Claire Sabel, The World and its Furniture: Matter and Method in the Seventeenth Century Earth Sciences
Niklaas Görsch, Joachim Jungius’s View on Nature in the Context of Natural History
Thomas Henderson, Nature, Society and Men – Looking at Gender in Medieval Science?
Niek Kerssies, Machine Discovery: The Limitations and Possibilities of Machine Learning in the Automation of the Sciences.
Wenrui Zhao, The Investigation of the Eye and Vision in Animals in Early Modern Europe
Haydar Altug Yildirim, Creation of a World Picture: Cases of Photoemission Experiments
Eileen Morgan, Comme sil estoit vif: Peacocks, Natural Science, and the Edible Art of Altering Nature
Verity Walsh, Categories in Chaos: Translating the Creatures of the Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem
Gracija Atanasovska, Corporeity, Animality, and Language in Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jakob von Uexküll’s Theories of Nature
Alina Therese Lettner, The Biosemiotic Thrust of Buddhist Phenomenology
HyeJin Kim, Re-viewing the Concept of Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions to People
DAY 6 – WORKSHOP + CLOSURE OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL
Dominic Dold, Levels of organisation in 13th-century science
Jordan Cohen, Knowledge in the Making: The Organization of Philosophical Debates
Closing Debate: Structuring nature?