Renaissancen global? Die europäische Renaissance im transkulturellen Vergleich

13.-14.10.2016, Konferenz, DHI Rom

Venue: DHI Rom

This interdisciplinary conference in Rome aims to discuss the question of whether the European Renaissance - as a period that was decisive for the genesis of the modern world - was of unique significance or whether eras of other civilizations which in literature are labeled "Renaissances" also deserve this label (Jack Goody). The scope of our conference juxtaposes (Latin) Europe with the civilizations of China, the Islamic world and India - that is, civilizations whose sciences and technologies were far superior to those of Europe until ca. 1200. This question continues to be of great relevance for discussions about an alleged "European Special Path" (Michael Mitterauer) and the causes of the "Great Divergence" (Kenneth Pomeranz) between Europe and the rest of the world. These discussions regard the reasons for the economic and military dominance of European polities/states since the end of the eighteenth century and, more broadly, the preconditions of the European version of modernization. Our hypothesis is economic processes alone are insufficient to explain the manifold changes that accompanied the Industrial Revolution. Rather, we assert that is necessary to also include cultural and social aspects such as the European 'patronage landscapes' of the Renaissance into any effort to reconstruct the distinctively European "spaces of possibilities" (Möglichkeitsräume). Based on an interdisciplinary approach (history, art history, philology, literary history, philosophy, Jewish studies, sinology, etc.) the main question of the supposed "singularity" of the European Renaissance as distinct from comparable phenomena in other geographical and cultural contexts will be examined. The individual contributions are grouped according to broad cultural areas (Latin Europe, Byzantium, the Islamic World, India, China) as well as thematic fields such as the sciences, arts, literature, rhetoric, and religion. In conclusion, the relevance of the central hypothesis will again be discussed during a round table.

Programm

Thursday, 13 October

9.00 
Martin Baumeister - Roma
Saluti - Welcome

9.15 
Bernd Roeck - Zürich, Alexander Koller - Roma
Introduzione - Introduction

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Sessione - Section 1

9.30 
Claudia Märtl - München 
Renaissancen im Mittelalter oder: Wann beginnt die Neuzeit?

10.00 
Anne Dunlop - Melbourne
On Writing a Book Called 'The Global Renaissance'

10.30 
Discussione - Discussion

11.00 
Pausa caffè - Coffee Break

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Sessione - Section 2

11.30 
Floris Cohen - Amsterdam
The Scientific Revolution as an Indispensable Precondition for the Industrial Revolution?

12.00 
David King - Frankfurt am Main
Renaissance Games: Acrostics, Angels and Astrolabes, Names (IO) and Numbers (5:3) – BessarIOn, RegIOmontanus and Piero's "Flagellation"?

12.30 
Discussione - Discussion

13.00 
Pranzo - Lunch

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Sessione - Section 3

15.00 
Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer - Tübingen
Renaissancen in China

15.30 
Dietmar Rothermund - Heidelberg
Renaissances in Europe and Bengal: Creative Encounters in Different Spheres

16.00 
Jose Cáceres Mardones - Zürich
Renaissancen in den Anden. Ein kritischer Versuch

16.30 
Discussione - Discussion

17.00 
Pausa caffè - Coffee Break

18.00 
Keynote Lecture
Avinoam Shalem - New York 
Renaissance before Renaissance

Friday, 14 October

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Sessione - Section 4

9.00 
Silvia Naef - Genève 
Die Adoption westlicher Kunst im nahöstlichen Raum im 19./20. Jh.: Renaissance oder Bruch?

9.30 
Roni Weinstein - Jerusalem 
Jewish Religious Renaissance during the Early Modern Period: A Global Perspective

10.00 
Discussione - Discussion

10.30 
Pausa caffè - Coffee Break

11.30 
Peter Schreiner - Köln, München 
Renaissancen in Byzanz?

12.00 
Carlo Taviani - Roma
Institutional Innovations from the South. Non-Western and Mediterranean Influences on Global Capitalism

12.30 
Discussione - Discussion

13.00 
Pranzo - Lunch

14.00 
Tavola rotonda - Round Table

 

Kontakt

Alexander Koller

Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom
via Aurelia Antica, 391, I-00165 Rom

koller(at)dhi-roma.it