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Talks on Giordano Bruno

Please note that as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral, this event has been postponed to:

Wednesday 19 October, 6pm

The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library and ICI London are proud to present “Talks on Giordano Bruno”, an evening of discussion about the 16th century philosopher, his thought, originality, and significance today. With Dr Lorenzo Mannelli, Professor Dilwyn Knox, Dr Massimiliano Traversino Di Cristo, Dr Elisabetta Tarantino, and Professor Hilary Gatti.

Programme Here 

Hilary Gatti has been Associate Professor of English Literature in the Philosophy Faculty the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” until 2007. Presently she is a Member of the Renaissance Society of America and The History of the Humanities Society. She has published widely in Renaissance studies, particularly on Giordano Bruno as both a literary author and an early post-Copernican cosmologist. With the Princeton University Press she has published Essays on Giordano Bruno and Ideas of Liberty in Early Modern Europe. Her most recent publication is a new edition and translation of Giordano Bruno’s Ash Wednesday Supper (Toronto University Press for the Lorenzo da Ponte Library).

Dr Elisabetta Tarantino is an honorary research fellow in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford. Her research is on intertextuality and the ‘origins of Shakespeare’, meaning his sources (where works written in other languages play a huge part), his relationship with his contemporaries and previous theatrical traditions (the morality plays, for instance), and also the political and historical background of his plays and poems. She has contributed to the book Giordano Bruno: Philosopher of the Renaissance (Routledge, 2002).

Prof Dilwyn Knox is Emeritus Professor at the School of European Languages, University College London. His research interests are in Renaissance Studies, particularly Renaissance philosophy and learning, education, cosmology and Copernicanism. His research over the past ten years has focused on cosmology in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, with special focus on Marsilio Ficino, Copernicus and Giordano Bruno. He is currently working on a volume outlining the essential features of Bruno’s philosophy.

Dr Massimiliano Traversino Di Cristo, University of Trento, has three PhDs, in Law, Theology, and Humanities, from the Universities of London (Birkbeck College), Geneva, and Trento, respectively. His monographs and articles concentrate on mediaeval and modern ideas, including Diritto e teologia alle soglie dell’età moderna (Naples, Editoriale Scientifica, 2015) and Against the Backdrop of Sovereignty and Absolutism (Leiden, Brill, 2022). He currently coordinates the ‘Festival Bruniano’, a series of cultural events focusing on Bruno’s contribution to early-modern ideas.

Dr Lorenzo Mannelli is a medical doctor who received his medical degree from the University of Florence, School of Medicine, and he has been in practice for almost 20 years. He is the Founder and Owner of LMVP Telemedicine (based in the UK) and the Founder and Owner of Diatheia telemedicine (based in Italy). Lorenzo Mannelli is also a Trustee of the Lorenzo Da Ponte Library.


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