Bernardino Lanino, Madonna and Child, Sheltering Members of a Confraternity with Her Cloak, 1540-1550, brown ink and white opaque watercolour over black chalk on blue paper, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, Gift of János Scholz.

Calling all art historians working on the art and architecture related to Italian confraternities!

The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (30 March – 2 April 2022) in Dublin. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:

Confraternal Evolution: Exploring the Impact of Repression and Reinforcement on Lay Religious Kinship.

Papers discussing confraternities and sodalities in Early Modern Ireland are particularly welcome (especially studies exploring the emergence of confraternities from chantry colleges or those that employ innovative methodologies to frame and characterize the relationship between confraternal devotion and the particular exigencies of the Irish context). However, as the society is keen to consider confraternal evolution on a trans-global scale, proposals that innovatively scrutinise the progression or decline of Medieval and Early Modern confraternities in Europe, the Americas, the East and Asia are equally timely.

Possible topics that are intertwoven with the development of lay ritual kinship could include, but are not limited to: urban charity, devotional practices, print culture, art and architecture, sacred plays, urban processions, guilds, confraternities as instruments of the counter-Reformation, informal rosary devotion, relic translations, informal devotional collectives of lay people and funeral ceremonies. 

Papers should concentrate on confraternal activities between 1300 and 1700. Proposals should include the presenter’s full name, academic affiliation, PhD of other terminal degree completion year (past or expected), email, the paper title (no longer than 15 words), the abstract of the paper (no longer than 150 words), a short academic C.V. (between one and five pages, either .pdf or .doc format), primary discipline (of RSA disciplines) and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please ensure that all nine (9) categories of information are clearly provided.

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at by 2 August 2021.

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