Medieval and Early Modern Centre: The Premodern Extraterrestrial
James E. Christie (MEMC)
“The Premodern Extraterrestrial: Cosmic and Anthropic Perspectives”
Descriptions of beings residing in the celestial regions, and tales of encounters with them, are commonplace throughout the history of most cultures on earth. In the Western tradition, these have involved meetings with gods and goddesses, angels and demons, and deceased figures, historical or legendary. In the early modern period, something seemingly new arose: speculation about, and imagined encounters with, corporeal mortal animals living on earth-like celestial globes. This seminar will present a selection of writings from the early modern period on the nature of extraterrestrial life, posing questions about science, rhetorical function, and the continuity of cosmic and anthropic perspectives.
Light lunch provided.
Rogers Room, Woolley Building
The University of Sydney