Thursday Seminar

2017 Apr 13

Thursday Seminar: Boccaccio’s Giotto and Cavalcanti: Nature, Art, Knowledge

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall


Until about 50 years ago, the prevailing account of Boccaccio’s Decameron was of an unreflective celebration of the natural, especially sexual, world, which in turn was said to play an equally unreflective role in the emergence of the kind of secularly based realistic representation whose history Auerbach sketches and celebrates in Mimesis.
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2017 Apr 20

Thursday Seminar: What if Orfeo was an Automaton?

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

 

In 1616, Monteverdi told Alessandro Striggio that he couldn’t imitate winds because they are not human. “Ariadne moved us because she was a woman and similarly Orpheus because he was a man.” But what if Orpheus was not a man driven by his own internal passions and creative instincts but instead was an automaton—an inanimate machine with spontaneous motion and sound creation. Read more about Thursday Seminar: What if Orfeo was an Automaton?

2017 Mar 16

Thursday Seminar: Civic Religion?

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

A model of ‘Civic religion’, understood as municipal attempts to develop legitimacy through sacred language and devotional activities, is now widely used by historians of late medieval and renaissance Europe. In this seminar Andrews will propose that the model requires some fine-tuning, to acknowledge the Read more about Thursday Seminar: Civic Religion?

2017 May 04
2017 Feb 23

Thursday Seminar: "Translating Sex: The Long History of the 'One-Sex' Body"

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

 

The contention that before the late eighteenth century learned opinion held that there was only one sex, famously proposed by Thomas Laqueur in Making Sex (1990), has achieved near-canonical status in the eyes of many historians and literary scholars.  In this seminar, Park will argue that this “one-sex” body was never hegemonic in Latin Europe and will propose an alternative narrative to describe evolving ideas of sex difference among European natural philosophers and medical men. Read more about Thursday Seminar: "Translating Sex: The Long History of the 'One-Sex' Body"

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