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Hilary Events 2019

Hilary Term 2019

Guide to all Italy-related events

In order to provide you with a useful guide, the following list comprises all events organised by ISO and other associations:




Thursday 28 February, 5.15pm

Daniele Albertazzi (University of Birmingham)

“The remarkable transformation of the Lega Nord under Matteo

Salvini: from regionalist populist to populist radical right”

First Floor Lecture Room 1, 47 Wellington Square







Monday 14th Jan

Alessandra Aloisi (University of Warwick)
'Éloge des oiseaux. The Ornithological Imaginary in Leopardi and

George Sand'

5.15 pm, 47 Wellington Square, Ground Floor lecture room 2



Monday 4th March

Martina Piperno (UCC)

'Leopardi and Vico'

5.15 pm, 47 Wellington Square, Ground Floor lecture room 2






Seminars take place on Mondays at 5.15pm in the Ground Floor Lecture Room 2 at 47 Wellington Square


Week 3 Monday 28 January

Donato Pirovano (University of Turin)

Idrografia dantesca.
Dalla livida palude al fiume di luce


Week 5 Monday 11 February

Andrea Afribo (university of Padua)

Dopo il '68. Per una mappa della poesia italiana degli ultimi decenni


Week 7 Monday 25 February

Bernhard Huss (Freie Universität Berlin)

The Lyrical Genre and Petrarchism. The Case of A. S. Minturno




University of Oxford

Italian Renaissance Seminar

St Catherine’s College

Hilary Term 2019 | Mondays at 5 pm

All Welcome


14 January       Sarah Vowles (Department of Prints & Drawings, British Museum)

‘Confronting the canon: Two new drawings in the Mantegna and Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery’


21 January       Simon Gilson (Italian Department, Oxford University)

‘“Making Aristotle vernacular" in Padua and Florence: Benedetto Varchi's Italian translations and commentaries on Aristotle (1538-43)’


28 January       Lorenzo Caravaggi (Balliol College, Oxford)

‘A knight and his library in the age of the aristocratic communes: Romanitas, chivalry, and urbanitas in the 12th and 13th centuries’


4 February       Martin Kemp (Trinity College, Oxford)

‘“It’s yours for $450 million.” Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi


11 February     Lia Costiner (Merton College, Oxford)                     

Mercanti artisti: Illustrating the book in the late-medieval Italian home’


18 February     Caspar Pearson (History of Art Department, Essex University)

‘Between shipwreck and the giants: Leon Battista Alberti’s letter to Filippo Brunelleschi’


25 February     Matilde Malaspina (Lincoln College, Oxford)

‘Aesop’s Fables in the 15th-century Veneto, in manuscript (BL 10389) and print’


4 March           Viktoria von Hoffmann (Fund for Scientific Research, F.R.S.-FNRS / University of Liège)

‘The Sense of Touch in Italian Renaissance anatomy’


Convenors: Lia Costiner and Gervase Rosser                        Contact:



For details of this term’s events, please visit their Facebook page or website




[all events free to TOIA members]

15/1/19, 7.30 pm, Concert, Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Sara Stowe, Soprano, Ogloudoglou, Vocal Masterpieces of the Experimental Generation

Sara Stowe’s repertoire as a singer covers a wide range of music ranging from spiritual songs of the medieval period to the most adventurous modern songs. Initially studying as harpsichord scholar at the Royal College of Music, she later discovered her voice and won a British Council Advanced Training Bursary to study singing in Italy, laying the foundations of her interest in much of the virtuosic and extraordinary Italian music she performs today, including compositions by Giacinto Scelsi and Luciano Berio.

24/1/19, 7.30 pm, The Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford
Emeritus Professor Martin Kemp, Living with Leonardo, Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond

Martin Kemp, described by The Times as ‘the world’s leading authority on Leonardo’, in conversation on his fifty-year relationship with the most famous artist of all time.

22/2/19, 7.30 pm, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Film Screening, Bernardo Bertolucci, Il conformista

Bernardo Bertolucci's expressionist masterpiece of 1970, Il conformista, is an account of the neuroses and self-loathing of a sexually confused would-be fascist aching to fit in in 1938 Rome and was deemed an instant classic on release.

And finally, at Keble College on a mid-February date to be finalised, Professor Nicola Gardini will also talk on his latest book: 


LE 10 PAROLE LATINE che raccontono il nostro mondo 

Un viaggio nella vita di 10 parole antiche che continuano a creare pensieri e discorsi.