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The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World: Petrarch and Boccaccio between the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance

Jun 11, 2014 - Jun 12, 2014
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ms. Ham. 204, f. 1r
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ms. Ham. 204, f. 1r

The Unity of Knowledge
Internationally renowned scholars are invited to discuss and rethink the historical, intellectual, and literary roles of Petrarch and Boccaccio between the great model of Dante’s encyclopedia, and the ideas of a double or multifaceted culture in the era of Italian Renaissance Humanism. In his lyrical poems and Latin treatises, Petrarch, on the one hand, created a cultural pattern that was both Christian and Classical, exercising immense influence on the Western World in the centuries to come. Boccaccio, on the other hand, translated this pattern into his own vernacular narratives and erudite works, ultimately claiming as his own achievement the reconstructed unity of the Ancient Greek and Latin world in his contemporary age. The Conference aims to reconsider Petrarch’s and Boccaccio’s intellectual and literary heritages from different perspectives (philosophical, theological, historical, philological, paleographical, literarily, theoretically), and to investigate how these heritages shaped the cultural transition between the end of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era.

Conference Program
17.30 Guided Tour of the Italian Embassy and Greeting of The Ambassador
9.30-10.00 Arrival and Registration for Panelists
10.00-10.30 Welcome Greetings and Introductory Remarks by
Prof. Joachim Küpper – Dahlem Humanities Center
H.E. Elio Menzione, The Italian Ambassador in Berlin
Prof. Bernhard Huss – Italienzentrum Berlin
Dr. Igor Candido – Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
Panel I: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio
10.30-11.15 Manuele Gragnolati (University of Oxford, UK), Francesca Southerden (Wellesley College, USA)
“From Paradox to Exclusivity: Dante’s and Petrarch’s Lyrical Eschatologies”
11.15-12.00 Gerhard Regn (LMU München, Germany)
“The incipit of the Decameron: Boccaccio, Dante and the Epistemic Index of Storytelling”
12.00-12.45 Igor Candido (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
“Dante’s Theological Judgment and Boccaccio’s Suspension of Assent”
12.45-14.30 Break
Panel II: Petrarch
14.30-15.15 H. Wayne Storey (Indiana University, USA)
“The Formation of Knowledge and Petrarch's Books”
15.15-16.00 Karl A. E. Enenkel (Münster Universität, Germany):
“Sacra solitudo. The Construction of the Sacred Space in Petrarch's De vita solitaria”
16.00-16.15 Break
16.15-17.00 Christopher S. Celenza (American Academy in Rome and Johns Hopkins University, USA)
“Petrarch and the History of Philosophy”
17.00-17.45 Ronald Witt (Duke University, USA)
“Petrarch and the Creation of the Christian Humanism”
17.45-18.15  Final Discussion
Panel III: Boccaccio
10.00-10.45 Andreas Kablitz (Universität Köln, Germany)
“Boccaccio’s Poetics. Remarks on the Proemio of the Decameron”
10.45-11.30 Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University, USA)
“Boccaccio’s Novel Hecuba: Beritola in the Light of Ovid’s Metamorphoses”
11.30-11.45 Break
11.45-12.30 Marco Petoletti (Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy)
“Boccaccio, i classici e il Medioevo latino”
12.30-13.15 Paolo Cherchi (University of Chicago, USA)
“Gli inventori delle cose nel De genealogia di Boccaccio”
13.15-15.00  Break
Panel IV: Petrarch, Boccaccio, and Beyond
15.00-15.45 Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University, USA)
“Boccaccio's Critique of Petrarch”
15.45-16.30 Renzo Bragantini (Università La Sapienza di Roma, Italy)
“Petrarca, Boccaccio, e lo spazio della letteratura volgare”
16.30-16.45 Break
16.45-17.30 Giorgio Ficara (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy)
“Petrarca e la fiaba delle fondazioni (Fam. I, 4)”
17.30-18.15 Giulio Ferroni (Università La Sapienza di Roma, Italy)
“Tra Petrarca e Boccaccio. Strategie della fine”
18.15-19.00 Final Discussion and Conclusive Remarks
10.00-12.00 Manuscript Exhibition at the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Handschriftenabteilung,
Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin

Introduction by Dott. Giuliano Staccioli
Presentations by Dott. Giuliano Staccioli and Dr. Igor Candido

Concept and organization by Igor Candido, with the collaboration and support of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the Dahlem Humanities Center and the Italienzentrum of Freie Universität Berlin.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Igor Candido, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow


Zeit & Ort

Jun 11, 2014 - Jun 12, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin „Rostlaube“, Seminarzentrum, Raum L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem