“Technologies of Spectacle – Knowledge Transfer in Early Modern Theatre Cultures”, University of Vienna, 8th & 9th June 2018

This forth and final workshop sets out to discuss prospective collaborations of the European research network “Technologies of Spectacle” (ToS). During our past meetings in Amsterdam, Wolfenbüttel and Florence we discussed social, aesthetic and epistemological aspects and implications of knowledge transfer in the early modern period with regard to European cultures of theatre and performance. Focusing on case studies from different regions and diverse cultural, religious, and social backgrounds we contested the idea of transfer in a variety of ways. We centered on epistemic practices such as traveling, translating, and teaching of technologies of spectacle. Recurring themes were cultures of craftsmanship, secrecy and invention, tacit knowledge, evolving terminologies, means of codification, confessional spaces, as well as the situatedness of technical knowledge and questions of in/translatability. Subsequently, the idea of a polyglot thesaurus of early modern technologies of spectacle emerged. We fathomed the idea of an online thesaurus addressing technologies of spectacle as knowledge in transfer.


“Translating and Mediating”, University of Florence, 27th & 28th October 2017

Translation and medial distribution of treatises (both ancient and modern) on architecture and engineering into European vernacular languages throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth century are often described as key to the development of European architecture and engineering. For the transfer of theater technologies other forms of cultural translation and mediation are of equal importance. This includes the socio-cultural and confessional de-contextualization and re-contextualization (de-confessionalization and re-confessionalization) of theater technologies.

This by-invitation-only workshop is part of the internationalization project “Technologies of Spectacle” funded by the Dutch Research Organisation (NWO) and based at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The workshop shall be conducted in a free-discussion format. Selected readings will be distributed among the participants ahead of the workshop.


„Traveling Engineers and Architects – Knowledge Transfer in Early Modern Theater Cultures” Herzog August-Library, Wolfenbuttel, 7th & 8th February 2017

This two-day workshop sets out to discuss traveling as a means of knowledge transfer in early modern theater cultures. Traveling or peregrination is one of the foremost activities when it comes to the acquisition and dissemination of technical knowledge from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Architects and engineers from all over Europe travelled to Italy to study present-day technologies (in academies and guilds) as well as (ancient) model architectures. The transfer of drawings, models, prints, books and ideas to Northern Europe often followed well-established networks defined by trade, diplomacy and kinship. Furthermore, traveling formed an integral part of the social and epistemic practices of architects and engineers. It provided the means to compare and evaluate cultural specificities in style, form and function and it helped to establish new networks for the circulation of knowledge.

This by-invitation-only workshop is part of the internationalization project “Technologies of Spectacle” funded by the Dutch Research Organisation (NWO) and based at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The workshop shall be conducted in a free-discussion format. Selected readings will be distributed among the participants ahead of the workshop.

Organizers:

» Dr. Jan Lazardzig (ToS Member,  University of Amsterdam)
» Dr. Hole Rößler (ToS Member, Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel)

Participants:

» Prof. Dr. Stefan Hulfeld (ToS Member, University of Vienna)
» Dr. M. A. Katritzky (Open University Milton Keynes)
» Prof. Dr. Sara Mamone (ToS Member, University of Florence)
» Prof. Dr. Stefano Mazzoni (University of Florence)
» Prof. Dr. Caterina Pagnini (University of Florence)
» Prof. Dr. Kati Röttger (University of Amsterdam)
» Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Testaverde (University of Bergamo)