2017: Charles IV: An Emperor in Europe (1316-2016)

The 2017 Spring Symposium took place in the fall of  2016.
Charles IV: An Emperor in Europe (1316-2016)
Thursday, October 13-Friday, October 14, 2016 
This year marks the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV (1316-1378), the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, the author of the Golden Bull, the "second Constantine," the "Last Emperor," the proponent of a Church Union, the founder of the first university in Central and Eastern Europe, a correspondent of Petrarch, and a patron of all humanist scholars and artists. In what we would now call a "pan-European" effort, he strove to create a dominant dynasty that would shift the political center of gravity to Prague, Europe's geographic center, and aspired to unite East and West under one Christian faith. Charles turned Prague from a provincial capital of the Bohemian kingdom into the cosmopolitan administrative, cultural, educational and religious hub of the entire empire—a "new Rome."
Charles's ideas and aspirations are as relevant to those concerned with contemporary Europe as they are to those studying medieval European civilization. The era of his reign, described as the Golden Age of Czech history, offers many parallels with contemporary affairs. Few European monarchs had as great an influence on the culture of their own and future generations as Charles, whom the Czech people consider to be "the father of the nation."
This symposium brings together an international and interdisciplinary panel of scholars, who will examine a number of aspects of Charles's reign and ponder their implications for past and present. Among the themes that will be evoked are dynastical and ecclesiastical politics, the formation of national identities, the use of art and architecture as a political tool, and the development of new literary and religious modes, to name just a few. 
The symposium is hosted and co-sponsored by Penn Libraries' Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS). Generous support has been provided by the Centre for Medieval Literature (University of York & University of Southern Denmark) and the Penn School of Arts and Sciences. Other co-sponsors include the Penn Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of History, French and Francophone Studies, the Department of English, Italian Studies, and Comparative Literature. 
Kevin Brownlee (University of Pennsylvania)
Kateřina Horníčková (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice)
David Mengel (Xavier University) 
Petra Mutlová (Masaryk University, Brno)
Balázs Nagy (Eötvös Loránd University and Central European University, Budapest)
Zoë Opačić (University of London, Birkbeck)
Peter Rückert (National Archives of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart)
Eva Schlotheuber (University of Düsseldorf)
Milada Studničková (Institute of Art History, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Prague)
Michael Van Dussen (McGill University)
David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania)
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00-5:15 pm: Symposium Opening
5:15-6:30 pm: Session 1
Chair: William Noel, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies (SIMS), University of Pennsylvania
Eva Schlotheuber, University of Düsseldorf
The Preaching and Praying King: Charles IV and His Role Models
Milada Studničková, Institute of Art History, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Prague
Faces of Power, Wisdom and Grace: 
Contemporary Portraits of Charles IV and the Medieval Bohemian Visual Tradition of the Good Ruler
6:30-7:00 pm: Symposium Opening Reception
Friday, October 14, 2016
9:30-10:45 am: Session 2
Chair: Nicholas Herman, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania
David Mengel, Xavier University
The Emperor and his City
Zoë Opačić, University of London, Birkbeck
Prague's New Town and Religious Plurality under Charles IV
10:45-11 am: Coffee break
11 am-12:15 pm: Session 3
Chair: Lynn Ransom, SIMS, University of Pennsylvania
Julia Verkholantsev, University of Pennsylvania
Charles IV as Historiographer
Kevin Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
Machaut and Petrarch Interact with Charles IV: French Narrative and Italian Epistolarity
12:15-1:45 pm: Lunch (on your own)
1:45-3:00 pm: Session 4
Chair: Emily Steiner, English, University of Pennsylvania
Peter Rückert, National Archives of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Charles IV and the Golden Bull: Political Ranking in Cultural Dimensions
Michael Van Dussen, McGill University
Richard II and Imperial Politics
3:00-3:15 pm: Coffee break
3:15-4:30 pm: Session 5
Chair: Mary Channen Caldwell, Musicology, University of Pennsylvania
Petra Mutlová, Masaryk University, Brno
Spiritual Life after Charles IV: Augustinian Canons in Roudnice and Petrus Clarificator
Kateřina Horníčková, FWF SFB 42 Visions of Community, Vienna; University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Presence, Memoria, and Authenticity in the Painting of the Era of Charles IV and his Sons
4:30-4:45 pm: Coffee break
4:45-6:00 pm: Session 6
Chair: Ada Kuskowski, History, University of Pennsylvania
Balázs Nagy, Eötvös Loránd University and Central European University, Budapest
Convergences and Divergences: The Changing Face of Central Europe in the Mid-Fourteenth Century
David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania
Charles IV, Prague, and Europe
6:00-7:00 pm: Symposium Closing Reception