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The Quest for Certainty in Early Modern Europe: From Inquisition to Inquiry, 1550–1700
—organized by Mercedes García-Arenal, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas; Barbara Fuchs, University of California, Los Angeles; and Carlos Cañete, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
CORPI (Conversion, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics and Interaction: Early Modern Iberia & Beyond)
CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas)
European Union Seventh Framework Programme
Friday, October 21, 2016
10:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Lorrine Rona Lydeen Library, 4302 Rolfe Hall, UCLA campus
How was the early modern pursuit of knowledge in very different spheres conditioned by a shared desire for certainty? How did this desire in turn link the epistemological crises produced by the religious upheavals of early modern Europe with the development of new scientific methods? This conference recontextualizes the production of knowledge in the early modern period (1550–1700), focusing on the social and institutional dimensions of academic practices in light of political and cultural challenges.
The conference addresses the quest for certainty in early modern Europe in relation to religious processes, exploring how conflicts and uncertainty affected religious identities (and even the status of irreligion) and challenged traditional ways of learning. We consider how knowledge of all sorts was integrated into different cultural and religious traditions in unprecedented ways, forcing religious authorities to seek new means of controlling and regulating “truth.” Last but not least, we pay close attention to problems of representation and to how the arts mediated and reflected on production of knowledge and its relation to religion.
Adam G. Beaver, Harvard University
Carlos Cañete, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Barbara Fuchs, University of California, Los Angeles
Carina L. Johnson, Pitzer College
Maríaluz López-Terrada, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
Anna More, Universidade de Brasília
Anthony Ossa-Richardson, University of Southampton
Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
John Slater, University of California, Davis
Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles
Stefania Tutino, University of California, Los Angeles
Images: Analysis librorum Physicorum Aristotelis [manuscript] England, 1674–75 UPenn Ms. Codex 865