The Venetian Seminar

Event Date: 
11 May 2019

10:30 to 17:00, Oxford Brookes University


The Venetian Seminar is a peripatetic one-day workshop with a long tradition of participation by scholars of history, art history, literature and linguistics who study Venice and Italy. It is convened on a yearly basis by Alex Bamji (Leeds), Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck), and Mary Laven (Cambridge). The Seminar brings together established scholars, early career researchers, and postgraduate students in a format designed to promote awareness of the latest research in the field, and to maximise discussion. Warm thanks to Ioanna Iordanou and Jane Stevens Crawshaw for hosting this year’s seminar. We are very grateful for the generous support of the School of History, Philosophy and Culture and Oxford Brookes Business School.



10.30  Coffee 


Oren Margolis (Villa I Tatti/Harvard): The Venetian Myth of Aldus Manutius 

Marie-Louise Lillywhite (Middlebury College): Reforming Art in Renaissance Venice: The Censor and Censorship 


Chair: Louise Bourdua (Warwick) 

12.30  Lunch break 


Jane Stevens Crawshaw (Oxford Brookes): Weeping trees and self- sacrificing fish: health, environments and miracles in early modernVenice and Chios 

Solène Rivoal (Aix-Marseille): Fish and the city: Venice’s seafood market in the eighteenth century 


Chair: Paul Davies (Reading) 

15.00  Tea 


Tamsin Prideaux (Edinburgh): Social networks and family ties in immigrant mercantile communities in Venice, 1550-1700 

Ioanna Iordanou (Oxford Brookes): Venice’s Secret Service: Intelligence organization in the Renaissance 


Chair: Thomas Goodwin (Oxford)


There is no registration fee, but numbers are limited due to the size of the venue. Please email to reserve a space.