For scholars interested in the intellectual and social history of early modern academies of different kinds (literary, artistic, theatrical, scientific..) between 1500 and 1800. Particularly welcome will be reflections on the printed sources of both of European and non-European academies. Members are also invited to share their past and current books, essays, talks on the topic and encouraged to collaborate in future research projects.

Renaissance Society of American Annual Meeting – Dublin 2022

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      Carlotta Paltrinieri

      Dear Colleagues, please consider sending an abstract for the panel:”What’s a Dilettante? Non-Professional Artists and Literati in Early Modernity (1500-1650)”.

      Contributions to this panel will explore the phenomenon of dilettantismo between the 1500s and 1650s and consider some of the following key questions:

      Who was the dilettante? How did the dilettante come to be? What were the most suitable disciplines for a dilettante? What cultural and socio-political contexts led to the diffusion of this phenomenon? Who were the main agents of the affirmation of amateurship?

      We particularly welcome contributions on geo-political areas that have been less studied, and that will deal with one or more of the following aspects:

      • Amateurs & visual arts
      • Amateurs & liberal arts
      • Amateurs & performing arts
      • Amateurs & natural sciences
      • Women amateurs
      • The curriculum of the amateur
      • Literature and treatises on amateurship
      • The etymology and philology of the term dilettante/amateur


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