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.

Renaissance Society of America Session: Self-Fashioning and Re-fashioning the Renaissance

Every major artistic, political, and ecclesiastical figure of the Renaissance consciously manipulated their public image, intentionally fashioning how diverse audiences in different contexts would perceive them. The creation of these personae rendered both identifying features and historical narratives malleable. This practice often extended beyond the self, with lineages traced to fantastic origins, remembered ancestors glorified through manipulated memory, and the narrative of historical events rewritten. Since the Renaissance, 19th- and 20th Century scholarship has created new mythologies around these same Renaissance figures, sometimes derived from their original personae but often re-fashioned from more recent conceptions of history, patronage, art, or literature. In some instances, Renaissance self-fashioning has become obscured by the re-fashioned mythologies of scholarship.

In light of recent research re-examining the reception of Renaissance art in the 19th and 20th centuries, this panel seeks to interrogate the relationship between Renaissance and modern mythologies. We welcome proposals that explore the Renaissance self-fashioning and modern re-fashioning of figures from 1300-1700 throughout Europe. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

• Case studies and Comparisons: The reassessment of a Renaissance figure (artistic, political, ecclesiastical, etc.) and their contemporary or modern mythology; a discussion of an understudied individual who has remained overlooked; the examination of a figure who has had a cyclical resurgence of scholarship over the past centuries

• Reception Networks: The investigation of the relationship between patron, artist/writer, public, and/or scholar in the development of both modern and Renaissance myths

• Sources and Resources: Parallels and/or disjunctions between the art, literature, etc. that contributed to a figure’s public image, the archival sources that fueled nineteenth or twentieth-century scholarship, and/or contemporary conceptions of an individual, including political, geographical, and personal agendas

Papers are welcome from multiple fields (art history, history, literature, sociology, etc.), from 1300-1700. Please send a 150-word abstract and a brief CV (300 word maximum) to Alexander J. Noelle and Imogen Tedbury by 4 June 2017. The RSA conference is 22 – 24 March 2018 in New Orleans.

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:

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

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