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Knowledge Unlimited: Intellectual Curiosity and Innovation in Byzantium

This is the program and description of a workshop which will happen in a month in Bucharest. I am very excited about it, so I decided to share 🙂

Registration is required. Inquiries can be made at divna.manolova@icub.unibuc.ro.


Dates: February 11 and 12, 2016 (Thursday and Friday)

Location: Bucharest, New Europe College, Str. Plantelor 21

Organizers: Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-UB) and New Europe College (NEC); Divna Manolova (IRH-UB), Ionuţ Alexandru Tudorie (University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (IRH-UB, CELFIS, University of Bucharest)

The workshop focuses on three key notions—knowledge, curiosity, and innovation—and examines how they were conceptualized in Byzantine learned culture between the ninth and the fourteenth centuries. Three lectures introduce respective reading-group discussions of Byzantine texts of the period. In both lectures and reading groups, our goal is to examine how Byzantine thinkers wrote about knowledge production and acquisition, how they reflected on their own role in this processes, as well as what the social and political structures underpinning and facilitating the latter were. We pay particular attention to the ‘limits’ of knowledge set up by the conventions of…

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