Conferences & Lectures

Call Deadline: January 15, 2021

Location: Frist Art Museum and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

The Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference is held biennially in honor of the art historian Andrew Ladis (1949–2007), an authority on Taddeo Gaddi and Giotto and an inspiring teacher. The conference—the only gathering of its kind—emphasizes trecento Italian art as a fruitful area of research and offers participants the opportunity to exchange ideas formally and informally in a collegial environment. The next conference will be held NOVEMBER 11–13, 2021 at the Frist Art Museum and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Susan L’Engle, professor emerita and former assistant director of the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University, will be the keynote speaker. Approximately twenty-four other scholars will be selected to present papers, which will be published by Brepols. There will be an opening reception on November 11, 2021, and meals will be provided for all attendees on November 12 and 13. Guided visits will be offered Medieval Bologna: Art for a University at the Frist and The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. 

If the event cannot be held in person because of COVID-19, the conference will take place virtually on the same dates. 

Registration and Costs

Conference registration will open in early summer 2021. There will be no conference fees, but participants must secure their own transportation and lodging. Discounted rates will be available at nearby hotels. A $1,000 scholarship will be offered to one participating Italian scholar traveling from Italy; limited additional travel funds may be available for other scholars.

Organizing Committee

Anne Derbes (emerita, Hood College), Max Grossman (The University of Texas at El Paso), Bryan C. Keene (J. Paul Getty Museum), Trinita Kennedy (Frist Art Museum), Areli Marina (University of Kansas), Judith Steinhoff (University of Houston), Kristen Streahle (University of Puget Sound), and Sarah Wilkins (Pratt Institute)

Call for Papers

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Abstracts & C.V.

Scholars of all career stages are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of Italian art of the “long fourteenth century” (from about 1250 to 1450). MA students must provide a letter of support from a professor with whom they have taken a graduate-level course.

Please submit an abstract (maximum 500 words) and curriculum vitae by January 15, 2021. Combine the documents in that order into a single Word file or PDF with Lastname_Firstname as the filename and send it to The planning committee will review all proposals and respond by March 1, 2021.


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