IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1641: Science at Court, II: Schemata

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Tekla Bude, School of Writing, Literature & Film, Oregon State University
Moderator/Chair:Tekla Bude, School of Writing, Literature & Film, Oregon State University
Paper 1641-aWhy Should a King be Looking at the Stars?: The Moral Basis of Nicole Oresme's Conception of Astronomy
(Language: English)
Sophie Serra, Centre Pierre Abélard, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Latin, Philosophy, Science
Paper 1641-bKing Solomon as Model for Kings in 13th- and 14th-Century Royal Courts: The Case of Saint Louis (1226-1270), Alphonse X of Castile (1252-1284), and Charles V the Wise (1364-1380)
(Language: English)
Laura Fábián, Department of Medieval & Early Modern History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Administration, Art History - General, Biblical Studies, Science
Paper 1641-cVisualising Science at the Avignon Court: Time, Space, and Papal Theology in the Diagrams of Opicinus de Canistris, 1296-c. 1354
(Language: English)
Sarah Griffin, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science, Theology

From the anonymous Middle English Court of Sapience to Nicole Oresme’s Livre du ciel et du monde to the lavishly illustrated copies of Pliny’s Natural History produced for the Visconti family, medieval scientific discourse was often inflected by – and constructed around – literary, musical, and artistic forms present at court. The two ‘Science at Court’ sessions invite abstracts on what it means to ‘do science at court’ in the late medieval period, particularly in the context of literature, music, and the arts. Session two queries the use of visual or typographical schemata as valuable empirical or scientific objects.