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Conference: "Why We (Should) Translate Science and Philosophy"

24.11.2016 - 25.11.2016





Documents on the circumstances, politics, motives, purposes, and process of translation in the West (of India) from Antiquity to the Renaissance.*


BERLIN, 24-25 November 2016




Thursday, November 24th                

9:30-9:45 Welcome. Dimitri Gutas, Beatrice Gründler
9:45-10:45 Felix Mundt (HU Berlin). Latin translations of Greek science and philosophy
10:45-11:45 Daniel King. Why did the Syrians want to translate Greek philosophy?
11:45-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:00 Mohsen Zakeri (Göttingen). Translations from Greek into Middle Persian and motivation behind them
13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:00 Uwe Vagelpohl (University of Warwick) and Ignacio Sánchez (University of Warwick). Take wisdom from whomever you hear it: Arabic sources on translation
16:00-16:15 Hinrich Biesterfeldt (Bochum, Münster). Galen’s Quwā n-nafs revisited
16:15-16:45 Isabel Toral-Niehoff (FU Berlin/Uni Mainz). The Nabatean Agriculture by Ibn Wahshiyya - a Pseudo-Translation by a Pseudo-Translator. The Topos of Translation in Occult Sciences
16:45-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:00 Anthony Kaldellis (Ohio State University).  Anthology of Byzantine reflections on the circumstances, politics, motives, purposes, and process of translation into Greek
18:00-19:00 Drinks
19:00 Dinner


Friday, November 25th 

9:30-10:30 Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute). Medieval Latin Translators from Arabic Explain Why and How they are Making their Translations
10:30-11:30 Dag Nikolaus Hasse (Würzburg). Renaissance Scholars on Translating and Translations
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:00 Gad Freudenthal (CNRS emeritus). Jewish Go-Betweens Reflect on Translating  the Languages of Ismael and Edom into the HolyTongue
13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Round table (with coffee)
17:30-18:00 Free (or drinks)
18:00-19:00 Drinks
19:00 Dinner




*Sponsored by the Einstein Stiftung Berlin and the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, in Association with the Project "Aristotle's Poetics in the West (of India) from Antiquity to the Renaissance"


Zeit & Ort

24.11.2016 - 25.11.2016

Räume des Sonderforschungsbereiches 980 "Episteme in Bewegung"; Sitzungssaal
Schwendenerstr. 8
14195 Berlin