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Knowledge in Motion:

Constructing Transcultural Experience in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (1200–1750)


Thursday, March 31, 2016

4:00 PM, The Chancellors’ Room Brookings Hall 300


Ottmar Ette (Potsdam)

Knowledge in Motion–Knowledge through Motion: Nomadic Patterns of Life Writing

Followed by a Reception

Friday, April 1, 2016   

Danforth University Center, Room 276

8:45 – 9:00 AM  Welcome, Barbara Schaal, Dean of Arts and Sciences

9:00 – 10:30 AM  Session 1: Early Movements

Moderator: Jessica Rosenfeld (St. Louis)

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Markus Stock (Toronto)

The Lord of the Bees: Zoologies of Love in Medieval German Lyric

9:30-9:45  Discussion

9:45 – 10:15 AM

Ann-Marie Rasmussen (Waterloo)

Shaping the Community: Badges as Media of Knowledge in Medieval Cities

10:15 - 10:30 AM  Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 AM  Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 AM  Session 2: Moving North

Moderator: Patrick Brugh (Baltimore)

11:00-11:30 AM

Jan-Dirk Müller (München)

Wandering Scholars: Importing Renaissance Humanism North of the Alps

11:30-11:45 AM  Discussion

11:45-12:15 AM

Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre (Stockholm)

Northern Encounters: Early Modern German Travelers in Sweden

12:15-12:30 PM  Discussion

12:30-2:00 PM  Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 PM  Session 3: Moving Memories

Moderator: Christine Johnson (St. Louis)

2:00-2:30 PM

Sigrun Haude (Cincinnati)

The Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648): Moving Bodies – Transforming Lives – Shifting Knowledge

2:30-2:45 PM  Discussion

2:45-3:15 PM

Mara M. Wade (Urbana-Champaign)

Women’s Networks of Knowledge: The Emblem Book as Stammbuch

3:14-3:30 PM  Discussion

3:30-4:00 PM  Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 PM  Session 4: Networks of Knowledge

Moderator: Anna Leeper (Rockfort)

4:00-4:30 PM

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Milwaukee)

Women’s Experience of Protestant Ideas and Practices in the Early Modern World

4:30-4:45 PM  Discussion

4:45-5:15 PM

Tobias Bulang (Heidelberg)

The Physicians Universal Experience: Foreign Languages and Countries in the Writings of Leonhard Thurneysser zum Thurn

5:15-5:30 PM  Discussion

6:30 PM Reception       Umrath Hall

7:15 PM Buffet Dinner  Umrath Hall


Saturday, April 2, 2016        

Danforth University Center, Room 276


10:00-12:30 AM  Session 5: Moving Genres

Moderator: Julie Singer (St. Louis)

10:00-10:30 AM

Christian Schneider (St. Louis)

Cosmic Dreams: Fiction and Non-Fiction in Early-Modern Lunar Travel Narratives (Johannes Kepler, Cyrano de Bergerac, Athanasius Kircher)

10:30-10:45 AM  Discussion

10:45-11:15 AM

Dirk Werle (Heidelberg)

Knowledge in Motion between Fiction and Non-Fiction: Epic Poems and Didactic Poetry in the 17th Century

11:15-11:30 AM  Discussion

11:30-12:00 PM

Lynne Tatlock (St. Louis)

Conversation, Translation, Adaptation: The Traffic in Knowledge in the Winter Nights of Antonio Eslava, Matthias Drummer, and Johann Beer

12:00-12:15 PM  Discussion

12:15-2:00 PM  Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 PM  Session 6: Traveling Networks

Moderator: Benjamin Davis (Greensboro)

2:00-2:30 PM

Matthias Meyer (Wien)

From the Harz Mountains into the Atlantic or: The Familiar and the Exotic in Johann Gottfried Schnabel’s Wunderliche Fata einiger Seefahrer (Insel Felsenburg) and his Journalistic Efforts

2:30-2:45 PM  Discussion

2:45-3:15 PM

Gerhild Williams (St. Louis)

Going Far: Movement and Knowledge in Early Modern Narratives (Busbecq, Speer, Happel, Francisci)

3:15-3:30 PM  Discussion

3:30-4:00 PM  Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 PM Session 7: Traveling East

Moderator: Nancy Berg (St. Louis)

4:00-4:30 PM

Martin Jacobs (St. Louis)

Sephardic Migration, Cinquecento Book Circulation, and Cultural Translation: The Hebrew Chronicles of a Genoese Jew

4:30-4:45  Discussion

4:45-5:15 PM

Elio Brancaforte (New Orleans)

Truth, Invention, and the Eyewitness Account: Representing Reality in European Travel Narratives of the Safavid Empire

5:15-5:30  Discussion/Closing Remarks

7:00-10:00 PM

Reception/Buffet: The Roloff Residence, 7350 Maryland, University City










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