Fools and Folly in Early Modern Europe

Event Date: 
18 Feb 2012

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

This one-day symposium on Fools and Folly in Early Modern Europe will bring together historians, art-historians and literary scholars from the UK, Europe and beyond to discuss their recent research. While the 'wisdom' of folly in the early modern period has become a familiar concept, it has lacked significant cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural investigation. This symposium will include papers on Erasmus's character of Folly; the fools of Tudor interludes, French 'soties' and Shakespeare; king's fools and court jesters; carnivals and festive folly; and the representation of folly in art. Speakers will examine and consider the many manifestations of folly in early modern Europe and consider its different political, religious and social purposes. The event will also, via roundtable discussions, invite contributions about other directions  in research on folly, and related foolish things.

For further information see: 

https://www.soton.ac.uk/cmrc/news/conferences/2011_12/18_fools_and_folly.html