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March 25, 2014 at 6PM

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: Italian international armed volunteers in Greece in 1897

A lecture by
Gilles Pécout, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (NYU Visiting Professor)
From the middle of the 1890s, international opinion was mobilized around the question of Crete, then an Ottoman province whose Greek majority sought union with Greece. There was a call for international philhellenic action by armed volunteers and this resulted in the massive participation of over 2000 Italians during the short Greco-Turkish war in the spring of 1897. The mobilization of volunteers took place in a context of a clear opposition between “people’s diplomacy” and “cabinet diplomacy”, between the “armed nation” and the “army of the nation”. The lecture will look at the case of the Italian volunteers and will argue that the category of international political friendship can be used to shed light on this significant, if little known, Mediterranean epic.


March 31, 2014 6:15PM
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
 'GIR' IN PORTO A LE DEGN'OPRE INTENTA’: Isabella Andreini and the Intenti Academy of Pavia

A lecture by
Lisa Sampson, University of Reading
Alison Smith, Wagner College
This paper examines a still relatively unexplored aspect of the activities of the celebrated actress-poet, Isabella Andreini (c.1562-1604), her membership of the Accademia degli Intenti of Pavia from 1601. How unique was she in gaining admission to such a context, given her profession and sex? Why was she admitted? And how far did she actually participate in the academy’s activities? Related evidence suggests that this official association needs careful qualification. It should be understood against the relative opportunities her membership offered both the actress and the academy for public self-fashioning and private exchange, as well as for defensive cultural self-definition.