Stony Brook University and the Florence University of the Arts are very pleased to announce the 6th Annual Conference that will take place in Florence on 7th and 8th November 2014.
The international conference is entitled:
GENIUS LOCI: GALILEO AND FLORENCE
How does a great city enrich the lives of those who live there? How does the environmentignite the spark of innovation? To grasp the dialectical exchange between individual intellectual endeavor and the socio-cultural environment, this conference explores the multi-faceted relationship between Galileo Galilei and Florence.
The conference goal is to examine Florence as a city capable of inspiring its citizens with the desire to inquire, discover, create and innovate. The conference will focus on the relationship between the cultural, social and historical environment of Florence so as to identify the elements providing the city's intellectual dynamism and creativity. At the same time the conference aims to discuss more generally the kinds of influence political and religious powers and institutions might still exercise in support or in opposition to the inception of new ideas. In the conference we would like to give particular prominence to the figure of Galileo Galilei. His research and publications have not only redefined the cosmology of his time but have laid the foundations of modern science. Furthermore, Galilei’s intellectual endeavors embraced the appreciation of poetry and literature, grasping in the symmetries of language the same elegance observed in his experimental inquiries. In the 450th anniversary of his birth the conference would like to explore the many meanings and dimensions attached to the philosophy of his scientific inquiry.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Modern science and scientific inquiry in Florence's social and cultural landscape
Creative processes, inspiration and realization in arts and communication
Galileo as a symbol of the scientific method and discovery through direct experience
The relationship between literature and science and their mutual influence
The importance of the senses and physical perception applied to arts and taste
Florence's capability to innovate and redefine practices and established beliefs
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INFORMATION
To apply, please send a one-page abstract of not more than 300 words in English and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for submissions, which will be examined by the Conference Scientific Committee, is June 30, 2014. Presentations may be given only in English and should be no longer than 20 minutes. Selected papers will be published in an online volume of the conference proceedings.
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