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26. Academic teaching: the lecture and the disputation in the history of erudition and science

Michael Prinz


Throughout the late medieval and the early modern period a number of academic genres have been closely associated with two influential and long-lasting teaching formats - the disputation and the privately or publicly taught lecture. This chapter deals with the question how such academic genres (e. g. lecture notes and dissertations) emerged and developed at institutions of higher learning. The text sheds light on the the media of lecture announcement and the act of teaching in a historical lecture theatre. It also discusses the choices of language for academic teaching in the face of the language shift from Latin to the vernacular languages during the course of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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