The Intrinsic Place. Space as a Measurable Entity in Early Modern Art and Science

Starting with Descartes’ definition of space as “intrinsic” or “internal place,” the 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).



30. Mai 2018

10:30–13:00 | MPIWG, Großer Konferenzraum
Filippo Camerota (Museo Galileo, Florenz): „The Intrinsic Place. Space as a Measurable Entity in Early Modern Art and Science“
Einführung von Matteo Valleriani (MPIWG)

Geschlossenes Seminar (Anmeldung benötigt)
14:00–16:30 | MPIWG Villa, Raum V005


Für weitere Informationen und die Anmeldung kontaktieren Sie bitte Angela Axworthy (aaxworthy [at] mpiwg-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de) oder Elizabeth Merrill (emerrill [at] mpiwg-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de).

Knowledge in Translation

When knowledge is transferred across lingual and cultural boundaries, this often involves moving from textual to visual or material representation, and passing through institutional frameworks. These transitions modify the functionality of translated knowledge and affect the patterns of epistemic normativity. Our series of masterclasses, supported by the Berlin Centre for the History of Knowledge and organized at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in June-July 2018, explored the translation of knowledge across lingual and cultural domains, including movements between media and institutions, and focused on how translation participates in negotiating epistemic norms espoused by specific communities. By examining the negotiations surrounding translation-related normativity, we aimed to clarify how the routines of translation help fine-tune the functionality of knowledge in transfer. We outlined a longue durée trajectory in the history of translation to facilitate a discussion on its systematic issues, and zoomed in on themes overcoming Eurocentric tendencies in translation history. Our conversations with distinguished scholars leading the masterclasses—Christine Proust (CNRS, Paris), Michael Gordin (Princeton University), Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg University), and Dagmar Schäfer (MPIWG) have provided insights and expertise for collaboration on an edited volume. 


Knowledge Translation in Ancient Mesopotamia

Christine Proust (CNRS, Paris)

4. Juni 2018 | MPIWG, Großer Konferenzraum
14:00–15:45 Vortrag: „From Clay to Modern Editions: the Metamorphoses of Numbers“
16:15–18:00 Podiumsdiskussion mit Matteo Valleriani (MPIWG) und Tim Gardom, Teil des Haley Sharpe Design Teams

5. Juni 2018 | MPIWG, Raum 215
11:00–15:00 Masterclass: „Tensions between Variability of Ancient Texts and Normativity of Databases: Case Studies“*


Translation in Late Imperial China

Joachim Kurtz (Universität Heidelberg)

20. Juni 2018 | 14:00–18:00 | MPIWG, Großer Konferenzraum
14:00–15:45 Vortrag: „Of Lexical Shells and Textual Monstrosities: Tales of Translation in Late Imperial China“
16:15–18:00 Podiumsdiskussion mit Dagmar Schäfer und Florence Hsia (MPIWG)

21. Juni 2018 MPIWG, Raum 215
11:00–15:00 Masterclass: „Chasing Science on the Move: Translation, Domestication, Transformation“*


Translation in Modern Eastern Europe

Michael Gordin (Princeton University)

5. Juli 2018 | 14:00–18:00 | HU Berlin, Hauptgebäude, Raum 2249a „Marmorsaal“
14:00–15:45 Vortrag: „Machine Translation Before and After the Iron Curtain“
16:15–18:00 Podiumsdiskussion mit Charu Singh (University of Cambridge)

6. Juli 2018 MPIWG Villa, Raum 005
11:00–15:00 Masterclass „Science in a ‘Minor Language’“*


Organisiert von Maria Avxentevskaya, Minakshi Menon, Robert Middeke-Conlin, Ion Mihailescu, und Dror Weil.


* Voranmeldung ist erforderlich. Bitte schreibe Sie uns an:
translation_masterclass [at] mpiwg-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Mehr Info

Im Mai und Juni 2018 organisieren die Postdocs des Berliner Zentrums eine Vortrags- und Seminarreihe zur Wissensgeschichte. Weitere Informationen über das Postdoc-Programm und die Vortragsreihe erhalten Sie bei Dr. Hansjakob Ziemer (hjziemer [at] mpiwg-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de).