Research Seminar: Literature, Ideas & Society

Research Seminars are open to the wider public to take part in investigating themed approaches with partners form other institutions.

The aim of this seminar series is to advance research in literary studies, firstly, by exploring the connections between literature and other disciplines such as philosophy, theology, medicine and law, and, secondly, by situating literature in its social context—in relationship to politics, commerce, and both scientific and artistic endeavour.

The seminars are held once a term (three times per year), at 5:15 in Classroom 1, at the Warburg Institute. Each session  consists of two thirty-minute papers, followed by a formal discussion and an informal reception. Attendance is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

The seminar series is organised by Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute). If you have any queries about the content of the seminars please email:


28 October 2015 (Autumn term)

'A Very Dangerous Thing': The Transmission of Knowledge
in Naples at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century

Lorenza Gianfrancesco (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Scientific academies in early seventeenth-century Naples

Andrew Campbell (University College London)
Paolo Antonio Foscarini: The accidental Copernican 


21 January 2016 (Spring Term)

Theurgical Trends in the Early Modern Period

Cecilia Muratori (University of Warwick)
Strangling the Pythagorean cock: Ficino on animal sacrifice

Anna Corrias (University College London)
Dii medioxumi: The place of pagan demons in seventeenth-century Platonism


11 May 2016 (Summer term)

Words and Things: Naming the Limits of Reason in Early Modern Culture

Alberto Frigo (University of Reims)
The Invention of Connoisseurship

Richard Scholar (Oriel College, University of Oxford)
The Invention of Utopia