Liberty, Irreverence, and the Place of Women in Early Modern Italian Culture

Liberty, Irreverence, and the Place of Women in Early Modern Italian Culture
11 May 2018, 9.30am - 7.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Organizers: Simone Testa, Stephen Clucas, Susan Haskins, Stefano Jossa


  9.30     Registration / Coffee

10.00     Giuliana Pieri (RHUL): Introduction

10.15     Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College): Letizia Panizza’s Contribution to Scholarship

10.45     Coffee

11.15     The Contribution of Women to Early Modern Italian Culture - Chair: Sarah Hutton (University of York)

Abigail Brundin (University of Cambridge): Domestic Devotion in Renaissance Italy

Helena Sanson (University of Cambridge): The Ammaestramenti e ricordi, Difese and Panegirico (1628) by Isabella Sori ‘alessandrina’: A Lost Voice from Seventeenth-Century Italy

Francesca Medioli (Independent scholar): Arcangela Tarabotti and the 1620-1640 Gap Period

Sandra Cavallo (Royal Holloway, London): Gender, Privacy and Space in the Roman Baroque Palace

12.45     Lunch - own arrangements 

13.45     Poetics and Poetry - Chair: Jane Everson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Alison Brown (Royal Holloway, London): The Poems of Piero de’ Medici

Amelia Papworth (Cambridge): 'Do not blame me, but Ariosto': Laura Terracina's Discorsi and the Orlando Furioso

Ambra Anelotti (Royal Holloway, London): The Afterlives of Ariosto's Characters

15.15     Tea

15.45     Philosophy – Chair: Martin McLaughlin (University of Oxford)

Unn Irene Aasdalen (Norwegian Humanistic Academy, Norway):  Diotima’s Role in Marsilio Ficino’s De amore

John Sellars (Royal Holloway, London): Philosophical Lives in the Renaissance

Michael J. B. Allen (UCLA): title to be confirmed

17.15     History, Art, Libertinism and Satire – Chair: Dilwyn Knox (University College London)

Marta Fattori (Sapienza Università di Roma): ‘1735 Machiavelli all’Indice: Processo contro il marchese Bernardo del Grillo e la sua biblioteca’

Angelo Romano (Università del Salento): Religious Reformed Satire of the Sixteenth Century

Chrysa Damianaki (Università del Salento): Reconsidering the Form and Character of Gian Cristoforo Romano's Bust of Beatrice d'Este

18.45     Conclusion

This event is sponsored by the Society for Italian Studies, the University of Cambridge, the Society for Renaissance Studies, and Royal Holloway, University of London

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required

The Society for Italian Studies (SIS) has generously provided up to four travel grants of £100 each for PhD students wishing to attend this event. To be considered for a grant, please send an abstract of 200 words detailing your current research to by 8 April. Please include the name of your institution, and the name and email of your supervisor(s). Successful applicants will be notified around 10-11 April to allow them to book their transport well in advance. Reimbursement of travel expenses will be made upon evidence of attendance and production of receipts. 


Jane Lewin
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