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IAS-Sponsored Session at CAA 2018 and Annual Business Meeting

 IAS invites all current and recent members attending this year’s College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles to seek out the Italian Art Society‘s Sponsored Session.  The IAS will also  hold its annual business meeting at CAA on from 12:30-13:30 on Friday, 23 February 2018 in Room 409B.  We encourage all current and recent members to attend.  Details on this year’s IAS-Sponsored Session is below:

“‘Processi Italiani’: Examining Process in Postwar Italian Art, 1945-80”. 

Time:  2:00PM–3:30PM 21 February 2018
Location: Room 410

Chair: Tenley Bick, Washington College

“Passive Process: Arte Povera and the Politics of Autonomia”
Elizabeth Mangini, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

“Process and “Mani Sapienti”: Arte Povera and the Default to Order”
Laura Petican, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

“Minor Productions: The Work of Michelangelo Pistoletto, 1965–1970”
Tenley Bick, Washington College

“The Artwork as Process as Exhibition: Franco Vaccari’s Esposizione in tempo reale”
Maria Bremer, Bibliotheca Hertziana—Max Planck Institute for Art History

NINTH ANNUAL IAS/KRESS LECTURE IN ITALY: The Italian Art Society is delighted to announce our competition for the Ninth Annual IAS/Kress Lecture in Italy, set to take place in June 2018.The IAS seeks a speaker for the 2018 IAS/Kress Lecture in Rome, Italy, to promote intellectual exchange between North American art historians and scholars in Italy. The lecture, which will take place in late June in Rome , is supported by the IAS and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. View the flyer here.
• The speaker must be a senior or established scholar based in North America who holds the Ph.D. and who has a solid publication record.
• The proposed lecture may address any period in Italian art but must be related to the host city of Rome or its environs.
• The lecture may be given in English or Italian, should be approximately 45-50 minutes in length, and may not have been previously published or presented at another conference or venue.
• The presenter will receive an honorarium of $800.00 and a $1250.00 supplementary lecture allowance that may be used for travel, lodging, or translation expenses. • The applicant must be a member of the IAS at time of application and presenting the lecture.
• The speaker must be available to present his or her lecture in late June.
• Current IAS officers and committee members are not eligible to apply.
Applications should include a cover letter, a one-to-two page abstract of the proposed lecture, and a current CV (submitted in a single PDF or Word document) .
Application Deadline 28 February 2018.  Questions and applications should be directed to IAS President Sean Roberts at president@italianartsociety.org.  If you have submitted a proposal and have not received confirmation of receipt, please contact Dr. Roberts.
The Italian Art Society (IAS) is a professional organization dedicated to the study of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present.

FALL 2017 IAS NEWSLETTER: The Fall 2017 IAS newsletter is now available. This issue features news about travel grants and scholarships, member talks and publications, conference round-ups, information about new books on Italian art, and critics’ calls for regional and international exhibitions taking place during late summer, fall, and early winter 2017. View the newsletter here.

BECOME AN IAS MENTOR. The Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC) invites all mid-career and senior society members to share their expertise with our early-career members. All potential mentors and mentees should take our survey to start the process. Contact Antje Gamble, ESC Chair, with any questions.

IAS CONFERENCES AT A GLANCE. Whether you are making travel plans or trying to decide where you would like to send an abstract, you can now see all IAS sponsored sessions in an easy to navigate chart on our Conferences at a Glance page.  Visit our Conferences & Lectures page for a listing of upcoming conferences on Italian topics.

WHAT’S NEW IN ITALIAN STUDIES? Visit our Member Publications page to see recent titles on Italian Art and Architecture. Have a new publication to share? Current members should send information about recent books and articles for inclusion on our Member Publications page. More information.

DISSERTATION LISTS. The IAS lists recently completed and ongoing dissertations on Italian topics from all periods.  We encourage students and emerging scholars, and their advisors, to check our lists for accuracy and to submit updates for dissertations begun or completed in 2016 and 2017. More information.

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SUPPORT THE IAS: Tax-deductible, charitable contributions support the IAS annual operations, including travel grants and a lecture series. You can also support the IAS by starting your Amazon shopping through any of the links found on the site. All purchases begun from one of our website links returns at least 4% to the IAS at no extra cost to you. A simple and easy way to support IAS programming and grants. More information.

RESEARCH & RESOURCES PAGE. Our resources page contains information of use to our membership, including listings of research institutions in Italy, recent member publications, recently completed dissertations, and dissertations in progress. More information.

ASHGATE DISCOUNT. A 20% discount is available to all IAS members through the Ashgate partnership program. For discount code, please contact the webmaster.

IAS  BULLETIN BOARD SERVICE: An on-line bulletin board is available for your notices and postings, which should be sent to the webmaster.

IAS CALENDAR: The IAS maintains a calendar of IAS and related events and deadlines, found under About the IAS.

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Announcements last updated 5 February 2018.