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 is delighted to announce that the next IAS/Kress lecture will take place outside Florence at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, on Wednesday, 1 June 2016. The speaker will be a senior or established scholar working on a topic related to Florence or its environs. Deadline for applications will be in early January, with application information available soon.
|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: INAUGURAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PRINT SCHOLARS
7 November 2015, Hunter College, CUNY, New York. The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is pleased to announce a symposium to support new critical ideas and research about printmaking. The event will occur during Print Week in New York, which includes major events such as the IFPDA Print Fair, the E/AB Fair and more. This conference seeks to investigate the relationship between specific technical choices made by printmakers, printers, or publishers in order to rethink more broadly the relationship between process, material and meaning in the graphic arts. We seek papers that focus on a wide range of chronological periods and geographic locations in order to highlight overarching methodological issues. Read abstract
Questions under consideration:
– How can technical analysis aid in understanding artists’ strategic decisions, including their use of printmaking within a larger multimedia practice?
– What can conservation science tell us about the life and contemporary importance of a print?
– How has print scholarship grown beyond connoisseurship, towards a more holistic account of engagement with the viewer?
– How does the transfer of information from the matrix to the receiving surface affect the resulting imagery and its significance?
The symposium is organized by Maeve Coudrelle (Tyler School of Art, Temple University), Allison Rudnick (The Graduate Center, CUNY and The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Britany Salsbury (RISD Museum), and Christina Weyl (Independent Scholar). More information.
CFP: FOURTH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
20-22 June 2016, Saint Louis, Saint Louis University. Deadline for proposals submissions 31 December 2015. 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.
All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.
CFP: AGAINST THE MEDICI: ART AND DISSENT IN RENAISSANCE ITALY
26-27 May 2016, Florence, Archivio di Stato. Deadline for proposals 1 January 2016. Read abstract
The organizers of the conference, Alessio Assonitis and Stefano Dall’Aglio, invite proposals for 25-minute papers that pertain to subjects including, but not limited to:
· Anti-Medici Patronage in the Quattrocento
· Savonarola and the Piagnoni: aesthetics, patronage and artistic production
· Michelangelo: between pro-Medici and anti-Medici
· Anti-Medici art and patronage in Rome · Art and architecture in the time of the Republic(s)
· Dissent and absolutism under the Medici Dukes
· Anti-Medicean sentiment in academies, workshops, and confraternities
· Graffiti and vandalism
· Florentine patronage in exile
· Duplicity and dissimulation
· Censorship and Damnatio Memoriae
The keynote speaker will be Paolo Simoncelli (Sapienza – Università di Roma).
Scholars interested in participating should send an abstract in English or Italian (no more than 200 words) and a one page C.V. to email@example.com by 1 January 2016. The papers can be presented in English or Italian.
Selected participants will receive partial funding for travel and accommodation.
Conferences are listed in chronological order by date. Corrections and additions should be sent to the webmaster.
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
NANOTECHNOLOGIES AND CULTURAL CONSERVATION: CURRENT TRENDS AND PRACTICES
30-31 October 2015, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, PA. Read abstract
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.