Institute for the Research in the Humanities, ICUB, University of Bucharest
This workshop is the fifth in a series of exploratory workshops dedicated to the investigation of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. Previous meetings took place in Princeton (2012), Paris (2014), Berlin (2015) and Bucharest (2016). The present workshop aims at putting together members of the French, English and Romanian teams engaged in producing editions of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. Discussions will focus on problems of translation and vocabulary, as well as on problems of philosophical interpretation.
Invited speakers: Elodie Cassan (Lyon), Claire Crignon (Paris), Sandrine Parageau (Paris), Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon (Paris), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Doina Cristina Rusu (Groningen), Laura Georgescu (Groningen), Oana Matei (UVVG Arad).
Organizers: Dana Jalobeanu, Oana Matei
Wednesday, January 17
9:30-11:00 Panel discussion Sylva Sylvarum and New Atlantis: correspondences and questions (Daniel Garber, Dana Jalobeanu, Alexandru Liciu).
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:30 Panel discussion: Thinking bodies as orbs (Doina-Cristina Rusu, Laura Georgescu)
15:00-16:00 Dana Jalobeanu, Francis Bacon’s chemical history of vegetable bodies
16:00-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-18:15 Panel discussion: Concocting water: Bacon’s experiments with plants in Sylva and beyond (Dana Jalobeanu, Oana Matei)
18:15-19:15 From texts to hands-on experimentation: how to read Sylva Sylvarum in an engaged manner (an informal discussion on putting together an international grant application)
Thursday, January 18
09:00-10.00 Claire Crignon, Sandrine Parageau, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon: Sylva in French, Sylva in France: A poetics of experimentalism
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:30 Panel discussion: Sylva in French, Sylva in France: difficulties of philosophical translation (Claire Crignon, Sandrine Parageau, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon)
13:30-15.30 Panel discussion: Instances of Special Power in Novum organum and Sylva Sylvarum (Elodie Cassan, Dana Jalobeanu and Laura Georgescu)
15:30-16:00 Visiting the Glasshouses of D. Brandza Botanical Garden
16:00-17:00 Concluding round-table: Translating Sylva Sylvarum: philosophical challenges (Glasshouses of D. Brandza Botanical Garden)
18:30-20:00 Book Launch (Humanitas-Cismigiu bookshop, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, o istorie naturala in zece centurii, Bucuresti, 2017)