Conf: Hybrid Seminar – Dutch Brazil in Print and Poetry

Rome, 28/11/2022

The tenure of Johan Maurits of Nassau (1604–1679), a member of the princely House of Orange, as single governor-general in the Dutch colony in Brazil epitomizes the monarchical overtones—crowned by processes of somewhat problematic self-glorification—of republican rule in the United Provinces’s overseas arena. At Maurits’s princely court in Brazil, the Dutch Republic’s (extended) ceremonial considerations still proved too close for comfort. Upon his dismissal (1644), back among republican ranks in Northern Europe the former governor-general who had so boldly outstretched the social scale was left with symbolic spoils only. Maurits nonetheless held on to the echo of his regal aura by smoothing the imposed remove from (physical) court through its representation in print and poetry.

Maurits’s memory has famously been associated with publications that connect geography and natural history to the celebration of colonial enterprise, ranging from Barlaeus’s Rerum per octennium in Brasilia historia (1647) over Piso and Marcgraf’s Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (1648) to Piso’s De India Utriusque (1658). Another monumental publication, however, has so far remained overshadowed by these books’ more pervasive fame and fortuna: the epic poem Mauritias (1647), written by Franciscus Plante (1613–1690), but commissioned and subsidized by Maurits himself. During this seminar, we will combine approaches from book history and classical reception studies to unpack just why and how Johan Maurits was represented on the paper stage of the Baroque as the shape-shifting hero of politically coloured poetry and cultural print production.

Further information can be found HERE.

Conf: Nebrija en Alcalá (1513–1522) y su legado

Madrid, 30/11/2022 – 02/12/2022

Elio Antonio de Nebrija passed away July 5, 1522 in the town of Alcalá de Henares, where he still lies buried. For this reason, the year 2022, which marks the fifth centenary of his death, is a particularly symbolic date for the University of Alcalá.

Nebrija’s intellectual stature is well known. However, for the University of Alcalá the fact that Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros appointed him professor of this institution, in which he exerted an intense teaching activity from the year 1513 until his death, is of special relevance. In parallel, during this period he became involved in the great Cisnerian project that was the edition of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible.

And, although he left the publishing project of the Complutense Polyglot Bible due to his differences with the rest of the team that worked on it, he did never abandon university activity: proof of this is the large number of his works that were printed by Arnao Guillén de Brocar in his workshop at Alcalá. To commemorate this important date, professors Antonio Alvar Ezquerra, Teresa Jiménez Calvente and Guillermo Alvar Nuño have led the organization of an event entitled: “Nebrija in Alcalá de Henares (1513–1522) and his legacy”, which will take place on the November, 30 and December, 1 and 2. The main topics will focus on Nebrija’s biographical aspects that brought him to Alcalá de Henares, his relationship with Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, the teaching and academic work that he carried out within this University and his aftermath. To do this, the organizers have brought together a group of renowned national and international specialists, who will present the results of their research in the different areas that linked Nebrija with the city of Alcalá and its University.

Assistance can be face-to-face or virtual (the links are at the end of the program).

Further information can be found HERE.

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