CFP: Laureatus in Urbe VII (Rome, 27-28 June 2023)

Author: Vedovotto, Giovanni

Francesco Petrarca

The University of Roma Tre, in collaboration with the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway and Center for Italian Studies and 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 3 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, Theodore Cachey, Philippe Guérin, Marco Ariani, and Bernard Huss. These sections, seminars, and presentations have been enlivened by experts from Italian and foreign universities. The initiative is expected to produce conference proceedings: the first volume, dedicated to the 2017 meeting, was published in 2019; the second in 2021 and the third volume is in preparation. Our seventh meeting will be held in Rome from June 27 to 28, 2023. Several lines of inquiry have been proposed, inspired by the following areas of research:

Petrarch's Latin and Vernacular Works: themes, contexts and style
Relationship with the classics and with the vernacular tradition
Fortune of Petrarch: from Petrarchism to the Twenty-First century
The Language of Petrarch: Latin and vernacular
Petrarch and History
Petrarchan Philology
Petrarch and Philosophy
Petrarch and Other Media

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

Johannes Bartuschat and Loredana Chines will give lectures during the 2023 Seminar.

Proposal submissions

Paper proposals, accompanied by a title, an abstract (max 500 characters) and a short bio-bibliographical profile (max 500 characters), should be sent to by April 30, 2023. Materials should be sent together in a single word doc file, entitled “Cfp_LiU2023_Surname”; please send emails with the subject heading: “CFP Laureatus in Urbe.”

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 Arques 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), Bernhard Huss (Freie-Berlino), Luca Marcozzi (Roma Tre, coordinatore del Comitato scientifico), Daniele Piccini (Stranieri di Perugia), Carlo Pulsoni (Perugia), Francisco Rico (UAB), Paolo Rigo (Roma Tre, Responsabile organizzativo), 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, Giulia Lanciotti, Valentina Manca, Carlotta Mazzoncini, Valentina Rovere, Priscilla Santoro, Chiara Sbordoni, Nicole Volta.