CfP: LECTIO Doctoral Seminar Jill Kraye

CfP: LECTIO Doctoral Seminar Jill Kraye

Seminar Date: 17 May 2018

Every year, LECTIO awards the LECTIO Chair to a renowned scholar specialized in one of the disciplines studied by LECTIO researchers. Holder of the 2018 LECTIO Chair is Prof. Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute). On Thursday 17 May 2018, she will give a doctoral seminar on “The Humanist as Philosopher and the Philosopher as Humanist”. The aim of this seminar is to explore the collaboration and cross-fertilization between Renaissance humanists and Renaissance philosophers. Although there was a rough division of labour between humanists and philosophers, the disciplinary borders between them were not as rigid as they have sometimes been portrayed in the past. When it came to examining the philosophical traditions which had flourished in antiquity, the boundaries between humanists and philosophers were instead fluid, fluctuating and punctuated by instances of interchange and interaction. Recent research has highlighted the humanist interests of philosophers such as Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Marsilio Ficino, along with the philosophical interests of humanists such as Angelo Poliziano and Ermolao Barbaro. There is, however, much more evidence to be uncovered in learned treatises, orations, philosophical commentaries, lecture notes, correspondence and the margins of manuscripts and early printed books.

LECTIO invites PhD students and postdocs to submit proposals on the philosophical pursuits of Renaissance humanists, the humanist pursuits of Renaissance philosophers or the collaborations between humanists and philosophers. The timespan is from the 14th to the 17th century, and the geographical area encompasses all of Europe. A one-page description of the proposed paper and a short CV should be submitted no later than 13 April 2018 to

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