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.

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

Centers of Renaissance Sculptural Production
The Eighth Quadrennial Italian Renaissance Sculpture Conference will convene 26-28 October 2017, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Building upon the prestigious history of the conference, this year’s theme, “Centers of Renaissance Sculptural Production,” aims to widen the geographic boundaries of the conversation.

Looking beyond the more frequently discussed Italian cities such as Florence and Venice, the conference seeks papers that explore other important centers of production, including not only Naples, Padua, and Bologna, but also Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Suggested topics might include aspects of manufacture particular to a single place, contrasts between two or more centers, problems faced by artists who moved between sites, questions of patronage and media choices, and perspectives offered by conservators. Papers may also address sculpture in places where Italian influence or related sculptural practices might shed new light on Italian Renaissance sculpture of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries.
Papers should be twenty minutes in length.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words and a CV to by Monday, 26 June 2017. Download the flyer with full details here. Speakers will be confirmed by mid-July. The conference is cosponsored by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas and by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy
Students currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program are invited to submit a project for “Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy,” an international conference to be held at the Monash University Centre in Prato on 13-15 December 2017.

The conference will be the first to explore how diseased bodies were represented in Italy during the “long Renaissance,” from the early 1400s through ca. 1650. Many individual studies by historians of art and the history of medicine address specific aspects of this subject, yet there has never been an attempt to define or explore the broader topic. Moreover, most studies interpret Renaissance images and texts through the lens of current understandings about disease.

Graduate students are invited to participate in the poster session. Selection will begin on 15 August 2017. Grant recipients will produce a PDF for a poster that illustrates one aspect of how infirmity was represented in Renaissance Italy. The poster will be exhibited at the Monash Prato Centre, and an electronic version will be posted on the conference webpage. During the conference, students will give short presentations of their work. These junior colleagues are invited to all meals, and encouraged to participate in discussions; they may be invited to submit their paper for publication in the acts of the conference. Students will be provided with up to $500 for economy transportation, plus hotel and meals in Prato for the three-day event. Given the terms of this grant, priority will be given to US students and students in US programs, but all students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Doctoral or a research-based Master’s program. Applications should be sent via email to, and must include the following:

  1. Academic Summary (university level only): a) name and address of current institution, b) title of program, c) short description of thesis (ca. 200 words), d) expected date of completion, e) name and address of advisor, and f) name and address of second academic or professional reference.
  2. Professional Summary: a list of relevant work experience and/or publications.
  3. Proposal: title, and short description (ca. 200 words). Proposals should address one the following topics:
    1. What infirmities are depicted in visual culture, in what context, why, and when?
    2. How did the idea and representations of infirmities change over the 15th-17th centuries?
    3. How, did awareness of new diseases in this period inform the visual representation of infirmity?
    4. How did these representations change across media (altarpieces, sculptures, votive images, prints, book illustrations)?
    5. What was the relationship between images and texts, principally medical, religious, and literary?
    6. How and why did representations of infirmity differ in popular versus learned texts?

The event is organized by John Henderson (Birkbeck, University of London and Monash University), a historian of medicine, Fredrika Jacobs (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Jonathan Nelson (Syracuse University in Florence), both historians of art, and Peter Howard (Monash University, Melbourne), a historian and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash (Melbourne and Prato).

The Conference is organized by Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University Prato, as part of the “Body in the City Arts Focus Research Program.”

Funding for graduate students is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered through Syracuse University.

New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies
The 21st biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017. For submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please use the interface at the conference website.
Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Further details are available at the conference website.
The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).
More information will be posted as it becomes available, including plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to

Other Conferences: To Attend

Michelangelo & Sebastiano: An Academic Conference about their Art and Collaboration
The National Gallery, London, 23-24 June, 2017

A two-day international conference on Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, exploring their unique creative relationship, their lives, times and, most importantly, their art; art that helped shape the development of the Western tradition.

To coincide with The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano, this academic conference gathers international experts who will share their research on a range of subjects, including the individual practices of the two artists in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Areas examined will include the artists’ creative processes and studio practice, with results drawn in part from technical analysis; the intellectual and theological context of their work; their patrons and commissions; and their artistic and historiographical legacies, as well as the creative work that went into the exhibition itself.

Keynote lectures will be given by Professors William E. Wallace (Washington University, St Louis) and Paul Joannides (Emeritus, University of Cambridge).

Please note that the three papers in the afternoon session on Friday 23 will be presented in Italian. Extended English abstracts will be provided for these papers.

For the full conference program and to reserve a place:

For more information:

Past Conferences on Italian Topics
Conferences 2016
Conferences 2015
Conferences 2014
Conferences 2013
Conferences 2012
Conferences 2011
Conferences 2010

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