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OPENING LECTURE

Yehuda Halper, “Nature and the Study of Nature among Aristotelians”

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DAY 1 – TRANSFORMING NATURE

Robert Middeke-Conlin, “Ancient Chemistry: The aromatics industries of the Old Babylonian period”

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Vincenzo Carlotta, “Universal Nature and Individual Metallic Natures in Byzantine Alchemy”

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Alchemical activities: Looking at the recipes

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Anne Grons, “On Minerals and Stones as Ingredients of Coptic Pharmacological Prescriptions”

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Cesare Pastorino, “Studying the Formation of Fossils in the Early Modern Period”

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DAY 2 – ROOTING NATURE

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Giouli Korobili, “Botany and Entomology in Greco-Roman Antiquity”

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Nicholas Aubin, “A tenth-century Islamic Neoplatonist on the Nobility of the Date Palm”

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Maria Avxentevskaya, “Rooting of Plants vs. Rooting of Words: Structuring Living Nature through Early Modern Artificial Languages”

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AT THE NATURKUNDEMUSEUM

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DAY 3 – SENSING NATURE

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Grégory Clesse, “Animals with Human Skills: Translating and Commenting Aristotle in the Middle Ages”DSC_0419DSC_0422

Mattia Cipriani, “Animals in 13th Century Latin Encyclopaedias: Classification, auctoritates and Direct Observation”DSC_0424DSC_0429DSC_0431

Emmanuelle Kuhry, “The Physiologus and Its Medieval Heritage: From Christian Moralised Bestiary to Natural Philosophy Source”DSC_0435DSC_0438DSC_0442

Katja Krause, “Conceptualising Experience in the Medieval Sciences of Animals”DSC_0444DSC_0450

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Activity: What is “experience” in the Middle Ages?DSC_0456DSC_0462DSC_0466DSC_0467DSC_0469DSC_0471


DAY 4 – EXCEEDING NATURE

Nicola Polloni, “Premodern Epistemologies of Matter”

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Angela Axworthy, “The Geometrisation of the Heavens in Pre- and Early Modern Europe”

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Tom Lancaster, “Physical Matter: From the Large Scale Structure of Spacetime to the Quantum Structure of Elementary Particles”

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Activity: Make a picture of… a particle (and the universe)!

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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”

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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.

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Salvatore Carannante, “The efficient nature”. The role of Plotinus in Bruno’s doctrine of natural production (De la causa, II).

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Viktoriia Dremova, The Limits of Description. Spontaneous generation in Early Modern Texts.

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Luca Beisel, “Full of Systems as the Universe”. Alexander Cozens (1717-1786) and the Procedural Generation of Nature.

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Gerd Micheluzzi, Quasi naturalis iuris? Medieval Cast Shadows between Art and Science. 

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Larissa Gniffke, Natural Theology in Thomas Aquinas

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Claire Sabel, The World and its Furniture: Matter and Method in the Seventeenth Century Earth Sciences

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Niklaas Görsch, Joachim Jungius’s View on Nature in the Context of Natural History

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Thomas Henderson, Nature, Society and Men – Looking at Gender in Medieval Science?

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Niek Kerssies, Machine Discovery: The Limitations and Possibilities of Machine Learning in the Automation of the Sciences.

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Wenrui Zhao, The Investigation of the Eye and Vision in Animals in Early Modern Europe

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Haydar Altug Yildirim, Creation of a World Picture: Cases of Photoemission Experiments

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Eileen Morgan, Comme sil estoit vif: Peacocks, Natural Science, and the Edible Art of Altering Nature

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Verity Walsh, Categories in Chaos: Translating the Creatures of the Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem

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Gracija Atanasovska, Corporeity, Animality, and Language in Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jakob von Uexküll’s Theories of Nature

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Alina Therese Lettner, The Biosemiotic Thrust of Buddhist Phenomenology

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HyeJin Kim, Re-viewing the Concept of Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions to People

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DAY 6 – WORKSHOP + CLOSURE OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL

Dominic Dold, Levels of organisation in 13th-century science

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Jordan Cohen, Knowledge in the Making: The Organization of Philosophical Debates

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Closing Debate: Structuring nature?

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