18.255 Science, Literature, and the Arts in the Medieval and Early Modern World

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2004 08:04:51 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 255.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2004 07:50:33 +0100
         From: "Anna M. DiStefano" <adistefa_at_binghamton.edu>
         Subject: 2004 CEMERS Conference,10/22-23

Below you will find the schedule and registration form for the upcoming
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) conference, which is
being organized by Dana Stewart (Romance Languages, Binghamton
University). (Room numbers to be announced; check the CEMERS website the
week of the conference: http://cemers.binghamton.edu/) If you have any
questions, please contact: Dana Stewart (stewart_at_binghamton.edu) or Ann
DiStefano (adistefa_at_binghamton.edu).

“Science, Literature, and the Arts in the Medieval and Early Modern World”

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Interdisciplinary Conference, October 22-23, 2004


8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00-10:30 am ***********1st GROUP OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS**********

a-------Medicine and Rhetoric
Julie Singer
Duke University
“‘Sa clarté premiere’: Cataract Removal as Metaphor in Fourteenth-Century
French Poetry”

Kerry A. Kautzman
Alfred University
“Teresa de Cartagena’s Use of Medical Discourse”

Victoria Rivera
Princeton University
“Knowledge as Cure: Miscellanies and the Spreading of Medical Concepts in
Early Modern Spain”

b-------Fear, Obedience, and Knowledge in Medieval Theology and Society
Stephen Butler Murray
Skidmore College
“Beyond the Limitations of Philosophy Alone: The Fear of God as a Necessary
Means of Understanding Human Nature in the Works of St. Bonaventure”

Michael Vargas
Fordham University
“The Rehabilitation of Obedience: Administrative Science in the
Fourteenth-Century Order of Preachers”

Nancy McLoughlin
Willamette University
“Personal Narrative and the Systematization of Knowledge in the Thought of
Jean Gerson”

c-------Science of Images, Images of Science: Early Modern Italy
Charles Carman
Buffalo University
“The Role of Minerva and Narcissus in Alberti’s della Pittura: Humanism and

Barnaby Nygren
Loyola College of Maryland
“Commo vera scientia: Piero della Francesca and the Problematic Science of

Cosimo Calabrò
Independent Scholar
“…perche’ dall’officina di questi secretari esce piu’ fumo che vivande:
Images of Charlatans, Alchemy, and Medicine in Early Modern Italy”

d-------Vision and Wisdom in the Early Middle Ages
Gregory Harwell
Princeton University
“Vision Literature and the Visual Arts in the Age of Bede”

Helene Scheck
SUNY Albany
“Wisdom, Knowledge, and Empire in the Work of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim”

e-------Sexuality and the Gendered Body in Representation
Suzanne Kocher
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
“Gay Knights in Medieval French Fiction: Constructs of Queerness and

Dora Polachek
Binghamton University
“Sexuality Gone Awry: Brantôme’s Dames Galantes Dilemma”

Gayle Whittier
Binghamton University
“The Tension between the Anatomy and the Portrait in King Lear”

10:30-10:45 Coffee

10:45 Welcoming remarks: Peter Mileur, Dean of Harpur College

11:00-12:00 **********PLENARY TALK**********

Carol Bier
Textile Museum, Washington, D. C.
“Number, Shape and the Nature of Space: Geometry and the Spatial Dimension
in Islamic Art”

12:15-1:15 Lunch

1:30-3:00 **********2nd GROUP OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS**********

a-------Islamic Thought and Theology
Yekaterina Khachatryan
Yerevan State University
“The Image of Satan in Early Persian Sufi Hagiography”

Mehmet Karabela
McGill University
“Into the Darkness: The Stagnation of Islamic Theology (1258-1850)”

Gulay Yarikkaya
McGill University
“Ottoman Adoption of Military Science from the West: The Islamic
Legitimization for the Occidentalist Reforms During the Early 18th Century”

b-------Mathematics, Philosophy, and Interpretation
Arielle Saiber
Bowdoin College
“Niccolò Tartaglia’s Poetic Solution to the Cubic Equation”

Sandy Macgregor
Independent Scholar
“Use of the Bethluisnion Alphanumeric Device to Encode Plain Text in Gaelic

Daniel Selcer
Duquesne University
“The Edges of Extension and the Limits of the Text: Leibniz, Materiality,
and History”

c-------Science in and around Dante
Maria Adelaide Basile
Independent Scholar
“Cecco D’Ascoli vs./Dante: A Medieval ‘Querelle’”

Elizabeth Drake-Boyt
Florida State University
“The Living Body of Dante’s Inferno”

Elena Lombardi
McGill University
“Grammar and Physics in Paradiso II”

d-------Francis Bacon: Science, Religion, and Truth
Jeff Cordell
University of Virginia
“Error and Heresy from Adversus Haereses to The Advancement of Learning”

Lauren Klein
City University of New York
“To Mine for Truth: The Metaphor of Mining in Francis Bacon’s Great

Dora Rice Hawthorne
University of Chicago
“Figuring the Fall in Francis Bacon’s The Advancement of Learning”

e-------On the Tracks of Nature: From the Bestiary to the Enlightenment
Kay Etheridge
Gettysburg College
“Loathsome Beasts: Images of Reptiles and Amphibians in Art and Science”

Marian Polhill
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
“Constructions of Gender and Class in a Late Fifteenth-Century Alemannic
Pharmaceutical Bestiary”

Michael D. Cunningham
University of Connecticut
“Letters, Fossils, and the Flood: Antonio Vallisneri’s Of marine bodies
found on Mountaintops”

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45**********3rd GROUP OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS**********

a-------Gender and Rhetoric in Christine de Pizan
Donald Bruce
University of Alberta
Christine McWebb
University of Waterloo
“The Science of Rhetoric in the Works of Christine de Pizan: an
Epistemological Inquiry”

Kimberly Lucci
Rutgers University
“‘De femme en homme tresmuee’: (De)constructing Gender in Christine De
Pizan’s La Mutacion de Fortune”

b-------Science, Signs, and the Bible
Laurence Erussard
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
“At the Intersection of Science and the Bible: Women and Snakes in Old
French Arthurian Romance”

Kirsten A. Fudeman, Ithaca College
Mayer Gruber, Ben-Gurion University
“The Semantics of ‘World’ and the Nature of God’s Kingship in Biblical and
Liturgical Translations of the Middle Ages and Renaissance”

Mariele Nientied
Johns Hopkins University
“Names of God and their Theoretical Implications”

c-------Poetry and Science in Italy: 13th-15th Centuries
Federica Anichini
Smith College
“Bodily spirits in Cavalcanti sonnet XXVIII”

Heather Webb
Ohio State University
“The Double Gendered Heart”

Simon Gilson
University of Warwick
“Natural Science in Cristoforo Landino’s ‘Comento sopra la Comedia’ (1481)”

d-------Conceiving Nature: Lapidaries and Herbals
Rosemarie Morewedge
Binghamton University
“The Jewel in the Imperial Crown and Duke Ernest’s Fabulous Journey to the

Brigitte Buettner
Smith College
“Visualizing Minerals: The Case of Alfonso the Learned’s Lapidario”

Jean Givens
University of Connecticut
“Reading the Illustrated Tractatus de herbis: Information, Images, and
Communication Design”

4:45-5:00 Break

5:15-6:15 **********PLENARY TALK**********

Nancy Siraisi
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate
“Ancient Bodies and Renaissance Physicians”

6:30-7:30 Reception sponsored by Glenn G. Bartle Library, Special Collections

7:30 Banquet, Chenango Room


8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00-10:30**********4th GROUP OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS**********

a-------Women’s Medicine
Dawn Marie Hayes
Montclair State University
“Pregnancy and Childbirth in Medieval Jewish, Christian and Muslim Sources”

Fiona Harris-Stoertz
Lady Eaton College, Trent University
“Pregnancy and Childbirth in Chivalric Literature”

Orlanda S. H. Lie
Utrecht University
“Genre Crossing: Lyrical Interludes in a Middle Dutch Tract on Women’s

b-------Perceptions of/and Knowledge
Jerry Hackett
University of South Carolina
“Optics as a Model of Experimental Science: Roger Bacon and his
Contemporaries at the University of Paris, 1260-77”

Michael W. Twomey
Ithaca College
“The Typological Geography of Bartholomaeus Anglicus”

Steve Philips
Ghent University
“History of Cartography in the Low Countries: The Arab Connection”

c-------Scientific and Literary Authority in Early Modern Spain
Beatrice Cruz
University of Puerto Rico
“Gender and Scientific Authority: Huarte de San Juan’s Examen de ingenios
and Oliva Sabuco’s Nueva filosofia”

Fernando Castanedo
Smith College
“Historicizing the Sublime: Dulcinea and Dido”

d-------Science and Magic in Cinquecento Italian Literature
Julia M. Kisacky
Baylor University
“Scorned Mother and Providential Father: Magicians as Parent Figures in
Moderata Fonte’s Floridoro”

Suzanne Magnanini
University of Colorado
“Science and Fairy Tale in Gianfrancesco Straparola’s Le piacevoli notti

Ita MacCarthy
University of Durham
“Imaginary versus Material Travels in the Italian Renaissance: The Case of
Orlando furioso”

e-------Space, Gender, and Magic in Early Modern England
Sara French
Wells College
“Building Gender in(to) the Elizabethan Prodigy House”

Teresa Burns
University of Wisconsin- Platteville
“This Magickal Book, Our Globe: John Dee, Cartography, and the Architecture
of Shakespearean Theaters”

10:30-10:45 Coffee

10:45-11:45 **********PLENARY TALK**********

Ronald Martinez
Professor of Italian Studies, Brown University
“Dante’s Sphere: Authorizing Vernacular scienze in Raphael’s Stanza della

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:15-2:45 **********5th GROUP OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS**********

a-------Astronomy across Cultures
Alison Cornish
University of Michigan
“‘Not like an Arab’: Poetry and Astronomy in the Episode of Idalogos in
Boccaccio’s Filocolo”

Nancy Turner
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
“Jewish Astronomy, Christian Thinkers, and the University of Paris in the
14th Century: The Case of Themo Judei”

Catherine Eagleton
The British Museum, London
“Telling the Time, Knowing the Universe: What Were Astronomical Instruments
Really For?”

b-----Technology and Science in Renaissance English Texts
Elizabeth Oldman
New York University
“Technocrat of Gunpowder and Cannon: Satan’s Mechanical Contrivances in
Paradise Lost’s War in Heaven”

Berkan Ulu
Hacettepe University
“The Metaphysical Science: Scientific Innovations, Discoveries, and
Cultural Developments in the Poems of John Donne and Andrew Marvell”

Su Fang Ng
University of Oklahoma
“Medieval Arabic Philosophy and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe: Early Modern
English Reception of Ibn Tufail’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan”

c-------Text and Image in Early Modern Italy
Leatrice Mendelsohn
SUNY New Paltz
“Leonardo’s Mirrors: Simultaneity in Sculpture and the Spectre of Relativity”

Melinda Schlitt
Dickinson College
“Documenting Ideas: The Sixteenth-century Notebooks of the della Volpaia

Barbara Wisch
SUNY Cortland
“Le sette chiese di Roma (1575): Topographic Impressions, Devotional

d-------Exploration and the Recognition of the Other in the Early Modern World
Alexandra Cuffel
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Does this smell okay to you? Hygiene and Invented Illness in Medieval and
Early Modern Christian-Muslim travelogues”

Margaret Kim
St. John’s University
“The Humanity of the Other in the Early Modern New World”

Michael Wintroub
University of California
“The Voyage of Thought: Translations and Exhortations”

e-------Observing the Plant World: Between Art and Science
John B. Friedman
Kent State University Salem
Emeritus Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Impact of the Graphic Arts on a Fifteenth-Century French Manuscript

Andrea Bubenik
Queen’s University
“The Plant Illustrations of Hans Weiditz from the 1530 Herbarium”

Elizabeth Hyde
College of New Jersey
“Tilling the Fertile Ground between Art and Science: The Literature of
Early Modern French Floriculture”

2:45-3:00 Coffee

3:00-4:30**********6th GROUP OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS**********

a-----Androgyne versus Hermaphrodite: Particular Construction of Gender in
Renaissance Italy
Jacqualine J. Dyess
University of North Texas
“Exemplary Women?: The Concept of ‘virtù donnesca’ in Tasso’s Gerusalemme

Rossella Pescatori
“Hermaphrodite and Cabalistic Androgyne in Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi D’Amore”

Sergio Costola
Southwestern University
“Cross-dressing and Female Masquerade in the 1509 Performance of Ludovico
Ariosto’s I Suppositi”

b-------Medieval Circulations and Itineraries
Martha Reiner
Barry University, Nova University, and Miami-Dade College
“Interactive Circulations of Sexual Exchanges Across Nations, Settlements,
and Families in the Pearl Poem”

Karen Elaine Smyth
Queen’s University of Belfast
“Discovering Chaucer’s Troilus in a Different Cosmological Sphere”

Ashley Bourne
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
“The immappable world of our journey”: Medieval Dream Forms in Cormac
McCarthy’s Border Trilogy”

c-------Knowledge and the Body in the Enlightenment
Amanda Pipkin
Rutgers University
"‘Just as amber attracts straw through unknown forces…’: Women’s Power and
Rape in the Seventeenth-Century Northern Netherlands"

Zahi Zalloua
Whitman College
“The Ethics of Inscience in Montaigne’s ‘Of Physiognomy’”

Joanna Cruickshank
University of Melbourne
“‘The poison boil’d in every vein’: Charles Wesley and the Suffering Body
in Eighteenth-century England”

d-------Christian Roots: Medieval and Renaissance Art and Science: A
Roundtable Discussion on Teaching

Lisa Sweet
Evergreen State College

Frederica Bowcutt
Evergreen State College

e-------Bosch and Beyond: Netherlandish Painting
Przemyslaw Kisiel
Cracow University of Economics
“The Social World in the Paintings of Hieronymus Bosch”

Laurinda Dixon
Syracuse University
“Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Stone Operation’: Meaning, Medicine, and Morality”

Jane P. Russell Corbett
Queens University
“Variations on a Theme: The Alchemist and Alchemy in Seventeenth-Century
Netherlandish Painting”

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-5:45 **********PLENARY TALK**********

Monica Green
Professor of History, Arizona State University
“Dancing Babies and Literate Midwives: Fetus-in-Utero Images in the Middle

6:30-8:30 Cocktail Reception at the home of Dana Stewart

CEMERS Conference Committee: Dana Stewart, Romance Languages; Charles
Burroughs, Art History; Karen Barzman, Art History

2004 Conference Registration Form

(Please use a separate form for each registrant. This form may be reproduced.)

MAILING ADDRESS_________________________________________
PHONE NO. ____________________ FAX NO. ___________________
PRESENTER: yes__ no___
STATUS: Faculty__Staff__ Student__ Other____
$_____ $60 Registration Fee ($30 Graduate Students)
$_____ $11 Buffet Lunch, Friday, October 22
$_____ $20 Chicken, $25 Salmon, $20 Fettuccine Primavera - Banquet Friday,
October 22
(Circle Choice)
$_____ $9 Cold Cut Buffet Lunch - Saturday, October 23
All meals include beverage and dessert


Please note that there will be no meals sold at the door.

Make checks payable to CEMERS Acct#50305 (U.S. currency only).

Return this form by Friday, October 8 to: Anna DiStefano, CEMERS,
Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000,
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000.

Anna M. DiStefano
Received on Sat Oct 02 2004 - 03:14:17 EDT

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