Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Handle with Care: Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Spenser

Liverpool Hope University, 4-5 July 2009

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota)

Proposals are invited for a conference which will examine the interrelated roles
of the author and the diplomat in the late medieval, early modern and
Renaissance periods. Many of the key figures in European literature – Dante,
Petrarch, Chaucer, Wyatt, Sidney, Machaut and Froissart, to name but a few –
were also highly-skilled ambassadors and diplomats. This conference will
investigate the perceived interrelationship between the roles of author and
ambassador, the extent to which the literary permeated the political, and vice
versa. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The changing role of the poet-diplomat
• Poetry as propaganda
• Translation and intercultural studies
• The development of the nation state
• The textuality of the political / the politics of the text
• Laureateship and poetic fame
• Humanism
• Latin as lingua franca
• Clerk / notary culture
• Cross-fertilization of discourses

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Dr Will Rossiter (rossitw@hope.ac.uk) by 1 May 2009.


Blogger Brian Barker said...

I see that Boris Johnson, the new London Mayor wants Latin and Greek to be taught in all London schools. However I would prefer Esperanto on the basis that it helps all language learning.

Five British schools have introduced Esperanto in order to test its propaedeutic values. The pilot project is being monitored by the University of Manchester and the initial encouraging results can be seen at http://www.springboard2languages.org/Summary%20of%20evaluation,%20S2L%20Phase%201.pdf
You might also like to see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

Pope Benedict also used this language this year in his Urbi et Orbi address from the Vatican, at Christmas.

If you have time can I ask you to visit http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU or http://www.lernu.net Professor Piron was a translator for the United Nations in Geneva.

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