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Transnational Renaissance

The Making of a Modern Idea Between Germany and Italy

Event info

  • today from 20/11/2023 to 24/11/2023
  • place Villa Vigoni
  • lock_outlineBy invitation
  • Coordination

    Dr. Alessio Cotugno, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia;
    Jun.-Prof. Mario Meliadò, Siegen;
    Dr. Cecilia Muratori, Queen Mary University of London   

This symposium is devoted to the linguistic, historical and philosophical genealogy of the modern concept of Renaissance. It casts light especially on the appropriation and transformation of German scholarship in 19th-century Italy (directly, or via France). The hypothesis that we will explore collaboratively is that this transfer of knowledge led to a new definition of Renaissance, both as a word and as an idea. We want to investigate the different reactions stimulated by the reception in Italy of classical accounts of the Renaissance, especially those by Hegel, Tennemann, Michelet and up to Burckhardt.  Combining paper presentations with reading seminars, the symposium addresses philosophical historiography as a practice founded on international exchange, inquiring into its intellectual, political and social motives.