Thinking about Berlin

While Simon and I are looking forward to reading proposals for our “Tree of Knowledge” seminar which is about to take place at the end of May, I am also thinking about the event that will take place in Berlin in late March, namely the 2015 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. The readers of “Chronologia” may remember a call for papers that was posted here some time ago and was also circulated around the web. Those of you who digged through the entire program of the meeting probably already know that, nevertheless I am happy to inform you that there will be actually four sessions dedicated to the chronological inquiries in the early modern period. I cannot find words to say how happy I am that this call for papers raised such a great interest and that I will have the occasion to attend this gigantic meeting of the great international community of Renaissance scholars at the campus of the Freie Universität Berlin.

I encourage all of you to explore the rich and multifaceted program of the Berlin meeting and to find your own path through several dozen concurrent sessions and three days of proceedings. And for those of you who share the interest in early modern reflection on time with the contributors to the chronological panels I am pasting below the program of our four sessions.

Early Modern Chronologies

RSA 2015 Annual Meeting, Berlin, 26–28 March 2015

Date & location: Friday, March 27, Hegelplatz, Dorotheenstrasse 24/3, First Floor, 3.134


8:30–10:00 am

Early Modern Chronologies I

Chair: Anthony Grafton

Philipp E. Nothaft (The Warburg Institute, London), Walter Odington’s De etate mundi and the Pursuit of a ‘Scientific’ Chronology in Fourteenth-Century England

Leonardo Ariel Carrió Cataldi (École des Hautes Études, Paris, France & Scuola Normale Superiore, Firenze) Chronology and Cosmography in Early Modern Iberian Peninsula

Michał Choptiany (Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw), Bartholomaeus Scultetus’s unpublished manuscript of Ephemerides bibliorum (1583) and the problem of chronology of the Old Testament


10:15-11:45 am

Early Modern Chronologies II

Chair: C. Philipp E. Nothaft

Respondent: Darin Hayton

Andrea Worm (University of Graz & Israel Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Universal Time and Christian Chronology in the Fasciulus Temporum

Luís Miguel Carolino (ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute / CEHC, Portugal) Millenialism, chronology, and astronomical calculations. The case of Manuel Bocarro Francês/Jacob Rosales (ca. 1593–ca. 1662)

11:45–1:15 pm


1:15–2:45 pm

Early Modern Chronologies III

Chair: Darin Hayton

Alexander D. Campbell (Queen’s University, Canada), The pedagogical context of Robert Baillie’s Operis Historici et Chronologici (1663)

Cornelis J. Schilt (University of Sussex), The Dating Game Revisited: The Chronology of Isaac Newton’s Chronology


3:00–4:30 pm

Early Modern Chronologies IV

Chair: Michał Choptiany

Julia A. Major (independent researcher), Connected Histories: Melanchthon and Protestant Cosmopolitanism in England

Sepp Rothwangl (independent researcher), The Echo of the Great-Year-Doctrine of Antiquity and the 6000-Year-Period in Kepler’s Calculation of the Creation

Lydia Janssen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Timing the national past. The functions of chronology in ‘antiquarian’ historiography



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