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

American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) 2019

CFP for IAS-Sponsored Session at AAIS 2019 (14-16 March 2019) at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC



“Every artist paints himself,” according to Leonardo da Vinci. And indeed, artists’ self-portraits, either autonomous or embedded, became ever more ubiquitous during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Artists also began to employ their own images in other guises, taking on the role of hero or villain, employing their portraits to address issues beyond mere appearance. The importance of the portrait is exemplified in Vasari’s second edition of the Lives where he both illustrates and describes his subjects, a replacement, as Maia Wellington Gahtan has explained, for the often invented epitaphs. Both such ekphrastic portrayals were intended to reveal something of the artist’s character and life. And, arguably, to link the visual arts—painting, sculpture and print-making—to the rhetorical arts was to return the portrait to its classical status. Laura Jacobus’s recent consideration of Scrovegni’s portraits exemplifies this interplay between portraits, painted and sculpted, and written descriptions. This session will explore the myriad ways in which artists represented themselves or were represented, in words and images, in what becomes a visual dialogue between the viewer and themselves.

Please send a 200-300 word abstract, brief bio, and request for A/V to the session organizer by 10 January 2019.

Organizer: Shelley E. Zuraw, University of Georgia, szuraw@uga.edu


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