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Scholarly Knowledge: The Transmission of Social Practice in Academic Textbooks 1450 - 1650

11.12.2005 - 14.12.2005


Scholarly Knowledge: The Transmission of Social Practice in Academic Textbooks 1450-1650

International conference at the University of Zurich
December 11 to 14, 2005

The academic committee for preparing the conference:
Prof. Dr. Emidio Campi (Zurich), Dr. Rita Casale (Zurich), Dr. Simone De Angelis (Bern), Dr. Anja-Silvia Goeing (Zurich), Prof. Dr. Anthony Grafton (Princeton), Prof. Dr. Juergen Oelkers (Zurich), Prof. Dr. Daniel Troehler (Zurich).

The Department of Education (University of Zurich) together with the Institute for Swiss Reformation History (University of Zurich) and the Pestalozzianum Research Institute for the History of Education (University of Applied Sciences Zurich) will be hosting an international conference on December 11 to 14, 2005. Its topic will be the intersection between traditional and new forms of knowledge at the beginning of the Early Modern Period. Building on recent research on the theoretical impact of words and things (Grafton/Siraisi (ed.) 1999; Kessler/Maclean (ed.) 2002) we will be examining the theoretical content of new academic textbooks written between the years 1450 and 1650 and their connection to various aspects and illustrations of everyday life and practice outside the school. We expect to locate a variety of links to the surrounding social and object world. Furthermore, we propose that these relations helped to formulate concepts and patterns concerning the culture of everyday life. Among these are the developing patterns for describing the way people negotiate self perception, social life, nature and the world of objects and images of god. Academic textbooks are by themselves a very interesting and in their specific contents barely noticed genre of texts. Therefore we believe it beneficial to let them “speak” in an exemplary way: The conference presentations are expected to treat only one book each in context, to reveal its secrets and conceptual connections in a detailed way, and to take account of a representative selection of the different university disciplines.

Provisional Conference Schedule (of October 12, 2005):

Sunday, 11.12.2005

Inaugural Remarks and Lecture

14:15-14:30: Welcoming speech by represents of the Institute for Swiss Reformation History (University of Zurich) and the Pestalozzianum Research Institute for the History of Education.

14:30-15:30: Jürgen Oelkers (Zürich): „Akademische Lehrbücher und pädagogische Sichtweisen“ (``Academic Textbooks and Pedagogical Perspectives``). Inaugural Remarks for the Interdisciplinary Conference.

15:30-16:30: Anthony T. Grafton (Princeton): Inaugural Lecture: “Textbooks and the Disciplines”.

Liberal Arts and Philosophy

17:00-18:00: Jürgen Leonhardt (Tübingen): “Klassiker als Lehrbuch: Die Lektüre antiker Texte an deutschen Universitäten um 1500” (``Classics as Textbooks: Lectures on Ancient Texts at German Universities around 1500``).

Monday, 12.12.2005

9:00-10:00: Anja-Silvia Göing (Zürich): „Biblianders Hebräischgrammatik“ (``Bibliander`s Hebrew Grammar``).

10:00-11:00: Peter Stotz (Zürich): „Heinrich Bullinger und die Alten Sprachen“ (``Heinrich Bullinger and the Ancient Languages``).

11:30-12:30: Volkhard Wels (Potsdam): „Rhetorik und Dialektik als komplementäre Teile einer Argumentationstheorie: Melanchthons Rhetorik- und Dialektik-Lehrbücher“ (``Rhetoric and Dialectic as Complementary Components of a Theory of Argumentation: Melanchthon`s Rhetoric and Dialectic Textbooks``).

14:30-15:30: Urs Leu (Zürich): “Lehrbücher und ihre Verwendung: Das Beispiel des Geographieunterrichts.“ („Textbooks and their use: The example of geography“)

15:30-16:30: Simone De Angelis (Bern): ``Vom Text zum Körper: ``De anima``-Exegese, anatomische Praxis und Autorität um 1600`` (``From the Text to the Body: `De anima` Exegesis, Anatomical Practice and Authority around 1600``).

17:00-18:00: David Alan Lines (Miami/Villa I Tatti, Florence): “The University of Bologna and the Natural World: Ulisse Aldrovandi on Plants and Animals”.

19:00-20:30: Evening Lecture (with Reception)
Ann Blair (Harvard): “Early Modern Note-Taking Practice”.

Tuesday, 13.12.2005

9:00-10:00: Gregory Lyon (ZĂĽrich): ``The German Artes historicae in Pedagogical Perspective``

10:00-11:00: Jill Kraye (The Warburg Institute, London): “Caspar Scioppius`s Elementa philosophiae Stoicae moralis (1606): Teaching Stoic moral philosophy”.

Theology, Medicine, and Jurisprudence

11:30-12:30: Barbara Mahlmann - Bauer (Bern): „Konfessionelle Disziplinierung in jesuitischen und protestantischen Lehrbüchern des 16. Jahrhunderts“ (``Confessional Disciplinization in Jesuit and Protestant Textbooks of the 16th Century``).

14:30-15:30: Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (FU Berlin/ Institute for Advanced Study Princeton): „Johann Heinrich Alsted als politischer Theologe“ (``Johann Heinrich Alsted as Political Theologian``).

15:30-16:30: Nancy Siraisi (Hunter College, New York): “Medicina practica: Girolamo Mercuriale (1530-1606) as Teacher and Textbook Author”.

17:00-18:00: Donald R. Kelley (Rutgers University, New Brunswick):
“Learning the Law in Early Modern Europe”.

Wednesday, 14.12.2005

8:30-9:30: Emidio Campi (Zürich): „Peter Martyr Vermigli als Lehrer in Zürich“ (``Peter Martyr Vemigli as Teacher in Zurich``)

9:30-10:30: Hildegard Elisabeth Keller / Hubert Steinke (Zürich/Bern): „Jakob Rufs ‚Trostbüchle’ / ‚De conceptu’ (Zürich 1554). Ein Geburtshilfe-Lehrbuch für gelehrte Ärzte und Hebammen.“ („Jakob Ruf`s ‚De conceptu’ (Zurich 1554). A textbook on obstetrics for learned physicians and midwives.“)

Closing Lecture

11:00-12:00: Anthony T. Grafton, (Princeton): “Chronology and Academic Thinking”.

Dr. Anja-Silvia Goeing
University of Zurich, Department of Education
Freiestr. 36, CH-8032 Zurich
phone: +41 44 634 45 77 or mobile: +41 76 345 45 91

Veranstalter University of Zurich
Kontaktadresse Goeing, Anja-Silvia
Beginn der Veranstaltung 11.12.2005, 00:00
Ende der Veranstaltung 14.12.2005, 00:00
Staat Deutschland
Inhaltsbereich der Veranstaltung Wissenschaft/Bildungsforschung
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Aufgenommen am 18.10.2005
Zuletzt geändert am 28.03.2006

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