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    Sixteenth Century Studies Conference

    Bruges, August 18-20, 2016

    Panel no. 3: Utopian Mirrors and Images

    This panel proposes a few “utopian” mirrors and images, that is reflections elsewhere of Utopia’s world or theories, or possible answers to some nagging questions about Utopia, such as “What country on earth corresponds best to Utopia? What devotion practices inspired the Utopian religions?”

    The first paper will be François Mancel (Independent scholar, Paris, France) given in French. It proposes to examine the correspondences between More's Utopia and India as far as customs and traditions are concerned,. It will consider more precisely Utopia and Siam on a geographical, historical and symbolical level. A map of the world dated 1459, determines an India Prima, an India secunda, and an India tertia where flows the Pishon, the 4th river of Paradise, also suggested in More's Utopia. The study will present a number of data to support its theory. 

    L'Utopie, l'Inde et le Siam
    Thomas More, les Maurya et Frère Maur


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    The second paper, by Francis Carpinelli (Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas, USA) explores the encircling imagery present in Thomas More's Utopia. From the defensive works carried out to turn Utopia into an island, shaped like a new moon, to the round fortress of Amaurotum, to the problem of enclosure in England, to the gold chains and crowns encircling criminals, the images can be positive or negative. With careful consideration for the various Latin words bearing an image of encircling, this paper intends to define the role encircling images play in Utopia.


    Encircling Imagery in Thomas More’s Utopia


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    The third paper, delivered by Maarten Vermeir (PhD student, University College London) intends to highlight the presence of Devotio Moderna in the book of Utopia. Modern Devotion originated with Geert Grote and was inspired by the Brabantine mysticism of Jan van Ruusbroec. Focused attention will be given to the ways in which Thomas More and Erasmus encountered the modern devotion at the time of the composition of Utopia.

    Utopia and the Modern Devotion


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    Listen to the questions following the panel "Utopian Mirrors and Images"