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On Human Nature: Machiavelli's Mandrake at 500
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10/12/2018 to 10/13/2018
When: Friday, October 12, 2018
Where: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, Wisconsin 
United States
Contact: Kristin Phillips-Court

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On Human Nature: Machiavelli's Mandrake at 500

University of Wisconsin–Madison
October 12–13, 2018
Memorial Library, 126

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Friday, October 12

3:30–4:00 Opening Remarks
Gilles Bousquet, Chair, Department of French & Italian
Steven Nadler, Director, Institute for Research in the Humanities
Kristin Phillips-Court, Organizer, Vilas Associate Professor, Italian & Art History

Jordan Rosenblum (UW–Madison) “You are to sleep with me, for I have indeed hired you with my son’s mandrakes”: The Genesis of Mandrakes and Machiavelli

4:15–5:15 Session I
Presiding: Jelena Todorovic

  • Walter Stephens (Johns Hopkins University) "Screaming Mandrakes, Flying Witches, and Early Modern Pharmacology"
  • Susan Gaylard (University of Washington, Seattle) “Medical Mandragola: Food, Digestion, and Illness”

5:30–6:45 Reception
Wisconsin Historical Society

Saturday, October 13
126 Memorial Library

9:15–10:45 Session II
Presiding: Michelle Schwarze

  • Daniel Kapust (UW–Madison) “On Effective Manipulation in the Mandragola
  • Lauren Surovi (UW–Madison) “The Politics of Remedy in Machiavelli's Mandragola
  • Michelle Clarke (Dartmouth College) “Revisiting Mandragola’s Roman Precedents”

11:00–12:30 Session III
Presiding: Ullrich Langer

  • Catherine Zuckert (Notre Dame) “Mandragola and The Prince: On the Difference between Private and Public”
  • Katherine Robiadek (UW–Madison) “Common Callimaco: A Democratic Reading of Machiavelli’s Mandragola
  • Andrea Moudarres (UCLA) “Changing Nature in the Mandragola

12:30–2:30 Lunch Break

2:30–4:00 Session IV
Presiding: Karen Britland

  • Eleonora Stoppino (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) “Making Magic: Cultural Hierarchies in the Celestina and the Mandragola
  • Kristin Phillips-Court (UW–Madison) “On the Nature of the Provocation: Some Visual Clues/Verbal Cues”
  • Jane Tylus (Yale University) “La Mandragola, Italian Renaissance Comedy, and #MeToo”

4:15–5:00 Session V
Presiding: Stefania Buccini

  • Ronald L. Martinez (Brown University) “Candlemas in Renaissance Florence: Catholic Liturgy in Mandragola

5:00–5:30 Forum
Research opportunities

6:30–9:30 Closing Reception

List of Participants by Affiliation:

Michelle Clarke (Dartmouth College, Department of Government)
Susan Gaylard (University of Washington, Seattle, Department of French & Italian Studies)
Jane Tylus (Yale University, Department of Italian Language & Literature)
Ronald L. Martinez (Brown University, Department of Italian Studies)
Eleonora Stoppino (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of French & Italian; Medieval Studies)
Catherine Zuckert (University of Notre Dame, Department of Political Science)
Walter Stephens (Johns Hopkins University, Department of German and Romance Languages Literatures)
Andrea Moudarres (University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Italian)
Jelena Todorovic (UW–Madison, Department of French & Italian; Program in Medieval Studies)
Karen Britland (UW–Madison, Department of English)
Katherine Robiadek (UW–Madison, Department of Political Science
Stefania Buccini (UW–Madison, Department of French & Italian)
Ullrich Langer (UW–Madison, Department of French & Italian)
Jordan Rosenblum (UW–Madison, Center for Jewish Studies; Religious Studies Program)
Michelle Schwarze (UW–Madison, Department of Political Science)
Daniel Kapust (UW–Madison, Department of Political Science)
Lauren Surovi (UW–Madison, Department of French & Italian)
Kristin Phillips-Court (UW–Madison, Department of French & Italian, Art History, ILS)

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