9th LECTIO International Conference: True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700)

9th LECTIO International Conference: True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700)

11-13 December 2019, Leuven

From 11 to 13 December, 2019, LECTIO, Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, is organizing its 9th international conference “True Warriors? Negotiating Dissent in the Intellectual Debate (c. 1100-1700).”

Dissent, polemics and rivalry have always been at the centre of intellectual development. The scholarly Streitkultur was given a fresh impetus by the newly founded universities in the High Middle Ages and later turned into a quintessential part of early modern intellectual life. It was not only mirrored in various well-known intellectual debates and controversies – e.g. between Aristotelians and Augustinians, scholastics and humanists – but also embodied in numerous literary genres and non-literary modes of expression – e.g. disputationes, invectives, images, etc. – and discursive or political strategies – patronage, networks and alliances. Moreover, the harsh debates notwithstanding, consensus was also actively searched for, both within particular disciplines and within society as a whole.

The aim of this 3-day conference is to study the polemical strategies and the modes of rivalry and alliance in scholarly debate from the 12th through the 17th centuries. This conference follows upon the successful LECTIO conference of last year, which dealt with the same topic in Antiquity. 

Keynote speakers are prof. Leen Spruit (Nijmegen), prof. Anita Traninger (Berlijn) and prof. Laura Beck Varela (Madrid).

Registrations Due: 27 November 2019

Please see the website for further conference information.

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