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2016 Workshop

In March 2016, we brought to Stanford and involved in our project some of the most renowned scholars of the Grand Tour and of eighteenth-century cultural history. The multidisciplinary character of the Grand Tour was reflected by the varied disciplinary expertise of the invited outside participants. The speakers presented new research on the eighteenth-century Grand Tour of Italy while engaging to varying degrees with the interactive database that we have been developing. See the program below:


Digitizing the Grand Tour

a workshop on the worlds and lives of eighteenth-century travelers to Italy

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th 2016
In the Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by March 1st.

Participants: Malcolm Baker, John Brewer, Melissa Calaresu, Giorgio Caviglia, Jeffrey Collins, Paul Davis, Thea De Armond, Paula Findlen, Simon Macdonald, Rachel Midura, Grant Parker, Carole Paul, Sophus Reinhert, Catherine Sama, Rosemary Sweet, Elaine Treharne, Caroline Winterer,

Organized by Giovanna Ceserani at Stanford University, with the generous sponsorship of the Classics Department, and co-sponsorship of the Stanford Humanities Center, the Department of History, The Europe Center, the Division of Cultures, Languages and Literatures, the Departments of English and Art History.


Friday, March 4th 2016

10:00 am – Check-in, Coffee and Pastries

10:30 - 11:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Giovanna Ceserani

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Session I: Circles and Networks of the Grand Tour
Chair: Paula Findlen, Stanford

11:00 am
Catherine Sama, The University of Rhode Island
Going Digital: Mapping Connections Between Rosalba Carriera and British Grand Tourists

12:00 pm
Jeffrey Collins, Bard Graduate College, NYC
Counting the Woodcocks: Snapshots from the Tour

1:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Session II: Beyond Rome
Chair: Caroline Winterer, Stanford

2:00 pm
Melissa Calaresu, Cambridge University
Life and Death in Naples: The Italian presence in the Grand Tour (Explorer)

3:00 pm
Rosemary Sweet, Leicester University
Other cities of the Grand Tour: Turin, Padua and Bologna seen through the Grand Tour Explorer

4:00 pm Afternoon Coffee

4:30 pm
John Brewer, Caltech
Naples with and without Sir William Hamilton, 1764-1800

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Roundtable on the Grand Tour Explorer led by designer Giorgio Caviglia with graduate researchers Thea De Armond and Rachel Midura, Stanford

Saturday, March 5th 2016

10: 00 am - 10:30 am – Coffee and Pastries

10:30 am - 12:30 am
Session III: Sciences of the Grand Tour
Chair: Grant Parker, Stanford

10:30 am
Paul Davis, Princeton University
Climate Change and the Grand Tour

11:30 am
Sophus Reinhert, Harvard Business School
Mapping the Economic Grand Tour

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Session IV: Professing Arts and Tourism on the Grand Tour
Chair: Elaine Treharne, Stanford

1:30 pm
Malcolm Baker, UC Riverside
Sculpture, Sculptors and the Grand Tour: Intersections and Agency

2:30 pm
Simon Macdonald, European University Florence
‘Virtù in tale genere’: British equestrian performers in late eighteenth-century Italy

3:30 pm – Afternoon Coffee

4:00 pm
Carole Paul, UCSB
Ciceroni and Their Clients: Making a Profession of Tourism

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Closing Discussion

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