Ancient and Modern Knowledges Colloquium - 22-23 June 2018, Sheffield - Provisional Programme and Registration Details

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We are very pleased to announce the provisional programme for the Ancient and Modern Knowledges Colloquium, 22-23 June 2018 at the University of Sheffield.


While the chief focus of this event is on the making of academic knowledge, the colloquium will be of interest to those working in the history of higher education, in particular, the history of research practices as part of university culture.


If you would like to attend this free colloquium, please email Heather Ellis at by Monday 18 June 2018.



Provisional Programme


Ancient and Modern Knowledges: A Two-Day Colloquium


22-23 June 2018



Friday 22 June 2018



12.00 – Welcome, Registration and Lunch


12.30 -2.30 Panel 1: Renaissance Historiography and Philosophy


Lorenzo Valla, Dionysius of Halicarnassus and the History of Early Rome

Daniele Miano (University of Sheffield)


L’uso della storiografia antica nei Discorsi di Machiavelli

Paolo Desideri (Università degli Studi Firenze)


Machiavelli and Seneca: Parallel Virtues

Amanda J. Griffiths (University of Chicago)


2.30-3.00 – Tea/Coffee


3.00-5.00 – Panel 2: Architecture, Aesthetics and Epigraphy


Between Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowledge: New Science and Modern Architecture in the Case of Claude Perrault

Katerina Lolou (National Technical University, Athens)


Modern Aesthetics, Ancient Theory: Jean-Baptiste Dubos (1670-1742), Aesthetic Theory and Classical Philology at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century

Floris Verhaart (Queen’s University, Belfast)


The Use and Abuse of Greek Epigraphical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century

Peter Liddel (University of Manchester)


5.15 – 6.15 – Keynote

Elegabalus’ Cobwebs: David Hume on Knowing Past and Present

Neville Morley (University of Exeter)


7.00pm - Conference Dinner 


Saturday 23 June


9.00 – 10.30 – Panel 3 – Knowledge Making in 18th and early 19th Centuries


'The Common Lot': James Montgomery, Progress and the Dissemination of Knowledge, 1800-1835

Jon Mee (University of York)


Classical Knowledge and the Discourse of Gentlemanly science in early nineteenth-century Britain

Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield)


10.00-10.30 – Tea/Coffee


10.30-12.30 – Panel 4 – Ancient and Modern Ideas of History


Polybius in Hegel and Bossuet

John Thornton (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)


Hegel and Herodotus

William Desmond (University of Maynooth)


Ancient and Modern Concepts of Historiography

Tim Cornell (University of Manchester/University of Birmingham)


12.30 – 2.00 – Lunch and Concluding Discussion