In an effort to retrace Cosimo I de' Medici's personal dimensions, the Medici Archive Project and the Archivio di Stato of Florence are organizing a two-day conference. While much has been written about the institutional, economic and cultural politics of Cosimo I de' Medici's duchy, this Conference aims to assess Cosimo I's more personal sphere: his physical maladies and psychological distress, his cynicism, his humor, his compassion, aesthetic tenets, intellectual curiosity, military values, and culinary predilections.In addition to the topics mentioned above, the following themes will be addressed during this conference:
education and humanism
self-representation and identity
family and diplomatic networks
communication and information
collections and decorum
health and religion
decadence and domesticity
self-preservation and self-indulgence
Those interested in presenting papers should submit by 1 March 2014: 1) a paper title 2) a 250-word abstract in English or Italian 3) a short curriculum vitae. Submissions should be sent via email to Maurizio Arfaioli and Samuel M. Gallacher at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partial travel funding may become available.
Preference will be given to scholars whose papers incorporate the documentary material housed in BIA, the Medici Archive Projects on-line digital platform sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A state-of-the-art scholarly online resource, BIA contains an ever-growing number of documents; as of December 2013, over 22,000 letters from and to the Medici court have been entered. While BIA's scope will eventually extend to the entire grand duchy (1537-1743), its current coverage favors the period of Cosimo I.
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