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Othello’s Island 2017 Othello’s Island 2017 The 5th Annual Conference

The 5th Annual Conference on Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies on Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Welcome to the 5th annual outing of Othello’s Island. Now well-established on the conference circuit, the conference this year has attracteda record number of speakers over the world –on from India circuit, and Russia, to Island Welcome to the 5th annual outing of Othello’s Island.from Nowallall well-established theChina, conference Othello's record number of speakers over the world – from China,pleased India and Russia, to Canada, Oman and theaUnited States, and numerousfrom other countries. We are particularly with an increase in this year has attracted a record number of speakers from all over the world. We are particularly pleased with an the number of speakers from Cyprus this year, which shows the conference is not just a group of global researchers increase in the number of speakers from Cyprus this year, which shows the conference is not just about overseas parachuting into Nicosia and using it as a stunning location for a conference; instead, Othello’s Island is engaging researchers parachuting into Nicosia and using it as a stunning location for a conference; rather, Othello’s Island is with the Cypriot academic community in an active way, which is as it should be. engaging with the Cypriot academic community in an active way, which is as it should be. This year there is a special theme to part of the conference, which is a dedicated strand looking at Early Modern This yearWriters. there is This a special theme to part of the conference, is aInternational dedicated strand looking at EarlySociety, Modern and Women has developed through our partnershipwhich with the Margaret Cavendish Women Writers. Thisofhas withthis theaInternational Margaret Cavendish and given the popularity thedeveloped strand for through speakersour wepartnership hope to make permanent feature. It does extendSociety, the given the popularity of the for speakers we hope make of this a permanent feature. It does extend thebut we timeframe covered by the strand conference a little, hence the to append ‘Early Modern’ to our conference subtitle, timeframe covered byillogical the conference a little, hence the append ‘Early Modern’ to ourfrom conference subtitle. believe this is not an extension, not least because of theofparallels to be drawn looking at womenHowever, in the we believeperiod this is (for a logical extension withon interesting parallels to be drawn across different medieval example our paper Queen Alice of Cyprus) alongside women of theperiods. Early Modern period (for example in the paper on Margaret Cavendish). What these parallels might reveal during the conference is unknown, ofto the purpose bringing everyone in aofmultidisciplinary event likeBen this.Read of Leeds University, last Aand sadpart note this year's of conference is news oftogether the death one of our co-founders, October. Ben was a mainstay for the conference, and a friend to many of us who will be very much missed. As always we are very grateful to Rita Severis and her colleagues at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research for hosting ourwe event, and grateful being sotovery in and organising Othello’satIsland. We are pleased this Research year to befor As always are very Ritahelpful Severis her colleagues the Centre foralso Visual Arts and teaming up with Nicosia Tourist Board so that the conference is one of the anchor events for Nicosia’s annual hosting our event, and being so very helpful in organising Othello’s Island. We are also pleased this year to be medieval festival. We hope this will be an ongoing and growing connection that will lead to ever greater things. teaming up with Nicosia Tourist Board so that the conference is one of the anchor events for Nicosia’s annual medieval festival. We hope this will be an ongoing and growing connection that will lead to ever greater things. A word to the wise! Nicosia is a great location for a conference like this and CVAR a great venue. If you are planning your own academic event atalso anygo time in the future, youJim might like to speak Rita Severis, the Director My personal special thanks to my colleagues, Fitzmaurice, LisatoHopkins and Sarah James of forCVAR, their help, about the possibility of holding it at CVAR. Plug aside, welcome once again to Othello’s Island. We look yet and also to our conference assistants, Lara Benjamin, Rosie Fitzmaurice and Edward Head. Most of all forward thanks totoour another fruitful, enlightening and enjoyable event. If you have any questions, do please ask! speakers, some of whom have travelled very a long distance to be with us here in Nicosia. Καλώς ορίσατε! Dr Michael Paraskos, Co-Organiser Othello’s Island 2017

Καλώς ορίσατε!

Hoş geldiniz!

Welcome!

Dr Michael Paraskos, Co-Organiser Othello’s Island 2017


Wednesday 5 April 2017

DAILY PROGRAMME Time

Room 1

1000-1130

Registration at CVAR

1130-1145

Welcome – Dr Michael Paraskos (SOAS/Imperial London)

1145-1205

Lidia Negoi (Independent Scholar, Spain) "The Body Metaphor and Social Order in a Sermon by the Catalan Friar Nicholas Eymerich (13201399)."

1205-1225

Dominic Birch (University of Durham, UK) "The Construction of (Early Modern) Social Reality."

1225-1245

Anway Mukhopadhyay (Univ. of Burdwan, India) "Ethics of Sexual Difference and the Deconstruction of Nudity in Renaissance Art."

1245-1305

Questions

1305-1430

1430-1450

Lunch Francesca Pontini (Independent Scholar, UK) "Gregorio Giraldi and Unknown Readers: six case studies on cultural and reading history."

1450-1510

Marianna Paphiti (University of Cyprus, Cyprus) "Leontios Machairas quoted by George Seferis: A mediaeval chronicle transformed into modern poetry."

1510-1530

Renu Abraham (University of Kent, UK / Universidade do Porto, Portugal) "Crossing and collaborating: The heterotopic space of the ship as a site of early modern encounter between cultures."

1530-1550

Questions

Room 2

Time

BOOK CHOICE

1000-1130 1130-1145

Historic Cyprus

1145-1205

by Rupert Gunnis

1205-1225

Facsimile of 1936 edition 1225-1245 Rupert Gunnis is one of the founding fathers of 1245-1305 Cypriot historiography. Whilst working as an administrator in the British Colonial 1305-1430 Government of Cyprus in the 1930s he visited every town and city on the island, recording its 1430-1450 interesting historic buildings and sites. In this facsimile of 1936 edition of the resulting book, not only do we gain a snapshot of a Cyprus 1450-1510 that has now long gone, but find a text that is still surprisingly useable as a guide to the material culture of Cyprus. 1510-1530

ISBN: 978-0954452391 RRP: UK ÂŁ20Questions

1620-1640


1530-1550

1800-1930

Questions

Questions

Optional: Very Informal Walking Tour of Medieval Nicosia with Dr Michael Paraskos including the French gothic cathedral of St Sophia. Meet 1800 (6pm) on the north side of the Green Line (after the Turkish Checkpoint) at Ledra Street.

1620-1640

1800-1930

You must bring your passport with you.

Thursday 6 April 2017 Time

0915-0935

0935-0955

Room 1

Room 2

Violetta Trofimova (St Petersburg Univ., Russia) Liyin Zhang (Wuhan University, China) "The "The professionalisation of women writing in the last Renaissance in Fourteen to Seventeen- Century decades of the 17th century: England, France and Europe: A Spiritual Inspiration for Norway." Lindsey Drury (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) Zoya Metlitskaya (Lomonosov Moscow State "We added nothing of our own: the ethics of two Uniersity) "Conflicting loyalties, spiritual deception women publishers in mid-16th century Paris." and Anglo-Saxon version of the Fall: Old English Genesis B and its social context"

Time

0915-0935

0935-0955

0955-1015

Sukhbir Thind (University of Western Ontario, Canada) "Indian history by the hands of Indian women writers."

Alan S. Weber (Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar) "The Image of the Astrologer in Early Jacobean Drama: Tomkis’s Albumazar and Giambattista della Porta’s L’Astrologo."

0955-1015

1015-1035

Questions

Questions

1015-1035

1035-1100

Break

Lunch

1035-1100


Stella Achilleos (University of Cyprus, Cyprus) "The City is the Braine: Margaret Cavendish’s Utopian Geometries and The Blazing World."

Boncho Dragiyski (New York Institute of Technology – Nanjing, China) "Stigmatic Death: The Construction of María Suárez’s Holiness."

1120-1140

Carina Alexandroff (Tel Aviv University, Israel) "Pamphilia to Amphilanthus – Chronicles of a Love Martyr’s Rite of Passage."

Ai Fukunaga (SOAS University of London, UK) "Ming Porcelains in Renaissance Europe: the Medici Gift to the Elector of Saxony."

1120-1140

1140-1200

Paul Bentley (University of St. Mark and St. John, UK) "Shakespeare’s Dark Lady as Black Madonna."

Siepan Khalil (GAU, Cypus) "The Kyrenia Castle and the Church of Agios Georgios in the Middle Ages."

1140-1200

1200-1220

Questions

Questions

1215-1230

1220-1400

Lunch

Lunch

1230-1400

1400-1420

Zeidy Canales (Tel Aviv University, Israel) "'As necessary as her digestion’: Feasting, Fasting and Bodily Autonomy in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness."

David Fishelov (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Israel) "Film Adaptations of Boccaccio's Decameron."

1420-1440

Tomasz Ososinski(National (Lingwistyczna Szkola Tomasz Ososinski Library of Poland, Sukanya Dasgupta (Loreto College, Kolkata, India) Wyzsza, Poland) Poland) "‘In a Strange Country’: Negotiating Difference in "Italian book with a German forgery. A false Luther Mary Wroth’s Urania" manuscript in De amore divino by Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola (Rome 1516)."

1100-1120

1440-1500

Eva Polyviou (Cyprus Centre for Historical Clio Doyle (Yale University, USA) Research, Cyprus) "'When needes require': Answering suffering in "Arnalda di Roca: a 16th Century Cypriot Lady in the The Faerie Queene." European Sources."

1500-1520

Questions

1830

Keynote Discussion Session: Cyprus in Classical Music – From Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro to Verdi’s Otello. Followed by wine reception.

Questions

1100-1120

1400-1420

1420-1440

1440-1500

1500-1520

1830


Friday 7 April 2017 Time

Room 1

0930-0950

Victor Shaw (California State University at Northridge, USA) "Three Worlds: Individual Life, Social Change, and Human Evolution."

0950-1010

Julia Erdosy (University of York, UK) "Manifestations of Masculine and Feminine Time in The Winter’s Tale."

Renate Burri (Institut für Historische Theologie, Bern University, Switzerland) "The Writings of a Heretic (or the History of MS Monac. gr. 223)."

1010-1030

Todd H.J. Pettigrew (Cape Breton University, Canada) "Shakespeare’s Moral Luck."

Celia Mill (University of Kent, UK) "Fish or Fire? Exploring a Medieval Metaphor for Mercy."

1010-1030

1030-1045

Questions

Questions

1030-1045

1045-1115

Break

Break

1045-1115

Alessandro Camiz (GAU, Cyprus) "Theoderic's Palace and Ravenna's city view in the church of S. Apollinare Nuovo."

Helena Casas (University of Barcelona, Spain) "Feminine voices in Early Medieval epistolography: An approach from critical epistemology of feminine freedom in history."

Blake de Maria (Santa Clara University, USA) "The Jewel in the Crown: The Treasury of San Marco, Venice."

Chiara Ravera (University of Nottingham, UK) "Taxes on widows, notarial documents and second marriages in Genoese Chios."

Sarah Blake McHam (Rutgers University, USA) "Cyprus Meets Venice and Rome: The Tomb of the Cypriot Archbishop Livio Podocataro in San Sebastiano, Venice."

Barry Hall (Independent Scholar / University of Nizwa, Oman) "Unsexing Him Now: Inconstancy and Gender Confusion in Macbeth."

1115-1135

1135-1155

1155-1215

1215-1235

Karol Polejowski (Ateneum – Unic. Gdansk, Poland) "Alice, Queen of Cyprus – almost forgotten."

Room 2 Luigi Andrea Berto (Western Michigan Univ. USA) "How to get rid of a troublemaker and save face: the trial against the Bishop of Verona, Ratherius (AD 968), and Emperor Otto I’s Italian policy."

Time

0930-0950

0950-1010

1115-1135

1135-1155

1155-1215

1215-1235


1235-1255

Questions

1255-1430

Lunch

1430-1600

Keynote Discussion Session: Early Modern Women Writers

Stella Achilleos, University of Cyprus (Cyprus) Mary Campbell, Brandeis University (USA) James Fitzmaurice (Northern Arizona University) - chairperson Laura Knoppers, Notre Dame University (USA) Sara Jayne Steen, Plymouth State University (USA) Suzanne Trill, University of Edinburgh (UK) Lisa Walters, Liverpool Hope University (UK) - and others...

KEYNOTE LECTURE 2017 Annual Ben Ren Read Memorial Lecture Professor Patricia Fortini Brown Princeton University, USA 1900

Followed by Conference Meal If you would still like to book a place at the conference meal, please speak to one of the conference assistants as early as possible to see if it is possible to squeeze you in

Questions

1235-1255

Lunch

1255-1430

Benjamin Arbel (Tel Aviv University, Israel) "Winged Lions and Mediterranean Falcons: The Venetian Supply System of Birds of Prey (15th to 16th Century)." Mathew Kuefler (San Diego State University, USA) "The Earliest Description of the Reconstructed Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre."

1430-1450

1450-1510

Nicholas Coureas (Cyprus Research Centre) "Wine, Women and Song: Entertainment on Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus."

1510-1530

Questions

1530-1550

Wellheads, Cisterns, and Fountains in the Venetian Dominion Venice is in the water and has no water. Therein lies a paradox. How did Venetians deal with this “deficiency of nature”? This lecture addresses how they rose to the challenge by creating a unique genre of public art: the Venetian wellhead. It addresses as well a different challenge that came with the expansion of the Venetian empire: the gift of running water and the need to harness it. Again, the Venetians seized the initiative and created fountains that transformed urban spaces from the Terraferma to the Stato da Màr into places of encounter and aesthetic delight.

1900


Saturday 8 April 2017 Time

Room 1

Room 2

Time

1000-1020

Sophie Shorland (Warwick University, UK) "Uncontained Notoriety in Othello."

Miriam Eliav-Feldon (Tel Aviv University, Israel) "Returning Renegades and Religious Toleration."

1000-1020

1020-1040

Daniela A. Radpay (Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA) Elizabeth Hoyt (University of Durham, UK) "‘I am not what I am’: Iago as Fool in Shakespeare’s "Friends or Enemies? Analyzing the Portrayal of Christians and Muslims in El Conde Lucanor Othello." Through a Cognitive Perspective."

1020-1040

Laurence Publicover (Univ. of Bristol, UK) "Fathoming the Deep in Shakespeare and Middleton."

Liviu Pilat (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania) "Men in exotic dress', Sixtus IV and crusade: a fresco of Corsia Sistina and its meaning."

1040-1100

1100-1120

Questions

Questions

1100-1120

1120-1140

Break

Break

1120-1140

1140-1200

David Rollo (Univ. Southern California, Dornsife, USA) “Chrétien de Troyes and the Language of the New Troy”

1140-1200

1200-1220

Li Parrent (University of York, UK) “The Salernitan Medical School in the Politics of the Kingdom of Sicily”

1200-1220

1040-1100

1220-1240

Stephen Carey (Univ. of Minnesota, Morris, USA) "Apocalypse of Signs: The Twilight of Meaning in Wittenwiler’s Ring."

1220-1240

1240-1300

Questions

1240-1300

1300-1430

Lunch

1300-1430


1430-1450

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) Cyprus, Venus and Egypt in Antony and Cleopatra

1430-1450

1450-1510

Richard Maguire (Univ. East Anglia, UK) Hexapteryga: the Versatile Deacons of Medieval Cyprus

1450-1510

1510-1530

Jane Chick (Univ. East Anglia, UK) Embodying Abstract Concepts: Personifications in the House of Aion at Paphos

1510-1530

1530-1545

Questions

1530-1545

1545-1615

Break

1545-1615

1930-2100

CAVENDISH AND WOOLF Theatrical Performance at CVAR Free tickets at www.tiny.cc/cavendish

1930-2100

BENEDICT READ FSA (1945-2016) This edition of Othello's Island is held in memory of Ben Read, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, who died last October. As well as being a keen medievalist, Ben was a highly-respected art historian specialising in nineteenth-century sculpture. His pioneering text on the subject, Victorian Sculpture, was published by Yale in 1982. In 2013 he was one of the founders of Othello's Island, with Jim Fitzmaurice and Michael Paraskos.


Sunday 9 April 2017 – Coach trip For those attending the optional coach trip, we depart at 08:30 in the morning from outside the old Holiday Inn Hotel at 70 Regeana Street, Nicosia (near the Paphos Gate). The hotel is now called the Nicosia City Centre Hotel, but most people still know it as the Old Holiday Inn if you have to ask for directions. The easiest way to find it is to walk up the main Nicosia shopping street (Ledra Street), away from the Green Line border crossing, then when you reach the road on the inside of the Venetian city walls, turn right, so you are going clockwise around the walls, and you will pass the Old Holiday Inn. It is only 5 or 10 minutes from the top of Ledra Street. Our itinerary for the day is: 1. Depart from Nicosia at 08:30 to Kolossi Castle (arrive about 10:00) 2. Depart 11:30 to Petra tou Romiou for Lunch at Tourist Pavillion (arrive about12:15) 3. Depart 14:00 to Geroskipou (Agia Paraskevi Church) (arrive about 14:30) 4. Depart 15:15 for Kato Pafos Mosaics (arrive about 15:45) 5. Depart 18:00 return to Nicosia (arrive about 19:30) Times are subject to change, but we must depart by 08:30 so please be at the coach departure point not later than 08:15. The coach only has limited waiting time outside the hotel so we cannot hang around. If you have not booked for the coach trip, you can do so when you arrive at the conference. The cost is 30 euro. Please bring a bottle of water with you. Cost of lunch is not included. Cost of trip is 40 euro. Lunch cost not included.


+++STOP++PRESS++ With special thanks to Antigoni Heraclidou

Provisional dates for Othello's Island 2018 are 25 to 27 March (incl.), with optional coach trip on 28 March (all subject to confirmation)

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