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
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|
|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: VASARI @ SANTA CROCE
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.
Conferences are listed in chronological order by date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.THE FUNCTIONS AND DYSFUNCTIONS OF THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE FAMILY
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
ANOTHER HORIZON: NORTHERN PAINTERS IN ROME AND NAPLES, 1814-1870
19-21 October 2015, Rome, Accademia di Danimarca / Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici. Read abstract
For Scandinavian and German artists, the views of southern Italy, and Rome in particular, had the appeal of the at once well-known and the foreign, a unique landscape where sublime vistas and enchanting local colour seemed to invite painters to contrast historical prominence with present insignificance. Country villages and the streets and squares of the cityscape were inhabited by the popolo, whose distinct otherness made it the ideal subject for genre painting. The uninterrupted presence in Rome of a colony of artists from the North, long personified by the towering figure of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, provided a sense of continuity and belonging. But at home patriotic arguments were raised against prolonged stays in Italy: Nordic painters should concentrate on Nordic subjects and landscapes.
For this conference, organized jointly by the Swedish Institute and the Danish Academy in Rome, we invite papers on various aspects of the work of Nordic painters working in Rome and the Kingdom of Naples from the Restoration to the Risorgimento. In particular, we welcome original papers on various aspects of the work of Nordic painters working in Rome and the Kingdom of Naples from the Restoration to the Risorgimento. In particular, we welcome original contributions addressing artists’ formation, technique and networks; patronage, collecting and the art market; gender aspects; the relationship between art, Romanticism and national ideologies; landscape and genre as cultural constructions; notions of the Classical vs the Romantic and of nature and identity; notions of public and private nature; theory and practice of genre painting; political and religious sympathies and conflicts within the artistic community and the general role of the political history of the period; history painting between north and south; art and science; reception and historiography.
Conference committee: Tiziano Antognozzi, Liliana Barroero, Giovanna Capitelli, Kristian Göransson, Martin Olin, Marianne Pade, and Adelaide Zocchi.