University of Erfurt

Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt

Dr. Bernhard Schirg

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Dr. Bernhard Schirg
(Daniel Kunzfeld für VolkswagenStiftung)

Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt (FZG)
Schloßberg 2
99867 Gotha

Curriculum Vitae

Since May 2018
Freigeist-Fellow at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt / leader of the project ‘Reaching for Atlantis’

2017
Scholarships at the German Historical Institute in Rome, the Research Centre at Gotha of the University Erfurt and the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute in Innsbruck

July 2013  – December 2016
Researcher at the Dept of Medieval and Neo-Latin Philology, Freie Universität Berlin

2014
Ph.D. in Medieval and Neo-Latin Philology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2010 – 2012
Researcher at the Dept of Medieval and Neo-Latin Philology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2010
Magister Artium in Latin Philology, Greek Philology and Medieval and Neo-Latin Philology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2004 – 2010
Magister’s studies (Latin Philology, Greek Philology, Medieval and Neo-Latin Philology and the History of Art) at the universities of Freiburg, Rome (“La Sapienza“), Basel and Göttingen

Auszeichnungen, Stipendien, langfristige Forschungsaufenthalte

May 2016 – July 2016
Visiting scholar at the Warburg Institute, London

November 2015
Society of Neo-Latin Studies Early-Career Essay Prize 2015, awarded at the Annual Meeting of the SNLS (London, 27 November 2015)

September 2014 – October 2014
Fellow of the Università di Napoli “Federico II” (as part of the excellence program “Tracciabilità del Patrimonio culturale della Campania”)

June 2014 – July2014
Research stay at the University of Uppsala

February 2013 – June 2013
Visiting scholar at the Università Cattolica, Milan

April 2012 – June 2012
Fellow of the German Historical Institute, Rome

2012 – 2013
PhD-scholarship awarded by the German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”)

July 2008 – August 2008
University of Oxford, Lincoln College (DAAD-scholarship for Summer School in Greek Palaeography)

2005 – 2010
Scholarship awarded by the German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”)

2003
”Humanismus heute”-award for best exam in Latin

Forschungsschwerpunkte

Neo-Latin poetry

Italian humanism and court culture 

Emblematics

Scandinavian history of science around 1700

Material culture history

Antiquarianism

Publikationen

Monographs

(reviews by: Lorenzo di Maggio, Seventeenth Century News 75 (2017), 52–54; Carla Piccone, in: Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 69 (2016), coll. 249-253)

Mario Equicola. Selected works, edited and translated by Bernhard Schirg. Cambridge (Mass.)-London (Harvard University Press: The I Tatti Renaissance Library) (forthcoming, ca. 2019).

This volume for James Hankin's I Tatti-series will contain key texts by which the Italian humanist Mario Equicola (c. 1470–1525) shaped his profile as intellectual at the court of Isabella d'Este in Mantua. The volume will comprise Latin editions and English translations of exemplary texts by Equicola that permit deep insight into Italian humanist circles and court culture as well as the interaction of literature and patterns of patronage at Renaissance courts.

Texts will include:

• On women (De mulieribus, 1501): A treatise on famous women from antiquity that responds to a new self-awareness of women at Isabella's court.

• On opportunity (De opportunitate, 1507): A dialogue interpreting and intellectually enhancing the visual device (impresa) adopted by Isabella's brother, Cardinal Ippolito d'Este. This was recently revealed as an invention by Leonardo da Vinci (see my article "Decoding da Vinci's impresa"). Moreover, the dialogue constitutes an intriguing testimony of an early humanist theory of imprese and related symbolic devices.

• Neither by fear nor hope (Nec spe nec metu, 1506/1513): A dialogue in which Mantuan humanists sound out the eponymous motto adopted by Isabella d'Este and also used for the decoration of her famous studiolo. Originally dedicated to Isabella as a birthday present in 1506, the text was only printed in 1513, when it was modified and rededicated to gain the favour of the Florentine potentate Giuliano de' Medici.

Edited volumes

• Economics of Poetry. Efficient techniques of producing Neo-Latin verse, edd. Paul Gwynne – Bernhard Schirg, Oxford et al. (Peter Lang: Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance) 2018.

• Boreas rising. Antiquarianism and the building of national narratives in 17th and 18th century Scandinavia, edd. Bernd Roling – Bernhard Schirg, Berlin-Boston (Walter de Gruyter: Transformationen der Antike), 2019 (forthcoming).

Articles

1. (with Bernd Roling) "Introduction", in: Boreas Rising 2019 (see "Edited volumes") (forthcoming).

2. "The Northern Face of January. Narratives of early cultural history between Rome and their appropriation in the Swedish Empire (Janus, Saturn, Numa)", in: in: Boreas Rising 2019 (see "Edited volumes") (forthcoming).

3. "Spamming the Council of Milan. Neo-Latin Poetry and the Quest for Patronage under Ludovico Sforza (1480–1499)", in: Economics of Poetry 2018 (see "Edited volumes"), 179–198.

4. “Pietro Lazzaroni e il valore strategico dell’encomio”, in: Profili di umanisti bresciani. Seconda serie, ed. Carla Maria Monti. Travagliato-Brescia (Edizione Torre d‘Ercole), 2018 (forthcoming).

5. “L’eco del rebus. L’Accademia Pontaniana nel dialogo De opportunitate (1507) di Mario Equicola“, in: Dulcis alebat Parthenope. Memorie dell’antico, mito e territorio nella cultura dell’Accademia Pontaniana (Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi Napoli, 9–11 Ottobre 2014), edd. Giuseppe Germano - Marc Deramaix, Naples, 2018 (forthcoming).

6. "Cortese's ideal cardinal? Art, splendour and magnificence in Cardinal Bernardino de Carvajal’s (1456–1523) Roman residence", Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 80 (2017), 61–82.

7. "(Re)Writing the Early Biography of the Alhambra’s Fountain of Lions. New Evidence from a Neo-Latin Poem (1497)", Muqarnas. An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World 34 (2017), 259–271.

8. "The Daphnic fate of Camerarius. Olof Rudbeck the Younger's botanical dissertation (1686) revealed as Sweden's first printed emblem book", in: Emblems and the Natural World (1500–1700), edd. Karl A.E. Enenkel - Paul J. Smith, Leiden-Boston (Brill: Intersections), 2017, 227–270.

9. “Phoenix going bananas. The Swedish Appropriation of a Classical Myth, and its Demise in Botanical Scholarship (Engelbert Kaempfer, Carl Linnaeus)”, in: Apotheosis of the North 2017 (see "Edited volumes"), 17–46.

10. "La fenice e il banano. Metamorfosi botaniche di un mito classico nella Svezia moderna" (original article: "Phoenix going bananas"), translated by Simone Signaroli. Ceto (il leggio: Le bocce), 2019 (forthcoming).

11. “Formare un poeta. Bernardino Bornato a Pavia e il modesto Fortleben letterario della poesia panegirica”, in: La lettura e i libri tra chiostro, scuola e biblioteca. Libri e lettori a Brescia tra Medioevo ed Età moderna (Atti della sesta giornata di studi “Libri e lettori a Brescia tra Medioevo ed Età moderna”, Brescia, 8 Maggio 2015), ed. Luca Rivali. Udine (Forum: Libri e biblioteche), 2017, 69–76.

12. “Decoding da Vinci’s impresa. Leonardo’s gift to cardinal Ippolito d’Este and Mario Equicola’s De opportunitate (1507)”, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 78 (2015), 135–155.

13. (with Paul Gwynne) “‘The ‘Economics Of Poetry’. Fast Production as an Essential Skill in Neo-Latin Encomiastic Poetry”, Studi Rinascimentali 13 (2015), 11–32.

14. “Betting on the antipope. Giovambattista Cantalicio and his cycle of poems dedicated to the schismatic Cardinal Bernardino de Carvajal in 1511 (with an edition and translation from Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, ms. XVI A 1)“, SPOLIA. Journal of Medieval Studies 2015, 248–285.

15. “In bivio. Zur Lebenswegentscheidung als Motiv frühhumanistischer Selbstdarstellung bei Geri von Arezzo und Francesco Petrarca”, Studi Medievali 55 (2014), 299–340.

 

Minor works and public outreach

• Review “Bartholomaei Platynae. Vita amplissimi patris Ioannis Mellini, a cura di Maria Grazia Blasio, Roma (Edizione di Storia e Letteratura) 2014 (Edizione Nazionale dei Testi Umanistici), LXXVIII, 98 S., ISBN 9788863726091, € 22.  ”, Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 95 (2016), 577–578.

• Review "Paul Gwynne, Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome. Francesco Sperulo: Poet, Prelate, Soldier, Spy, Bern u. a. (Peter Lang) 2015 (Court cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance), 2 Bde., XXVII, 451 S.; XXVI, 704 S., Abb., ISBN 978-3-0343-1774-0; 978-3-0343-1875-4, € 80,30; 94,20.", Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 96 (2017) (forthcoming).

• Radio documentary on the Swedish polymath Olof Rudbeck the Elder (produced by Gabor Paal). See the full documentary (30min) aired on 7 December 2016 as part of SWR2 Wissen (also available as podcast).

 

Presentations and conferences (recent years and forthcoming) 

1. "Reaching for Atlantis. The appropriation of classical mythology in 17th-century Sweden and its material basis". Guest lecture, Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt, 15 April 2019.

2. "The world was his oyster. Johann Daniel Major's studies of shells and the autumn of the emblematic age". Workshop "Johann Daniel Major – Study Day", Warburg Haus Hamburg, 27 March 2019.

3. "Antiquarismus und archäologische Praxis zur schwedischen Großmachtzeit – der Fall von Olof Rudbecks Atlantica (1679 -1702)". International conference "Konstruktion von Geschichte und 'erfundene Traditionen'", University of Basel, 3–4 December 2018.

4. "The continuity of mediaeval poetic traditions in the Italian Renaissance – a case study from Pavia", Workshop "Querelle(s) - poetologisch und epistemologisch", Freie Universität Berlin, 23–24 April 2018.

5. "Die moralischen Abgründe des fürstlichen Sekretärs. Liebesdichtung, Sex und Rufmord am Hofe von Isabella d'Este (1474-1539)", Research Colloquium, Institute of Latin Philology, Freie Universität Berlin, 21 December 2017.

6. "Mario Equicola’s Neither by hope nor fear (1506/1513) and the author’s fight for a white vest", Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, 18 September 2017.

7. "Convenient discoveries – Forgeries of manuscripts and artifacts in the service of the Swedish Empire (c. 1650–1720)", International Conference "Falsche Prinzessinnen, Scharlatane und selbsternannte Experten. Hochstapler in neuzeitlichen Gesellschaften", Gotha Research Centre, 10–12 July 2017.

8. "The Daphnic fate of Camerarius, or: Olof Rudbeck the Younger’s botanical dissertation (1686) revealed as Sweden’s first printed emblem book", Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, 15 December 2016.

9. "Die Verkürbissung des Joachim Camerarius (1534–1598) – Adaptationen des Emblembuchs in der schwedischen Botanik des 17. Jahrhunderts", Neo-Latin Colloquium, University of Münster, 2 November 2016.

10. "The Nordic Face of January". International conference "Baroque Antiquarianism and the search for identity around the Baltic Sea", Finland-Institute Berlin, 19–20 May 2016.

11. "Spamming the Council of Milan. Pietro Lazzaroni (c.1420–c.1497) spreading his poems to Lombardian patricians". International Conference “Economics of Poetry. Efficient techniques of producing neo-Latin verse“, The American University of Rome, 28–30 April 2016.

12. "Art and Magnificence in Giovambattista Cantalicio’s Poems to the Rebellious Cardinal Bernardino de Carvajal (1511)". 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, 31 March – 2 April 2016.

13. Organizer of the panel “Readers of the Lost Art. Neo-Latin Poetic Descriptions of Lost Renaissance Art“ (Speakers: Kathleen Christian, Paul Gwynne, Bernhard Schirg). 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, 31 March – 2 April 2016.

14. Acceptance speech for the SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize 2015. Annual Meeting of the the Society of Neo-Latin Studies, London, 27 November 2015.

15. “Il volto settentrionale di Giano. La fortuna di un mito da Giulio Romano al barocco svedese“. The Finnish Institute in Rome, Villa Lante al Gianicolo, Rome, 18 November 2015 (cf. L'osservatore italiano, 20 November 2015, p. 3).

16. “Visualising kairos. Leonardo da Vinci's rebus on opportunity and its interpretation in early Cinquecento humanism”. Workshop "The Opportune Moment and the Early Modern Theatre of Politics" organized by the Grasping Kairos Research Network, 12 November 2015, Birkbeck, University of London.

17. “Johann Daniel Major's emblematic reading of Olof Rudbeck's Atlantica, or: How to condense an unreadable book to fit on the royal coffee table.” University of Uppsala, 7 October 2015.

18. “Olof Rudbeck (1630–1702) and the Fate of Atlantis” (contribution to the session “Swedish Neo-Latin“). 16th International Congress of the International Association of Neo-Latin Studies, Vienna, 2–7 August 2015.

19. “Libri e lettori fra Brescia e Pavia. L’insegnamento universitario di Pietro Lazzaroni e la formazione di Bernardino Bornato”. Workshop “La lettura e i libri tra chiostro, scuola e biblioteca. Libri e lettori a Brescia tra Medioevo ed Età moderna”, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia, 8 May 2015.

20. Organizer of the panel “The Economics of Encomia“ (Speakers: Florian Schaffenrath, Paul Gwynne, Nikolaus Thurn, Bernhard Schirg). 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, 26–28 March 2015.

 

Hosted conferences

1. "Johann Daniel Major – Study Day" (co-organized with Markus Friedrich, Dominik Hünniger, Vera Keller, Martin Mulsow). Warburg Haus Hamburg, 27 March 2019.

2. (with Bernd Roling and Stefan Bauhaus) “Baroque Antiquarianism and the search for identity around the Baltic Sea”. Finland-Institute Berlin, 19–20 May 2016.

3. (with Paul Gwynne) “Economics of Poetry. Efficient techniques of producing neo-Latin verse“. The American University of Rome, Rome, 28–30 April 2016.

4. (with Bernd Roling and Stefan Bauhaus) “Apotheosis of the North. The glorification of Sweden and Finland in Baroque culture”. Finland-Institute Berlin, 17 December 2014.

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