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
Professor Megan Holmes (University of Michigan) delivered 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 was 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.
THE NETWORK OF CASSINESE ARTS IN MEDITERRANEAN RENAISSANCE ITALY
16-18 March 2017, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence. Deadline 30 October 2016. Read abstract
From the late fifteenth to the mid sixteenth century, an impressive corpus of architecture, sculpture, and painting was created to embellish monastic sites affiliated with the Benedictine Cassinese Congregation of Italy. A religious order of humanistically trained monks whose mobility among the network of Cassinese monasteries was paramount to their spiritual reformed agenda, the Cassinese fruitfully engaged with the most eminent artists and architects of the early modern period, supporting the production of imagery and architecture that was often highly experimental in nature. The Cassinese Congregation constituted a spiritual infrastructure that spread across the northern, central and southern regions of Italy, through which not only monks but also works and models circulated, intersected, and interacted. The mobility and flow of artists, materials, and motifs tied together the reformed religious communities affiliated with the Cassinese Congregation and simultaneously connected an antique with a modern Christian artistic corpus. This system resulted in a virtual continuum linking works of architecture, sculpture, and painting, including the Byzantine church of San Vitale in Ravenna, the Norman cloister of Monreale (Palermo), and Raphael’s Sistine Madonna in Piacenza.
Scholarship has presented the Cassinese monks principally as learned patrons of ambitious but locally-inflected works created by credited Renaissance masters. But such an approach has obscured the fact that these modern instances of Cassinese Christian arts existed within a larger cultural network and coexisted with others of differing value, including the management of late antique buildings, the preservation of Byzantine mosaics, and the custody of poorly made votive images in popular shrines. Not only did these lesser-known episodes assure the survival of late antique arts, and artifacts of limited aesthetic appeal, but they also provided occasions for Renaissance masters active in Cassinese communities to confront alternative forms of antiquity in a dialogue among the arts for the reinvention of a modern Christianized art.
The present conference proposes itself as a forum for the task of reconnecting various artistic episodes that were once Cassinese initiatives in Renaissance Mediterranean Italy and of re-considering the spatial monastic settings in which the artworks were originally placed. Investigating the network of Cassinese arts therefore offers a fresh occasion to gain new perspectives on a rich body of antique and Renaissance artworks and their life across time, as well as their makers’ approaches to past models, recipients’ modalities of viewing and the pressures put on images as agents of religious reform.
Proposals engaging with all aspects of the network of Cassinese arts are welcome, with a preference for investigations of little-explored Cassinese works in southern Italy or new readings of major artworks and their modes of functioning. Comparative approaches to cycles depicting rebus-like art forms such as grotesques and hieroglyphs are also of great interest, as are explorations of the social life of Renaissance artists building on the evidence that some set up workshops within the Cassinese precincts while working for the monks. Other topics could include the appropriation and recycling of Early Christian and Byzantine materials in Cassinese edifices, the ecological management of built resources (for example, the transfer of antique columns from San Vitale in Ravenna to the abbey of Santa Maria del Monte in Cesena) that served to symbolically link Cassinese monasteries, and considerations on the Cassinese visual network of the sacred, spreading throughout Mediterranean Italy by means of copies of primary objects and the mobility of monks, artists and forms. Please send your proposal (maximum 400 words) and CV in English, German and/or Italian to Dott.ssa Mandy Richter: Richter@khi.fi.it. Conference organized by Alessandro Nova and Giancarla Periti.
PURITY AND CONTAMINATION IN RENAISSANCE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
1 October 2016, Cambridge, MA, MIT. Read abstract
Participants: Joseph Ackley, Amy Bloch, Rachel Boyd, Lorenzo Buonanno, Michael Cole, Jodi Cranston, Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, David Karmon, Joseph Leo Koerner, Stephanie Leone, Jessica Maier, Carolina Mangone, Christopher Nygren, Pamela Smith, Luke Syson, Jane Tylus, Michael Waters, Carolyn Yerkes, and Daniel Zolli. This event is the Fall 2016 New England Renaissance Conference. It is co-organized by Lauren Jacobi and Daniel Zolli. To register and for more information, click here or web search “MIT HTC Purity and Contamination”. The conference takes place from 9:30 am to 6pm in the Bartos Theatre on the MIT campus.
EARLY MODERN ROME 3 (1341-1667) The resounding response to both previous Early Modern Rome conferences in May 2010 and October 2013—76 papers from 9 different countries and 119 papers from 12 countries, respectively—mirrored the complex mix of the city itself and the changing face of early modern studies. We encourage papers from a range of disciplines—history, art and architectural history, literature, music, dance, religious studies, philosophy, history of medicine or science, diplomacy, gender, or others—to bring together in a single venue those whose research focuses on the city of Rome and the Roman countryside. As with EMR2, the first two days of the conference will take place in the city at the cultural institutions in and around piazza dell’Orologio, and the last day of the conference will instead be held at the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano. Given that the organizers wish to foster dialogue with other researchers, we encourage the submission of single papers rather than complete sessions. Complete sessions will be accepted, although we reserve the right to reconfigure them on the basis of other proposals. Organizers: Paolo Alei and Julia L. Hairston Conference website: conference.eapitaly.it Conference sponsored by the University of California, Rome with ACCENT and with the collaboration of the Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, the Archivio storico Capitolino, the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, and the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle.
5-7 October 2017, Rome, University of California, Rome. Read abstract
The resounding response to both previous Early Modern Rome conferences in May 2010 and October 2013—76 papers from 9 different countries and 119 papers from 12 countries, respectively—mirrored the complex mix of the city itself and the changing face of early modern studies. We encourage papers from a range of disciplines—history, art and architectural history, literature, music, dance, religious studies, philosophy, history of medicine or science, diplomacy, gender, or others—to bring together in a single venue those whose research focuses on the city of Rome and the Roman countryside.
As with EMR2, the first two days of the conference will take place in the city at the cultural institutions in and around piazza dell’Orologio, and the last day of the conference will instead be held at the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano. Given that the organizers wish to foster dialogue with other researchers, we encourage the submission of single papers rather than complete sessions. Complete sessions will be accepted, although we reserve the right to reconfigure them on the basis of other proposals.
Organizers: Paolo Alei and Julia L. Hairston
Conference website: conference.eapitaly.it
Conference sponsored by the University of California, Rome with ACCENT and with the collaboration of the Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, the Archivio storico Capitolino, the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, and the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle.
HYBRID REPUBLICANISM: ITALY AND AMERICAN ART, 1840-1918
6-7 October 2016, Rome. Read abstract
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.
For further information on the conference, please contact the organizers, Prof. Elizabeth Cohen (email@example.com) and Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 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 can be found at 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.