Session 4: Action

Dr Ivan Dimitrijević (Uniwersytet Warszawaski): ‘The mechanization of symbols: The wolf in the Anglo-Saxon folklore and in the new political science’

Ivan Dimitrijevic is Serbia-born Italian Philosopher. He has graduated philosophy from the University of Trieste and he holds the PhD in Cultural Studies (University of Warsaw). He teaches at the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies and at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. His research is focused on the history of political and theological concepts. He is co-author of How the Theory became Reality: On Politics as Geometry of Socialisation (Mimesis: Milano-Udine, 2014) and is author of Counterfeiting of Politics: The Fear of the End, the Tutelage of the Bios, and the Power of Socialisation (il prato: Padova, 2016), and he edited and translated into English Alessandro Biral’s Plato and the Political Knowledge (il prato: Padova, 2016).

Dr Cristiano Ragni (Università di Perugia): ‘Necessitas facit licitum, quod in lege illicitum est. Alberico Gentili, the Puritans and the Oxford Controversy on Drama’

Cristiano Ragni was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature by the University of Perugia, Italy, where he is Cultore della Materia in English Literature. His research focuses on the connections between political thinking, religion and drama in the Elizabethan Age. Particularly, he has been studying the influence of Alberico Gentili’s works on law and drama in early modern England, with a specific reference to Marlowe and Shakespeare. He has also written essays on William Haughton, Virginia Woolf and Derek Walcott. He has delivered papers at conferences in Italy, England, Ireland, and France and published on both national and international journals. He is currently in charge of the Writing Center at The Umbra Institute – Arcadia University, in Perugia.

Nailya Shamugunova (University of Cambridge): ‘Anglophone conceptualisation of Southeast-Asian sexual practices, c. 1590-1640’ 

Nailya is a first year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, where she also did her B.A. and M.Phil degrees. This paper is based on her M.Phil dissertation and an essay of the same name, which won the Hakluyt Society Essay prize in 2016.