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2011 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 150 words || 
1. Bass, Marisa. "Hercules in Straits: Jan Gossart, Henry of Nassau, and an Ancient Hero in the Netherlands" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2019-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: A painting of "Hercules with Deianira, nude figures of considerable size," caught the eye of the Italian courtier Antonio de Beatis during his 1517 visit to the palace of Henry of Nassau, governor of Holland and Zeeland. Although this large-scale work does not survive, a small extant painting of Hercules and Deianira by the Netherlandish artist Jan Gossart (ca. 1478–1532) dates to the same year and points to the authorship of the lost image. Gossart's paintings of mythological nudes — unprecedented in the art of the Low Countries — are generally interpreted as erotic images testifying to the artist's engagement with the antiquities of Rome. Taking the Hercules and Deianira as an example, this paper explores the neglected function of Gossart's paintings in relation to local historical consciousness in the Netherlands and to the way in which a patron like Henry of Nassau would have conceived his own ancient lineage.

2015 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 136 words || 
2. Myara Kelif, Elinor. "Images of the Virgin and the Child Garlanded with Flowers of Jan Brueghel the Elder: Still-Life or Devotional Images?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, <Not Available>. 2019-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Images of the "Virgin and the Child garlanded with flowers" is an invenzione of Jan Brueghel for Federico Borromeo, who might have been himself the inventor of this visual formula. This personnal interest for a naturalistic and scientific representation of nature made Federico Borromeo’s collection unique and famous. It endorses also a very precise devotionnal fonction of the image of the Virgin framed with this "still-life", where the representation of nature, precisely by the use of flowers, plays a dedicated role. The connection made between these images and "real flowers" is revealed in paintings representing collectors cabinet, through a real bouquet of flowers exposed just nearby these images. It raises the question of the paragone between "real" and "fake" flowers as well as the question of the status of these garlands that I intend to study.

2017 - ASEEES Convention Words: 196 words || 
3. Tava, Francesco. "The Heresy of History: Jan Patočka’s Reflection on Marx and Marxism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEEES Convention, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2019-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Jan Patočka starts the sixth of his Heretical Essays (1975) with a reference to the 1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. In particular, he highlights how the 'revolution', which doomed his country to 40 years of dictatorship, was welcomed by many of his fellow citizens as an attempt to finally give a positive explanation to the tragedies which marked the first decades of twentieth century.
With this paper, I would like to argue that the entire philosophical work of Patočka can be read as an attempt to break this positive idea of history, in which even the most disturbing events become necessary steps in view of a higher progress of humanity. This implies conceiving a 'heretical' philosophy of history, according to which the very meaning of history is not dictated by the final realization of its course, but rather by the many deviations and transgressions that humans can courageously decide to undertake.
To illustrate this point, I will focus on Patočka’s critique of Marx’s materialist conception of history, as well as on his productive dialogue with those Marxist dissident strains, which in the 1960s tried to reform socialism from the inside, by infringing its most dogmatic rules.

2018 - RSA Words: 144 words || 
4. van Gemert, Lia. "Jan Hendrik Glazemaker: The Unknown Dutch Ambassador of European Culture" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, <Not Available>. 2019-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Mennonite Jan Hendrik Glazemaker (1620-1682) was a Golden Age champion translating elite cultural texts into Dutch. In his 40 year career he displayed a wide array of genres, topics and geographical areas for his readers, introducing high-brow novels, travelogues, historical overviews, and ethical and philosophical treatises, mostly from French and Latin. Although his translations from Spinoza follow this radical thinker closely, further investigations of his style, contributions to Dutch idiom, or ideological messages are lacking. I will address these questions by analyzing Glazemaker’s translations of two heroic-gallant novels: Barclay’s Argenis (1643, 1680, 1681) and D’Urfé’s Astrea (1675). Did he always mimic his models closely? To what extent did he adapt them towards the Dutch environment: Are there traces of the republican state or Mennonite ideas or a radical mentality? What insights does his transferring of these cultural champions give into processes of European transfer?

2012 - Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 44th Annual Convention Words: 42 words || 
5. Pogacar, Timothy. "Drago Jančar’s Prose" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 44th Annual Convention, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Brief description of the Paper : The paper will describe the style of Jančar’s
prose in examples of different genres (e.g., short prose, historical novel, novel
with contemporary setting), in qualitative and quantitative terms, in order to
establish distinguishing features and changes in his writing.

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