Tuesday, 24 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Taylor Institution, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3NA

Paola Tomè was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford from 2015 to 2017. She died on 24 December 2017 after a long and brave struggle against cancer. This event has been organised in her memory by Marta Celati, Giacomo Comiati, Simon Gilson, Stephen Harrison, and Martin McLaughlin.


10.30-11.00: Coffee/Tea

11.00-12.30: Session 1

Introduction by Martin McLaughlin: About Paola

Rebecca Bowen (Somerville College, Oxford)

‘Love and Tradition: Boccaccio’s Multiple Amors’

Marta Celati (Warwick)

‘Leon Battista Alberti and Historiography: Classical Models, veritas and Rhetoric’


12.30-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30: Session 2

Alessio Cotugno (I Tatti – Harvard University)

‘Esperienze di filologia filosofica cinquecentesca’

Giada Guassardo (Balliol College, Oxford)

‘La Fabula Psiches et Cupidinis di Niccolò da Correggio’

Maria Pavlova (Warwick)

‘“Al molto honorato de stirpe, felice et degno parente”. Ercole II d’Este and the Turks’


15.30-16.00: Coffee/Tea

16.00-17.00: Presentation of three books that have been dedicated to Paola’s memory:

Aldo Manuzio editore, umanista e filologo, edited by Giacomo Comiati

Making and Rethinking The Renaissance: Between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th Century Europe, edited by Giancarlo Abbamonte and Stephen Harrison

Receptions of Hellenism in Early Modern Europe, edited by Natasha Constantinidou and Han Lamers

17.00-17.30: Music recital by Rossella Bondi, accompanied at the piano by David Palmer

17.30-18.30: Wine reception

Paola’s husband and daughter will be attending. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, attendance at the conference is free of charge, but registration is essential so we can monitor numbers. If you would like to register for the full conference programme, please email elisabetta.tarantino@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk by 1st September 2019. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, up to room capacity. If you would like to attend only from 4pm onwards there is no need to register. However, please email elisabetta.tarantino@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk, again by 1st September, if you wish your name to be added to the list in the commemorative booklet for this event.

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for postgraduates from outside Oxford to attend the full conference. Please email the address above by 30th August 2019, specifying the amount requested, and, in no more than 50 words, your reason for wishing to attend.

Sponsored by The Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Oxford; The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick; Corpus Christi College, Oxford; The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford; The Jowett Copyright Trust, Balliol College, Oxford; The Society for Italian Studies