Inaugural CMRS Symposium Sets the Bar High!

The inaugural annual symposium of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies took place at the Monash Club on 24 April on the theme of “Languages of Exile and Imprisonment”. Organisers, doctoral candidates Sally Fisher and Lisa di Crescenzo, put together a marvellous academic program and plenty of time for social interaction and exchange.  The audience was treated to a plenary lecture by Professor Susan Broomhall (UWA) on Caterina de’ Medici’s experience of exile and imprisonment and how it influenced her nostalgic reconstruction of her childhood in a Florentine nunnery in later life. Stimulating presentations followed on a range of late medieval and early modern examples of exile and imprisonment, both real and metaphorical, from across Italy and England.

Sally Fisher and Lisa Di Crescenzo organised a stellar program
Sally Fisher and Lisa Di Crescenzo organised a stellar program

The full program with abstracts can be found here.

The event was live tweeted by some of the CMRS’s enthusiastic current postgraduate students & summarised on Storify. Click here to read it .