IAS at Kalamazoo

Each year, the IAS sponsors linked sessions at the annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS). The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies, broadly defined. The IAS seeks session proposals that cover Italian art from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries. See our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements to propose a session for IAS at Kalamazoo. Please send abstracts of 250 words together with a 1 page cv to programs@italianartsociety.org.

See below for more information on currentupcoming, and past IAS participation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.


Quo vadis? Medieval Italian Sculpture Studies in the New Millennium In Honor of Dorothy F. Glass, I–II

55thInternational Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 7–10, 2020

Session Sponsored by the Italian Art Society (IAS)

55thInternational Congress on Medieval Studies 

University of Western Michigan, 7-10 May 2020

Quo vadis? Medieval Italian Sculpture Studies in the New MillenniumIn Honor of Dorothy F. Glass, I–II

Session Chairs: Francesco Gangemi, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz & Alison Locke Perchuk, California State University Channel Islands

Dorothy F. Glass’s 2005 paper, “Quo Vadis? L’étude de la sculpture romane italienne à l’aube du troisiéme millénaire,” balanced a brief sketch of the historiography of medieval Italian sculpture studies as practiced during the last millennium with suggestions for directions such studies might take in the new one. Many of the issues and approaches she signaled as potentially fruitful have since been integrated into scholarship: for instance, the paired study of iconography and liturgy has led to a richer understanding of the social and ritual functions of religious sculpture, including its role in the creation of sacred space, while investigations of patronage have highlighted, in particular, the role of the laity in the development of medieval Italian art. But as scholars know only too well, history has a way of tracing its own course, and the intervening fifteen years have brought dramatic changes to medieval art history unanticipated by Glass’s essay, including the environmental, ethical, material, and Mediterranean “turns,” new digital (or digitally inspired) tools and methods, and the emergence of long-suppressed questions of racism and bias, historiography, and the academy. This double session seeks to honor Glass’s many years of contributions to medieval art history by asking, Quo vadimus nunc? We seek short (12–14 minutes) papers that engage methodologically, historiographically, prescriptively, and even polemically with the study of medieval Italian sculpture today, expansively defined.

Please direct inquiries and proposals to Francesco Gangemi (francesco.gangemi@khi.fi.it) and Alison Locke Perchuk (alison.perchuk@csuci.edu). The deadline for receipt of proposals is 15 September 2019.

A paper proposalfor the ICMA comprises:

Additional Information:

  • All speakers are required to become members of the IAS should their paper be accepted. Join the IAS.
  • Speakers are responsible for their own costs of travelling to and attending the conference. Information on last year’s conference costs may be found here and here.
  • Speakers are eligible to apply for one of the IAS’s competitive travel grants to defray expenses; information may be found here and here.
Download a flyer with these and further details here.

Past IAS Sessions at Kalamazoo

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2018
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2017
51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2016
50th International Congress of Medieval Studies, 2015
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2014
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2013
47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2012
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2011
45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2010

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