Burckhardt at 200: The Civilization of the Renaissance reconsidered

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Date / time: 31 May - 1 June, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The British Academy

Burckhardt at 200: The Civilization of the Renaissance reconsidered

The bicentenary of the birth of the Swiss scholar, Jacob Burckhardt (25 May 1818 – 8 August 1897), author of The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860), seems an appropriate moment at which take stock and consider whether or not the idea of an ‘Italian Renaissance’ is still a hermeneutically helpful one. This conference will task an interdisciplinary team of scholars of Renaissance studies as well as of Burckhardt himself to interrogate both the Swiss historian’s own agenda as well as the contemporary validity and helpfulness of the label ‘Italian Renaissance’. Specific reference will be made to the themes treated in his classic account: the state as a work of art; development of the individual; revival of antiquity; discovery of the world and of man; society and festivals; morality and religion.



  • Professor Simon Ditchfield, University of York
  • Professor Michelle O’Malley, The Warburg Institute
  • Dr Stefan Bauer, University of York


  • Professor Robert D. Black, University of Leeds
  • Dr Jill Burke, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Virginia Cox, Villa La Pietra, NYU Florence
  • Dr Wietse de Boer, Miami University
  • Professor Marco Gentile, University of Parma
  • Professor Mary Laven, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Mikkel Mangold, University of Basel
  • Professor Giuseppe Marcocci, University of Oxford
  • Professor Sarah Ross, Boston College
  • Professor Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto
  • Professor Joan-Pau Rubies, Pompeu Fabra University
  • Dr Will Stenhouse, Yeshiva University
  • Dr Claudia Wedepohl, The Warburg Institute
  • Dr Barbara von Reibnitz, University of Basel


A registration fee is payable at the time of booking. For further information and details of how to book please click on ‘Book event‘.

Standard Admission: £95 for both days; £50 for one day

Early Bird booking (before 31 January 2018): £75 for both days; £40 for one day

Concessions: £36 for both days; £20 for one day

Image credit: Sandro Botticelli, Idealized Portrait of a Lady © Städel Museum – U. Edelmann – ARTOTHEK