Borghesi-Mellon Workshops
Science, Nature, and Wonder

Science, Nature, and Wonder in the Middle Ages

Contact: Thomas Dale

Coordinators: Peter Bovenmyer (Art History; History of Cartography Project), Thomas Dale (Art History, Director of Medieval Studies), Martin Foys (English), Pablo Gomez (History of Science and History of Medicine), Florence Hsia (History of Science), Nick Jacobson (History of Science), Walton Schalick (Department of Orthopedics), and Karl Shoemaker (History; Law).

Science, Nature, and Wonder in the Middle Ages workshops, meetings, and events can be found in the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops Calendar.

The workshop will encourage a cross-disciplinary exploration of science, nature, and wonder within a global context, encompassing Europe and the Mediterranean basin (including the Byzantine empire and Islamic states of the Middle East) between late antiquity and the sixteenth century. It will challenge modern understandings of science by investigating new approaches to the medieval conception of scientia—“knowledge”—which included not only sciences such as optics, geometry, medicine, anatomy, but also a wider range of ways of knowing, visualizing, representing and relating to the natural world, including theology and religious practice.

Image: Guido da Vigevano, Anathomia, 1345 (Chantilly, Musée Condé MS 569)