The MFO is hosting a two day conference jointly organised by Sophie Lefay (Université d’Orléans), Laurent Turcot (Université du Québec à Trois Rivières) and Catriona Seth (University of Oxford) on walking and social rituals in the 18th century. It will include papers on national characteristics of walks, literary and educational walks, royal progresses and botanical collections, garden fashions and commercial activities for walkers. All welcome.
Women in German Studies is a professional organisation for Germanists in Great Britain and Ireland which was founded in 1988 by Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. From 22 to 24 June 2017 the conference will come to Oxford for the first time, to explore the topics ‘reform’ and ‘revolt’ across German history, literature and culture.
Leon Battista Alberti (1404-72) is one of the best known figures of the Italian Renaissance, often seen as the prime example of a ‘Renaissance man’ (the all-round personality who is expert in both the arts and sciences, according to a definition coined by the nineteenth-century historian Jacob Burckhardt). The sixth centenary of Alberti’s birth in 2004 saw a huge upsurge of interest in this humanist, and one of the most significant new themes to emerge from that revival is the author’s insistence on humour in his works.