Renaissance Studies and Italian Studies at Princeton University Annual Conference April 24th and 25th 2010

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The Programs in Italian Studies and Renaissance Studies are pleased to announce a joint Graduate Student Conference on April 24-25. The Keynote Speaker will be Dale Kent, Professor of History, University of California-Riverside. Professor Kent is a renowned historian of fifteenth-century Florence and is currently working on The Vocabulary of Power in Early Medicean Florence, a study of social, political and artistic patronage and the relations between them.

The goal of the conference is to bring together students from a variety of disciplines who focus on Renaissance Studies or those with interests in all aspects of Italian Studies from ancient to modern times. The first day of the conference will focus on the theme "Seeing and Being Seen: Concepts of Privacy in the Early Modern World." On day 2 we will open the conference to consider Italian Studies from a multi-disciplinary perspective from ancient to modern times.

Seeing and Being Seen:
Concepts of Privacy in the Early Modern World

This first segment of our conference will explore the role of privacy in shaping the cultural identity of Early Modern Europeans. Privacy is a concept that has many different meanings and has changed throughout time, from secret government councils to public rituals surrounding birth, marriage, and death. It defines a society's behavior and social norms. What behaviors are private and what are public? How did Europeans react upon meeting other civilizations with different standards for public and private behavior? What happened when an individual violated accepted standards of privacy?

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Public vs. private selves; initiation into secretive or restricted societies; the public face of government vs. the closed proceedings of privy councils and secret agreements; secret, private, and forbidden religious or other practices; works of literature and art meant for public or private audiences; privacy of meaning in literary or artistic works; voyeurism; public and private displays of gender and sexuality.

"All Roads Lead to Rome": Italian Studies Across the Disciplines

From the study of Ancient Rome to the politics of modern day Italy, scholars have been fascinated by the special allure of the Italian peninsula. For day two of our conference, we invite scholars from any discipline to present work on any aspect of Italian history, art, culture, science, or politics.

Paper submissions:
Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts no longer than 350 words for a presentation of up to twenty minutes. Abstracts must be submitted by February 25th, 2010 to