Body in the City celebrates success of conference “Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy”

Body in the City celebrates success of conference “Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy”
Unknown Umbrian Painter, St. Francis of Assisi and Three Franciscan Friars Caring for Lepers, 1474. Illustration from Giacomo Oddi, Lo Specchio dell'Ordine Minore (known as La Franceschina), Perugia, Biblioteca Comunale Augusta, ms. 1238, fol. 223r. (detail)

The much anticipated international conference “Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy” was held at the Monash University Prato Centre on 13-15 December 2017. The conference was a huge success, attended by speakers and guests from across Europe, as well as the UK, the USA and Australia. Participants commented that the conference was made memorable by the vibrancy of discussion generated by an engaging set of papers.

The Conference was organized by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash as part of The Body in the City Focus Program, and has attracted further interest in the Program from the international scholarly community. Four graduate students also attended and presented their papers at a poster session, funding for whom was generously provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered through Syracuse University.

John Henderson’s (Birkbeck, University of London, and Monash University) keynote lecture, “Religion, Medicine and Art in the Time of Plague: Florence 1630-33,” kicked off the conference on the evening of 13 December. You can watch the full recording here.

The next morning Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London) delivered the first paper of the day, “Breaking Skin in Renaissance Italy,” which can also be viewed in full here.

The Body in the City Program now has a dedicated publishing platform with Routledge, with four volumes on the way and several others planned. Keep your eye out for Volume 4 in the Series coming out of this conference.