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Call for Papers | Artist Immigrants to the Baltic Sea Area, 1554–1721

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 6, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Successful Immigrants: Artist Immigrants
to the Baltic Sea Area in Times of the Nordic Wars, 1554–1721

Leibniz Institut für die Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europas, 8–9 February 2018

Proposals due by 31 October 2017

Movement and mobility have always been important engines for innovation and development in the arts. Together with artists, also new ideas, concepts, styles, and techniques traverse boundaries and mix up with traditional and constricted habits at their place of arrival. Long hikes to foreign countries implied a high risk in early modern times since knowledge about far regions was limited and traveling arduous. Nevertheless, a surprisingly high activity of migration can be observed in artistic professions. This workshop seeks to explore the latter phenomenon in the Baltic Sea area.

The Baltic Sea in early modern times wasn’t only a barrier as which it was observed in the further course of history, but also a contact zone. Its neighbouring countries were intertwined in various forms of relations—trade, diplomacy, and also wars gave rise to more exchange and thus encouraged migration movements. This workshop aims to shape a more differentiated picture about the dynamics of artistic transfer processes and labour conditions in the Baltic region. The workshop will focus not only on major cities like Gdansk, which had a special appeal on artists, or Dutch artists and craftsmen, which represented the largest group of immigrants to the Baltic region. Rather, the workshop will target different groups and individuals as well as the entire Baltic Sea area: the Kingdoms of Poland, Denmark and Sweden (including its Baltic provinces), the Duchy of Courland, and cities like Stockholm, Riga, and Reval.

The following questions can serve as opening questions: What reasons motivated the artists to migrate and what goals did they pursue? What made a place attractive for the arrivals? Did the artists stay in their new domains, did they return home or did they continue traveling? How did the artistic development proceeded and how did they integrate in their new home places? Any project that concerns individual artist careers, rewarded with success or failed, will be of interest for the workshop. The workshop also welcomes papers offering an overview, focusing on protagonists, cities, or routes. Furthermore, proposals concerning traveling writers may be included as possible comparison group. Please send your one-page proposal and short CV to Agnieszka Gąsior at agnieszka.gasior@leibniz-gwzo.de by October 31st 2017.

Organized by Agnieszka Gąsior, Leibniz-Instituts für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)

Erfolgreiche Einwanderer: Künstlerimmigration im Ostseeraum während der Nordischen Kriege, 1554–1721

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