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.

CfP: IJsewijn Lecture & Laboratorium

Leuven, 25/05/2023 – 26/05/2023

The Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae invites Neo-Latinists to send in contributions for the new IJsewijn Lecture & Laboratorium. This initiative revives the annual IJsewijn Lecture in a novel format, but preserving some classical ingredients.

The 15th IJsewijn Lecture will take place on Thursday 25 May 2023, at 5pm, in the Justus Lipsius Room of the Erasmushuis (8th floor; Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven). The lecture will be delivered by Ingrid De Smet (University of Warwick & Visiting Professor at the I Tatti Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, April–June 2023), and is provisionally entitled: Eco-Latin? Water Management for Food and Recreation in Selected Neo-Latin Texts.

The lecture will be followed by a reception at 6pm in the big hall of the Erasmushuis on the ground floor. Attendance is completely free, but registration will be required.

The next day, on Friday 26 May 2023, the very first IJsewijn Laboratorium will be held at the Couvreurzaal (M01.E50; Edward Van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven, on the Social Sciences Campus, where IANLS 2022 also took place). The Laboratorium will have a full-day program devoted to ongoing Neo-Latin research, and has two main aims: (1) showcasing state-of-the-art research in Neo-Latin studies, in terms of both subject and methodology, and (2) bringing together young scholars with established researchers, including the IJsewijn Lecturer. There is, in other words, no specific thematic focus, and everyone is encouraged to present work-in-progress, paying due attention to both successes and pitfalls in Neo-Latin research, and how to build on, or deal with, them.

Further information can be found HERE.

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CfP: Reading and Studying Neo-Latin Authors between c. 1600–1950

Barcelona, 20/10/2023

The establishment of Neo-Latin Studies as an independent field of research is commonly dated to the late 1950s and early 1970s, as the work of G. Billanovich and J. IJsewijn along with their colleagues and students in Milan and Leuven began to bear fruit. Formally, and for our understanding of the structure of the disciplines in humanities research today, this date is both useful and makes eminent sense. It is nonetheless clear to all working in our discipline that scholars have been reading, responding to and, indeed, studying Neo-Latin texts since well before the mid-twentieth century. In a field where primary research on texts and their authors has taken priority as Neo-Latinists strive to draw back the attention of scholars to a literature long- (and wrongly) forgotten, early scholarship on Neo-Latin writing is frequently side-lined as a secondary phenomenon.

This one-day conference now takes scholarly and erudite responses to, and study of Neo-Latin literature in all its forms between 1600 and 1950 as its central subject of enquiry. In doing so, it aims to draw attention to a series of themes and questions as yet understudied: Is there, for example, a difference between a seventeenth-century scholar/poet’s responses to early humanist literature and those of a mid-twentieth century scholar? If so, can these differences be reduced to the formal characteristics of the two scholar’s written output? Or are there a series of differences in the theoretical framework of our two scholars’ approaches, which may reveal important information about the ‘pre-history’ of Neo-Latin Studies as we know it today? Envisioned results of the conference’s proposed inquiry include: attempts at a historical account of the varied development of the discipline in different national contexts; reflection on the interdisciplinary context of Neo-Latin Studies today (encompassing, for example, the very irregular levels of interaction with Mediaeval Studies, Classical Philology, the study of vernacular languages, Palaeography, Renaissance Studies, and the field of History); consideration of the often-sharp lines drawn between literary responses to a text and academic study in the field as a whole.

Proposals are now invited for up to eight papers dealing with this theme in the period 1600–1950. Abstracts of between 250–300 words for papers in English or Italian of 30 minutes can be sent to the conference organisers (listed below) by 15th January 2023. The conference will be hosted at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans in Barcelona (Carrer del Carme, 47) on 20th October 2023. The organisers are pleased to be able to offer support for speakers’ travel and accommodation in Barcelona for the event.

Organising Committee

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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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Submission to the Acta Conventus Neolatini Lovaniensis 2022

Dear participants of the IANLS congress,

A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful IANLS congress in Leuven, and the local organisers did a great job for all of us. Now, it is time to think about the publication of the proceedings. For general information about the Acta Conventus Neo-Latini, see: Publication of the Acta.

If you want to publish your paper in the Acta Conventus Neo-Latini, please, have a look at the style sheet and send your article (max. 28,000 characters, including spaces and footnotes) by 30 November 2022 to: florian.schaffenrath@neolatin.lbg.ac.at.

Remember that only participants who presented their paper personally at the congress, are allowed to publish it in the Acta.

After a formal check of your submission, we will send it to at least two peer reviewers, and we will let you know about their comments and reviews as soon as we get them. In the end, we will only be able to publish a selection of c. 50–60 papers.

If you have any further questions, please, write to Florian Schaffenrath. I am looking forward to receiving your submission, and together with Dirk Sacré, I will do my best to publish the volume in due time.

All the best,
Florian Schaffenrath
General Editor of the Acta Conventus Neo-Latini