A Message from Prato

Peter Howard writes to report on current happenings at the Monash Prato Centre, and to invite any Medieval or Renaissance scholars currently in Italy to attend a number of  interesting public lectures taking place at the Centre over the next few weeks:

In about ten days time we will be meeting in Prato to discuss exciting future plans and possibilities for the Monash Prato centre and the Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. I am delighted at the alacrity with which so many PCMRS members have availed themselves of the opportunity to come together.  What began as the involvement of Jonathan Davies and Rosa Salzburg in our Med-Ren month here at Prato has grown, and now promises to be a significant meeting. Although not all members of the PCMRS can be present, it will be the first face-to-face encounter since the foundation meeting, chaired by the Dean of Arts of Monash, Prof. Rae Frances, in June 2008. The program for our busy discussion is below.

Participants in the upcoming meeting include: Maartje van Gelder (Amsterdam), Jonathan Davies, Rosa Salzburg (Warwick), Kate Lowe (Queen Mary, Univ. of London), Nick Terpstra, Konrad Eisenbichler (Toronto). (Tuesday: Dott.ssa Raffaela de Grammatica of Archivio di Stato di Prato).
In the lead up to the meeting, Nick Terpstra will be giving a public lecture at 6 pm at the Monash Prato Centre: “Lost Girls: sex and death in Renaissance Florence” on Thursday 6th December. Then, on Monday 10th December at 6pm, Jonathan Davies will deliver a public lecture on “The ideal student in the Italian Renaissance”. If anyone is in Italy at the time and wishes to come along, they are most welcome.
Best wishes,


Monday 10 December

  • 9.15 – 10.45: Planning discussion:
  • cooperation re research: developing a common project? (Nick Terpstra and I have discussed “Poverty, Politics and Charity in Renaissance Italy” as a possibility, and it is one in which colleagues from Warwick have expressed interest).
  • cooperation re graduate research training
  • joint graduate supervisions
  • planned participation in conferences under PCMRS sponsorship 2013-2018 (Leeds, Kalamazoo, RSA etc)
  •  11.15-12.30 – How can we develop the PCMRS further?
  • – undergraduate units/courses
  • – Distance Education (video links)
  • – funding possibilities?
  • Lunch (Il Soldano).
  • 3.00 Honours/Graduate Workshop – Rosa Salzburg (University of Warwick)
  • 6.00 Public Lecture – Jonathan Davies (University of Warwick): “The ideal student in the Italian Renaissance”.
  • (followed by a book launch, drinks and nibbles)
  • 8.00 Dinner (at Lo Scoglio)

Tuesday 11 December:

  • 9.15 – 12.30 Postgraduate Roundtable (mainly Monash students, with others from Leiden and Edinburgh).
  • 12.30 Catered lunch
  • 2.00-3.00 pm Meeting with Raffaela de Grammatica, Director of  Archivio di Stato di Prato, at the Archivio.
  • 3.30-4.30 Action plans
  • Evening dinner – Antiqua Fiascheteria (tbc)