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

IAS/Kress Lectures in Italy
The IAS would like to recognize the generous sponsorship of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for this lecture series. The 2015 IAS/Kress Lecture in Italy will be in Naples on 20 May 2015. More information.

2014 IAS/Kress Lecture, Pisa: Gipsoteca, San Paolo all’Orto; Photo credit: Cathleen Fleck
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 2013 IAS/Kress Lecture, Rome: Fondazione Marco Besso; Photo credit: Humberto Nicoletti Serra
2013 IAS/Kress Lecture, Fondazione Marco Besso, Rome. Photo Credit: Humberto Nicoletti Serra 2013 Kress Lecture, Rome: Fondazione Marco Besso; Photo credit: Humberto Nicoletti Serra


Other Conferences: Calls for Papers
Conferences are listed in chronological order by due date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.

7 November 2015, Hunter College, CUNY, New York. The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is pleased to announce a symposium to support new critical ideas and research about printmaking. The event will occur during Print Week in New York, which includes major events such as the IFPDA Print Fair, the E/AB Fair and more. This conference seeks to investigate the relationship between specific technical choices made by printmakers, printers, or publishers in order to rethink more broadly the relationship between process, material and meaning in the graphic arts. We seek papers that focus on a wide range of chronological periods and geographic locations in order to highlight overarching methodological issues. Deadline 15 August 2015. Read abstract

3-5 March 2016, Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence. 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. Prospective participants should send a 350-word abstract of a twenty-minute paper and a two-page CV to Sally Cornelison by 15 September 2015.

Other Conferences: To Attend
Conferences are listed in chronological order by date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.

3-5 August 2015, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT. The 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA) will be held in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University. Read abstract

12 September 2015, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA. Throughout his brief career, the prolific and exceptionally productive Raphael relied on a network of collaborators to assist him in carrying out his altarpieces and smaller devotional images, frescoes, and architectural projects, and to realize the sculpture, tapestries, prints, and precious objects he designed. Some of Raphael’s collaborators, like Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni, were pupils and longstanding members of his workshop; others, like Timoteo Viti and Lorenzo Lotto, were friends or fellow artists who worked with the master briefly on a specific project. Expediency was often the motivation behind these short-term collaborations, as Raphael enlisted others to help him carry out a work that he was too inexperienced–or increasingly, too busy–to realize fully on his own, or that he abandoned in the course of his peregrinations that led him from Urbino to Perugia, Florence, and Rome.Read abstract

19-21 October 2015, Rome, Accademia di Danimarca / Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici. Read abstract