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Creative Geometries: Hooking Up Data in the Middle Ages
Lecture by Mary Carruthers
Keynote Address at the 12th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, given at the Free Library of Philadelphia on November 21, 2019.
Abstract: In this lecture I will explore the close relationships in medieval creative practices among geometric shapes and the human ability to craft original works. Focused on materials crafted in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries from the rich data base of literary texts for the rhetorical and logical arts of Invention, and then disseminated widely during the following centuries, my talk investigates the fundamental cognitive insight of medieval diagram makers, that not only envision what we already know, but invite us to discover surprising logical relationships that can provoke our thinking in new directions.
Mary J. Carruthers is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and Professor of English, emerita, at New York University.
Mary Carruthers on medieval geometry and linked data at Schoenberg Symposium: medieval geometric thought reminds us that dagrams train viewers to see patterns; how we see shapes what we see. @SIMS_Mss pic.twitter.com/GWrSTKoFxb
— Lindsay Van Tine (@lindsayvantine) November 21, 2019
After this amazing and stimulating opening keynote by Mary Carruthers yesterday, I am super excited for the whole day of #manuscripts talks at the 12th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on #ManuscriptStudies in the #DigitalAge at @SIMS_Mss, @upennlib & @FreeLibrary. #digitalhumanities pic.twitter.com/z1fFvPw6jw
— Katarzyna (@KatarzynaAnn) November 22, 2019
Top Image: Septem artes liberales from “Hortus deliciarum” by Herrad von Landsberg (about 1180)