Erasmus Seminars in het najaar

Het Erasmus of Rotterdam Research Centre (ERRC) organiseert regelmatig de zogeheten Erasmus Seminars, waar academici bij elkaar worden gebracht die vanuit hun onderzoekwerk geïnteresseerd zijn in Erasmus. De inhoud van de seminars is divers, van discussies over recente publicaties tot uitgebreide lezingen. 

Komende seminar-data: 

Donderdag 28 sept: 

Lezing door dr Raf van Rooy (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)  over Erasmus en “code swithing”. Dr van Rooy heeft onlangs een essay gepubliceerd over Erasmus en de verbreiding van Nieuw Oud Grieks.

Locatie: Polak Gebouw 2 – 14, EUR Campus Woudestein

Tijd: 15.00 – 17.00 u. De voertaal is Engels.

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This seminar proposes to explore the different dimensions of Greek in the oeuvre and material culture of humanist scholar and Neo-Latin author Erasmus of Rotterdam (ca. 1469–1536). Erasmus used Greek in various ways: he wrote it on paper, both in self-standing poems and through extensive code-switching in his vast oeuvre. He oversaw how Greek was printed by means of the new technology, and how works with Greek titles were typeset. He had himself portrayed with Greek on various media (paintings, engravings, and medals) and consciously displayed Greek text in public spaces.

After surveying the different dimensions of Erasmus’ uses of Greek in his oeuvre and material culture, I will discuss two case studies of code-switching in further detail. On the one hand, I will analyze his self-standing Greek poems and the way they interact with Latin. On the other hand, I will discuss the place of Greek in his Praise of Folly (Μωρίας ἐγκώμιον), focusing in particular on a meta-passage, where Folly makes remarks on contemporary practices of Latin–Greek code-switching (or better ‘word-weaving’), and presenting an automated language identification method that will help mapping Erasmus’ uses of Latin and Greek. The seminar will also serve to introduce two research projects that have Erasmus’ Latin–Greek code-switching as (part of) their subject and will start up in the coming months.

Raf Van Rooy (PhD in Linguistics, 2017) is assistant professor of Neo-Latin literature at KU Leuven, specializing in early modern Hellenism. Previously, Van Rooy was pre- and postdoctoral fellow (2013–21) of the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (2021–22) at the University of Oslo. A classicist, linguist, and historian, he is the author of Language or Dialect? (Oxford University Press, 2020), Greece’s Labyrinth of Language (Language Science Press, 2020), and New Ancient Greek in a Neo-Latin World (Brill, 2023). Van Rooy also supervises the development of DaLeT, the Database of the Leuven Trilingue.

Meer seminar-data:
– di. 24 okt.   Opening van de Erasmus tentoonstelling in de EUR bibliotheek (16.00 u)
– di. 14 nov.    prof. dr Brian Cummings (University of York) 
– do. 14 dec.   dr Jared Rubin (Chapman University) en dr Steven J. Pfaff (University of Washington) .

De seminars vinden plaats op de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.