Lecture Series: Winter Semester 2016-17 – International Consortium for Research in the Humanities IKGF

Erlangen, Germanyikgf-lecture-series-2016-17

The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe” of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, is delighted to announce its series of lectures to be held on Tuesday evenings during this coming winter semester 2016/17. The lectures intend to give our research fellows as well as single invited guests the opportunity to present their research in the context of our consortium. As always, we warmly invite your participation.

The lectures will take place at the Consortium (Hartmannstr 14, Building D1, 91052 Erlangen).
They start at 6:15 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m.

We are looking forward to seeing you very much!


The lectures during the winter semester 2016/17 are scheduled as followed:

“So werden uil grosser nuÿung inder welt”: German Vernacular Translations of John of Rupescissa‘s Vade mecum in tribulatione (1356)
Robert E. Lerner (History of Medieval Europe, Northwestern University)

Aspects of the Computistic Argument in Song Dynasty Cosmological Visualizations
Holger Schneider (Chinese Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Tezcatlipoca’s Smoking Mirror: Fate, Agency and Divination among the Aztecs
Isabel Laack (Study of Religions, Heidelberg University)

Political Theory in the Middle Ages and the Art of Mastering the Human World’s Uncertainty
Bee Yun (Political Science and Diplomacy, Sungkyunkwan University Seoul; IKGF Visiting Fellow)

Resources of Prognosis in the Byzantine Empire
Michael Grünbart (Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Münster)

Serving a Higher Purpose: Divination and the Reform of Spirit-Writing in Republican China
Matthias Schumann (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Disasters and Celestial Phenomena in Eleventh-Century Political Discourse in China
Martin Kroher (Chinese Studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg; IKGF Research Fellow)

Aesthetic Dimensions of Rituals
Aida Bosch (Sociology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Towards a New Philosophy of History? The Morphology of Cultures and the Limits of Individual Freedom
David Engels (Roman History, Université Libre des Bruxelles)

Letting the Right Ones In: Court-Sanctioned Memories of Diviners, Healers, and Artisans in Five Mid-Sixth- to Mid-Seventh-Century Dynastic Histories
Stephan Kory (Chinese Studies; IKGF Visiting Fellow)

Interpreting the Mandate (ming 命) in Premodern China: Zhu Xi’s (1130-1200) Philosophical and Mantic Discourse
Maud M’Bondjo (Chinese Studies, Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l’Asie Orientale; IKGF Visiting Fellow)

Theorizing Prediction
Philipp Balsiger (Philosophy, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg; IKGF Visiting Fellow)


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