Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum: an exercise in philosophical translation, 17-18 January 2018

2 afis SylvaInstitute 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)

13:30-15:00 Lunch

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)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

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)