How we define ‘the East’ and ‘the West,’ whereby the East has been regularly identified with backwardness and tradition, while the West with dynamism and modernization, as Edward Said has shown, is subject to historical-geographical changes.
The Greek term kairós expresses an idea of ‘grasping the right moment’, which travelled through art, literature, and philosophy. And even today, it is central to debates over, for example, time management. Combining perspectives from classical reception studies and iconology, this ongoing project at KU Leuven (2017-2021) is about the reception of kairós in theContinue reading “Conference: The Right Moment. A Symposium on Kairotic Energies, Brussels, 18-19 October 2018”
“ […] and that Giotto changed the profession of painting from Greek back into Latin, and brought it up to date.” Cennino Cennini, The Craftsman’s Handbook, Chapter I These words by the Italian artist Cennino Cennini, written just before the end of the fourteenth century, seem to testify to the definitive break between the Byzantine and theContinue reading “Exploring the Fourteenth Century Across the Eastern and Western Christian World (Leeds 2016 session)”