The 14th–18th October 2019 saw a week-long intensive course on Neo-Latin’s place in early modern intellectual discourse take place in Madrid, Spain. The postgraduate course was designed and led by Pablo Toribio and José Manuel Cañas Reíllo of the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) and was held at the Council’s Centre for Human and Social Sciences (CCHS). Attracting students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds—from Classics to Modern Latin American History—the course offered introductory seminars on all aspects of Latin’s engagement with intellectual dialogue in early modern Europe and beyond. Participants met, for example, Latin texts from the scientific revolution, Latin translations of the Qur’an, authors of clandestine texts, Latin works on magic and the development of Renaissance medicine.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin studies sponsored the event, and Key Researcher William Barton led two of the course’s sessions on Latin at the early modern university and the representation of the natural world in Neo-Latin literature.