Public Lectures - 2013 Archive

The Crone, The Witch, and The Library in Renaissance Italy

The Crone, The Witch, and The Library

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29 November 2013

Seminar presented by Dr Patricia Simons, Professor of the History of Art and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr Simons examines the ways in which renewed attention to antiquityduring the Renaissance reinvigorated misogynist stereotypes of old women, as well as bringing new evidence to the emerging discourse about witches, hence shaping for the hag a vivid pictorial presence. Proof for the threatening female figure was drawn from the humanist's library of classical authors, many cited in Giovanfrancesco Pico della Mrandola's Stryx (1523), which stated that witches were "ancient in essence and new is accidents." Dr Francesco Borghesis from the Department of Italian Studies at the Universityof Sydney will provide a response. This seminar has been organised by the Undoing the Ancient research group.

Hero and Villain: Lafayette's Legacies


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12 November 2013

Public lecture presented by Professor Laura Auricchio on the subject of her forthcoming book, The Marquis, a visually informed biography. Co-presented with Sydney Ideas.

Does Western Philosophy have Non-Western Roots?


8 November 2013

A Sydney Ideas public lecture presented by Professor Michael Forster (International Center for Philosophy, Bonn University) on the ninteenth-century German debate concerning the roots of Western philosophy. Co-presented with the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

The Average Native and the Incommensurable Native


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26 September 2013

Paper presented by Professor Tim Rowse on his current research into episodes in the quantitative representation of colonised Indigenous people. A network partner event sponsored by SIHN @ UWS.

Genealogies of Internationalism


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19 August 2013

A salon discussion by Professor David Armitage (Harvard University) and Professor Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney) about the ideas behind their new books: