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The Letter
Academic year 2008-2009
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Lectures and Lecture Series by Foreign Professors

Invited by the Assembly of the Professors
p. 73-76

State chairs reserved for foreign scholars

Joseph Ayoub, Researcher at the University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Motivic Galois Groups, Patterns and Achievements

Maurizio Bettini, Professor at the University of Sienna (Italy)
I is the other? On the traces of the double in ancient culture:
The Iliad, or illusions of glory
Heroic identities: the strength of “this one” and “that one”
I will be the other, or philosophy
Ghosts and shadows on the banks of the Simois

Fernando Bouza, Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid
Heterographies. Writing practices in the Iberian Golden Age
1. Writing for the senses: touching, tasting, seeing and listening to writing
2. From hand to hand: manuscript writing as a form of publication
3. Books without authors: the informed biblioclast and the readers
4. More author than the author: translation as a royal and aristocratic exercise

Robert B. Brandom, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (USA)
How Analytic Philosophy Has Failed Cognitive Science

André Carus, Professor at Cambridge University (UK)
Reinventing Enlightenment:
1. Two philosophical traditions
2. The new politics of knowledge

Demetrios Christodoulou, Professor at the Zurich Federal Polytechnic School (Switzerland)
Curvature estimates and the causal structure of spacetime
The short pulse method
Gravitational collapse
The formation of black holes by imploding gravitational waves

Jonathan Cole, Professor at Columbia University, New York (USA)
The Great American University: Its Rise to Pre-eminence, Its Threatened Future.
1. The idea of a great university
2. Steeples of excellence created
3. Engines of discovery and innovation
4. Threats to the university in comparative perspective

Nicola Margot Courtright, Professor at Amherst College (USA)
The ‘Salic’ queen: representation of her authority in Renaissance royal palaces in the Baroque era

Michael Detlefsen, Professor at Notre Dame University (Indiana, USA)
Proof, Creation and Freedom

Julien Dubedat, Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York (USA)
Standard invariant systems: paths and fields

Israel Finkelstein, Professor at Tel-Aviv University (Israel)
Temple and Dynasty: Judah, Assyria and the Rise of the Pan-Israelite Ideology

Stephen Harrap, Professor at Melbourne University (Australia)
1. Applying epidemiological principles to clinical trials – lessons in stroke and diabetes
2. Resetting genetic predisposition to hypertension
3. Baldness genetics – more than skin deep
4. Population genetics of cardiovascular risk

Stephen Holmes, Professor at New York University (USA)
“In case of emergency: how not to understand the war against terrorism”:
1. Two concepts of emergency
2. Demystifying the liberty-security trade-off
3. The paradox of secret intelligence
4. The presumption of innocence and preventive war

Daniel Innerarity, Professor at the University of Saragossa (Spain)
Power and knowledge. Relations between two kinds of uncertainty.

GilbertKaenel, Professor, Director of the Cantonal Museum of Archaeology and History of Lucerne (Switzerland)
Archaeology and history of ancient Switzerland: recent data

Seishi Karashima, Professor at Soka University (Japan)
A philological approach to early Mahayana scriptures

Irving Lavin, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (USA)
Théodore Aubanel’s “Les Filles d’Avignon” and Picasso’s
“Sum of Destructions”

Marilyn Lavin, Professor Emeritus, History of Art, Princeton University
The Joy of St. Francis in Giovanni Bellini’s “San Francesco del Deserto“

Bozhong Li, Professor at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
Water and the Unity of China

Michael E. Meeker, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego (USA)Between state and society: the practices of association in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic

Michael Nylan, Professor at the University of California (Berkeley, USA)
The birth of classicism in China

Henry Ohlsson, Professor at Uppsala University (Sweden)
Tax avoidance

Saul Olyan, Professor at Brown University, Providence (USA)
Disability in the Prophetic Utopian Vision

Dinesh Pai, Professor at Vancouver University (Canada)
1. Creating virtual objects that look, feel and sound real
2. Automated capture of human movement and object behavior
3. What robots teach us about human movement
4. Modeling the neurobiology of human movement

Philippe Van Parijs, Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, Visiting Professor at Harvard University
Linguistic justice in Europe and in the world

Simo Parpola, Professor at Helsinki University (Finland)
1. The god Assur
2. The goddess Ishtar

Jürgen Paul, Professor at Martin-Luther de Halle-Wittenberg University (Germany)
State and society in Iran, from the year 1000 to the Mongolian conquest:
1. Empire and loyalties
2. The nomads: builders of empires? Failed states, short-lived states
3. Towns: the politics of leading citizens
4. The state in legal and political thinking in medieval Iran

Michael Phillips, Professor at York University (Edinburgh, Scotland)
William Blake, Lambeth and the Terror 1792-1793: In search of biography

Sheldon Pollock, Professor at Columbia University (New York, USA)
Hermeneutics and the Transformation of Aesthetics in Classical India

Jeremy Popkin, Professor at Kentucky University (Lexington, USA)
The press in the revolutionary era (1789-1799)

Dag Prawitz, Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden)
Deductive proofs – are they objective?

Aldo Schiavone, Professor, Director of the Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Florence, Naples (Italy)
1. Classical vocabulary of equality
2. Equality and Roman Law
3. Equality and modernity
4. The new frontier: equality and global citizenship

Renate Schlesier, Professor at the Institute for the Scientific Study of Religion at the Free University, Berlin (Germany)
Dionysus and Plutarch’s 36th Greek Question

Marie-Christine Skuncke, Professor at Uppsala University (Sweden)
Gustave III of Sweden and the opera

Panagiotis Souganidis, Professor at the University of Chicago (USA)
Stochastic Homogenization

Karlheinz Stierle, Professor Emeritus at Constance University (Germany)
1. Legends of absolute love. Remembrance and writing in the Lais of Marie of France
2. Is Guillaume de Lorris’ Roman de la Rose a fragment?

Guy Stroumsa, Professor at Jerusalem University (Israel)
Christian memoires and perceptions of Jerusalem in a Jewish and Islamic context

Damdinsuren Tseveendorj, Professor, Institute of Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
The historical buildings of the Mongolian Bronze Age
The Palaeolithic of Central Asia
Rupestrian art of Mongolia
The Culture of Chandmani (Iron Age)

Biagio Virgilio, Professor at Pisa University (Italy)
The correspondence of the Hellenistic sovereign:
The king writes: historiographic perception and self-representation of the king
Seventy-five years after the Royal Correspondence of C.B. Welles
The royal letter of the Carian sanctuary of Sinuri at Kalinagil near Milas (Mylasa)
From Kalinagil to Paris: the royal letter in the style of the engravings of the Louis Robert Fund

Sylvain Vogel, Professor at Phnom Penh University (Cambodia)
Language and literature of the Phnongs of Mondulkiri
(field study)

Shaoguang Wang, Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. The Great Transformation: The Double Movement in China
2. Learning and Adapting: The Case of Rural Healthcare Financing in China

Michael J. Williams, Professor at John Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA)
Scepticism, Evidence and Entitlement

Gerhard Wolf, Director, Institue for Art History in Florence – Max-Planck Institute (Italy)
Stones, words, images. Four lectures on the Mediterranean topology (5th to 16th centuries)

Michael Wörrle, Honorary Director of the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des DAI, Munich (Germany)
Aizanoi, city of the western highlands of Asia Minor
1. Geographical, historical and epigraphic approach
2. Around the local Zeus and other Aizanoi divinities
3. Aizanoi and the Roman power at the end of the Republic
4. Aizanoi and the Emperor

Monika Zin, Professor at Munich University (Germany)
Nagarjunakonda: its monasteries and school affiliations