Carnevale Annual Symposium
The annual Spring mini-symposium intends to engage humanities
scholars, both students and faculty, in an interdisciplinary study of some
aspect of “Carnival.” With its roots in antiquity and its many manifestations
still vital in an increasingly secular and globalized society, Lent and
the revelry which preceds it present scholars with innumerable opportunities
to explore human thought and spirituality.
Each year participants consider the origins and evolution
of springtime feast, fast, or movement, as well as its continuing
role in today’s world. The pre-Lenten merry-making of Christian tradition
has long been associated with a period of pronounced theatricality, marked
especially by the wearing of masks and the comic reversal of societal norms.
Thus a study of Carnival necessarily requires not only an examination of
the underlying religious faith and traditions that engendered the festival,
but also an examination of the norms that the festival seeks to reverse,
together with the myriad aspects of the realization of such reversal, especially
the plastic and the performing arts (music and theater).
the Carnival phenomenon is inextricably tied to
Romance cultures (Venetian Carnival, Mardi Gras, Carnival in Rio
its study necessarily raises issues of religion, sociology, music,
arts, philosophy and anthropology. Accordingly, the study of
as envisioned by this mini-symposium stands as the embodiment of the
essence of Humanities. As befits the subject, moreover, since 2005 the
symposium has belonged as much to the city of Gainesville as to the
University, with events and associated exhibits held at the Thomas
Center, and participation by local collectors and scholars.
2008: Game Day! From Medieval Times to Modern Age
2007: Soldiers, Saints and Scaramouche: The Iconography of the Sword
2006: The Mask: Tradition and Transformation: A Colloquium
2005: Carnevale ~ Media-evale
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez! Missives and Messages: Media in the Middle Ages
2004: CARNEVALE, KARNEVAL!
Processions, Parades and Propaganda
2003: In the Wake of Carnevale:
Ritual Wandering as a Prelude to
2002: The Other Side of Carnival:
Lean Times, Fast Times, and Holy Anorexia
2001: CARNEVALE, CARNIVAL!
Center for Medieval
and Early Modern Studies
Will Hasty, 263 Dauer Hall, 273-3780
Mary Watt, 301 Pugh Hall, 392-2422