June 20, 2017 - June 22, 2017

The dynamics of the relationship with the more recent past in early-modern Europe:

between rejection and acknowledgement

From a cultural standpoint, our attitude towards our predecessors reflects on how we define ourselves. This has probably never been more true than for the groups of intellectuals, artists, and cultural elites that at the cross-over of what we now see as two different historical periods started to think of their age as a new era, distinct from the younger past, grounding this distinction on their renewed relationship with the more remote era of the ancient cultures of Rome and Greece. We have inherited from them this way of thinking about our history, albeit with several modifications. Nowadays this image of an abrupt break with a past of gloom and stagnation is under strong suspicion, like a myth; and just as all myths do, it unfolded and metamorphosed over the centuries that separate us from those ancestors into whose thought can be traced back the roots of this idea of Renaissance as a time of innovation and revival of learning, wisdom and art after a long period of decline.

The aim of this cross-disciplinary international symposium, to be held as the culmination of a year-long LE STUDIUM project at the CESR entitled “Middle Ages in Renaissance”, is to explore the early-modern perceived reality of the continuities and the disruptions between the two ages, in connection with but nevertheless besides their objective actuality. Examining the numerous aspects and fields in which this conception of a time that had interposed between the antiquity and its renewed admirers manifests itself, the symposium will provide an all-round view of the different renaissant perspectives towards it, thus contributing to a better comprehension of our perception of our history.

The languages of the symposium are English and French.


Dr Maria Clotilde Camboni

Le Studium – Marie Slodowska Curie Research Fellow, in residence at CESR (Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance - UMR 7323 CNRS - University François-Rabelais of Tours), FR.
From Département des Langues et Littératures - Domaine Italien, University of Fribourg, CH

Pr Chiara Lastraioli

CESR (Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance - UMR 7323 CNRS - University François-Rabelais Tours), FR

MSH (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Val de Loire  - USR 3501, Director)

Main topics

Middle Ages  ; Renaissance ; Medieval influence on Renaissance humanism ; Renaissance view of the Middle Ages ; Renaissance Studies ; Renaissance Arts ; Renaissance History ; Renaissance Literature ; Renaissance Philosophy


  • Dr Laura Banella, Duke University – USA
  • Pr Johannes Bartuschat, Universität Zürich , Romanisches Seminar – SWITZERLAND
  • Dr Giada Damen, The Morgan Library & Museum - New York – USA
  • Pr Paola Degni, University of Bologna- Department of Cultural Heritage – ITALY
  • Pr Simon Gilson, University of Warwick – UK
  • Pr Bruno Laurioux, University François Rabelais of Tours – France
  • Pr Fosca Mariani Zini, Université de Lille - FRANCE
  • Pr Concetta Pennuto, University François Rabelais of Tours – FRANCE
  • Pr Yves Pauwels, Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) de Tours – FRANCE
  • Pr Pietro Roccasecca, Accademia di Belle Arti, Roma  - ITALY
  • Dr Valentina Sebastiani, Universität Basel - SWITZERLAND 
  • Dr Sandra Toffolo, Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) de Tours – FRANCE


Public institutions 75 EUR
Students & PhD scholars 50 EUR

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