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Lecture Series in the “History of Knowledge” Announced

Lectures and masterclasses are to form part of the Summer 2018 Lecture Series on “Space” and “Knowledge in Translation,” organized by postdoctoral researchers at the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge.

Starting with Descartes’ definition of space as “intrinsic” or “internal place,” the "Space" masterclass will focus on the development of linear perspective in the context of those practical sciences strongly related with the concept of measure, namely, surveying and cartography. Theory and practice of architecture will also be discussed as a basic training for any skilled master of perspective. A special insight will be devoted to Piero della Francesca’s drawings (space as a visual entity) in relation to the geometrical art of stonemasons (space as a physical entity).

As part of the “Knowledge in Translation” series, we ask: What happens when knowledge is transferred across cultural boundaries? How is it affected by moving between different media and passing through institutional frameworks? This series of three two-day colloquia will explore the translation of knowledge in different contexts over time and space. Each event consists of a public lecture and a panel discussion on the first day, and a closed group masterclass on the second day.

Please check each event for information on the program, and to register.

2018

The Intrinsic Place. Space as a Measurable Entity in Early Modern Art and Science Max Planck Institute for the History of Science—Main Conference Room

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From Clay to Modern Editions: the Metamorphoses of Numbers Max Planck Institute for the History of Science—Main Conference Room

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Tensions between Variability of Ancient Texts and Normativity of Databases: Case Studies Max Planck Institute for the History of Science—Room 215

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Of Lexical Shells and Textual Monstrosities: Tales of Translation in Late Imperial China Max Planck Institute for the History of Science—Main Conference Room

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Chasing Science on the Move: Translation, Domestication, Transformation Max Planck Institute for the History of Science—Room 215

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Machine Translation Before and After the Iron Curtain Humboldt University

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Science in a "Minor Language" Max Planck Institute for the History of Science—Villa, Room V005/Seminar Room

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