IAS at Kalamazoo

Each year, the IAS sponsors 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.

2018 Conference

2018 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13

The IAS is sponsoring the following panel at the next ICMS:

The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium leading to the 2010 publication of San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice introduced new perspectives on Byzantine and Venetian visual and material culture that extended Otto Demus’s survey of Saint Mark’s basilica. The authors’ application of more recent approaches – such as the social function of spolia, the act of display, the construction of identity, and cultural hybridity – brought fresh analyses to a complex and richly decorated monument. This panel seeks to expand this methodological discourse by taking into account questions related to materials, materiality, and intermediality between Venice and Byzantium. The arrival of material culture from the Byzantine world to Venice as gifts, spoils, or ephemera during the centuries surrounding the Fourth Crusade allowed for both appropriation and conceptual transformation of material culture.
In light of the renewal in interest of Venice’s Byzantine heritage, this panel seeks to reflect on the interaction of material culture between la Serenissima and the Byzantine world, especially during the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. Topics may be wide-ranging, including, but not limited to: issues of reception and cultural translation; changing concepts of preciousness; different valuation of materials between Venice and Byzantium; the fluctuating simulation of material visual effects; the transformation of Byzantine objects incorporated into Venetian frames; intermedial dialogue between Byzantine and Venetian art; and the process and technique of manufacture of works between Byzantium and Venice. Some points of departure may include: the building of San Marco itself; Byzantine objects in the Treasury; Byzantine manuscripts included as part of the Cardinal Bessarion gift to the Republic; the monuments on Torcello; or issues raised as a result of recent conservation projects. New cross-cultural methodologies from art historical, anthropological, or sociological fields are welcome.
Please submit a 300-word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form by 15 September 2017 to the session organizers:
Brad Hostetler, Kenyon College.
Joseph Kopta, Pratt Institute.
In addition to the travel awards available to all Congress participants the Italian Art Society offers competitive travel grants.

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

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2017
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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