CFP: Early Modern Rome IV

Early Modern Rome 4

University of California in Rome–UCEAP
Rome, Italy

15-17 October 2020 

Early modern Rome was contradictory and complex; its vernacular and high culture animated and rich. From Petrarch’s crowning as Poet Laureate on the Capitoline in 1341 to the pontificate of Alexander VII Chigi in 1667, this conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to investigate the city proper as well as the campagna romana through a variety of different approaches and methods. 

The resounding response to previous Early Modern Rome conferences in May 2010 and October 2013 and October 2017—76 papers from 9 different countries and 119 papers from 12 countries and 136 papers from 14 countries—mirrored the complex mix of the city itself and the changing face of early modern studies. We encourage papers from a range of disciplines—history, art and architectural history, literature, music, dance, religious studies, philosophy, history of medicine or science, diplomacy, gender, or others—to bring together in a single venue those whose research focuses on the city of Rome or the countryside surrounding Rome. 

As before, the first two days of the conference will take place in the city at the cultural institutions in and around piazza dell’Orologio, and the last day of the conference will instead be held at the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano. 

Given that the organizers wish to foster dialogue with other researchers, we encourage the submission of single papers rather than complete sessions. Complete sessions will be accepted, although we reserve the right to reconfigure them on the basis of other proposals, if we deem it advisable.

Please send a one-page CV and an abstract of 150 words to by September 15, 2019. Participants will be notified by October 30, 2019. 

Paolo Alei & Julia L. Hairston

Conference sponsored by the University of California, Rome with ACCENT and with the collaboration of the Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, the Archivio Storico Capitolino, the Casa delle Letterature, and the Castello Orsini-Odescalchi di Bracciano.