Bologna: cultural crossroad of Italy
In cooperation with Faculty of Humanities
Long neglected by scholars, medieval and Renaissance Bologna is now recognized as a centre of economic, political-constitutional, legal, and intellectual innovation - as the city that served as the cultural crossroads of Italy. In this event we celebrate the presentation of 'A Companion to medieval and Renaissance Bologna' and look into the history of this city.
Bologna’s distinctive achievements and its transition from medieval commune to second largest city of the Renaissance Papal State is illuminated by essays that present the work of current historians, many made available in English for the first time, from the broadest possible perspective: from the material city with its porticoes, the conflicts that brought bloodshed and turmoil to its streets, the disputations of masters and students, and to the masterpieces of artists who laid the foundations for Baroque art. During this presentation, we will be joined by three of the book’s contributors and two local experts. The discussants will offer brief presentations followed by a critical discussion to situate Bologna within Europe’s larger urban network.
About the speakers
Maartje van Gelder is assistant professor of early modern history at the University of Amsterdam, where she also coordinates the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History. She specialises in the social, cultural and political history of Venice.
Guy Geltner is professor of medieval history at the University of Amsterdam and former director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He has studied the medieval Italian history of crime and punishment, the mendicant orders, and (most recently) public health, on which he contributed a chapter to the present volume.
Nicholas Terpstra is professor of early modern history and departmental chair at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on the social and religious history of Renaissance Italy and early modern Europe, engaging most recently in digital history as well. To this volume he contributed a chapter on confraternities and civic society.
Angela De Benedictis is professor of early modern history at the University of Bologna. She specialises in that era’s Italian and European political and intellectual history. To this volume she has contributed a chapter on the Bolognese government between the 14th and the 16th century.
Hans Cools is professor of early modern history at the KU Leuven. He has published widely on the social and political history of Italy, France and the Netherlands.
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