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. Interested speakers are encouraged to apply by 4 January 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: ANOTHER HORIZON: NORTHERN PAINTERS IN ROME AND NAPLES, 1814-1870
Deadline 1 April
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.
Abstracts (maximum 175 words) for 20-minute papers should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 April 2015. It is hoped that a travel allowance and accommodation will be available for speakers with accepted papers. Conference committee: Tiziano Antognozzi, Liliana Barroero, Giovanna Capitelli, Kristian Göransson, Martin Olin, Marianne Pade, and Adelaide Zocchi.
CFP: THE FUNCTIONS AND DYSFUNCTIONS OF THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE FAMILY
Deadline 1 May
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
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Conferences are listed in chronological order by date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.
DRAWING AND INVENTION
24 April 2015, 10 am-1 pm, Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Read abstract
AMOR VINCIT OMNIA: LOVE AS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN ITALIAN ARTS AND LITERATURE
24-25 April 2015, University of Chicago. Read abstract
Keynote Address: Dr. Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian, Yale University; Closing Address: Dr. Hendrik Dey, Professor of Art History, Hunter College. The students of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in the specialization of Italian and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference.
The motto “Love conquers all” has become ubiquitous for love’s ability to overcome all obstacles, physical as well as psychological, that impede the union of two lovers. However, in its original context “amor vincit omnia” in Virgil actually refers to love’s ability to destroy both the lover and the beloved; the speaker of this phrase, Gallus, immediately kills himself after its declaration. The destructive nature of love has been addressed by Italian artists and writers from antiquity to modern times. Virgil’s depiction of Dido, Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, Verdi’s Aida, and, more recently, Fellini’s Cabiria and De Chirico’s Ariadne all explore love’s disastrous consequences. This conference aims to explore the varieties of representation of sorrowful love and its evolution over time; new understandings that can be gleaned from a variety of evidence; and dialogue and divergence between portrayals of tragic Italian love across the Humanities.
ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI. INTERPRETING NEW EVIDENCE, ASSESSING NEW ATTRIBUTIONS
7 May 2015, Florence, Italy. Read abstract
ARTISTIC CORRESPONDENCES: ROME AND EUROPE IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
15-16 June 2015, Rome. Read abstract
The workshop to be held in Rome, 15-16 June 2015, is intended to explore new forms of research collaboration and dissemination of sources (e.g. networks, databases, digital repositories, etc.). The ultimate goal of the workshop is to initiate a debate leading to the construction of a digital platform of artists’ correspondences in the modern era. The workshop endorses a synchronic and diachronic approach to the study of artistic correspondences that will enable the mapping of geographical trajectories and cultural exchanges.
Serenella Rolfi (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Roma TRE), Giovanna Capitelli (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università della Calabria), Susanne Adina Meyer (Dipartimento di Scienze della formazione, dei beni culturali e del turismo, Università di Macerata), Ilaria Miarelli Mariani (Dipartimento di Lettere, Arti e Scienze Sociali, Università di Chieti), Christoph Frank and Carla Mazzarelli (Istituto di Storia e Teoria dell’arte e dell’architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana), Maria Pia Donato (CNRS Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine). With the cooperation of KNIR, Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome and of the Svenska Institutet i Rom.
THIRD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
15-17 June 2015, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Read abstract
The plenary speakers for 2015 will be Kenneth Pennington, of Catholic University of America, and Ingrid Rowland, of the University of Notre Dame.
The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February. For more information or to submit your proposal online please visit the symposium website.
THE WORLD OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI Organizing committee: ART & LAW: ART IN PERIL
17-19 June 2015, Siena, Italy. Read abstract
Bradley R. Franco (University of Portland)
Weston Kennison (SUNY Geneseo)
Beth Mulvaney (Meredith College)
Mario Ascheri (Università Roma 3)
23 June 2015, University of Cambridge. An Interdisciplinary Conference convened to discuss varying perspectives on questions of art and law and to break down the barriers of specialization. Read abstract
ART & LAW: ART IN PERIL