IAS at American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)

Each year, the IAS seeks session proposals for the annual meeting of the interdisciplinary American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), broadly conceived, but potentially inclusive of architecture, cinema, and other visual media.  For more on the AAIS conference, please see its conference guidelines. See our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements to propose a session for IAS at AAIS.

See below for more information on current, upcoming, and past IAS participation at the American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference.

Upcoming Conference

2018 American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)
14-17 June 2018 at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.

RITUAL AND ORNAMENT

Chair: Eleanor D’Aponte, AIA, Associate Professor, Norwich University

The genesis of architectural ornament derives from ritual and a human instinct for imitation (Gottfried Semper, 2004). Early architectural “enclosures’”, or “space dividers” were first plant fiber woven mats and then woven tapestries. Woven patterns used as edging for Roman tapestry walls are replicated in Pompeiian fresco designs. The ritual uses of tapestries and relics in religious ceremonies of the Sorrentine peninsula are memorialized and transformed as decorative and structural motifs on walls, in mosaics, liturgical elements, and building facades.  Interdisciplinary papers exploring the relationship of ornament to ritual and sacrament from ancient to modern times are welcome.

Proposals due to edapont@norwich.edu by December 30, 2017 should include title, brief abstract (200-250 words), and short biographical blurb.

Past IAS Sessions at AAIS

2016 American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
2015 American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Boulder, CO

2014 American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Zurich

2013 American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Eugene, OR