AGM 2018 & Public Lecture: ‘Music, Magic and Meraviglia: The Politics and Poetics of Festival in Medici Florence’

This year’s PMRG Annual General Meeting will be be held on Thursday 1 March 2018. The meeting will begin at 6pm, in Arts Lecture Room 5 (G.61, ground floor, Arts Building), UWA.

The meeting will be followed, at approximately 6.30pm, by the 2018 AGM Lecture. This is a free event, to which all are welcome. RSVPs are not required.

“Music, Magic and Meraviglia: The Politics and Poetics of Festival in Medici Florence”

by Dr Jennifer Halton

The Florentine festival of 1539 has long been noted by scholars as an occasion of historical importance and prestige for the alliance it forged between the Houses of Medici and Habsburg. The musical, architectural and visual programmes for the festival have been understood to be representative of an overt political agenda, bolstering Tuscan and international relations. However, this talk reveals that reevaluating the place of emotions in musical theory and practice can enrich our understanding of the intricate relationship between music, magic and the affective practice of performing meraviglia on the early modern stage. To illustrate this relationship, the talk will draw upon a number of musico-theatrical interludes (composed by Francesco Corteccia and staged by Giovan Battista Strozzi) performed at the Palazzo Medici on 9 July 1539.

Jennifer Halton is a researcher and curator with a diverse interest in collaboration across academia and the arts. She holds a PhD in Musicology from Maynooth University, Ireland, funded by the Irish Research Council. Her PhD thesis, ‘Mapping the Cine-Metropolis: Redefining Festival in Early Modern Florence’ is an interdisciplinary study of the phenomenology of music and space in sixteenth-century Florence. Taking the cultural practice of festivals as a conduit for analysing the relationship between people, place and identity, her research is framed by a methodology grounded in architectural, cultural and film theory. She is the founder of the Metamorphosis Project, an award-winning collaborative of academics and artists in Ireland, and has worked as a guest and educational curator with the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Illuminations Gallery at Maynooth University.

PMRG AGM & Public Lecture: “Love in a Time of War: Correspondence of the French Court in the Last Days of the Italian Wars”

This year’s PMRG Annual General Meeting will be be held on Tuesday 28 March 2017. The meeting will begin at 6pm, in the Austin Lecture Hall (1.59, first floor, Arts Building), UWA.

The meeting will be followed, at approximately 6.30pm, by the 2017 AGM Lecture. This is a free event, to which all are welcome. RSVPs are not required.

“Love in a Time of War: Correspondence of the French Court in the Last Days of the Italian Wars”

by Professor Susan Broomhall

Jean Clouet, Portrait of Anne de Montmorency, c.1530In the last campaigns of the Italian Wars, a conflict that had divided European states for more than fifty years, four key political protagonists in France exchanged letters. French campaigns against Habsburg forces in the north had separated the king, Henri II, from his queen, Catherine de’ Medici, his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, Duchess of Valentinois, and his chief military advisor, the constable Anne de Montmorency. In doing so, four individuals whose political fates were tightly interwoven in orientation around their monarch took to letters to express their hopes, desires and fears at war.

Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She was a Foundation Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She became an Honorary Chief Investigator in 2014, having taken up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. She is currently working on a study of emotions in the letters of Catherine de Medici.