The Making of the Humanities


First International Conference on the History of the Humanities


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23-25 October 2008, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Final Program


Organizers: Rens Bod, Jaap Maat and Thijs Weststeijn


Theme: The Emergence of the Humanities in Early Modern Europe


Pdf-file of Program and Abstracts


Frontpage of Conference book


Historical Map of the Humanities in Amsterdam



                        Thursday 23 October


9.45-10.15:            Coffee and tea. Sale of Conference dinner vouchers (45 Euro).


10.15-10.25:          Opening of the conference by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, José van Dijck

10.25-11.15:          Invited paper by Ingrid Rowland (University of Notre Dame School of Architecture). 
                               “Describing the World: From Metaphor to Science”
11.15-12.25:          Heretics and Humanists in Italy

11.15-11.50:          Hilary Gatti (U. of Rome, La Sapienza). “Giordano Bruno and Metaphor”

11.50-12.25:          Bernward Schmidt (U. of Münster). “„In Erudition there is no Heresy.“ The Humanities in Baroque Rome


12.25-13.30:          Lunch. Sale of Conference dinner vouchers (45 Euro)


13.30-15.15:          Painting and Poetry as Liberal Arts

13.30-14.05:          Marieke van den Doel (U. of Amsterdam). “Painting and the Orphic Lyre: the Liberal Arts According to Ficino”

14.05-14.40:          Thijs Weststeijn (U. of Amsterdam). “Pictography and Utopianism in the Seventeenth Century”

14.40-15.15:          Cesc Esteve (King’s College London). “The History of Poetry in Early Modern Literary Criticism”


15.15-15.45:          Coffee and tea


15.45-17.30:          Language and Education

15.45-16.20:          Michael Edwards (U. of Cambridge). “Rhetoric, Text and Commentary in the Philosophy of the Schools, 1550-1640”

16.20-16.55:          Paivi Mehtonen (U. of Tampere). “Towards the Obscure Discipline of Comparative Literature: A.G. Baumgarten (1714-1762) and George Campbell (1719-1796) on

                              Rhetoric and Poetics”

16.55-17.30:          Michiel Leezenberg (U. of Amsterdam). “Wilhelm von Humboldt and Adamantios Korais on Language, Nation and Education”


17.45-18.45:          Reception at the Residence of the Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, Herengracht 502 (ten minutes walking from the conference venue)




  Friday 24 October


9.45-10.15:            Coffee and tea

10.15-11.05:          Invited paper David Cram (Jesus College, University of Oxford). 
   “The Changing Relations between Grammar, Rhetoric and Music in the Early Modern Period”


11.05-12.15:          Linguists and Logicians

11.05-11.40:          Jaap Maat (U. of Amsterdam). “The artes sermocinales in Times of Adversity: How Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric Survived the Seventeenth Century”

11.40-12.15:          Rens Bod (U. of Amsterdam). “Formalization in the Humanities: From Valla to Scaliger”


12:15-13.15:          Lunch


13.15-14.05:          Invited paper Floris Cohen (Univerity of Utrecht).

   “Music as Science and as Art – The 16th/17th-Century Destruction of Cosmic Harmony”


14.05-15.15:          Science versus Art

14.05-14.40:          Gabriela Ilnitchi Currie (U. of Minnesota). “Partially Modern: Scholastic Sound Particles and Empiricist Overtones”

14.40-15.15:          Cynthia Pyle (New York U.). “Renaissance Humanism and Science: A Different View of the Development of the Humanities in Early Modern Europe


15.15-15.45:          Coffee and tea


15.45-17.30:          Early Humanism and its Impact

15.45-16.20:          Lodi Nauta (U. of Groningen). “Lorenzo Valla’s Critique of Scholastic Language and Philosophy”

16.20-16.55:          Juliette Groenland (U. of Amsterdam). “Humanism in the Classroom, a Reassessment”             


17.30-18.45:          Public Event on the History of the Humanities at SPUI25


19.15-21.30:          Conference Dinner in De Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4 (Conference dinner voucher needed).



Saturday 25 October


9.45-10.15:            Coffee and tea

10.15-11.05:          Invited paper Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). 
   “How Late was Late Humanism? Renaissance Learning and the Research University


11.05-12.15:          Defending the Text

11.05-11.40:          Már Jónsson (U. of Iceland). “Manuscript Hunting and Philological Progress in the Seventeenth Century”

11.40-12.15:          Dirk van Miert (U. of London). “Humanism and Warfare: Philology and Military Engineering in the Decades around 1600”


12-15-13.15:          Lunch


13.15-15.00:          Philology and Philosophy

13.15-13.50:          Martine van Ittersum (U. of Dundee). “All in the Family: How Hugo Grotius’ Relations Shaped the Writing, Circulation and Publication of His Work”

13.50-14.25:          Piet Steenbakkers (U. of Utrecht). “Spinoza in the History of Biblical Scholarship”

14.25-15.00:          Martine Pécharman (CNRS-EHESS). “The Import of the Debate between Richard Simon and Antoine Arnauld”


15.00-15.30:          Coffee and tea


15.30-16.40:          The History of History

15.30-16.05:          Jacques Bos (U. of Amsterdam). “Renaissance Historiography: Framing a New Mode of Historical Experience”

16.05-16.40:          Wouter Hanegraaff (U. of Amsterdam). “Philosophy’s Shadow: Jacob Brucker (1696-1770) and the History of Thought”


16.40-17.15:          General Discussion with Anthony Grafton (Princeton University):

                              Towards a Comparative History of the “Humanistic Sciences”?

                              Publication plans and future conference.


17.15:                    Closing and Drinks



Auspices: European Science Foundation (ESF), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)


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