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 CAA
IAS at Kalamazoo
IAS at RSA
IAS at SAH
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
We are delighted to announce that Professor Megan Holmes (University of Michigan) will deliver the seventh annual IAS/Kress Lecture, in Florence at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, on 1 June 2016. Her lecture is titled “New Perspectives on the Reception of Florentine Panel Painting: Interpreting Scratch Marks.” More information.
|2014 IAS/Kress Lecture, Pisa: Gipsoteca, San Paolo all’Orto; Photo credit: Cathleen Fleck|
|2013 IAS/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.
CFP: XVth CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURTLY LITERATURE SOCIETY
24-29 July 2016, Lexington, KY. Read abstract
Conferences are listed in chronological order by date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.
NEGOTIATING LIMITS BETWEEN EARLY MODERN SOVEREIGNTIES: VENETIAN DALMATIA AND OTTOMAN BOSNIA, 15th-EARLY 18th CENTURIES
25-28th May 2016, Zadar, Croatia. Read abstract
“In the modern conception [of political life], state sovereignty is fully, flatly, and evenly operative over each square centimetre of a legally demarcated territory. But in the older imagining, where states were defined by centres, borders were porous and indistinct, and sovereignties faded imperceptibly into one another. Hence, paradoxically enough, the ease with which pre-modern empires (…) were able to sustain their rule over immensely heterogeneous, and often not even contiguous, populations for long periods of time.”–Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism.
In his landmark book Benedict Anderson described the proprietary relationship to land on the part of the bounded state, a geo-body belonging to the order of modernity, for which the national survey map may stand as an index. He then alluded to the paradoxical ease with which earlier and often geographically disjointed states managed the permeable edges of their territories.
This three-day conference offers a different set of assumptions when it comes to “the older imagining” of empire, before the rise of nationalisms in the nineteenth century. It focuses on the operations employed by early modern states in ongoing efforts to establish or maintain peaceful relations as neighbors while managing the heterogeneous and often mobile populations in the interstices of their rule.
The conference is part of a larger collaborative project examining the geopolitics of borderlands in early modernity (https://binghamton.academia.edu/KarenedisBarzman). Given the current configuration of the scientific committee, our initial focus is on the historically dense contact zone between Venetian Dalmatia and Ottoman Bosnia–provinces in states of vastly different political and religious orders, with footprints in present-day Croatia. The timeline runs from the fifteenth century, when the Venetians and Ottomans formally acquired territory in the region, to the Treaties of Carlowitz (1699) and Passerowitz (1718), which for the first time established seamless borders between the states via printed maps distributed as public affirmations of binding peace accords. (While these treaties also involved the Austrian Hapsburgs, the conference is limited to Ottoman-Venetian relations due to the rich nature of the archival material and practical matters concerning the fieldwork.) The instrumental use of cartography in detante is taken as a watershed and establishes the temporal end point for the conference.
Suggested paper topics include the composition of negotiating teams and protocols of diplomacy in determining borders (from elaborate gift exchange to the authentication of earlier treaties as points of departure or comparison); the practical aspects of work in the field (travel by foot or mule, provisions and lodging, interviews with local populations, communication via translators, land survey and production of sketches and drawings); the material practices used in marking sovereign limits on the ground (building earthen mounds or piles of stone, carving signs on trees, drilling iron rings into live rock); the spatial practices of borderland populations that hindered the maintenance of detante and, from the perspective of the states, the ability to “live well as neighbors” (a rhetorical trope found in both Venetian and Ottoman political discourse).
The conference will combine formal presentations, round-tables, and a one-day field trip using GPS to map the borders that can be reconstructed with archival material and ground markers, featuring the borders negotiated after the Third and Fifth Ottoman-Venetian Wars (the “War of Cyprus,” 1570-73, and “Long War of Candia,” 1645-69) both of which had significant theatres of operation in the borderlands between Dalmatia and Bosnia. The conference findings and relevant archival material will be made available digitally on the web, followed by publication of the conference proceedings.
Sponsors: University of Zadar; Harpur College, Binghamton University; the Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the Lila Acheson Wallace Special Project Grant, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
Scientific Committee: Karen-edis Barzman (Art History, Binghamton University), Palmira Brummett (History, Brown University), Josip Faričić (Geography, University of Zadar), Egidio Ivetic (History, University of Padua), Kristijan Juran (History, University of Zadar), Richard Lee (The Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University), Lena Mirošević (Geography, University of Zadar), Nenad Moačanin (History, University of Zagreb), Maria Pia Pedani (History, University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari), Walter Panciera (History, University of Padua),Tea Perinčić (The Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, Rijeka), Natalie Rothman (History, University of Toronto), Kornelija Jurin Starčević (History, University of Zagreb), Josip Vrandečić (History, University of Split). For questions please contact the conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
AGAINST THE MEDICI: ART AND DISSENT IN RENAISSANCE ITALY
26-27 May 2016, Florence, Archivio di Stato. Read abstract
FOURTH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
20-22 June 2016, Saint Louis, Saint Louis University. Read abstract
The plenary speakers for this year will be Barbara Newman, of Northwestern University, and Teofilo Ruiz, of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.
All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away. During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Susan L’Engle (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library’s regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.
HYBRID REPUBLICANISM: ITALY AND AMERICAN ART, c. 1840-1918
6-7 October 2016, Rome. Read abstract
The conference, funded in part by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation, will take place on 6-7 October 2016. A linked conference, “The Course of Empire: American Fascination with Classical and Renaissance Italy, 1760-1970,” will be held in the fall of 2017 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. A call for papers for this conference will be circulated in the spring of 2016.
CFP: ON THE EVE OF REFORMATION: THE VIEW FROM THEN AND NOW?
21-22 October 2016, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Canada. Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2016. Read abstract
This interdisciplinary conference seeks, therefore, to take the pulse of European history and culture in two different ways: from our perspective as early twenty-first-century scholars and from the perspective of late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth-century writers and artists. In so doing, the conferences seeks to cast its eyes on both the Old World and the New, Europe as well as in its African and Asian extensions, history as well as the arts, society as well as events.
Proposals for papers as well as for complete sessions (3 speakers) to be presented at the conference should include:
the name of the speaker; the speaker?s academic affiliation (or independent scholar, as applicable); the title of the presentation; a 150 words abstract; full contact information for the speaker (name, address, telephone, email); the speaker?s one-page CV. In the case of complete session proposals, this information is to be repeated for each presenter.
Proposals should be emailed by Thursday, 31 March 2016, to both conference organizers: Prof. Elizabeth Cohen (email@example.com) and Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler (firstname.lastname@example.org). For further information on the conference, please contact either one of the organizers.For further information on the TRRC, please visit its web site at:http://www.itergateway.org/trrc/
ANDREW LADIS TRECENTO CONFERENCE
10-13 November 2016, New Orleans, Tulane University. Deadline for submissions 20 February 2016. Read abstract
The keynote speaker at the Tulane conference will be Marvin Trachtenberg, Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Thanks to the generous support of the Kress Foundation and other benefactors, we will not be charging any registration fees for this conference. Participants will be responsible for securing their own transportation and lodgings. More information, including options for lodgings, will be posted soon on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LadisTrecentoConference/) as well as on a Tulane website. Conference registration will be on Eventbrite beginning 1 May: (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/andrew-ladis-trecento-conference-tickets-20459979349). This will be the inaugural Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference and we are very excited! The plan is for the conference to be held every other year, with a new venue and host institution each time. The 2nd conference will be hosted by the University of Houston in Houston, TX, in fall 2018.