Session Title

Astrology in Practice: Perspectives from the History of Visual and Material Culture

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Anna Majeski; Jordan Famularo

Organizer Affiliation

Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ.; Institute of Fine Arts, New York Univ.

Presider Name

Jordan Famularo

Paper Title 1

Terzysko and His Tools: Using Astronomical and Astrological Manuscripts in Late Medieval Prague

Presenter 1 Name

Eric M. Ramírez-Weaver

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Virginia

Paper Title 2

Al Ordynawnce of Nature: Chiromancy, Practice, and Prognosis in an English Manuscript Roll

Presenter 2 Name

Carly B. Boxer

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 3

Giusto de' Menabuoi at the Paduan Baptistery and the Astrological Image between Baptism and Burial

Presenter 3 Name

Anna Majeski

Start Date

8-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1235

Description

This session examines historical arenas in which astrological theory was enacted, enhanced, and modified by medieval bodies, in concert with artifacts and monuments. Recent scholarship has proven the widespread prevalence and import of astrology in the medieval world. A dynamic area of research accentuates astrology not simply as a theoretical science or cosmology, but as a practice with a wide range of applications—from medicine to politics. A focus on astrological practice allows us to understand how abstract scientific theorems shaped lives, bodies, and lived experiences. Material objects and monuments offered critical intermediaries in the performance of astrological practice by human subjects. This session aims to advance interdisciplinary research on the practice of astrology, with emphasis on intersections between histories of science and visual/material culture.

co-organized by Anna Majeski and Jordan Famularo

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

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May 8th, 10:00 AM

Astrology in Practice: Perspectives from the History of Visual and Material Culture

Schneider 1235

This session examines historical arenas in which astrological theory was enacted, enhanced, and modified by medieval bodies, in concert with artifacts and monuments. Recent scholarship has proven the widespread prevalence and import of astrology in the medieval world. A dynamic area of research accentuates astrology not simply as a theoretical science or cosmology, but as a practice with a wide range of applications—from medicine to politics. A focus on astrological practice allows us to understand how abstract scientific theorems shaped lives, bodies, and lived experiences. Material objects and monuments offered critical intermediaries in the performance of astrological practice by human subjects. This session aims to advance interdisciplinary research on the practice of astrology, with emphasis on intersections between histories of science and visual/material culture.

co-organized by Anna Majeski and Jordan Famularo

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University