Cicero in Basel. Reception Histories from a Humanist City

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Cicero in Basel. Reception Histories from a Humanist City

Basel, 3–5 October 2019

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Date limite : 28 April 2019


With the generous support of the foundation Patrum Lumen Sustine (PLuS) the Department of Ancient Civilizations of the University of Basel and the Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron (SIAC) are jointly organising the international conference Cicero in Basel. Reception Histories from a Humanist City, Basel, 3–5 October 2019.
The conference Cicero in Basel aims at charting the presence of the statesman, orator, and philosopher M. Tullius Cicero in the cultural history of Basel, the city located in the border region between Switzerland, Germany and France. While the study of Classical receptions tends to focus on particular cultural forms and discourses, the scope of the planned conference is programmatically open. Cicero in Basel explores a broad spectrum of engagements with Cicero through the ages: from the manuscript tradition of his works, to Humanist editions and commentaries, up to the political debates and controversies of today. In this, Cicero in Basel will assess Cicero's impact on the formation of a specific idea of Humanism in Basel as well as Basel's role in Cicero's Nachleben. The aim of the conference is twofold: It seeks to contribute both to the study of Ciceronian reception and to further our understanding of the history and development of Basel and the regio Basiliensis. Indeed, we expect this critical survey of Ciceronian reception histories from Basel to shed light on the emergence and development of the specific idea of Humanism that to this day plays a fundamental role in the self-image and identity politics of the Humanistenstadt Basel.

The conference will feature contributions that fall under the following general rubrics:
I) Textual history and transmission
II) History of scholarship
III) Politics and society
IV) Literature and visual arts
Confirmed speakers include Alice Borgna, Leonhardt Burckhardt, Giovanni Giorgini, Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer, Gesine Manuwald, Hans-Peter Marti, Michael D. Reeve, Federica Rossetti, Benjamin Straumann, Petra Schierl, Bram van der Velden, Gregor Vogt-Spira, Ueli Zahnd. In this Call for Papers we cordially invite early career researchers and PhD students to submit proposals for papers of ca. 25mins; contributions which focus on Ciceronian receptions in literature and the visual
arts are particularly welcome. Submissions, including an abstract c. 400 words and a brief CV, should be sent to cicero-latinistik[at] by 28 April 2019. The selection of contributions will be communicated in the first week of June.
The conference will meet the cost for accommodation and food for all speakers and will be able to contribute to their travel expenses. Conference languages are German, English, French, and Italian.
Selected contributions will be proposed for publication in the series Cicero (Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, with full peer review and open access).


Organisation : Ermanno Malaspina (SIAC) and Cédric Scheidegger Laemmle (Univ. Basel)
Contact : cicero-latinistik[at]


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