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11th Annual Marco Symposium, keynote lecture

Thursday, 06 March, 2014

The 11th Annual Marco Symposium on the theme Reconceiving Pre-Modern Spaces will explore from interdisciplinary perspectives the rich ways in which pre-modern peoples conceived of space, as a physical reality, philosophical idea, and topic of artistic expression.  The symposium takes place March 6-8, 2014, on the UT campus in the International House Great Room with keynote address on March 6th in Hodges Library.  Symposium sessions are free and open to the public.


Much recent scholarship on landscape, urbanism, geography, cartography, soundscape, and ecocriticism variously acknowledges how realities and readings of space fundamentally shaped the lands, populations, and cultures of antique, medieval, and renaissance peoples. Indeed, many transformative moments of pre-modern eras were shaped by new encounters with space, including the building of new cities, confronting ecological challenges and population shifts, real and imagined Western encounters with the East, cloistered lives in monasteries, and innovative explorations and cartographies of the known world. People responded to these events with newly conceived consciousness of spaces, expressed through their activities in land management, architecture, worship, scientific invention, art, literature, and song.


To facilitate dialogues on this topic, this symposium brings together scholars from across disciplines and whose work variously addresses antique, medieval, and renaissance eras. We will be guided by questions such as: How did pre-modern peoples interact with the physical lands they inhabited? How did they map and represent the spaces of their world? How did they define their identities, express culture, and experience their daily lives within the confines and possibilities of their environments, both natural and built? How did they create spaces, both real and in the imagination?


Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Diane Favro of UCLA will deliver the keynote address "Bricks into Marble: Reverse Engineering Augustan Rome" on March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. A reception will follow.


Confirmed speakers include: 

Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University

Ellen Arnold, Ohio Wesleyan University

Matthew P. Canepa, University of Minnesota

Megan Cassidy-Welch, Monash University

Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame

Gregor A. Kalas, University of Tennessee

Louisa Mackenzie, University of Washington

Craig A. Monson, Washington University

Ricardo Padrón, University of Virginia

John Wall, North Carolina State University


Please visit or email for more information.




Lindsay Young Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
Hodges Library
Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Contact

Vera P. Broux

Phone: (865) 974-1859
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