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Wed, June 15, 2016

9:00 – 18:30

NYU Florence
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese 120, Florence, Italy

The conference is conceived as an interdisciplinary exploration of Shakespeare’s engagement with the religious, philosophical and scientific ideas of his time. Since many of these ideas came from Italy, the conference would also occasion new insights into the Italian-English cultural dialogue in early modernity.


Session 1

9.00 Opening Remarks
Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence

9.30 Shakespeare’s Boy Preachers: Juvenile Authority in The Merchant of Venice and King John
Alison Shell, University College, London

10.30 “We doubt not of a fair and lucky war” Machiavelli and the Just War: From Oxford to the London Stage
Rosanna Camerlingo, Università degli Studi di Perugia

11.30 “Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy”
Gabriela Dragnea Horvath, NYU Florence

12.30 On Shakespeare, Drama and the Trouble with Numbers
Carla Mazzio, University at Buffalo

13.30-14.30 Lunch

Session 2

Round Table

14.30 Epistemic and Non-Epistemic Values in Shakespeare

15.30 Italian Ideas in an English Mirror

16.30 Poetry, Performance and the Making and Un-Making of Knowledge

17:30 Cocktail (for conference participants and NYU students only)

18:30 Performance (for conference participants and NYU students only)


Organized by Gabriela Dragnea Horvath, NYU Florence