Burckhardt at 200

Event Date: 
31 May 2018 to 01 Jun 2018


An interdisciplinary conference to be held at the British Academy, London


The bicentenary of the birth of the Swiss scholar, Jacob Burckhardt (25 May 1818 - 8 August 1897), author of Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860), seems an appropriate moment at which take stock and consider whether or not the idea of an ‘Italian Renaissance’ is still a hermeneutically helpful one. This conference will task an interdisciplinary team of scholars of Renaissance studies as well as of Burckhardt himself to interrogate both the Swiss historian’s own agenda as well as the contemporary validity and helpfulness of the label ‘Italian Renaissance’. Specific reference will be made to the themes treated in his classic account: the state as a work of art; development of the individual; revival of antiquity; discovery of the world and of man; society and festivals; morality and religion.


Speakers: Robert Black (Leeds, Emeritus), Jill Burke (Edinburgh), Virginia Cox (NYU Villa La Pietra, Florence), Wietse de Boer (Miami, Ohio), Marco Gentile (Parma), Mary Laven (Cambridge), Mikkel Mangold (Basel), Giuseppe Marcocci (Oxford), Sarah Ross (Boston), Nicholas Terpstra (Toronto), Joan-Pau Rubies (Barcelona Pompeu Fabre), Will Stenhouse (Yeshiva, New York), Claudia Wedepohl (Warburg Institute) and Barbara von Reibnitz (Basel)


Convenors: Stefan Bauer and Simon Ditchfield (York), Michelle O’Malley (Warburg Institute, London)


Thanks to the generosity of the Society for Renaissance Studies, it will be possible to offer up to ten bursaries to cover the full conference fee for postgraduate students (but not travel or accommodation). Those who are interested in applying for a bursary should send a CV together with a short (250 word max) statement explaining how the conference theme relates to their own research to Simon Ditchfield by Friday 5 January 2018. Successful applicants will be advised two weeks later (by 19 January)


Any enquiries should be directed, in the first instance, to Professor Simon Ditchfield, Department of History, University of York, YORK YO10 5DD, UK at simon.ditchfield@york.ac.uk