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"

2017 Jan 19

Thursday Seminar: The Orientalist, the captive and the Jesuit: reading the Qur’an in seventeenth-century Florence.

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

This seminar is an exercise in micro-philology and global history. Through the analysis of a very short manuscript, Pier Mattia Tommasino aims to disentangle the complex and intertwined relations between European Orientalists, Italian academics related to the Accademia della Crusca and the Accademia del Cimento, and Read more about Thursday Seminar: The Orientalist, the captive and the Jesuit: reading the Qur’an in seventeenth-century Florence.

2016 Dec 15

Thursday Seminar: "Legal and literary probability in Decameron 4.7"

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

In our last Thursday seminar of 2016, Justin Steinberg will explore the influence of the inquisitorial trial - the most important development in legal procedure in Western Europe - on the most important development in Western literary style: the emergence of realistic representations of daily life. Justin Steinberg will trace Read more about Thursday Seminar: "Legal and literary probability in Decameron 4.7"

2016 Nov 25

Thursday Seminar "Materiality and Idolatry: Melchiore Cafà's St Rose of Lima"

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

The seminar discusses Melchiorre Cafà’s sculpture of St Rose of Lima of 1665 in the context of the iconography of the beatification and sanctification of Rose of St Mary, 1668 and 1671. One the hand, the construction and propagation of the first Latin American saint’s persona will be addressed, in particular Read more about Thursday Seminar "Materiality and Idolatry: Melchiore Cafà's St Rose of Lima"

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