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Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Pirandello: Remo Bodei in Melbourne and Sydney

imagesThe philosopher Remo Bodei will be giving talks in Melbourne and Sydney in March. Time, eternity, history: Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli is the title of his talk (in English) at the Italian Cultural Institute, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra, on Thursday 9 March at 6.30pm (free, booking essential). On Friday March 10, at Co.As.It. – Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, he will be talking (in Italian) on Pirandello e la dissoluzione della personalità (free, booking essential), a lecture to mark the 150th anniversary of Pirandello’s birth. He will also be giving this talk in Sydney on 13 March, 4 – 5.30pm, in the Dept of Italian at the University of Sydney (registration here). On March 15, 6 – 7.30pm, he will talk on Memory and Forgetting: A Conflicting Complicity at the State Library of New South Wales (Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building: information for registration here) . For details of the contents of the talks Continue reading

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Machiavelli in the British Isles

PETRINA JKT(240x159)PATHIn the century before the first printed English translation of Machiavelli’s The Prince appeared in 1640, at least four translations in English had circulated in manuscript form. The only one which was not anonymous was produced in Scotland ‘virtuously and valiantlye  and with great and magnanime courage’ by William Fowler, poet, courtier and former spy who enjoyed the company of heretics and was therefore attracted to the task of diffusing a text under Papal ban. Alessandra Petrina (University of Padova), author of Machiavelli in the British Isles (Ashgate, 2009) will give a talk under that title, co-sponsored by the Museo Italiano and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne, at the Museo Italiano, 189 Faraday Street, Carlton, on Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 10:00 – 11.3oam. The talk will focus on Anglo-Italian relations in early modern Europe and the reception of a book that was often used as a tool to learn the Italian language. Professor Petrina will complement it with a session from 12:00 – 1:30pm providing a contemporary view on the teaching of English in primary and secondary schools in Italy.

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Italian Research Seminars in Sydney

Usyd_new_logoThe  Department of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney is running a series of research seminars in March and April this year. Following the recent talk by Ara Merjan, ‘The Zero Moment of History’: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Abstraction, Neocapital‘, (reprised at the University of Melbourne on Thursday 10 March, 6:30pm – 7:45pm, in Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building), Kathleen Olive will present ‘A Metaphor of Tuscany in the Codex Rustici‘ on Thursday 24 March at 4.15pm in the SLC Common Room 536, Brennan MacCallum Bldg. On Thursday 14 April at 4.15pm Hillary Gatti will give a talk entitled ‘Machiavelli’s Role in the Conquest of Pisa: a Contradiction in Terms?‘ (SLC Common Room 536, Brennan MacCallum Bldg). And on Thursday 21 April at 4.15pm Maria Cristina Mauceri will present ‘Italian Transcultural Theatre: the Conflict between Italians and Africans in the Productions of the Teatro delle Albe di Ravenna‘ (SLC Common Room 524, Brennan MacCallum Bldg). For further information, contact Francesco Borghesi (also on +61 2 9351 7131).

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-84

280px-Santi_di_Tito_-_Niccolo_Machiavelli's_portrait_headcrop‘Quel grande che temprando lo scettro a’ regnatori gli allori ne sfronda, e alle genti svela di che lagrime grondi e di che sangue..’ disse Ugo Foscolo davanti al monumento, un’interpretazione non condivisa da tutti. Anzi, sembra ad alcuni che quel grande tenne il piede in due staffe, restando in bilico perenne tra rafforzamento e smascheramento del potere.

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Something New on Machiavelli

7-ITC27013coverThe latest issue of Italian Culture (Sept 2014 vol.32, no.2) is dedicated to Machiavelli, introduced by Francesco Borghesi (Sydney), with contributions by Jean-Louis Fournel (Université Paris 8), James Hankins (Harvard), Diego Quaglioni (Trento) and Nicole Hochner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The issue is part of the celebrations (if that is the right word) of the five-hundredth anniversary of the completion of The Prince and is also designed to make better known in English-speaking countries the work of scholars of Machiavelli and Renaissance political philosophy from elsewhere. (Also an opportunity to remind Deans: Dal momento che l’amore e la paura possono difficilmente coesistere, se dobbiamo scegliere fra uno dei due, è molto più sicuro essere temuti che amati).

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THE PRINCE AT 500

Power of Luxury flierTo mark the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli’s composition of The Prince, a group of Italian, Australian and US institutions –  the Embassy of Italy in Canberra, the Australian Institute of Art History of the University of Melbourne (Melbourne), the Fondazione per l’Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Milan and Florence), the Museo Poldi Pezzoli (Milan), the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence and Naples) and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Los Angeles) – has organised a series of international symposia with the participation of leading Renaissance scholars. The first, The Power of Luxury: Art and Culture at the Italian Courts in Machiavelli’s Lifetime, will be held at the University of Melbourne on 19-20 February 2013. Registration is free, and the programme, abstracts and details of the location can be found here.

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Hard-Boiled Ladies Beware the Chicken, Caponised or Otherwise

Catherine Kovesi   University of Melbourne

When I was a child I used to love looking through my mother’s autograph book. It was a beautiful, soft, suede covered book, bound together with suede string ties. And it was full of the most wonderful autographs and sketches from people Catherine 1she had associated with whilst she was a student at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. One of the entries, in particular, I loved. It was a detailed drawing of a man in Renaissance costume, and thanked my mother for her efforts at sewing ‘sleeves within sleeves within sleeves’. Of course I didn’t realise it at the time, but the entry was by Frawley Becker, then a student at the Ruskin College of Art in Oxford, and later a voice coach to the stars in Hollywood. He had designed the costumes for a production of Machiavelli’s play La Mandragola, in a new translation by the great John Hale who was also the producer, and who, in 1956, was in his first academic post as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford.

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