Sight and Light in the Late Middle Ages

June 12, 2023 - June 13, 2023
KU Leuven


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University of Zürich
Czech Academy of Sciences

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Monday 12 June

Auditorium Emma Vorlat, Leercentrum Agora, Edward Van Evenstraat 4

09:00-09:10       Welcome Address

The Rise of Perspectiva

chair: Andrea Aldo Robiglio (KU Leuven)

09:10-10:10       A. Mark Smith (Missouri University)

Atmospheric Optics and Celestial Observation According to Perspectivist Analysis

10:20-11:20       Cecilia Panti (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

From linee radiales to linee visuales, and Return. The Swing of perspectiva in 13th-Century Theories of Vision

11:30-12:30       José Filipe Silva (University of Helsinki)

What Do You See? On the Nature of Objects of Visual Perception

12:30-14:00       lunch break

Optical Literacy

chair: Russell Friedman (KU Leuven)

14:00-15:00       Maria Sorokina (IRHT, CNRS, Paris)

The Luminous Bodies without Light. The Empyrean Heaven and the Sphere of Fire

15:20-16:20       Mattia Mantovani (KU Leuven)

The Bestiary of the Eyes. Animal Vision in the Late Middle Ages

16:30-17:30       Francesca Galli (Universität Zürich)

Optics from the Pulpit at the Turn of the 13th Century

Tuesday 13 June – Auditorium Emma Vorlat

The Institutionalization of  Perspectiva

chair: Clelia Crialesi (KU Leuven)

09:00-10:00       Aurora Panzica (Université de Fribourg)

A Terrestrial or Celestial Light? The Milky Way: A Challenge to Aristotle's Cosmology

10:10-11:10       Lukáš Lička (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Between Peckham and Buridan. Visual Representation in 15th-Century Vienna Disputations

11:20-12:20       Dominique Raynaud (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Variations on the Principle of Least Time before Fermat

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June 9, 2023, 9:00am CET

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