Call for papers: The Academies of Venice and the Veneto

Event Date: 
17 Sep 2012 to 18 Sep 2012

Call for papers
Panel: The Academies of Venice and the Veneto

In the context of:
The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the First Intellectual Networks of Early Modern Europe - International Conference: London 17/18 September 2012

Sixteenth-century Venice was famous for its relatively open forms of cultural gatherings and innovative forms of associated productions. Besides compagne della calza, there were circles of printers and poligrafi such as Manuzio and Aretino, ridotti like that of Domenico Venier - which welcomed women including Veronica Franco, and later the 'salon' of the Jewish writer Sara Copio Sullam (1591?-1641). Formal literary academies, which began to proliferate from c.1530 over the Italian peninsula, however developed rather belatedly in Venice and initially in relatively limited numbers, in contrast with its terraferma dominions - especially Padua. This panel aims to explore the socio-political factors that affected the development of the academic movement in Venice and its territories together with the specific cultural activities of academies in this region.

Questions may include, but are not confined to the following:
*        What was the attitude of Venetian authorities towards academies within the city and in its subject cities over the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?
*       What were the connections between formally constituted academies and other kinds of cultural gatherings in Venice?
*       How far were the activities of the academies of the Venetian terraferma controlled by Venetian authorites; how do they represent a form of local cultural independence or even resistence?
*         What was the contribution of specific academies from the Veneto to literary, philosophical, religious, musical and theatrical production, and theoretical debate?

Please send an abstract (100-200 words) and brief CV to Lisa Sampson ( by 31 January 2012.

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