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Welcome

Welcome to the website for Boccaccio at 700, the 2013 CEMERS Conference, which was held at the downtown center of Binghamton University (SUNY) on April 26-27. The organizers wish to thank all who attended and/or helped out with the conference!

We are in the process of publishing two volumes of essays stemming from the conference. One will be a special issue of Mediaevalia, and will be coming out in the early spring of 2014. When we have publication details about the other volume, we will certainly share them, both here and on the CEMERS web page.

Thanks for your interest in the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and our activities. When we have information about our next conference, we’ll post it here. Until then, we’ll leave the current site up–feel free to check out the full conference program, the information on downtown Binghamton, etc.

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Click on the tabs above to find the conference program, the registration form, and information about conference hotels and traveling to Binghamton. You’ll see that we also have a page dedicated to downtown Binghamton, which has a brief history of the city as well as links for further information. Finally, you’ll find information about some additional conference-related events that we are organizing for conference participants and others. Also, the conference is now on Twitter! Follow us at @BoccaccioAt700, and/or tweet with the hashtag #BoccaccioAt700.

Our first pre-conference event, a “Food and Film” showing of Pasolini’s Decameron on Thursday, April 11, was a great success! We were delighted with the turnout of faculty, students, and members of the community. Many thanks to the Art Mission Theater, The Number 5, and all who attended. We hope you can join us for the second film screening, just prior to the start of the conference (details below and on the Events page).

Our second pre-conference event, “Love and Other Songs, Italian Style: An Evening with Diana Tejera” also exceeded even our highest expectations. Thanks to all who came out to hear Diana and her accompanist, noted violinist Andrea Di Cesare, and thanks to the CyberCafe for hosting the evening.

We hope you can join us for our final pre-conference event, the second screening of a Boccaccio-related film that will be discussed in the final plenary talk of the conference by Professor Millicent Marcus, of Yale University. The screening will take place this Thursday in downtown Binghamton a the Art Mission & Theater, as part of their “Food and Film” series:

April 25: Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” (2012) –  (food tasting at 7pm, film at 8pm; food provided by The Lost Dog Cafe)

Note that this event will be held the night before the conference starts. Tickets are $15 regular admission; $10 for students.

Finally, remember that Professor Marcus’s talk (entitled “The Boccaccio ‘Brand’ in the 20th- and 21st-Century Cinematic Imagination: Fellini, De Laurentiis, Pasolini, Woody Allen”) will be open to the public, and will be held at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, in their ballroom, on Saturday, April 27, at 4:15pm.

Roberson ballroom

(The Roberson Museum and Science Center)