The international Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a collaborative initiative between Monash and a suite of partner universities and archives, holds its annual business meeting at the Monash University Prato Centre 12-15 December 2017.
This year the meeting features a one-day symposium of research papers from postgraduates based at Monash, Warwick, Cambridge, Birkbeck, Amsterdam, Toronto, Princeton, UC Santa Barbara, and the Catholic University of America, with responses from leading scholars in the field who are also members of the Consortium. The day will close with a plenary session led by Prof. Nicholas Terpstra (Toronto) on The Future of Renaissance Studies, and a public lecture from Prof. John Henderson (Birkbeck/Monash) on Religion, Medicine and Art in the Time of Plague: Florence, 1630-33.
The Prato Consortium, and the Monash Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies warmly invites all friends of Renaissance history to join us in Prato for this symposium on 13 December, 09:00-19:00, to be followed by refreshments.
RSVP to A/Prof Peter Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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09:00 Session I: Chair – Lana Stephens
- Spirit Waite (History, University of Toronto): ‘The Hand That Feeds: Alimentary Control and the Formation of the Body at the Ospedale degl’Innocenti, c. 1570-1650.’
- Marina Ini (History, University of Cambridge): ‘The Architecture of Plague and Social Control: Lazzaretti in the Early Modern Period.’
- Sarah McBryde (History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London, ‘A gifted dwarf’ in the court of Cosimo I de’Medici.’
- Rebecca Carnevali (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick): ‘The Street Enters the House: Cheap Print Distribution and Consumption in Post-Tridentine Bologna.’
10:45 Pausa caffé: G****I Doc ristobistro', Via dell'Accademia, 51, Prato
11:15 Session II Chair – Rebecca Carnevali
- Shannon Emily Gilmore (Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara): ‘Miracles in the Margins: The Popular Piety of the Miraculous Image of Santa Maria delle Carceri in Prato.’
- Austin Powell (History, The Catholic University of America): ‘Dominican Epistolary and Saints’ Cult in Late Medieval Italy.’
- Richard Calis (History, Princeton University/University of Amsterdam): ‘Testimonies of Truth and Tragedy: Martin Crusius and his itinerant informants.’
- Lana Stephens (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University): ‘Theologia ficinianum: Mediating the Borders Between Opinion and Faith.’
Response: academic members of the Prato Consortium
13: 15 Lunch: G****I Doc ristobistro', Via dell'Accademia, 51 Prato
14:30 The value of your work: the Future of Renaissance Studies (Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto – Former Editor, Renaissance Quarterly, to lead a discussion along with other members of the Prato Consortium)
18:00 Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Public Lecture (Sponsored by the Monash University Prato Centre and the Europa Sacra Series, Brepols Publishers): John Henderson (Birkbeck, University of London, and Monash University): ‘Religion, Medicine and Art in the Time of Plague: Florence 1630-33’
19:00 Drinks and nibbles