We are pleased to introduce three Fellows who joined us this May with two remarkable projects.
Dr. Lydia Schumacher, Reader in Historical and Philosophical Theology at King's College London, will focus on the Franciscan view of God's knowledge of future events in the medieval scholastic tradition. On this view, God knows future events precisely as future, not as present, events. This contrasts with the ancient tradition - going back to Aristotle, Augustine, and Boethius, and upheld by Aquinas - that God knows future events as eternally present events. Schumacher's project aims to trace the origins of the Franciscans' departure from the ancient tradition to their adoption of the metaphysics of Avicenna, an influential 11th-century Islamic philosopher.
Dr. Martin Schönfelder from the Leibniz-Zentrum für Archäologie (LEIZA) and Dr. Piotr Łuczkiewicz from the Institute of Archaeology at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin are collaborating in a project coordinated by Prof. Michael Meyer from the Free University of Berlin. Their joint project aims to re-evaluate strategies for synchronizing regional chronological systems and developments in three large and distinct cultural areas: in the north, Jastorf in northern Germany; in the northeast, Przeworsk in Poland; and in the center, La Tène in France to western Hungary. This re-evaluation will serve as the basis for a comprehensive analysis and interpretation that will allow for a reliable connection of simultaneous developments in these cultural areas and their synchronization with events and processes of change documented in written sources.