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Ilya Dines visits Cornell

On Friday, March 11th, the Medieval Cosmologies Working Group will host a visit by Ilya Dines, Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and a scholar of medieval Latin manuscripts who specializes in natural-scientific traditions, with a particular focus on bestiaries and cartography (nli.academia.edu/IlyaDines). His critical edition of the bestiaries of the “third family” is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press, and his edition of and commentary on the Westminster Bestiary is forthcoming from Siloé. The visit will consist of a workshop and a seminar, both of which are open to all interested members of the community.

From 1:30-3:00, Kroch Library will host a workshop with relevant manuscripts and early printed works in Cornell’s collections.

From 4:30-6:30 in Goldwin Smith 156, Ilya Dines will lead a seminar on Huntington HM 38, a volume on geography, astronomy, medicine, and the apocalypse produced in the fifteenth-century in Lübeck. The manuscript contains a unique sequence of maps that illustrate “what will happen to the earth during the Last Days,” which are the topic of a new monograph by Chet van Duzer and Ilya Dines: Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript (Brill, 2016). Attendees may access an electronic copy of the monograph at this link – https://cornell.box.com/s/co2tmifnm34lgr785skwn2ioduwbf09r – please focus on chapters 1 and 5.

Ilya Dines’s visit has been supported by the Program in Medieval Studies and the Departments of English and the History of Art.

F. Jamil Ragep to Deliver “Medieval Cosmologies” Lecture

The Medieval Cosmologies Working Group is pleased to announce the visit of F. Jamil Ragep, Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies at McGill University. Professor Ragep will deliver a public lecture on Thursday, November 21st, at 4:30 PM in Goldwin Smith G22:

“The Astronomical Genre of Hayʾa: Cosmology without Philosophy?”

In the early history of Islamic astronomy, there arose a subdivision called hayʾa, which more than likely had its inspiration from Ptolemy’s cosmological work called the Planetary Hypotheses. But over time this genre took on a life of its own, eventually becoming the umbrella term for all astronomy and ostentatiously excluding astrology from its domain. It also became the locus for attempts to reform the Ptolemaic system and a contender to be the Islamic cosmology on religious grounds, something occasionally opposed on religious grounds as well. The story of hayʾa—its genesis, evolution, and relationship with philosophical cosmology—will be the subject of this talk.

On Friday the 22nd at 1:25, working group members are invited to join the seminar on medieval cosmologies in Goldwin Smith G19 for further discussion with the lecturer (1:25-3:00). Those planning to attend may contact Andrew Hicks (ajh299@cornell.edu) for copies of the readings.

F. Jamil Ragep’s visit is made possible by the generous support of the Cornell Institute of European Studies Luigi Einaudi Chair Innovation Fund and the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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