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In this talk, Professor Corey Tazzara (History, Scripps College) examines the process by which Italian regimes opened their ports to foreigners in the waning years of the Renaissance. Prompted by commercial rivalries, the opening of Italy’s ports led to unprecedented freedoms of persons and property for foreign merchants. It also led to the transformation of customs regimes so that goods became an object of legislation independent of the merchants who traded in them. Professor Tazzara will conclude by discussing the implications of free trade in Italy for our understanding of economic organization in the Mediterranean during the early modern era.
This one-day symposium considers the legacy and significance of the German-Jewish scholar, Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), who fled Hitler's Germany first to Istanbul and then to the U.S. after World War Two. Auerbach's groundbreaking work on the impact of exegetical modes of thinking (“Figura,” 1938) on Western styles of representation from antiquity to the twentieth century (Mimesis, 1946) helped shape the modern discipline of Comparative Literature. A keynote address by Jacques Rancière will be followed by two lectures (Emily Apter and Roland Greene) and a roundtable (Efrain Kristal, Amir Mufti, Jane O. Newman, Martin Treml, and Christopher Warley). Sponsored by the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, the Program in Experimental Critical Theory, and the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.
In Paradise Lost, any certainty about the universe’s structure is a joke. Wandering and uncertainty lead to growth, while assurance causes error. In this roundtable talk, Dr. Valerie Shepard (UCLA) will explore the links between uncertainty and Milton’s universe in Paradise Lost, and respond to John Leonard’s reading of Milton’s cosmos in Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970 (2013).
Michael Allen (UCLA) speaks on “The Allure of a Great Error: Marsilio Ficino and Dionysius the Areopagite” in honor of Brian Copenhaver, the Steven F. and Christine L. Udvar‐Hazy Professor of Philosophy at UCLA.
This conference examines the experience of war as a seminal factor in the formation of identity within the Italian context and the ways this complex issue has been treated in literature and film. Professors Selena Daly (University College Dublin) and Gabriele Pedullà (Università Roma Tre) are keynote speakers. Organized by the UCLA Department of Italian and the Italian Graduate Student Association.
In honor of Brian Copenhaver, the Steven F. and Christine L. Udvar‐Hazy Professor of Philosophy at UCLA.
Despite textual and iconographic representations to the contrary, intellectual work in the Renaissance was routinely carried out with the help of others. As a complement to recent work on various forms of collaboration in early modern authorship, Ann Blair (Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard University) examines the roles of amanuenses, broadly defined as those who helped an author in the process of composing and writing a work, including servants, family members, and students. Professor Blair will focus on the work performed by helpers (which tasks were considered appropriate to delegate and which not, and which tasks were actually delegated), the dynamics of the relationships involved (ranging from generosity to fraud, affection to resentment), and the role of printing in both obscuring but also occasionally bringing their work to light.
In this talk, Jessica Goldberg (History, UCLA) re-visits one of the perennial problems facing historians—the fundamental act of reading, and how it arises anew when we are faced with new kinds of material. The mercantile writing discovered in the Cairo Geniza looks completely uncomposed and careless. Professor Goldberg discusses her methods of uncovering the norms that governed this and other kinds of “everyday” writing in the Islamic world, and how understanding these norms allows us to understand the culture and infrastructure of medieval Islamic business.