The Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies organises a lunch meeting each block, during which Utrecht medievalists present their research (either just published or work in progress) to colleagues and students in an informal setting. You are invited to bring your own lunch, while UCMS provides coffee, tea etc. During this lunch meeting Prof. Mariken Teeuwen will present her research project Art of Reasoning: Techniques of argumentation in manuscript margins.
UCMS Lunch meeting: Mariken Teeuwen
It has been generally assumed that a new technique of scholarly argumentation arose in the context of the rise of medieval urban schools and the universities in the later 12th and 13th centuries. In a previous project, we explored practices of annotating texts in the Carolingian period, to deepen our understanding of how scholars in that period used their books, how they read and how they used them to create new texts.
One of the main conclusions of that project was that many of the techniques that are considered essential innovations of the 12th century were, in fact, already in use in this earlier period. So, with this new project, we chose to focus on the ars dialectica and the ars retorica, the crucial disciplines for the art of argumentation: how are these texts that formed the basis for the art of reasoning annotated across the 12th-century divide, and which changes ánd continuities can be observed?