Programma del Convegno


Quo vadis: inspirations, contexts, reception
Henryk Sienkiewicz and his vision of Ancient Rome


Convegno internazionale

Organizzato da:

Accademia Polacca delle Scienze – Biblioteca e Centro studi a Roma

Dipartimento di Studi Europei, Americani e Interculturali, Sapienza Università di Roma

in collaborazione con KNIR

Roma, 14-15 novembre 2016

Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1
Istituto Polacco di Roma, Via Vittoria Colonna 1

Comitato Scientifico:

  • Jerzy AXER, University of Warsaw
  • Tadeusz BUJNICKI, University of Warsaw
  • Luigi MARINELLI, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Piotr SALWA, Accademia Polacca delle Scienze - Biblioteca e Centro di Studi a Roma
  • Martin M. WINKLER, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Monika WOŹNIAK, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Maria WYKE, University College London

Key-note speakers:

  • Maria Wyke, University College of London,
  • Martin M. Winkler, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA



14 Novembre

 Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Largo Mastroianni, 1


9.30 Apertura del convegno

10. 00 Proiezione del film: Quo vadis? 1901 (courtesy: Archives Françaises du Film, “Restauration CNC”, in collaborazione con CSC – Cineteca Nazionale)

Maria Wyke, University College London – Projecting the word: Guazzoni’s Quo vadis? (1913) as adaptation of Sienkiewicz’s novel

11.00 Pausa caffè

11.30-13.30 Prima sessione: The novel and its time


  1. Adam Ziółkowski, University of Warsaw – Quo vadis and archeological discoveries in Rome in 19th century
  2. Adrianna Adamek, University of Warsaw – Quo vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. The ideological assumptions of the moment of the work`s genesis
  3. Ewa Skwara, University of Poznań – TUNICA, TOGA, STOLA. Costumes in Quo vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  4. Joanna Kuniczuk-Trzcinowicz, University of Warsaw – A page from a novel – a novel on pages. The rough draft of Quo vadis among other manuscripts by Henryk Sienkiewicz

15.30-17.30 Seconda sessione: Quo vadis and film adaptations

  1. Jon Solomon, University of Illinois – Quo vadis and Ben-Hur in the United States, 1896-1912
  2. Jonathan Stubbs, University of Cyprus – A more permanent world: Quo Vadis (1951), runaway production, and the internationalisation of Hollywood
  3. Monika Woźniak, Sapienza University of Rome – “My wife, lady Pomponia” or how do the Romans speak in English, Italian and Polish film adaptations of Quo vadis
  4. Anja Bettenworth, University of Köln – Quo vadis: film adaptations in German context (Kawalerowicz)


19.30-20.30 Martin M. Winkler, George Mason University, Virginia – THIS IS THE BIG ONE!’ QVO VADIS in Hollywood.”

20.30 Proiezione del film: Quo Vadis 1951, Mervyn LeRoy (in italiano)


15 Novembre

Istituto Polacco di Roma: Via Vittoria Colonna 1


9.30-11.30 Terza sessione: Quo vadis: Dialogue between the arts

  1. Renata Suchowiejko, Jagellonian University of Cracow – Jean Nouguès’ and Feliks Nowowiejski’s Quo vadis: Sonic Painting and Cultural Contexts
  2. Piotr Urbański, University of Poznań – How to convert Quo vadis into an opera?
  3. Ivo Blom, University of Amsterdam – Moving Pictures. Enrico Guazzoni's Appropriation of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Jean-Léon Gérôme in Quo vadis? (1913)
  4. Jerzy Miziołek, University of Warsaw – Sienkiewicz and Siemiradzki: The ‘dialogue’ between the art of painting and the art of writing


11.30-12.00 Pausa caffè

12.00-13.30 Quarta sessione: Quo vadis in popular culture

  1. Raffaele de Berti, Elisabetta Gagetti, University of Milan –The success of Quo vadis in Italy in the first quarter of the 20th century: illustrated editions and movie paratexts
  2. Giuseppe Pucci, University of Siena – Quo vadis in comics
  3. Katarzyna Biernacka-Licznar, University of Wrocław – Graphic Layout in the Italian Editions for Children of Quo vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.


15.00-17.00 Quinta sessione: Literary connections and reflections

  1. Bartłomiej Szleszyński, The Institute of Literary Research PAS, Warsaw – Quo vadis: crowds and spectacles. Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel as a critique of mass culture
  2. Aminadav Dykman, University of Tel Aviv – Quo vadis in Hebrew and Yiddish
  3. Ruth Scodel, University of Michigan – Quo vadis and Roman History in America, 1897-1905
  4. Luca Bernardini, University of Milan – Quo vadis and beyond: Henryk Sienkiewicz in Italy

17.00-17.30 Chiusura del convegno

20.00 Proiezione del film: Quo vadis 2001, Jerzy Kawalerowicz (con sottotitoli in italiano)

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