CfP: Ancients and moderns in the academies of 16th-century Poland (Renaissance Society of America, annual meeting 2015)

przez | 14 maja 2014

W ramach konferencji Renaissance Society of America odbywającej się w Berlinie w dniach 26-28 marca 2015 r. prof. Danilo Facca (IFiS PAN) oraz dr Valentina Lepri (UW, Wydział Artes Liberales) organizują sesję pt. Ancients and moderns in the academies of 16th-century Poland. Zgłoszenia (w tym: dane do kontaktu, tytuł wystąpienia, abstrakt, jednostronicowe CV i słowa klucze) w języku angielskim należy przesyłać do dr Valentiny Lepri (valentina.lepri@gmail.com) do 3 czerwca 2014 r.
Informacje organizatorów:
The main goal of our panel is to shed light on the Polish academies and gymnasia in the early modern period, focusing on the ancient and modern legacy in their syllabuses. The reorganisation of the educational system in Europe in the 16th century intensely affected Polish academic institutions. Among the cultural factors that most influenced this process were the dissemination of humanist culture on the one hand and the impact of the Reformation on the other. Renaissance Poland was a state of shifting borders, where East and West collided and its borderline position fostered contact with different civilisations and cultures. Traditionally conceived as the last western bastion of the Catholic Church and a happy isle of religious tolerance, the actual scenario in Poland was more disparate, and its complexity can be partially discerned through the analysis of its universities. The Jagiellonian University and the Academy of Zamość, as well as academic gymnasia such as those of Gdańsk, Raków and Toruń, reveal a multifaceted cultural identity. The Polish intellectual milieu gravitating around these schools therefore offers a fascinating window on the process through which classical theories came into contact with more modern visions.

The panel will consider teachers curricula, didactic programmes, dissertations and public speeches, as well as the circulation of printed and manuscript texts. Topics may include, but are not confined to the following:

  • humanist culture in didactic programmes;
  • Patristics and scholastic philosophy in Reformed schools;
  • translations, compendia and other didactic tools;
  • leading professors in Polish academies and their methods.