News and Events

The project activities comprise:

  1. Workshops & Symposia in Venice with external guests;
  2. Colloquia in Venice with presentations and papers by group members. 

Workshops & Symposia in Venice

  • 2020, June 15-20th - postponed 2021 - International Symposium "Heavens on Trial: Arguing about the Heavens. Institution and Metaphysics of Cosmology"
  • 2020, May 20th - postponed - Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin (MPIWG), "Historical Epistemology of Early Modern Science"
  • 2020, April 22nd - postponed Christoph Henning (University of Erfurt), "Liberating knowledge of revolution: Reading Galilei from Marx to Latour"
Kepler, De motis Stellae Martis, Nova Astronomia, 1609.
file pdf2020, October 6th - Brainstorming meeting
Robert Szaj, Telewizja Polska, TVP Nauka "A Documentary Film Devoted to Copernicus in Italy"
0.91 M
file pdf2020, July 6th - Interactive Online Workshop
Sean Winkler, Vienna Circle Institute "Quantum and Materialist Dialectics: Dynamics and Statistical Regularity in Hessenian Marxism"
482 K
file pdf2020, May 6th - Interactive Online Workshop
Matiaz Vesel, Institute of Philosophy-Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana "The Nature of Copernicus’s Hypotheses"
2.60 M
file pdf2020, April 22nd - Interactive Online Workshop
Vittorio Morfino, University of Milano Bicocca, "The Marxist Tradition Against the Grain: On Plural Temporality"
1.41 M
file pdf2020, April 6th - Interactive Online Seminar
"Arguing about the Stars on the Southern Side of the Confessional Divide" - A seminar with individual preparation aimed to discuss working papers on early-modern cultural politics of Cosmology. Scholars involved in the publication project: Alberto Bardi (Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Rodolfo Garau (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Luis Miguel Carolino (Lisbon University Institute ISCTE-IUL), Flavia Marcacci (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome), Craig Martin (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Tayra Lanuza Navarro (University of Valencia), Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Nydia Pineda (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Jacomien Prins (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
3.21 M
file pdf2020, February 19th
Stefan Heßbrueggen, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, "Et spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas. Mosaic Physics And Life In the Young Leibniz"
2.70 M
file pdf2020, January 24th
Daniel Garber (Princeton University, Department of Philosophy), "Telesio’s Iter Gallicum: Telesio in 17th C France" and Guido Giglioni (University of Macerata, Department of Humanities), "Sense and Consciousness in Bernardino Telesio". Presentation and discussion on the book “Bernardino Telesio and the Natural Sciences in the Renaissance” by the editor prof. Pietro Daniel Omodeo
1.14 M

Bernardino Telesio and the Natural Sciences in the Renaissance

file pdf2020, January 8th
Mariangela Priarolo (Ca' Foscari University of Venice), "Finalism without Finalism. Malebranche and Preformation" and Charles Wolfe (Ca' Foscari University of Venice), "Expanded mechanism and/or structural vitalism: further thoughts on the animal economy"
0.92 M


file pdf2019, December 18th
Maria Emanuela Scribano (Ca' Foscari University of Venice), Barnaby Hutchins (Ghent University), "Rethinking Early Modern Vitalism"
587 K
file pdf2019, December 11th
Anna Jerratsch, MPIWG Berlin, "Religious Contexts of Discourses on Nature. The Comet of 1577 in Early Modern Germany"
1.44 M
file pdf2019, November 27th
Matteo Cosci, University of Padua, "Galileo under cover: Pseudonymous Writings on the New Star", discussant: David Juste (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich)
710 K
file pdf2019, November 20th
Nydia Pineda de Ávila, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México & Visiting Researcher at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, "The moon as a space of dispute: confessional and institutional agenda in lunar nomenclature in the seventeenth century"
1.27 M
file pdf2019, October 30th
Ofer Gal, University of Sydney, "Baroque Astronomy. Doing without the eye: Descartes naturalized epistemology"
1.84 M
file pdf2019, October 18th
Cassirer scholars, "Ernst Cassirer on Renaissance Thought"
556 K
file pdf2019, October 1st
Stephen Howard, KU Leuven, "Kant on the Boundary of the World"
1.05 M
file pdf2019, September 18th
Presentation by the author H Darrel Rutkin of the book "Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800", discussants: David Juste (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich) and Monica Azzolini (University of Bologna)
0.92 M
file pdf2019, June 19th
Hannah Marcus (Harvard University) and Cynthia Klestinec (Miami University), "Discussions on the History of Medicine"
5.18 M
file pdf2019, June 18th
Guido Giglioni (University of Macerata) and Matteo Martelli (University of Bologna), "A Conversation on Medieval and Renaissance Studies on Science"
1.59 M
file pdf2019, June 12th
Luca Guzzardi, University of Milano - Dipartimento di Filosofia, "Politics of Collaboration: The Case of Astronomy and Observatory Sciences in the Late Eighteenth Century"
660 K
file pdf2019, May 30th
ERC EarlyModernCosmology-K4U Joint Conference "Mettere ordine al mondo: prospettive logiche ed epistemologiche su scienza, natura, società"
1.07 M
file pdf2019, May 23rd
Razieh-Sadat Mousavi (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jonathan Regier (Ghent University), Alberto Bardi (Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University), "Cosmology in Early Medieval Islam - Through the lens of al-Fargha¯nı¯’s Elements of Astronomy"
1.44 M
file pdf2019, May 21st-22nd
ERC-EarlyModernCosmology Workshop "Marsilio Ficino’s Cosmology: Sources, Reception, Historiography"
1.49 M
file pdf2019, April 11th-12th
Flavio D'Abramo, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science - Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, "Integrating science and politics: Ecological Developmental Biology and its historical roots"
1.43 M
file pdf2019, March 29th
Senthil Babu (IF Pondicherry & Visiting Ca' Foscari University of Venice) and Roy Wagner (ETH Zürich), "Political Economy of Computational Work in History: The case of the Vernacular Math Traditions in India"
715 K
file pdf2019, March 20th
Silvina Paula Vidal, National Council of Scientific and Technological Research / Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), “Giordano Bruno’s metaphor of the Spanish conquest as a "swallowing whale"”
1.41 M
file pdf2019, March 7th
Gerardo Ienna, University of Bologna - Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, “Introduzione alle radici francesi dell’epistemologia storica”
1.21 M
file pdf2019, March 6th
Sascha Freyberg, Pietro Omodeo and Giulia Rispoli (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), with the participation of Gerardo Ienna (University of Bologna, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione), “Boris Hessen’s textbook on Classical Physics in the context of early Soviet approaches to historical epistemology”
643 K
file pdf2019, February 21st
Ralph & Dagmar Neuhäuser, University Jena - Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory, Jena, “Astrophysical and cultural relevance of historical celestial observations - examples from the 16th and 17th century”
1.65 M
file pdf2019, February 21st
Stefano Gulizia, New Europe College, Bucharest, "Nicolaus Andreae Granius: Physics and Cosmology at Helmstedt”
1.10 M


file pdf2018, December 5th
Jean Sanchez, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, “Astrology in modern France”
1.05 M
file pdf2018, Novembre 22nd
Doina-Cristina Rusu, University of Groningen and Visiting Scholar at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, “Cosmology and Redemption in Anne Conway’s Metaphysics”
2.61 M
file pdf2018, October 17th
Stefan Zieme, HU Berlin, "Interpreting Art through the History of Science. Adam Elsheimer and the Renaissance Night Sky"
1.57 M
file pdf2018, September 5th
Alberto Bardi, Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venedig, “The Astronomical Manuscripts of the Bessarione Collection at the Marciana Library”
768 K
file pdf2018, June 18th
Dana Jalobeanu, University of Bucharest - Roberto Bondì, University of Calabria, “Telesio and Bacon: a conversation on Renaissance science and philosophy”
728 K
file pdf2018, June 4th
Ana Simões, University of Lisbon - Claudia Stein, University of Warwick - Roger Cooter, University of London, “Perspectives on epistemology and politics”
1.42 M
file pdf2018, March 20th-21st
Bruno scholars, "Brainstorming for an Opera Dedicated to Bruno: Renaissance Science, Philosophy, and Art"
457 K
file pdf2018, March 2th-3rd
"Towards an Ethical-Political History of Early Modern Science", the ERC-EMC editorial project
0.92 M


file pdf2017, December 12th
"Edition Open Access Berlin", the ERC-EMC editorial project
0.91 M
file pdf2017, November 13th-14th and 15th-18th
“Verum factum: Perspectives in Political Epistemology”, the ERC-EMC book series
226 K

Colloquia in Venice

Colloquia of the ERC - Early Modern Cosmology group on projects. These regular research meetings take place at Malcanton Marcorà (Aula Valent) at 4:00 p.m.


  • 2020, June 12th, online h. 11 a.m. (ERC plenum). Reading of Watts "Epidemics and History"
  • 2020, June 4th, online (Early Modernists). Early Modern Writing Workshop: Omar del Nonno "Beyond the Method: Baconian Legacy in the Development of Spinoza’s Account of Imagination"
G. Bertini, Galileo and the Doge, 1858.
  • 2020, May 27th, online (Political Epistemologists). Reading and discussion of Braidotti "The Posthuman"
  • 2020, May 20th, online (Early Modernists). Early Modern Writing Workshop: Discussion on the paper "The Political Epistemology of Campanella’s Astrology" by Pietro Daniel Omodeo and Darrel Rutkin 
  • 2020, May 13th, online (Political Epistemologists). Discussion on Haraway
  • 2020, April, 27th, online (Early Modernists). Discussion on working papers by group members
  • 2020, March 30th, online h. 11 a.m. (Early Modernists). Discussion of Foucault and Rose on biopolitics
  • 2020, March 23th, online h. 11 a.m. (ERC plenum). Discussion of Sokal, Pseudoscience and postmodernism: Antagonists or fellow-travelers?
  • 2020, March 13th, online (Political Epistemologists). Discussion of Merchant, "The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution"
  • 2020, February 5th (ERC plenum). Discussion of "The Fall of Man and the Foundation of Science" by P. Harrison


  • 2019, December 6th – Pietro Daniel Omodeo, discussion on the book: “Political Epistemology”.
  • 2019, June 12th - Marco Storni, “Institutions and Politics in the Debate over the Shape of the Earth, 1666-1740”
  • 2019, May 6th - Jacomien Prins, “Marsilio Ficino’s Timaeus Commentary: Musical Speculations of a Renaissance Interpreter”.
  • 2019, April 15th - Gregorio Baldin, “Against Aristotle and Metaphysics: Paolo Sarpi’s Natural Philosophy”. 
  • 2019, March 20th - Rodolfo Garau, “Manuscript draft on the introduction to my book on the concept of conatus”. Discussant: Omar del Nonno
  • 2019, February 4th - Francesca Putignano, “Feminist Standpoint Theory: an Overview of Historical Roots and Epistemological Issues”. Discussant: Sascha Freyberg
  • 2019, January 16th - Matteo Fornasier, “Echoes of Renaissance Thought in Academic Medicine and Botany in Paris (XVI-XVII centuries)” Discussant: Rodolfo Garau


  • 2018, December 19th - Omar Del Nonno, “The behaviour of the free man in the Ethics and the Tractatus politicus”. Discussant, Gregorio Baldin.
  • 2018, December 5th - Sascha Freyberg, “Ethico-political Consequences of Cosmology: Edgar Wind on Kant‘s Antinomies”. Discussant: Omar Del Nonno. 
  • 2018, November 22nd - Jacomien Prins, “Marin Mersenne: Harmonist at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution”. Discussant: Darrel Rutkin.
  • 2018, October 17th – Gregorio Baldin, “Temporal power, spiritual power and potestà de’ prencipi: Politics and political theology in Sarpi and Hobbes”. Discussant: Rodolfo Garau
  • 2018, October 3rd - Darrel Rutkin, “What Makes Early Modern Cosmology ‘Early Modern’?: Reflections on and a Suggestion for a Historical Periodization Scheme”. Discussant: Pietro Omodeo.
  • 2018, September 26th - Pietro Omodeo, “Political Epistemology of Early Modern Cosmology.”

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