Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rome: Beyond the Discourse of Renewal is the theme of this year's Marco Spring Symposium (March 4-5, 2016) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The list of speakers is included in this email. For now, I wish to direct your attention to a special opportunity for graduate students from other institutions who may apply to receive reimbursement for up to $400 in travel expenses incurred to attend the symposium. The number of awards is limited, and the application process is outlined below.
Travel subsidies for graduate students: Travel stipends of up to $400 are available for graduate students who apply in advance, and reimbursements will cover some of the travel costs incurred while attending the symposium.  To apply, send a one-page proposal outlining the academic interests pertinent to the symposium and also include a preliminary budget together with a curriculum vitae.  Applications are due on January 29, 2016, and should be sent to Gregor Kalas (
Please encourage graduate students you know to apply and feel free to share with colleagues.  You may also forward the attachment.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 4
*All talks except for the keynote address will take place in the Great Room on the lower level of the International House on the University of Tennessee Campus, 1623 Melrose Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee.
9:30-11:00 AM         
                                    Erik Thunø (Rutgers University)
                                    "Rome after Antiquity: New Conceptions of Time and Place"

                                    Dennis Trout (University of Missouri)
                                    "Honorius I, the Church of S. Agnese, and the Papal Poetry of Late
                                    Ancient Rome"
11:30-1:00 PM           
                                    John Osborne (Carleton University, Ottawa)
                                    “The Re-invention of Rome in the Early Middle Ages”

                                    Kristina Sessa (
The Ohio State University)
                                    "Rome at War: The Effects of Crisis on Church and Community in Late

2:30-4:00 PM            
                                    Jacob Latham (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
                                    “Adventus Romam and the Christianization of the City from
                                    Constantine to Charlemagne”

                                    Luisa Nardini (University of Texas
 at Austin)
                                    "In the Shadow of St Peter: Images, Liturgy, and Biblical Exegesis”

5:30-7:00 PM             Keynote Address (**in Lindsay Young Auditorium, First Floor, Hodges Library**)
Kate Cooper (University of Manchester)
                                    "City of Martyrs: Rome at the End of Antiquity”

Saturday, March 5
                                    Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr College)
                                    "Beyond Renewal is the Reform: Art in the Twelfth Century"

                                    William North (Carleton College)
                                    “Making the Word Flesh: Exegesis, Clerical Culture and the Making of
                                    a Discursive Community in Gregorian Rome”

1:30-3:00 PM            
                                    Jessica Maier
 (Mount Holyoke College)
                                    “Taking New Measurements: Mapping Early Modern Rome”

                                    Laurie Nussdorfer
 (Wesleyan University)
                                    “Early Modern Rome: City of Men”
3:15-4:30 PM             Conclusions: Roundtable Discussion

Thanks so much and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. 

With kind regards,

Gregor Kalas
Chair, 2016 Marco Symposium Program Committee

Gregor Kalas
Associate Professor of Architectural History
College of Architecture and Design
University of Tennessee
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996

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