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Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola: New Approaches

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 23, 2016

Call for Papers

Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola: New Approaches

Session sponsored by Centro di Studi Medievali e Rinascimentali “E. A. Cicogna”

The objective of this panel is to analyze Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola’s least known written production in light of the most recent trends in Renaissance historiography, and more specifically in the religious history of pre-Reformation Europe. Despite the increasing attention directed at the figure of Gianfrancesco Pico, in fact, much remains to be done to fully comprehend the significance of this essential figure of 16th century intellectual history, most of whose works, although easily accessible, are still waiting to be fully analyzed. This panel will therefore address the necessity to go beyond the Examen vanitatis doctrinae gentium and Strix, sive de ludificatione daemonum in order to consider new sources and approaches to Gianfrancesco Pico and his often-overlooked legacy.

The panel invites participants to shed light on some of the most obscure aspects of Pico’s works and thought — such as his poetic production and his writings on alchemy, philosophy and theology — in an effort to broaden our understanding of this enigmatic, and yet essential, Renaissance thinker. Please submit an abstract (150 words maximum) with relevant keywords and a 300-word maximum curriculum vitae to and by June 1, 2016. Please note: once the sessions is approved, presenters will need to be members in good standing of the RSA, and will need to pay the conference fee through the RSA website.

For more information, please consult the RSA submission guidelines at:

Tags:  alchemy  astrology  classics  demonology  history of religions  philosophy  renaissance philosophy 

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