Mariana Françozo organiseert in oktober een driedaags congres in Leiden over de Historia Naturalis Brasiliae, het boek uit 1648 van Georg Marcgraf en Willem Piso – geredigeerd door Johannes de Laet – dat geldt als een vroege encyclopedie van de tropische natuur in Brazilië (http://www.research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/global/news/grant-winners-2015.html). Françozo heeft nog niemand gevonden die iets zinnigs kan zeggen over de taal waarin het boek geschreven is, Latijn. Heeft een van u tips voor de spreker? Gelieve contact op te nemen met Michiel van Groesen: m.van.groesen@hum.leidenuniv.nl. (DvM)

Proposals are sought for individual papers of 20 minutes, or panels of up to four papers, to be sponsored by the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies at the 2017 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, to be held in Chicago, 30 March to 1 April. Proposals should include the information requested on the RSA website, http://www.rsa.org/page/2017Chicago#prop, under ‘What’s in a proposal?’ Everyone who presents at the annual meeting must be a member of RSA at the time of the meeting. Proposals should be sent to Craig Kallendorf, at kalendrf@tamu.edu, by May 29. Proposals will be refereed and everyone will be informed about whether or not the proposal has been accepted by the second week of June.

CfP – Epistolary Cultures (York, maart 2016)

The University of York is pleased to announce Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe, a two-day conference (Humanities Research Centre, 18-19 March 2016).

From the place of Cicero’s intimate letters in the development of Renaissance humanism, to the knowledge networks of merchants, collectors and scientists, to the role of women in the republic of letters, recent years have seen a flowering of studies on the practice of letter-writing in Early Modern Europe, as well as major editing projects of early modern letters – Hartlib, Comenius, Scaliger, Casaubon, Browne, Greville, and the EMLO and Cultures of Knowledge projects. This conference will explore the manifold aspects of early modern letter-writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in its Latin and vernacular forms. It will consider topics such as the intellectual geographies of letter-writing, the connections between vernacular and Latin letter cultures, questions of genre, rhetoric and style, as well as the political, religious, and scientific uses of letters.  Keynote speakers include Henry Woudhuysen and Andrew Zurcher.

Other speakers include: Tom Charlton James Daybell, Johanna Harris Joe Moshenska, Alison Searle, Richard Serjeantson

Papers might explore: Rhetoric and letter writing, Humanism and the republic of letters, The early modern secretary, Women and the republic of letters, The classical and the biblical letter in early modern thought, Letters and the professions – law, trade, war and diplomacy, Materials of letter writing: paper, pen, parchment, seals, The personal letter: friends and family, Love letters, Writing disaster: plague and war letters, Geographies of letter writing, Scientific letters, Petition letters, Royal letters, Prison letters, Collections and the publishing of letters, Verse epistles, Epistolary fiction, Dedicatory and prefatory letters, Case studies.

Applications: please send a 250-500 word abstract and c.v. to Kevin Killeen (kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk) and Freya Sierhuis (freya.sierhuis@york.ac.uk) before 27 April. We welcome applications from beginning and mid-career researchers, as well as established scholars

The Afterlife of Cicero (Warburg Institute, 7–8 May 2015)

Call for Papers

The Warburg Institute, the Institute of Classical Studies and the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London will be hosting an international conference on the afterlife of Cicero in London on 7–8 May 2015, organised by Peter Mack, Gesine Manuwald, John North and Maria Wyke.

We invite 40-minute papers about the impact of Cicero’s writings and personality on intellectual and cultural history, on the visual arts, philosophy, politics, rhetoric and literature. Since so much of Cicero’s writings is extant, they cover a wide variety of genres and topics, and we are also able to get a glimpse of his personality from his letters, Cicero has had an enormous influence on western culture. By examining a diverse series of significant case studies, the conference aims to make a contribution to assessing Cicero’s impact more fully. Papers dealing with any period between late antiquity and 1900 will be especially welcome. Aspects of particular interest include Cicero’s role for early Christian writers, in the middle Ages, in the Ciceronian debate, for the American founding fathers and the French revolution, for the development of modern democracies and political rhetoric and in (early-)modern literature.
The conference will take place in the Warburg Institute; the proceedings will be jointly published by the two Institutes as Supplements to the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. We shall ask the authors for publishable versions of the papers three months after the conference.

If you have a suggestion for a paper that you would like us to consider, please submit a title, an abstract (of up to 300 words) and a brief CV (up to one page) by 11 July 2014 to Jane Ferguson, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB or warburg@sas.ac.uk.