Conferences 2016

10-13 November 2016, New Orleans, Tulane University. Deadline for submissions 20 February 2016.¬†[wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]In the spirit of the tradition forged by the late Andrew Ladis and his colleagues at the University of Georgia, an international congress of Trecento specialists will congregate at Tulane University to share their research formally and informally in New Orleans, LA.¬†This conference features¬†20-minute discussions of specific art historical problems, issues, and ideas that focus on the arts of Italy during ‚Äúthe long fourteenth century‚ÄĚ (late Dugento through early Quattrocento).

The keynote speaker will be Marvin Trachtenberg, Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Thanks to the generous support of the Kress Foundation and other benefactors, we will not be charging any registration fees for this conference. Participants will be responsible for securing their own transportation and lodgings. More information, including options for lodgings, will be posted soon on Facebook ( as well as on a Tulane website. Conference registration can be found at This will be the inaugural Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference and we are very excited! The plan is for the conference to be held every other year, with a new venue and host institution each time. The 2nd conference will be hosted by the University of Houston in Houston, TX, in fall 2018. [/wpex]

21-22 October 2016, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada. Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2016.¬†[wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”] As we prepare to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s¬† posting¬†of his 95 theses in October 1517, it may be useful to pause for a moment¬†and consider two important questions: first, how were the historical and¬†cultural events of the late fifteenth and very early sixteenth century¬†defining the European world that would soon break apart along sectarian¬†lines, and, second, how did writers, thinkers, and artists later in the¬†century look back at that earlier world and culture. The years immediately¬†preceding 1517 were¬† richly marked by events/works that were to have a¬†lasting impact on their times. In 1516, for example, the fifteen-year-old¬†Charles von Habsburg was crowned king of Spain, Thomas More published his¬†Utopia, Erasmus his Novum Testamentum and Ariosto his Orlando furioso,¬†and the Venetians established the Ghetto. The previous year, 1515,¬† the¬†twenty-year-old Francis I was crowned king of France, Thomas Wolsey was¬†named cardinal and then Chancellor of England, Martin Luther began to¬†lecture on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Johannes Reuchlin established the¬†first university chair of Greek in Germany, while across the ocean the¬†Spaniard Diego Vel√°zquez de Cu√©llar founded the city of Havana. How did¬†people later in the sixteenth century and early in the next see these¬†events? How, for example, did Shakespeare see and depict pre-Reformation¬†England in some of his historical plays? How did Montaigne, or Cervantes,¬†or Caravaggio, or Monteverdi see the world before the Reformation?

This interdisciplinary conference seeks, therefore, to take the pulse of European history and culture in two different ways: from our perspective as early twenty-first-century scholars and from the perspective of late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth-century writers and artists. In so doing, the conferences seeks to cast its eyes on  both the Old World and the New,  Europe as well as in its African and Asian extensions, history as well as the arts, society as well as events.

For further information on the conference, please contact the organizers, Prof. Elizabeth Cohen ( and Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler ( For further information on the TRRC, please visit its web site at:[/wpex]

6-7 October 2016, Rome. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]Hybrid Republicanism: Italy and American Art, 1840-1918 is an international conference that will consider the shared notions of republicanism and tyranny that animated American and Italian politics and visual culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.¬† The program will take into account significant historical events that linked Italy and the United States, such as the Italian wars of independence, the American Civil War, the founding of the Italian nation with Rome as its capital, the rise and decline of progressive reform in Italy and the United States, and Italian and American participation in World War I.¬† The event will take place on October 6-7, 2016 and is sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the American Academy in Rome, and the Centro Studi Americani, Rome with assistance from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Embassy in Rome, Universit√† degli Studi Roma Tre, Universit√† di Macerata, Purchase College, the State University of New York, and Kenyon College. ¬†A sister conference, ‚ÄúThe Course of Empire:¬† American Fascination with Classical and Renaissance Italy, 1760-1970,‚ÄĚ will occur at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC on October 20-21, 2017. More information.[/wpex]

EARLY MODERN ROME 3 (1341-1667)
5-7 October 2017, Rome, University of California, Rome.¬†[wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]Early modern Rome was contradictory and complex; its vernacular and high culture animated and rich. From Petrarch‚Äôs crowning as Poet Laureate on the Capitoline in 1341 to the pontificate of Alexander VII Chigi in 1667, this conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to investigate the city proper as well as the campagna romana through a variety of different approaches and methods.

The resounding response to both previous Early Modern Rome conferences in May 2010 and October 2013‚ÄĒ76 papers from 9 different countries and 119 papers from 12 countries, respectively‚ÄĒmirrored the complex mix of the city itself and the changing face of early modern studies. We encourage papers from a range of disciplines‚ÄĒhistory, art and architectural history, literature, music, dance, religious studies, philosophy, history of medicine or science, diplomacy, gender, or others‚ÄĒto bring together in a single venue those whose research focuses on the city of Rome and the Roman countryside.

As with EMR2, the first two days of the conference will take place in the city at the cultural institutions in and around piazza dell’Orologio, and the last day of the conference will instead be held at the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano. Given that the organizers wish to foster dialogue with other researchers, we encourage the submission of single papers rather than complete sessions. Complete sessions will be accepted, although we reserve the right to reconfigure them on the basis of other proposals.

Organizers: Paolo Alei and Julia L. Hairston

Conference website:

Conference sponsored by the University of California, Rome with ACCENT and with the collaboration of the Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, the Archivio storico Capitolino, the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, and the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle. [/wpex]

1 October 2016, Cambridge, MA, MIT. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]Purity and contamination have long figured in the accounts of the European Renaissance. Scholars, in the last few decades alone, have mapped the role these ideas have played in debates about godliness and sin, cleanliness, gender, and ethnicity, among other domains. Less thoroughly studied, though, is how these two intertwined categories informed European approaches to art and the built environment, both as it was created and experienced. It is precisely this lacuna that our conference aims to address. This one-day conference plots some of the myriad ways in which concerns for material purity‚ÄĒand contamination‚ÄĒshaped the artistic and architectural pursuits of early modern Europeans. The aim is not to treat these phenomena comprehensively, or to fit them within a coherent framework, but rather to recover historical instances in which they assumed particular salience: in the materials that practitioners adopted; in how they manipulated them; and in the responses (physiological, verbal, textual) that such activity provoked. To this end, participants will present case studies drawn from diverse periods and places in multiple practices, teasing out the contradictions and complexities inherent in early modern approaches to matter, but also the broader conceptual and ideological conditions that determined how matter was defined and understood. A concluding roundtable brings together a distinguished group of scholars and museum curators to debate the methodological strengths and limitations of the two categories, as well as their relevance beyond the domain of Renaissance studies.

Participants: Joseph Ackley, Amy Bloch, Rachel Boyd, Lorenzo Buonanno, Michael Cole, Jodi Cranston, Lauren Jacobi,  Caroline Jones, David Karmon, Joseph Leo Koerner, Stephanie Leone, Jessica Maier, Carolina Mangone, Christopher Nygren,  Pamela Smith, Luke Syson, Jane Tylus, Michael Waters, Carolyn Yerkes, and Daniel Zolli. 
This event is the Fall 2016 New England Renaissance Conference. It is co-organized by Lauren Jacobi and Daniel Zolli.¬†To register and for more information, click here¬†or web search “MIT HTC Purity and Contamination”. The conference takes place from 9:30 am to 6pm in the Bartos Theatre on the MIT campus.[/wpex]

20-22 June 2016, Saint Louis, Saint Louis University. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.¬†We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Barbara Newman, of Northwestern University, and Teofilo Ruiz, of the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.¬†During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Susan L’Engle ( by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library’s regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.[/wpex]

9-10 June 2016, Florence, Villa I Tatti.¬†[wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]
This conference brings together scholars from different disciplines to analyze the economic and artistic values of gold and their place in the interconnected world of Early Modern European, African, Asian and American cultures. Although gold is recognized as a ‚Äúbeguiling‚ÄĚ universal equivalent as recently discussed by Zorach and Phillips (2016), the values of gold are also historically specific. The early modern world represents one of gold‚Äôs crucial transformative moments when its various meanings and roles were reaffirmed and/or transformed. The focus of the conference will be on articulating specific instances of the shifting uses, roles, and values of gold within the artistic, economic and symbolic arenas of world cultures. Changes as well as continuities in local cultures are in part conditioned by new global contacts that are sustained by gold‚Äôs importance within imperial ambitions and mercantile capitalism. More information.[/wpex]

25-28th May 2016, Zadar, Croatia. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]

‚ÄúIn the modern conception [of political life], state sovereignty is fully, flatly,¬†and evenly operative over each square centimetre of a legally demarcated¬†territory. But in the older imagining, where states were defined by centres,¬†borders were porous and indistinct, and sovereignties faded imperceptibly into¬†one another. Hence, paradoxically enough, the ease with which pre-modern¬†empires (‚Ķ) were able to sustain their rule over immensely heterogeneous,¬†and often not even contiguous, populations for long periods of time.‚ÄĚ–Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and¬†Spread of Nationalism.

In his landmark book Benedict Anderson described the proprietary relationship to land on the part of the bounded state, a geo-body belonging to the order of modernity, for which the national survey map may stand as an index. He then alluded to the paradoxical ease with which earlier and often geographically disjointed states managed the permeable edges of their territories.

This three-day conference offers a different set of assumptions when it comes to ‚Äúthe older imagining‚ÄĚ of empire, before the rise of nationalisms in the nineteenth century. It focuses on the operations employed by early modern states in ongoing efforts to establish or maintain peaceful relations as neighbors while managing the heterogeneous and often mobile populations in the interstices of their rule.

The conference is part of a larger collaborative project examining the geopolitics of borderlands in early modernity ( Given the current configuration of the scientific committee, our initial focus is on the historically dense contact zone between Venetian Dalmatia and Ottoman Bosnia‚Äďprovinces in states of vastly different political and religious orders, with footprints in present-day Croatia. The timeline runs from the fifteenth century, when the Venetians and Ottomans formally acquired territory in the region, to the Treaties of Carlowitz (1699) and Passerowitz (1718), which for the first time established seamless borders between the states via printed maps distributed as public affirmations of binding peace accords. (While these treaties also involved the Austrian Hapsburgs, the conference is limited to Ottoman-Venetian relations due to the rich nature of the archival material and practical matters concerning the fieldwork.) The instrumental use of cartography in detante is taken as a watershed and establishes the temporal end point for the conference.

Suggested paper topics include the composition of negotiating teams and protocols of diplomacy in determining borders (from elaborate gift exchange to the authentication of earlier treaties as points of departure or comparison); the practical aspects of work in the field (travel by foot or mule, provisions and lodging, interviews with local populations, communication via translators, land survey and production of sketches and drawings); the material practices used in marking sovereign limits on the ground (building earthen mounds or piles of stone, carving signs on trees, drilling iron rings into live rock); the spatial practices of borderland populations that hindered the maintenance of detante and, from the perspective of the states, the ability to ‚Äúlive well as neighbors‚ÄĚ (a rhetorical trope found in both Venetian and Ottoman political discourse).

The conference will combine formal presentations, round-tables, and a one-day field trip using GPS to map the borders that can be reconstructed with archival material and ground markers, featuring the borders negotiated after the Third and Fifth Ottoman-Venetian Wars (the ‚ÄúWar of Cyprus,‚ÄĚ 1570-73, and ‚ÄúLong War of Candia,‚ÄĚ 1645-69) both of which had significant theatres of operation in the borderlands between Dalmatia and Bosnia. The conference findings and relevant archival material will be made available digitally on the web, followed by publication of the conference proceedings.

Sponsors: University of Zadar; Harpur College, Binghamton University; the Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the Lila Acheson Wallace Special Project Grant, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Scientific Committee: Karen-edis Barzman (Art History, Binghamton University), Palmira Brummett (History, Brown University), Josip Farińćińá (Geography, University of Zadar), Egidio Ivetic (History, University of Padua), Kristijan Juran (History, University of Zadar), Richard Lee (The Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University), Lena MiroŇ°evińá (Geography, University of Zadar), Nenad Moańćanin (History, University of Zagreb), Maria Pia Pedani (History, University of Venice, Ca‚Äô Foscari), Walter Panciera (History, University of Padua),Tea Perinńćińá (The Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, Rijeka), Natalie Rothman (History, University of Toronto), Kornelija Jurin Starńćevińá (History, University of Zagreb), Josip Vrandeńćińá (History, University of Split).¬†For questions please contact the conference organizers at or[/wpex]

26-27 May 2016, Florence, Archivio di Stato.¬†Conference program. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]As patrons of art, the Medici left a legacy that is unrivaled. Their well-known narrative lies at the center of Renaissance scholarship. The Medici patronized painters and sculptors, founded academies, preserved and curated their collections, and used both artists and artworks as political tools to convey their agendas and augment their prestige amongst the courts of Italy and Europe. Yet, just as Medici identity was expressed in terms of this cultural patrimony, so too were the attacks of their enemies. A rich corpus of anti-Medicean works of art remains underappreciated and understudied: works of art that communicated messages of opposition, hostility and even hate that struck at the very heart of the political identity of the Medici dynasty. Recognizing the role that art, artists, and artistic patronage played in opposing the Medici (roughly from Cosimo the Elder to the end of the sixteenth century), this two-day event, sponsored by the Medici Archive Project and the Archivio di Stato in Florence, will address this lacuna.¬†The keynote speaker will be Paolo Simoncelli (Sapienza – Universit√† di Roma).[/wpex]

16 April 2016, Sacramento, California State University, Sacramento. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]¬†The past 30 years have seen an increased amount of scholarship about women who were artists and women who were either sponsors of art projects or purchasers of art objects between c. 1500 -1800. For the 12th Annual Art History Symposium at California State University, Sacramento (16 April 2016), we welcome proposals for 20-minute papers that provide new information and/or insights about women artists, clients, or consumers in the 16th-18th centuries. The keynote address will be delivered by Sheryl E. Reiss, President of the Italian Art Society (‚Äú‚ÄôNoble Exemplars of Their Sex‚Äô: Tomb Monuments Commissioned for and by Women during the Italian Renaissance‚ÄĚ). Questions about the symposium may be addressed to Prof. Catherine Turrill ([/wpex]

3-5 March 2016, Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence.¬†More information. [wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]Sponsors: Opera di Santa Croce, Medici Archive Project, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and Syracuse University in Florence. Organizers: Sally J. Cornelison, Alessio Assonitis, Paola Vojnovic; Keynote: Marcia B. Hall (Temple University).
The year 2016 will mark the 450th anniversary of the start of Giorgio Vasari’s renovation of the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence. The goal of this international conference is to revisit, revise, and expand our understanding of Vasari’s work at the basilica, how it relates to Cosimo I’s absolutist political and aesthetic agenda, and the renovation’s impact on the history of Italian Renaissance art. We seek papers in English or Italian that address how Vasari’s renovation altered the structure of the Gothic basilica, affected the works that predated his intervention, or interpret how the Lives of the Artists has influenced our understanding of those works. In addition, we are especially interested in papers that explore topics such as the sixteenth-century additions and alterations to Santa Croce, including the patronage history and iconography of the cinquecento altarpieces, how Vasari’s renovation relates to the history of the mendicant religious orders in sixteenth-century Florence, or how it reflects Cosimo I’s attempts to advertise his power through art and architecture.[/wpex]
12-13 February 2016, Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Sponsors: Courtauld Institute of Art and Print Quarterly.¬†[wpex more=”Read abstract” less=”Close abstract”]We have a packed programme full of established and emerging scholars and the event will comprise of a series of panels dedicated to overarching themes, including¬†Theory,¬†Circulation,¬†Colour,¬†Appropriation and Adaptation,¬†Print Processes,¬†Reproduction,¬†Ornament,¬†Dedication and Audience,¬†Market and Commerce¬†and¬†Use and Collecting. Antony Griffiths will be delivering an opening keynote lecture on ‚ÄėChanging Approaches to the History of Print‚Äô and the conference will begin with a pop-up exhibition in the Courtauld Gallery‚Äôs Prints and Drawings Study Room, ‚ÄėCourtauld Prints: The Making of a Collection‚Äô.¬†The full programme and tickets to the event are available at:¬† Updates are also available via twitter @PlacingPrints.[/wpex]