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NERC - New England Renaissance Conference

Conference Program

School of Athens by Raphael
New England Renaissance Conference 
University of Massachusetts Lowell

For a draft of the Conference Program, please click on "Schedule"(under "Conference Program") in the menu bar to the left.

When: October 20, 2012    10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center  

Theme:  “Classical Revival and Reception in the Renaissance”
Keynote Address: "Renaissance views of the Roman Republic" - Prof. James Hankins, Harvard University

Giorgio Vasari Self Portrait 1550-67The Renaissance has long been viewed as a resurgence of Greek and Roman ideas. Art historian and painter Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) coined the term rinascità (rebirth) to refer both to the emergence of a new, post-medieval age in Italy and to the flowering of Classical language, literature, philosophy, history, music, art, and architecture in his own era. In recent decades this traditional and optimistic view of the Renaissance has been actively challenged by some scholars and vigorously defended by others. This conference aims to take stock of where we are in this historiographical debate as well as to present recent and innovative research that illustrates the theme of Classical Revival. 2011 was the 500th year of Vasari’s birth.

Download the NERC 2012 flyer  (pdf) and view the Call for Papers.


The full conference program should be posted during Summer 2012. 
Please check this space later.


Above: 'School of Athens', 1509-11 
               Raphael, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City 
             'Self Portrait', 1550-67 
               Giorgio Vasari, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence