Conference on the Pamphilj in October

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 4, 2010

The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome
Boston College, 15-16 October 2010

In September 1644, the election of Pope Innocent X Pamphilj catapulted his family to the height of Roman society. From that moment on, the Pamphilj became active patrons of the arts, which were harnessed as the visual expression of the family’s new identity. Set within the social, religious and cultural context of Rome, the papers will examine the contributions of three generations of patrons: Innocent X; Prince Camillo Pamphilj (the pope’s nephew) and his wife, Princess Olimpia Aldobrandini; and their son, Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj. In particular, this interdisciplinary conference will consider the influential role of the heretofore obscure patron, Benedetto Pamphilj, in shaping the visual arts, music and literature of late Baroque Rome, from his elevation as cardinal in 1681 until his death in 1730.

The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. In addition the schedule provided below, full details are available here»

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Innovative Course Design

Posted in nominations, opportunities by Editor on August 4, 2010

How nice it would be to see an art history course included among this year’s three winners — and it comes with $500! So submit. . .

ASECS Innovative Course Design Competition
Proposals due by 1 October 2010

To encourage excellence in undergraduate teaching of the eighteenth century, the Society invites proposals from members in any of its constituent disciplines. Proposals should be for a new approach to teaching a unit within a course on the eighteenth century, covering perhaps one to four weeks of instruction, or for an entire new course. For example, participants may offer a new approach to a specific work or theme, a comparison of two related works from different fields (music and history, art and theology), an interdisciplinary approach to a particular social or historical event, new uses of instructional technology (e.g., web sites, internet resources and activities), or a new course that has never been taught or has been taught only very recently for the first time. Participants are encourage to include why books and topics were selected and how they worked. Applicants should submit five (5) copies of a 3-5 page proposal (double-spaced) and should focus sharply on the leading ideas distinguishing the unit to be developed. Where relevant, a syllabus draft of the course should also be provided. (more…)