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The Warburg Institute Postgraduate Symposium 2018 


|Mnemonic Waves|

15 nov

The Warburg Institute 

Conference / Symposium 

Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB 

The Warburg Institute will host its third Postgraduate Symposium on 15 November 2018. With this conference, we aim to identify and interrogate the ‘seismic waves’ generated by scholars active at the Warburg Institute from its inception to the present, who inherited the founder’s lessons by receiving his waves and producing their own. 

Organisers: Valentina Cacopardo; Gemma Cornetti; Allegra Baggio Corradi; Sarah Coviello; Margherita Clavarino; Merlin Cox; Vito Guida; Lois Haines; Fabio Tononi. 

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Singular Acts: The Role of the Individual in the Transformation of Collective Culture



16 Nov 2017, 10:00 to 16 Nov 2017, 17:30 

The Warburg Institute 

Conference / Symposium 

Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB 


The Warburg Institute will host its second Postgraduate Symposium on 16 November 2017. This year’s Symposium focuses on particular personalities who acted for or against historical and cultural change. 
The Early Modern period saw seismic shifts across all aspects of society, ranging from technological developments to new artistic techniques; to innovations in philosophical thought and religious doctrine and scientific discoveries; to social and political movements.
This interdisciplinary conference will appraise the extent to which such transformations were triggered or repressed by the acts of individuals such as innovators, pioneers, reformers and censors.

Attendance is free of charge.

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Organisers: James Christie, Lorenza Gay, Hanna Gentili, Lydia Goodson, Vito Guida, Antonia Karaisl, Finn Schulze-Feldmann, Genevieve Verdigel. 

Image credits:
WA1846.198 Raphael, Recto: Studies for two kneeling Women
Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


10:15 – 10:30


Professor Bill Sherman (Director of The Warburg Institute)

SESSION 1: Art and Invention Chair: Lorenza Gay (The Warburg Institute)

10:30 – 10:50  Allegra Baggio Corradi (The Warburg Institute). A Book, a Bust and a Pelican Pet: Philosophy, Art and Zoology in Niccolò Leonico Tomeo’s Cinquecento Padua

10:50 – 11:10.  Mauricio Oviedo Salazar (University of Amsterdam)
             The Legacy of the Poeta-theologus: Salutati’s Influence in 15th-century Italian Art

11:10 – 11:30. Response and discussion

11:30 – 11:45. Tea

SESSION 2: Challenging Established Philosophies Chair: Genevieve Verdigel (The Warburg Institute)

11:45 – 12:05 Maria Vittoria Comacchi (University of Venice)
                       Marsilio Ficino’s renovatio antiquorum through Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi d’amore: a philosophical theological Reform before the Reformation

12:05 – 12:25. Salvatore Carannante (Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Florence)
                      ‘A Mercury sent down by the Gods’: Bruno’s Self-Representation between Ancient Wisdom and Nova Filosofia

12:25 – 12:45. Response and discussion

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch

SESSION 3: Within/Without Institutions. Chair : Antonia Karaisl (The Warburg Institute)

14:00– 14:20 Sophie-Bérangère Singlard (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
                      To be an Influential Humanist and to become an Important Name in 16th-century Spain: The Case of Francisco Sánchez de las Brozas 

14:20 – 14:40. Hasan Siddiqui (University of Chicago)
Critical Modes of the Scholarly Life in Early-Modern South Asia 

14:40 – 15:00  Response and discussion

15:00 – 15:15 Tea

SESSION 4: The Patron and the Poet: self-fashioning in words, art, and music

Chair: Lydia Goodson (The Warburg Institute)

15:15 – 15:35. Elisa Zucchini (University of Florence)
                        Art and Music in Gran Principe Ferdinando de’ Medici’s Patronage 

15:35 – 15:55.  James Barry (University of Cambridge)

                         Vanity Projects: Thomas Lyster’s Fragments (1714) and the commercialisation of individualism in late seventeenth and early eighteenth century print culture 

15:55 – 16:15 Response and discussion

16:15 – 17:15 Keynote Address: Dr Ben Thomas (Co-Curator of the 2017 Exhibition ‘Raphael, The Drawings’ at the Ashmolean; University of Kent)Raphael: Singular Acts of Drawing

17:15 – 17:30 Closing Remarks: Professor Michelle O’Malley (Assistant Director of The Warburg Institute) 

17:30 – 18:30 Reception




Cultural Encounters: Tensions and Polarities of Transmission from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

Welcome to the inaugural Warburg Institute Postgraduate Symposium, Cultural Encounters. This multidisciplinary conference was addressed to postgraduate students and early-career researchers who work in different fields across the humanities.


Organisers: Desirée Cappa, Maria Teresa Chicote Pompanin, James Christie, Lorenza Gay, Hanna Gentili, Federica Gigante, Finn Schulze-Feldmann.

The conference took place at the Warburg Institute, London, on 17 November 2016. . It explored the concept of cultural encounters and focused particularly on their productive outcomes and the dynamics of cultural change across time and space. The Symposium was multidisciplinary in focus, covering topics that fall into the unique classification system of the Warburg Library: Image, Word, Orientation and Action.

The aim of the Symposium was to map the diverse and intricate forces which have driven cultural encounters in the past and which also help define contemporary societies. Amongst the questions that we hoped to address was: the degree to which productive outcomes can be seen as a conscious reception and reformulation of external ideas and models; resistances to exchange and in what form; the long-term implications of such encounters and their outcomes.



10:15 – 10:30 Professor David Freedberg (The Warburg Institute)


SESSION 1. Image

10:30 – 10:50 Dr. Stefan Hanß (University of Cambridge) Habsburg-Ottoman Imagery in the Making. The Production and Perception of the Cambridge ‘Freshfield Album’ (1574/75)

10:50 – 11:10 Ricarda Beatrix Brosh (The Courtauld Institute of Art) On the Hybridity of Chinese Composite Landscapes

11:10 – 11:30 Daan van Heesch (KU Leuven Remodeling Hieronymus Bosch in Colonial Peru: Foreign Sources, Indigenous Responses

1:30 – 12:00 Chaired discussion Federica Gigante (The Warburg Institute) 



13:00 – 13:20 Angana Moitra (University of Kent/Free University Berlin) From Pagan God to Magical Being: The Changing Face of the Faerie King and its Cultural Implications

13:20 – 13:40 Sophie Fuller (University College London) Dante and the Romans d’Antiquité: Reconsidering Classical Epic Through Vernacular Verse

13:40 – 14:00 Alexandra Nowosiad (King's College London) Reading Across Time and Space: A Volume of Late Medieval Spanish Verse Printed in Renaissance Antwerp

14:00 – 14:30 Chaired discussion MªTeresa Chicote (The Warburg Institute)


SESSION 3. Orientation

14:40– 15:00 Ovanes Akopyan (University of Warwick) Astrology, Humanism, and ‘Latins’: Maximus the Greek and the Reception of Renaissance Culture in Sixteenth-Century Russia

15:00 - 15:20 Trude Dijkstra (University of Amsterdam) Constructing Confucius in the Low Countries: How the Western Idea of Confucius came into being through Dutch Printed-Work of the Seventeenth Century

15:20 – 15:40 Margherita Mantovani (Sapienza University, Rome) Apocalyptical and Angelic Imagination. The Reception of the Hebrew Book of Enoch in the Renaissance

15:40 – 16:10 Chaired discussion Hanna Gentili (The Warburg Institute)


SESSION 4. Action

16:30-16:50 Dr Ivan Dimitrijević (University of Warsaw) The mechanization of symbols: The wolf in the Anglo-Saxon folklore and in the new political science

16:50- 17:10 Nailya Shamgunova (University of Cambridge) Anglophone conceptualisation of Southeast-Asian sexual practices, c. 1590-1640

17:10-17:30 Dr Cristiano Ragni (University of Perugia) Necessitas facit licitum, quod in lege illicitum est. Alberico Gentili, the Puritans,  and the  Oxford  controversy  on Drama

17:30-18:00 Chaired discussion James Christie (The Warburg Institute)


18:00 – 18:30 Dr Johannes von Müller (Bilderfahrzeuge Project)