Colloque – Languages of Injury in Late Medieval Italy: Legal, Ethical, Visual & Literary Perspectives

This two-day symposium brings together international experts working at the crossroads of disciplines including Philosophy, Law, Art History and Literature, to provide an assessment of the use and regulation of languages of injury in late medieval Italy (e.g. insults, offensive paintings, injurious poems, satirical writing, beffe, tenzoni, libelli famosi, and others). Particular attention will be paid to moral doctrines (e.g. the sins of the tongue), legal theories and practices connected to non-physical violence in Italian communes and city states (e.g. jurisdiction on the crimes of insult and of lèse-majesté, pitture infamanti, libel writs, and others). The symposium will include presentations on art and social control, censorship, gender and insults, contested images, and defamation laws.

Programme :

30th April 2018
Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge

2 p.m. Refreshments and registration

2.30 p.m. Opening remarks

3 p.m. First Panel : Legal Perspectives, chaired by Trevor Dean (Professor of Social History, University of Roehampton)

* Hannah Skoda (Professor of History, University of Oxford), ‘Languages of Injury in Late Medieval Universities’
* Giuliano Milani (Professor d’Histoire du Moyen Âge, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée), ‘Impotenti, debitori, ladroni e usurai. Fonti giudiziarie e fonti letterarie a confronto’
* Lorenzo Caravaggi (DPhil History Candidate, Balliol College, University of Oxford), ‘Rituals of Affront in the City and Contado: an Interpersonal Perspective (late XIII century)’

4.30 p.m. Coffee Break

5 p.m. Keynote Address

* Justin Steinberg (Professor of Italian Literature, University of Chicago), ‘The Artist and the Police: Decameron 8.3’

1st May 2018
Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge

9 a.m. Coffee and biscuits

9.30 a.m. Second Panel : Visual Perspectives, chair TBC

* Andrew Chen (Fellow, John’s College, University of Cambridge), ‘Staging Enemies in Text and Image: Comforting Rituals in Emilia’
* Felix Jäger (Doctoral Assistant, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut), ‘The Silence of the Sirens: Infamy and Political Reason in the Armor of the Negroli’
11 a.m. Coffee Break

11.15 a.m. Third Panel : Literary Perspectives, chaired by Heather Webb (Reader in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture, University of Cambridge)

* Maggie Fritz-Morkin (Assistant Professor of Italian, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), ‘ »Totum tribunal inplevit »: Petrarch, Cicero, and the Politics of Public Vomiting’
* Cécile Le Lay (Maître de conférences de Langue et Littérature italiennes, Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3), ‘Funzione giuridica della maledizione: le ultime parole di Beatrice (Paradiso XXX, 139-148)’
* Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Keith Sykes Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge), ‘ »Poesia Giocosa » in Late Medieval Tuscany: Law and Art’

Informations pratiques :

30th April – 1 May 2018

Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Registration fee £2 [members of Pembroke College Cambridge will be refunded at the entrance]; the keynote is free to attend and pre–registration is not required.

The event is sponsored by Pembroke College; the Keith Sykes Research Fund; and CIRN (Cambridge Italian Research Network)

For more info: Dr Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja,

Source et inscription : Eventbride

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