Late CFP: The First Decades of the Prague University: Transforming Intellectual Space in 14th-c. Central Europe
Academic conference center, Jilská 1, Prague, November 6-7, 2014
Sponsored by Grant Agency of the Charles University in Prague (No. 1124413), Centre for Medieval Studies of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Institut für Mittelalterforschung of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Organised by Jan Odstrčilík (Charles University in Prague and Austrian Academy of Sciences), Francesca Battista (Charles University in Prague) and Riccardo Burgazzi (Charles University in Prague)
The main research attention about the history of the Prague University was usually given to the disturbing time of the first decades of the 15th century with the pre-national conflicts and rise of the pre-reformation Hussite movement. We would like shift the focus on the first 50 years of the Prague University and answer at least some of these questions:
How did establishing the Prague University change the cultural and intellectual space in Central Europe? What were the influences from other, already established universities? How peculiar or common were the works of Prague masters and students? How do the new findings reshape our understanding of the university’s role during the first decades of its existence?
We have already collected interesting proposals dealing with these questions, however, there are still some specific topics we would like to have covered more profoundly. Therefore we are looking now for specific papers for these planned sessions:
In the session on Prague masters – 2 papers (especially on the masters who were active in Prague and also at other universities, for example Heinrich Totting von Oyta)
In the session on Czech and German vernacular texts – 1 paper (especially welcomed papers on the didactic texts connected with the university)
Artes liberales at the Prague university (schoolbooks in use at the Prague university)
Relationships between Prague and French and German universities (especially on the textual background)
We are also still happy to consider other topics connected to the Prague university (e.g. Latin didactic texts at the Prague university; specific works of their masters; reflection of the university by foreigners; philosophical discourse at the Prague university etc.).
The conference language will be English and papers should take 15-20 minutes. Selected participants will obtain partial bursaries.
If you are interested, please send a ca. 300-word abstract and a short CV to Jan Odstrčilík at jan.odstrcilik[at]oeaw.ac.at by June 30.
Institut für Mittelalterforschung, 4.Stock
1040 Wien, Österreich
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