PhD student Luke Bancroft reports on a recent conference hosted jointly at Monash Prato and Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Florence:
The recent collaboration between Villa I Tatti and the Monash University Prato Centre, facilitated by our Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, brought together an exciting range of scholars with the aim of exploring the myriad of ways Latin interacted with vernacular languages in early modern Europe. Organized by the CMRS’s great friend, Andrea Rizzi (Melbourne), and Eva Del Soldato (University of Pennsylvania), this two-day conference promised to be an intriguing and thought-provoking forum.
Unfortunately, the program suffered a blow before proceedings were even underway with the withdrawal of Stephen Milner due to illness. Dr Rizzi, however, more than capably stepped into the breach. Set amongst the beautiful environs of I Tatti, the papers of the first and second sessions exhibited a strong Italian focus, and the liveliness of the ensuing discussion was hardly surprising given the quality of the speakers, including Peter Howard, CMRS Director.
Moving to Prato and the equally wonderful surroundings of the Palazzo Vaj, the third and fourth sessions saw the conference expand its gaze somewhat by taking in a range of papers on themes as diverse as the Dutch rhetoricians, the role of Latin and Italian in early modern England, and a fascinating example of multilingual interplay between Latin, Portuguese, and Hebrew. Further highlights of this second day were David Lines presenting his work on vernacular Aristotelianism, and Mario Casari explaining the infiltration of Arabic into the Italian Renaissance. Indeed, Dr Casari has been invited to present to the CMRS at Monash sometime in 2014, so hopefully the entire Centre will be able to benefit from a sample of his exciting work.
Eva and Andrea brought the conference to a close, with both using the opportunity of a brief roundtable discussion to remind everyone present of the opportunities that await those scholars prepared to delve into the relationship between the traditional lingua franca and its corresponding vernacular context. And of course, in true Italian style, a glass of red (or two) rounded things off rather well.
The next Villa I Tatti/Monash Prato-CMRS conference is scheduled for early June 2015.
Find out more:
sensiLab Forum: Communications and Media Studies’ Daniel Black
A key initiator of the spread of digital interfaces into our everyday lives was the … Continue reading sensiLab Forum: Communications and Media Studies’ Daniel Black
Australia’s declining investment in quality university teaching
Margaret Gardner, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University Teaching is at the core of what Australian … Continue reading Australia’s declining investment in quality university teaching
The Big Idea Competition
Interested in doing something positive for your community? Do you see yourself as a little … Continue reading The Big Idea Competition
Digital Humanities offers global learning opportunity
A unit in Digital Humanities will be available to undergraduate students at Monash University and … Continue reading Digital Humanities offers global learning opportunity
Monash graduate named CEO of the year
Monash alumni Karl Redenbach (BA 1999, LLB 2000), currently head of a global technology company LiveTiles, has … Continue reading Monash graduate named CEO of the year
Monash social scientists recognised
Four Monash social scientists have been recognised for their distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions by … Continue reading Monash social scientists recognised
New Postgrad Research Area: Trans-Asian Cultural and Media Studies
A new research area has been added to the postgraduate research program within the School … Continue reading New Postgrad Research Area: Trans-Asian Cultural and Media Studies
Monash Arts student success in GradConnection Top 100 Future Graduates Awards
Monash Arts student, Ashley Coleman-Bock, was recently listed in the top 3 Arts Graduates according … Continue reading Monash Arts student success in GradConnection Top 100 Future Graduates Awards
Hipster or Bohemian? Melbourne’s counter-cultural history showcased at SLV
The State Library Victoria will showcase Melbourne’s vibrant bohemian history with an exhibition, performances, public … Continue reading Hipster or Bohemian? Melbourne’s counter-cultural history showcased at SLV
Dr Ahmad Sarmast wins 2014 Arts Distinguished Alumni Award
The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and exceptional qualities of Monash alumni worldwide. … Continue reading Dr Ahmad Sarmast wins 2014 Arts Distinguished Alumni Award
Call for papers: Conference on Central and West Asia and their diasporas
Call for Papers: An International Conference on the Transnational and Transgenerational in Central and West Asia and … Continue reading Call for papers: Conference on Central and West Asia and their diasporas
Ten Monash researchers become ARC Future Fellows
Monash researchers will explore the oldest stars in the galaxy, transform the manufacturing of high … Continue reading Ten Monash researchers become ARC Future Fellows