CONFERENCE: The World of St. Francis of Assisi, Siena School for the Liberal Arts, Via Tommaso Pendola 37, Siena, Italy, 17 – 19 July 2015.
Conference organized by Meredith College, with Mercer-Kesler Funds, SUNY Geneseo, with the William R. Cook Fund, University of Portland and Gonzaga University.
When Jorge Bergoglio became the first pope to choose the name Francis, it served as a reminder of Francis of Assisi’s profound effect on the world in the eight centuries since his death. During his lifetime, Francis challenged religious, social, and economic norms and helped reenergize a Church under assault. He founded the most popular religious order of the Middle Ages, and from the thirteenth century up to the present, Franciscans have attracted devotees from Assisi to Latin America and beyond.
The conference will include keynote lecture by Michael Cusato, O.F.M., Dean, School of Franciscan Studies, Director of the Franciscan Institute and Professor of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University. In addition, there will be plenary addresses by SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Teaching Professors William R. Cook (History) and Ron Herzman (English). A dinner for conference participants will be held on Saturday evening, as well as an excursion to Assisi with a guided tour for Monday. by William Cook (Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, Emeritus, SUNY Geneseo) and Ron Herzman (Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo).
Friday, 17 July 2015
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Franciscan Charity (Room 1)
* William R. Levin (Centre College, Emeritus), A Franciscan Contribution to Charitable Practice at the Florentine Misericordia
* Karen E. Gross (Lewis & Clark College), St. Francis and the Generous Heart
* Andrea W. Campbell (Randolph College), A Franciscan for the Fifteenth Century: San Bernardino and his Message of Peace.
The Basilica of Assisi: New Insights (Room 2)
* Sarah S. Wilkins (Pratt Institute), Gleaming Faces, Glittering Words: The Franciscan Use of Gold in the Magdalen Chapel in San Francesco in Assisi
* Erica M. Longenbach (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Picturing Assisi: Affect, Architecture, and Ideology in the Legend of St. Francis Cycle
* Michael D. Calabria, OFM (St. Bonaventure University), Seeing Stars: Islamic Decorative Motifs in the Basilica of St. Francis.
Franciscan Spirituality (Room 3)
* Anselm Rau (Goethe University Frankfurt), Emotions and Imagination. The Regulations of Affects
* Sandra Cardarelli (University of Aberdeen), St. Francis in Southern Tuscany: History, Art, and Devotion in the Records of Francesco Anichini and Other Archival Documents
* Liubov Terekhova (Bila Tserkva Lyceum of Economics and Law), St. Francis of Assisi and Conceptualization of Mystical Experience in Female Spirituality.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Female Franciscan Institutions (Room 1)
* Gabriella Zarri (University of Florence), Why become a Poor Clare. Franciscan Observance proposed to women (15th C.)
* Ana Vargas Martínez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Isabel de Villena: A “Feminist” Abbess in the Clarissan convent of Valencia?
* Brian Els (University of Portland), Franciscan Organizations and Child Welfare in 19th-Century Austria.
Franciscan Spirituality (Room 2)
* Megan Hines (Hunter College), Reliquaries of the True Cross: Defining a “Uniquely Franciscan” Spirituality
* Kristina Keogh (Indiana University, Bloomington), The Female Franciscan Body as Image
* E. Ann Matter (University of Pennsylvania), Franciscan Women After Trent: Giovanna Maria della Croce and Maria Domitilla Galluzzi.
The Creation of Francis’s Worldview (Room 3)
* Rev. Jeffrey A. Cooper (CSC, University of Portland), Quasi Leprosus: Re-Reading the Conversion of St. Francis through a Girardian-Alisonian Lens
* Umberto Barcaro (University of Pisa), Francis of Assisi’s Dream with the Palace Full of Weapons
* Christopher Ohan (Texas Wesleyan University), Reconsidering Francis’s Encounter with the Sultan during the Fifth Crusade.
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Franciscan Art in the Renaissance (Room 1)
* Filip Malesevic (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), On Giotto’s Franciscan cycle in the Bardi and Peruzzi chapels
* Chloë Reddaway (National Gallery, London), Covenants and Connections: Ghirlandaio’s Frescoes in the Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinita, Florence
* Hisashi Yakou (Hokkaido University), The Last Judgment in the Cathedral of Fidenza and the Eschatological Images in the Franciscan Context
* Erin K. Grady (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Imagining Friendship: Images of the Meeting of Francis and Dominic.
Saint Francis’s Devotion and Love (Room 2)
* Beth A. Mulvaney (Meredith College), Bellini’s Annunciation for Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice
* Katherine Powers (California State University, Fullerton), Franciscan Values in Giovanni Bellini’s Altarpiece in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice
* Brian D. Steele (Texas Tech University), Paolo Veronese’s Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine in Physical, Spiritual, and Liturgical Contexts
* Liana De Girolami Cheney (Università di Aldo Moro), Giorgio Vasari’s Saint Francis: A New Mannerist Piety.
Franciscan Architecture (Room 3)
* Erik Gustafson (Independent Scholar), Building Franciscan Identity in Medieval Tuscany
* Catarina Madureira Villamariz (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), The Impact of Franciscan Architecture in the Mediterranean Context: Singularities of the Portuguese Case
* Nuno Villamariz Oliveira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Franciscan Exegesis and Architecture: Paradigms of the Artistic Ideology of King Manuel I of Portugal
* Mary R. McHugh (Gustavus Adolphus College), The Wolf of Gubbio in Context: From Assisi to Pampulha, Brazil.
* William R. Cook (Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, Emeritus SUNY Geneseo), Two Men Named Francis.
Saturday, 18 July 2015
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Franciscan Communities (Room 1)
* Adrian Dzugan (University of Presov), Periphery in the Franciscans’ Life, Franciscans on the Periphery
* Ermioni-Iliana Syrrou (University Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne), “Non debetur ei latria, sed hyperdulia”: The Legitimacy of Blood Relics and Their Iconography in the Late Medieval Franciscanism
* Ricardo De Mambro Santos (Willamette University), In Search of the Amadeits: The Blessed Amadeus and the Franciscan Spirituality in Fifteenth-Century Italy.
Modern Political Legacy of Francis (Room 2)
* Nicoletta Stradaioli (University of Perugia), Saint Francis and Aldo Capitini: A Bridge Between Spirituality and Politics
* Weston Kennison (SUNY Geneseo), Pilgrimage of the Wolf: St. Francis as Peacemaker in Gubbio and Nicaragua
* Wei Hu (Université Paris-Sorbonne 5), The Birth of a Saint-Poet in Modern Context: A New Image of St. Francis of Assisi in 19th- and Early 20th-Century French Literature.
Francis’s Influence on Ecology, Farming, and Ethics (Room 3)
* Gary Lee Malecha (University of Portland), The Catholic Tradition’s Response to the Decline of Animal Husbandry in Industrial Farming
* Eloise Grathwohl (Meredith College), Halldór Laxness’ Under the Glacier and the Urgency of St. Francis’s Legacy
* Michael F. Andrews (University of Portland), Encountering Ethics in Unfamiliar Places: Dante’s Vision of Grace from St. Francis to Pope Francis.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Franciscan Art from the Medieval to the Modern World (Room 1)
* Patricia Likos Ricci (Elizabethtown College), Franciscan Naturalism and Artistic Innovation in Giotto’s The Stigmatization of Saint Francis
* Cassandra Margerita Siortino (University of California at Berkeley), The Ascension of Saint Francis of Assisi and Giotto in Victorian Britain
* Sarah Lippert (University of Michigan-Flint), Saint Francis’s Ecstasy in 19th -Century French Devotional Paintings.
Francis’s Legacy in Late Medieval Philosophy, Canon Law, and Historiography (Room 2)
* Caery A. Evangelist (University of Portland), St. Francis and Transcendental Character
* Andrea Bartocci (University of Teramo), New Sources for the Franciscan Economy: The Consilia and Quaestiones of the Canonist Federico Petrucci
* Nicole Leapley (Saint Anselm College), Everywhere and Nowhere: Francis in Old French Hagiography.
Roundtable Discussion: Preaching to New Birds: What We Talk About When We Talk About Francis (Room 3)
* John K. Downey (Gonzaga University)
* Beth A. Mulvaney (Meredith College)
* Weston Kennison (SUNY Geneseo).
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Francis’s Legacy in the Thirteenth Century (Room 1)
* Daniel J. Schultz (University of Chicago), Moral Formation and Theological Discourse in 13th -century Franciscan Iconography
* Andrea Begel (Adelphi University), “Proud demons flee from the lofty virtues of the humble”: Saint Francis as Exorcist
* Brad Franco (University of Portland), The Pistoia Dossal and the Functions of Early Franciscan Art
* Donna Trembinski (St. Francis Xavier University), Where Have All the Doctors Gone: Illness and Care in the Lives of Francis from Thomas of Celano to Bonaventure.
Francis’s Legacy in the 20th century (Room 2)
* Christin Hancock (University of Portland), The Influence of St. Francis on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Newspaper in the 1930s
* Amanda Minervini (Colorado College), From Mussolini to Pope Bergoglio: Political, Economic, and Social Legacies of St. Francis of Assisi in Modern Italy
* John Lawrence (LaGrange College), Images of Pilgrimage: The World of St. Francis and Padre Pio
* Ann M. Nicgorski (Willamette University), The Bonaventure Window at the Franciscan Friary in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland.
* Fr. Michael F. Cusato, OFM (Dean, School of Franciscan Studies, Director of the Franciscan Institute and Professor of Franciscan Studies St. Bonaventure University), The Franciscan Fascination with the Future.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Guided Tour of Franciscan Siena
Note: Those who wish to go on this free tour are to meet Dr. William Cook at the fountain (Fonte Gaia) in the Piazza del Campo at 3:15 pm.
* Ronald B. Herzman (Distinguished Teaching Professor of English SUNY Geneseo), Dante’s Francis.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Field Trip to Assisi.
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