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Language Interactions in Early Modern Europe

This conference, organized by Villa I Tatti and Monash University Prato Centre, to be held on 21 November (I Tatti) and 22 November (Monash), explores the complex interactions between Latin and the vernacular in the context of early modern European medicine, philosophy, history, architecture, and rhetoric. For centuries, Latin was the lingua franca for science and the humanities, but in the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries vernacular languages competed for equivalent status. This conference is the first to take a pan-European look at the history of the relationship between Latin and the vernacular through the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Emerging and established scholars from diverse backgrounds will discuss the rich relationship between these languages building bridges between disciplines and methodologies.
This conference is open to the public with no charge, but advanced registration is required. Please register here

This conference was organized at Villa I Tatti and Monash University Prato Centre, in collaboration with the Connecting Cultures Programme, the Department of Italian and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick.
Conference organizers:
Eva Del Soldato - University of Pennsylvania (
Andrea Rizzi - The University of Melbourne (

Monash University Prato Centre
Via Pugliesi 26, 59100 Prato, Italy
+39 0574 43691
Villa I Tatti
Via di Vincigliata 26, 50135 Florence, Italy
+39 055 603251