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Sept. 8: IIS Mini-Conference: The Pleasure Principle: Aesthetics, Knowledge, and Politics in Medicean Florence

Please join us for a mini-conference in English and Italian discussing Professor DĂ©borah Blocker’s forthcoming book, Le Principe de plaisir: esthĂ©tique, savoirs et politique dans la Florence des MĂ©dicis (XVIe-XVIIe) and its central claims, as well as the academic and civic culture of early modern Italy and the history of aesthetics more generally.

Friday, Sept. 8 2017 from 9:00AM to 6:00PM in 4125A Dwinelle

Conference Program:

INTRODUCTION (9:00 — 9:25AM ): Déborah Blocker (French, UC Berkeley)

FIRST SESSION (9:30 — 10:45 AM):
Re-examining Florentine academic culture

Chair: Diego Pirillo (Italian Studies, UC Berkeley); Maria-Pia Paoli (early modern Italian history, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Arthur Field (Italian Renaissance history, University of Indiana at Bloomington), Francesco Martelli (curator of Medicean collections at the Archivio di Stato di Firenze).


SECOND SESSION (11:15 AM — 12:30 PM):
Politics, literature and aesthetics in Renaissance Florence (I)

Chair: Albert Ascoli (Italian Studies, UC Berkeley), Diego Pirillo (Italian Studies, UC Berkeley), Jane Tylus (Italian and Comparative Literature, New York University)


THIRD SESSION  (2:00 PM — 3:15 PM):
Politics, literature and aesthetics in Renaissance Florence (II)

Chair: Jane Tylus (Italian and Comparative Literature, New York University); Jean-Louis Fournel (Italian Studies, University of Paris VIII and the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon), Jennifer MacKenzie (Italian Studies, UC Berkeley and Franklin and Marshall College).


FOURTH SESSION (3:45 PM — 5 :00 PM):
Academies, opera and power in Renaissance Italy

Chair: Louise George Clubb (Italian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley); Tim Carter (Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Wendy Heller (Music and Italian Studies, Princeton University).