Keynote Speakers
Hamlet in Wittenberg: Civic and Princely Education in Early Modern Europe

James Hankins (Harvard University) is one of the most acknowledged sholars of the Italian Renaissance and early modernity in general. Besides his highly influential works on civic humanism, he has published a number of books on important figures like Leonardo Bruni as well. Ever since its establishment, he has been the general editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library, in which new editions and translations of crucial texts of the Italian Renaissance (like the ones of Bruni, Marsilio Ficino or Aurelio Lippi Brandolini) have been published.

Jan Waszink (Leiden University) is an established scholar of early modern Dutch humanism. His most important publications focus on Tacitism in the Netherlands, and on authors like Justus Lipsius or Hugor Grotius. Most recently he published an English translation of Lipsius' Six Books of Politics or Political Instruction.

Tibor Fabiny (Károli Gáspár University) is currently the Head of the Institute for English and American Studies and the Center for Hermeneutical Research at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary where he teaches Early Modern English literature, including the works of William Tyndale and William Shakespeare and John Milton. He is the author of a book on biblical typology in English (The Lion and the Lamb. Figuralism and Fulfilment in the Bible, Art and Literature, London, Macmillan, 1992) and four other books in Hungarian as well as numerous articles in English and Hungarian related to early modern literature and theology. He held a Fulbright Visiting fellowship to Princeton Theological Seminary USA in 2004. He was a scholar-in- residence at Roanoke College, Virginia USA in 1993 and in 2006.