IAS at Kalamazoo

Each year, the IAS sponsors three linked sessions at the annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS). The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies, broadly defined. The IAS seeks session proposals that cover Italian art from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries. See our submission guidelines for eligibility requirements to propose a session for IAS at Kalamazoo. Please send abstracts of 250 words together with a 1 page cv to programs@italianartsociety.org.

See below for more information on currentupcoming, and past IAS participation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Current Conference

2017 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14

The IAS is sponsoring the following two panels at the next ICMS. Deadline for submission is 15 September 2016Please include the following materials in your application to either session: (1) A one-page abstract, (2) Completed Participant Information Form available at the website of the Medieval Congress (http://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions), and (3) A one-page CV.

Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations
Organizers: Kaelin Jewell and Amy Gillette
The digital reconstruction of architectural complexes, including the reinstallation of dispersed artistic works in their original settings, is a good way of showing material and spatial contexts and of studying the dynamic interactions between monumental architecture, painting, and other media. Historians of medieval architecture have productively used digital technologies to reimagine lost monuments or furnishings, reveal aspects of correspondence in pictorial and architectural iconography, decipher construction techniques, determine the nature and scope of collaboration between architects and decorators, and grapple with the ways in which medieval people experienced their three-dimensional, functional spaces. Digital reconstruction is also useful for bridging monuments and their modern publics—for instance, the Scuola San Marco in Venice has installed virtual “copies” of dispersed paintings in the Albergo, so that visitors can readily apprehend its original presentation.
This panel seeks a program of digital reconstructions of medieval Italian architectural spaces, ranging from the 4th to the early 15th centuries CE, including chapels, refectories, churches, palace rooms, libraries, and/or villas. We welcome projects that digitally reconstruct vanished monuments, interiors of standing churches with reconstituted medieval screening systems, liturgical furnishings, and/or picture programs. We are particularly interested in projects that take a critical approach to these virtual spaces and address the choice of historical moment(s) and types of monuments, in addition to the reconstruction’s purpose and technological considerations. Speakers are also encouraged to comment on the impact on the scholarly process, collaboration (including with non-art historians), teaching, museum practice, and conservation or preservation.
Please submit a paper proposal to the organizers, Kaelin Jewell (kaelin.jewell@temple.edu) and Amy Gillette (amy.gillette@temple.edu)

Obscured by the Alps: Medieval Italian Architecture and the European Canon
Organizer: Erik Gustafson
The traditional canon of European architecture has been well established through both formal-stylistic aesthetics and periodized criteria, rooted ultimately in Hegelian notions of the underlying spirit of an age and Modern nationalist identities.  Viewed from northern Europe, the canon’s trajectory moves fluidly from the halcyon days of Greece and Rome to the stunted but ambitious Early Christian and Byzantine era, developing into the solidly reliable Romanesque until the revolution of the transcendent Gothic is decapitated by the Renaissance counter-revolution and its florescent Baroque iteration, to be overshadowed by the enlightened and reasoned Neoclassical age, leading to the search for identity of the 19th century Historicist styles and the return to the classically pure clarity of Modernism.  The contributions of the Italian peninsula are periodic, and are generally defined within the canon by returns to classicism.  In recent decades, architectural historians have begun to challenge the Italian canon, expanding its geographic scope from the old Rome-Florence-Venice vector while also undermining chronological waypoints such as the Medieval-Renaissance divide.  The canon, however, remains infrangible, still underwritten by the formalist priorities established at its inception.
This session seeks to examine the utility of the European canon in assessing the historical significance of Italian medieval architecture.  Is there more to Italian architectural history than recurrent bouts of classicism?  How can Italian architecture be understood positively within the European context, rather than in opposition or subjection to the canonical narratives?  Possible avenues of inquiry might include exploring the historiographical lacunae of the canon, considering alternative criteria for structuring new canonical narratives, examining socio-cultural phenomena otherwise elided by the canon, or investigating other historically contingent trends which reflect different scholarly treatments of Italy and the north.  Medieval architectural history has been “rethought” several times in the past decade, bringing “new approaches” to old questions.  Shifting the discussion, this session seeks papers that ask broad new questions about medieval architecture’s place in the history of European culture, grounding such investigations in local Italian contexts.  While Italy has long been obscured by the Alps, this session seeks to begin new conversations about medieval architecture driven by Italian challenges to canonical understandings.
Please submit a paper proposal to the organizer, Erik Gustafson (edg218@nyu.edu)

IAS Travel Grants
Presenters at ICMS may be eligible for an IAS Travel Grant. Graduate students and scholars within six years of receipt of the PhD who do not hold a tenured position may apply, even if the paper is not presented in an IAS-sponsored session. Deadline 1 November.

Other Kalamazoo Travel Grants
Deadline: November 1.
The Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards Memorial Travel Awards are available to female emerging scholars who are presenting papers on European medieval art in Sponsored and Special Sessions. Read more

Congress Travel Awards for scholars from regions of the world underrepresented at past Congresses. Read more

Otto Gründler Travel Award with preference for Congress participants from central European nations. Read more

Kathryn M. Karrer Travel Awards for graduate students. The Kathryn M. Karrer Travel Awards are available to students enrolled in a graduate program in any field at the time of application who are presenting papers in Sponsored and Special Sessions. Read more

Past IAS Sessions at Kalamazoo

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2016
50th International Congress of Medieval Studies, 2015
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2014
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2013
47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2012
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2011
45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2010

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