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STVDIO Seminar Series

The STVDIO series of research seminars promotes the collaborative, interdisciplinary study of the Renaissance in the UK and internationally, and aims to showcase the rich variety of work that is done on Renaissance topics, both at Warwick and beyond. We are pleased to announce that STVDIO will continue in 2020-21, in a new, online format. Seminars are held on Tuesdays at 17:00.

NB: This year, meetings of the seminar will be held virtually, using MS Teams. In order to attend the virtual seminars, please register in advance by emailing, so that you can be included in the Teams meeting. The deadline for registration is Monday afternoon, 24 hours before the seminar. (Alternatively, to register for the entire programme of seminars, please simply specify this in your email.)

For any other queries, please contact the convenor Dr Bobby Xinyue on . We look forward to welcoming you!

Autumn 2020, Term 1

Tuesday 20 October (Week 3): Dr. Johanna Luggin (Innsbruck), 'Poeticizing Wisdom and Madness: Cartesian Philosophy and Lucretian Rhetoric in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Didactic Poetry in Latin'

Tuesday 3 November (Week 5): Dr. Stephanie Ann Frampton (MIT), 'Auctor/Autor/Author: "Painted" Books and Classical Authority'. Abstract: “Non autores, sed artes,” writes Gabriel Harvey in the margins of his copy of Lodovico Guicciardini’s Detti et Fatti (Venice, 1571, p. 18). Taking a cue from the imagined library in a contemporary satirical engraving of Harvey, which shows the Cambridge tutor among both classical texts (Cato, Cicero) and modern reference books (Calepinus’s Dictionarium, Nizolius’s Thesaurus, a floripoetae), this paper examines how quotations from ancient authors were similarly used to “paint” their Early Modern hosts, serving the ends of both “art” and “authority.” By attending to the history of the idea of auctoritas as it was deployed in medieval and Early Modern reference works including Calepinus, I show how quotation of ancient sources itself acted as the foundational structure for the concept of literary authorship and the uncanny philological transformation of the auctor to author in the humanist period.

Tuesday 17 November (Week 7): Dr. Esther van Raamsdonk (Warwick), 'The Dutch Statenvertaling and the King James Bible: The Politics of Translation'

Spring 2021, Term 2

Tuesday 19 January (Week 2): Dr. Anna-Maria Hartmann (Cambridge), 'The Missing Messengers in Antony and Cleopatra'

Tuesday 9 February (Week 5): Dr. Marta Celati (Warwick), 'The Renaissance Prince in Fifteenth-Century Italy: Between Political Theory and Historiography'

Tuesday 16 March (Week 10): Prof. Laura Bass (Brown University), 'The Brush and the Quill; or, the Visual Rhetoric of Divine Love in the Spiritual Autobiography of Estefanía de la Encarnación' (ca. 1597-1665). Joint event with Hispanic Studies.

Summer 2021, Term 3

Tuesday 27 April (Week 1): Dr. Stefan Bauer (Warwick), 'Who wrote the Lives of the Popes? Permutations of a Renaissance Myth'

Tuesday 4 May (Week 2): *Special Event (registration required)*. 'Author Meets Critics: Discussing Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's Astrology' –– Virtual Book Launch for Ovanes Akopyan's Debating the Stars in the Italian Renaissance (Brill, 2021).

Ovanes will be discussing his new book with Christopher Celenza (Johns Hopkins), Brian Copenhaver (UCLA), Maude Vanhaelen (Warwick), and Robert Westman (UCSD). If you wish to attend, please register on the Eventbrite registration page here. Registration closes at 12noon (BST), Monday 3rd May.

Tuesday 11 May (Week 3): Dr. John Gallagher (Leeds), 'The Place Seems Babell, a Confusion of Tongues': Multilingual Lives in Early Modern London'

Tuesday 18 May (Week 4): Dr. Alexander Marr (Cambridge), 'Holbein's Wit'


Archive of past talks

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STVDIO Seminars are kindly sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance @HRCWarwick