Measuring the World I
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut in collaboration with the Museo Galileo – Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza
Organized by Rebecca Bowen, Emanuele Lugli (Stanford University), and Gerhard Wolf
La materia della Divina commedia di Dante Alighieri, Plate VI: "The Ordering of Paradise" by Michelangelo Caetani (1885), Cornell University Library
Coinciding with the exhibition Il mondo di Dante tra scienza e poesia, organized by the Museo Galileo and Gallerie degli Uffizi, this symposium seeks to explore Dante's profound meditation on the nature of space and time, as well as the notion of measuring the world in, through and with Dante.
Bringing together historians, literary scholars, and scientists, this explorative and experimental workshop invites reflection on Dante's meditation on the poetic potential of physics, the necessity of grounding artistic speculation in scientific awareness, and the ways in which measuring (both mathematical and metrical) is itself a form of world building. The conference, then, attempts to overcome the divide between the arts, philosophy, and the sciences to rediscover them, in Dante's wake, as platforms for inquiries that, when intertwined, open up perspectives, overcoming individual understandings and epochal preconceptions to consider the world afresh, in light of the multiverses contained and constructed by Dante’s texts. The symposium is the first in a series concentrated on Dante and will be followed by others exploring the productive tensions and exchanges between science and the arts, whose reciprocal listening is integral to the sustaining of life that takes measure, expansively, of the worlds "surrounding” it.
The workshop will be held in Italian / English as indicated by the titles of the contributions.
09:15 Palazzo Pitti (for speakers and guests only)
Visit to the Exhibition Il mondo di Dante tra scienza e poesia with the Curator Filippo Camerota (Museo Galileo)
11:30 Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai (for speakers and guests only)
Welcome and Introduction – Gerhard Wolf, Roberto Ferrari, Rebecca Bowen, Emanuele Lugli
Session 1: Building and Mapping Worlds
Angelo Cattaneo (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma) – Implicit Measurements: Dante as a Performative Spectator of the Worlds
Nicolò Crisafi (University of Cambridge) – A Non-Teleological Poetic Universe
Anna Chisena (Università di Bologna) – Le scienze celesti nel Convivio: modelli, autori e immagini
13:15 Lunch break
Session 2: A Poetic Universe
Beatrice Bottomley (Warburg Institute, London) – The Zāʾijra, between Cosmological Construction and Divine Versification
Rebecca Bowen (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – MPI) – “Legato con amore in un volume”: Poetry and Eternity
Session 3: Dante and Metrics
Chiara Cappuccio (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) – Misurare lo spazio attraverso il suono nella Commedia di Dante
Maria Clotilde Camboni (Sorbonne Université, Paris) – Dante, metro e misura
Session 4: The Measurement of Hell
Emanuele Lugli (Stanford University) in conversazione con Pasquale Terraciano (Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento di Firenze)
Conclusions and Final Discussion – Moderated by Gerhard Wolf
Lectura Dantis: Paradiso XXXIII – letto da Emanuele Marchesini
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04 March 2022
This event will take place online.
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Venue (for speakers and guests only)
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, 50122 Firenze, Italia