Climates and Elements: Man and his Environment from Antiquity until the Renaissance

Climates and Elements: Man and his Environment from Antiquity until the Renaissance
Date
22 Jun 2017, 14:00 to 23 Jun 2017, 16:00
Type
Conference / Symposium
Venue
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Description

 

This is the second in the  ‘John of Seville and Lima Conference’ series.

Organized by Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute) and Pedro Mantas España (Córdoba Near Eastern Research Unit)

The concern of man’s relationship with his natural environment is not new. The elements from which the human body is made are the same as the elements in his surroundings, and the events in the sky (whether of the stars or of meteorological phenomena) effect human health, character and well being. Ever since Hippocrates’ Airs, Waters and Places, a strong medical tradition has related human regimen and diet to the seasons of the year and geographical and topographical conditions. Astrological traditions relate different regions and different latitudinal bands (climes) to different human characteristics. There was even the idea that an individual or a society could improve the bad effects of the environment through good conduct. This workshop will take up some of the issues surrounding elements, climates and regions as they are found in philosophical, medical, astrological, and alchemical literature in Greek, Syriac, Arabic and Latin in late Antique and medieval Western culture.

Speakers: Juan Acevedo (Warburg Institute), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Godefroid de Callatay (Louvain la Neuve), Pedro Mantas España (Córdoba Near Eastern Research Unit), Remke Kruk (Leiden), Sara Miglietti (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore), Juan-Pedro Monferrer-Sala (Córdoba Near Eastern Research Unit) and Sébastien Moureau (Warburg Institute)

The attendance of the keynote speaker is supported by funding from the Cassal Fund, University of London.

Attendance is free of charge. Please book in advance by clicking on the Book Here button below. Tea and coffee are provided in the morning and afternoon, but lunch is provided for speakers/organisers only. 

Programme

 

Thursday, 22 June

14.00

Registration

14.15

Welcome

14.30

Juan Acevedo (Warburg Institute): Duality and Plurality in the Elements: A Herme(neu)tic Exploration

15.15

Juan-Pedro Monferrer-Sala (Córdoba Near Eastern Research Unit): ‘God lifted up the water vapor’: Transformation of the four elements in Islamic traditions on the creation of the world

16.00

Tea break

16.30

Sébastien Moureau (Warburg Institute): Climates and Elements in Arabic and Latin Alchemy

17.30

Keynote lecture. Godefroid de Callatay (Louvain la Neuve): The Seven Planets and the Seven Climes

19.00

Reception

Friday, 23 June

10.15

Remke Kruk (Leiden): The Treatment of the Climes by Ibn abi l-Ash`ath and Marwazi in their Books on Living Beings

11.00

Pedro Mantas España (Córdoba Near Eastern Research Unit): Adelard of Bath and the Elements

11.45

Coffee break

12.15

Helena Avelar and Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute): Astrological Geography and Albumasar's Great Introduction to Astrology

13.00

Lunch break (Lunch provided for speakers/organisers only)

14.00

Alfred Hiatt (Queen Mary University, London):  Maps and descriptions of the climes in medieval Latin geographical works

14.45

Sara Miglietti (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore): The Reception and Transformation of Ancient "Environmental" Ideas in the Renaissance 

15.30

Final discussion

16.00

Meeting of the editors of Mediterranea: International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge (closed meeting)

 

Contact

Warburg Events Office
warburg@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8910