Paris, a new Rome

Paris, a new Rome
conference organized by Michèle Lowrie (University of Chicago) & Barbara Vinken (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)

Day 1: Thursday 9 June 2022 Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art (45 rue des Petits Champs, Paris 1er).

Day 2: Friday 10 June 2022 University of Chicago Center in Paris :
- Register here to attend in person (6 rue Thomas Mann, Paris 13e)
- Register here to attend via Zoom

From Charlemagne to Napoleon, from Du Bellay through Poussin and Berlioz to Houellebecq, French history, art, and letters continually define France, with Paris as its capital, through the mirror of classical and Christian Rome. Less déjà vu than agonistic emulation, France’s struggle to overcome the legacy of antiquity is paradigmatic for European self-definition. Model of republican self-governance, imperial ambition, the collapse into civil war, and spiritual redemption, Rome poses a challenge. How to escape the grip it holds on the imagination without repeating its haunting example?