Conferences & Lectures

The IAS sponsors and supports a number of conference sessions and lectures each year. In addition to IAS-Sponsored Conference Sessions and an annual lecture co-sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the IAS posts calls for papers and opportunities to attend other conferences related to Italian Art. If you have a conference or lecture that should be posted here, please contact the webmaster.

Calls for Proposals/Papers for IAS-Sponsored Sessions
The Program Committee welcomes proposals for IAS-sponsored sessions at the annual meetings of the American Association of Italian Studies, the College Art Association, the International Congress on Medieval Studies — Kalamazoo,¬†the Renaissance Society of America,¬†the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Sixteenth Century Society (SCSC).¬†Members are encouraged to send suggestions for sessions to the¬†Program Committee Chair. See¬†our submission guidelines¬†for eligibility requirements and instructions as well as the individual pages for each conference¬†listed below. Our¬†Conferences at a Glance page¬†allows you to see all current and upcoming conferences at once.

IAS-Sponsored Conference Sessions
IAS at American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
IAS at Kalamazoo
IAS at Sixteenth Century Society & Conference (SCSC)

IAS Travel Grants
The IAS provides grants to support graduate students, recent Ph.D. recipients, and scholars traveling internationally to present papers on Italian topics at select conferences.  Please see the our Travel Grants page for more information.

Other Calls for Papers

Italian Art and Design Post-WWII: Nationalisms and Counter-Nationalisms

The 3rd joint conference of the American Association for Italian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Italian, 26-28 March 2020, Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona

Deadline for submissions: 10 December 2019. Please email a working title, a 150-word abstract and a two-page CV to to Laura Petican, Texas A&M University. Each graduate applicant should also forward a letter of support from his or her supervisor. Selections will be made by 20 December 2019. Any inquiries may be directed to session Petican or session co-chair John Hatch, Western University.

Please see the flyer with complete details here.

The Production of the Self: Marisa Merz Study Day & Workshop
Friday, 24 April 2020 ‚Äʬ†10:00 AM ‚Äď 5:00 PM

Coming of age in Italy in the turbulence of the 1960s, Marisa Merz (1926‚Äď2019)¬†occupies a unique and pivotal position in the history of post-war Italian art. Following her first solo exhibition at Turin‚Äôs Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery in 1967, she participated as the only woman artist in exhibitions later associated with Arte Povera‚ÄĒa term coined by curator Germano Celant to describe a rising ‚Äėguerrilla‚Äô art movement made up of artists whose work emphasized process and the use of unconventional materials in an attempt to connect art and life. Imbuing the ordinary with redemptive and revelatory qualities, Merz‚Äôs sculptures, paintings, and drawings characteristically employ malleable materials like copper wire, wax, and unfired clay. For many years, Merz refrained from dating her artwork and presenting it in traditional exhibition settings. This selective participation marginalized the artist from inclusion in the larger art system, further propelled by the ways in which that same system centered on the work of men. As can be inferred, Merz held a debatable position amongst her Arte Povera contemporaries as she developed a singular practice that reflects a continuous exploration of the tensions between the domestic and the public ‚Äď describing her work as lavoro di¬†casa¬†(housework) ‚Äď as well as the spiritual and the profane ‚Äď harkening back to Italian inter-war trends like the antigrazioso(anti-graceful) forms of the Futurists and the rarefied atmospheres of the ritorno all‚Äôordine(return to order) movement.

Today, Merz’s oeuvre has received international acclaim, beginning with a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 1994 and, more recently, a retrospective that travelled from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2017. Currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Artis a gallery dedicated to the artist’s work across several decades.

In conjunction with this presentation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting The Production of the Self:¬†Marisa Merz Study Day & Workshop¬†on Friday, 24 April 2020¬†from 10:00 AM ‚Äď5:00 PM, which will include invited speaker presentations as well as round-table discussions, preceded by a Keynote Public Lectureon Thursday, April 23. Organized by Dr. Lara Demori, The Marcello Rumma Fellow in Contemporary Italian Art and Amanda Sroka, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, this Study Day not only pays homage to Merz‚Äôs life and legacy, but it also aims to discuss aspects of the artist‚Äôs practice often overlooked by scholarly criticism.

All abstracts should be submitted in either PDF or Microsoft Word format to by Friday, December 13, 2019and will be notified of participation by December 31, 2019. For complete details see the flyer here.

Conferences are listed in chronological order by due date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.

Other Conferences: To Attend

Call For Proposals:  Gateways to Medieval Naples
Field Seminar, 8-10 June 2020, Naples, Italy
In recent years, the art and architecture of medieval Naples has been the subject of renewed scholarly activity that is generating important research on understudied monuments and exploring fresh approaches to the history of the city’s material culture. A next generation of scholars is reassessing Neapolitan studies and advancing research with greater interdisciplinary breadth and expanded geographic scope. Given the vitality of ongoing scholarship, it is an ideal moment to address the city’s monuments as gateways to understanding medieval Naples as a monumental whole, comprising diverse artistic and cultural practices, shifting topographies, and complex urban networks.

To this end, the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut f√ľr Kunstgeschichte (Rome), the Universit√† degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici (Naples), and the Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Citt√† Portuali (Naples) are co-organizing a field seminar called Gateways to Medieval Naples, to be held in Naples June 8-10, 2020. Grounded in collaborative on-site study of works of art and animated by collegial exchange of ideas, the seminar will convene a small group of scholars to share and further develop the latest research on Naples and to chart new methodological approaches to this complex nexus of the medieval world.

Each morning, participants will present their research on site at a series of monuments and collections in the city. Each afternoon, the Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Citt√† Portuali will host roundtable discussions with presentations that address new avenues for research, questions of methodological practice, and topics of a broader nature not related to a single site.

The organizing committee invites established and emerging scholars to submit proposals for on-site or roundtable presentations on topics from late antiquity through the fifteenth century. As the title Gateways to Medieval Naples suggests, the seminar will both foreground the city’s material heritage and invite passage across times and places. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) continuity, rupture, and exchange between the medieval city and its ancient past; the city’s unique land- and sea-scape as a port through and within which artists, artworks, materials, and ideas circulated; ritual practices that framed monuments as sites of passage within greater webs of performances; the transformation of urban topography from late antiquity through the fifteenth century; patterns of urban patronage; the use of digital technologies to examine and understand the medieval city; and the interplay between the subjects and methodologies of historical research, with monuments providing multiple points of access to Naples’s material past.

We welcome proposals from art and architectural historians as well as from scholars in adjacent fields including archaeology, history, literary studies, anthropology, and musicology. The final program will be arranged topographically, thematically, and chronologically around the selected proposals. The plan (with grant funds pending) is for participants to receive a modest travel stipend (approximately 300 Euros for those traveling to Naples from within Europe and 800 US Dollars for those traveling from outside Europe). Lunches, opening and closing receptions, admissions fees, and local transportation costs will be covered by the seminar.

Proposals should include a curriculum vitae, a brief narrative biography (max. 150 words), and an abstract (max. 350 words), and may be in either Italian or English. The abstract should indicate the topic’s relevance to the themes outlined in the CFP above and whether the proposed contribution would take the form of an on-site presentation or a presentation in the afternoon roundtables held at the Centro. Final presentations may be made in Italian or English. Please combine these materials in a single Word or PDF document with Lastname_Firstname as the title, and send to lacapraia@gmail.comby 17 November 2019. Selected participants will be notified in early January. See the flyer here.


Past Conferences on Italian Topics
Conferences 2016
Conferences 2015
Conferences 2014
Conferences 2013
Conferences 2012
Conferences 2011
Conferences 2010

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