CfP: Laureatus in Urbe VIII (Rome, 17-18 June 2024)

Author: Staff

Francesco Petrarca

The Department of Humanities at the University of Rome Tre, in collaboration with the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, the Center for Italian Studies, and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies is delighted to renew its annual seminar dedicated to Francesco Petrarca. The aim of Laureatus in Urbe has been to create a regular meeting for young scholars of Petrarch: university graduates, Ph.D. candidates, and those who have been post-doctoral fellows for 5 years or less. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their work with notable experts, who will also guide group discussion of these research presentations. Over the years, Laureatus in Urbe has successfully established itself as a meeting-place and “research laboratory” for young scholars from both Italy and abroad, who have found in the program a unique sounding-board for their research. Past editions of the program have involved nearly one hundred young scholars from around the world; in addition to these participants’ own talks, Laureatus in Urbe has featured lectures by scholars such as Francisco Rico, Ted Cachey, Philippe Guérin, Marco Ariani, and Bernard Huss. These sections, seminars, and presentations have been enlivened by experts from Italian and foreign Universities.

The eighth edition will take place in Rome from June 17 to 18, 2024. Several lines of inquiry have been proposed, inspired by the following areas of research:

The Canzoniere: themes, contexts and style
Relationship with the classics and with the vernacular tradition
Fortune of Petrarch. Petrarchism
The Language of Petrarch: Latin and vernacular
Petrarch and History
Petrarchan Philology
Petrarch and Philosophy
Petrarch and the Arts

Petrarch's Latin Works
Petrarch's Biography and Historical Context

Marco Cursi and Sabrina Stroppa will give lecturers during the 2024 Seminar.

Proposal submissions

Paper proposals, accompanied by a title, an abstract (max 750 characters) and a short bio-bibliographical profile (max 500 characters), should be sent to by March 30, 2024. Materials should be sent together in a single pdf file, entitled “CfP LiU Surname”; please send emails with the subject heading: “CFP Laureatus in Urbe.” Within the file, please indicate an email address for contact purposes. The selection outcome will be communicated within 15 days after the submission deadline

Participation in the seminar is free. The organization will not offer reimbursements for travel expenses or accommodations, though some forms of refreshment will be provided. The event is expected to result in conference proceedings, after review of submissions. The proposals will be subject to evaluation by the scholarly committee, consisting of:

Marco Ariani (Roma Tre), Rossend Arqués Corominas (UAB), Johannes Bartuschat (Zurigo), Theodore J. Cachey Jr. (Notre Dame), Marco Cursi (Napoli), Sabrina Ferrara (Tours), Enrico Fenzi (Genova), Maurizio Fiorilla (Roma Tre), Philippe Guérin (Sorbonne Nouvelle), Bernard Huss (Freie-Berlin), Luca Marcozzi (Roma Tre, Chair), Daniele Piccini (Univ. Stranieri di Perugia), Carlo Pulsoni (Perugia), Francisco Rico (UAB), Paolo Rigo (Roma Tre, Organizer), Luca Carlo Rossi (Bergamo), Jiří Špička (Olomouc), Sabrina Stroppa (Stranieri di Perugia), Franco Suitner (Roma Tre), Natascia Tonelli (Siena), Eduard Vilella Morato (UAB).

Secretary: Chiara Abaterusso, Silvia Argurio, Giulia Maria Cipriani, Riccardo Deiana, Rita di Pasquale Valentina Manca, Serena Mauriello, Carlotta Mazzoncini, Valentina Rovere, Priscilla Santoro, Chiara Sbordoni, Nicole Volta.