Call for Papers | American Association for Italian Studies, 2014

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 9, 2013

From the Italian Art Society:

2014 American Association for Italian Studies Conference
University of Zürich, 23–25 May 2014

Proposals due by 5 December 2013

For the first time, the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) will hold its annual conference outside of North America and Italy. Switzerland is an ideal location: it is the only country, outside of the peninsula, where Italian is the national language. The Italian Art Society is glad to sponsor three sessions: two sessions treating photography and one treating early modern architecture. We welcome your paper abstracts.

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Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni: Swiss-Italian Architects and Craftsmen in Early Modern Europe
Organizer: Susan Klaiber (Winterthur, Switzerland)

The Italian-speaking regions of early modern Switzerland exported significant expertise in the building trades throughout Europe. These émigré architects, builders, and craftsmen such as stuccatori worked for courts, monasteries, and other patrons in present-day Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and elsewhere. While often well-studied by scholars in both Switzerland and the respective regions of migration, international awareness of such careers generally remains low, with notable exceptions such as Francesco Borromini.  Taken
collectively, though, Swiss-Italian architects and craftsmen played important roles as agents of cultural transfer with their itinerant careers in early modern Europe. These figures include Domenico Fontana, Carlo Maderno, and Carlo Fontana in Rome; Enrico Zuccalli and Giovanni Antonio Viscardi in Bavaria; and Giovanni Battista Quadro in Poland.

The scholarly literature on such men is as rich yet dispersed as the architectural culture they embody. Representative publications include, in Italian, the exhibition catalogue Il giovane Borromini (1999), and books by Tommaso Manfredi (2008) and Marcello Fagiolo (ed., 2008); works in German by Sabine Heym (1984), Max Pfister (1991), and Michael Kühlenthal (ed., 1997); or several publications in Polish and Italian by Mariusz Karpowicz. Many of these studies are only available regionally. This session aims to break down these geographic and linguistic barriers and move toward a comprehensive view of  the work of the ‘maestri ticinesi’ and ‘magistri grigioni’ with a comparative transnational approach. The session welcomes papers on any aspect of Swiss-Italian involvement in the building trades anywhere in Europe, ca. 1400-1800. Preference will be given to papers highlighting ties of workers (dynasties, networks), designs, techniques, or materials to Switzerland. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Susan Klaiber, sklaiber@bluewin.ch, by December 5, 2013.

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