Symposium – Liberty, Irreverence and the Place of Women in Early Modern Culture – Friday 11th May 2018

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

One Day Symposium in Honour of Dr Letizia Panizza


Bloomsbury Room, G35, Senate House

Friday 11th May 2018

9.30am – 7pm

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Registration free at:

This one-day conference considers ideas of liberty, irreverence and womanhood in early modern literature and culture, with 17 speakers from British and European Universities.



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


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

Poetry – Chair: Jane Everson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

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
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CFP: Embodied Methodologies – Practice Based Conference: deadline 25 Aug

The fourth annual Practice-based Research Conference, hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London, will take place in Bedford Square, central London on November 4-5, 2016, on the topic of ‘Embodied Methodologies’. We are delighted to announce our two confirmed keynote speakers, Professor Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths, University of London) and filmmaker Jodie Mack (Dartmouth College, US), and invite practitioners, academics, writers and artists to submit their abstracts for paper presentations, performances, workshops, and installations.

‘Embodied methodology’ is both a practical question of how work, both creative and critical, is composed, and an ontological and epistemological enquiry into the status of the ‘body of work’, the ‘body of knowledge’, and the body itself. Furthermore, the emancipatory ruptures that bodily knowledges and practices might present exist uneasily beside the often equally ’embodied’ techniques of torture, surveillance, and war. What constitutes an embodied methodology, and how might this inform academic and creative work? How might embodied methodologies undertake interdisciplinarity?

We anticipate a range of possible responses, including but not limited to: ecology and climate; activist practices (e.g. samizdat, squatting, direct action); labour and historical materialism; digital and analogue technologies; consumerism; science and medicine; as well as possible challenges to ’embodiment’ through feminism, queer theory and psychoanalysis. We are especially interested in how these questions coexist with forms of practice.

In particular, we invite submissions with the following foci in mind:


Consider the historical role of the curator (collaborator, instigator, impresario, mediator) and what new forms of curatorial work are emerging or may emerge in the future, including alternative contemporary forms of museum practice (e.g. Museum of Innocence, Istanbul; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania).

Art and Performance

Workshops, performances or demonstrations of practice that engage with methodological concerns are welcome, as well as theorizations of performance and gesture. Applicants might also consider the conference as a space to explore forms of embodied methodology in terms of how material is presented, how audiences are constituted, and how new spaces of public discourse might come into being.


How do sites create relationships that inform, determine, and inscribe forms/methods of embodiment and materiality? Consider architectural spaces (perhaps including the site of the conference) and their latencies and potentialities, as well as geographies and social use of space.

Please submit a 350 word abstract and short bio to by August 25, 2016 (note revised deadline). Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 1, 2016. Attendance is open to the public — registration will open September 1, 2016.

For more information as the conference approaches, please see for updates or contact

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