Call for Papers | Seeing Anatomy between Literature and the Arts

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 23, 2022

From ArtHist.net:

Seeing Anatomy between Literature and the Arts:
Words, Images, and Spaces from the Early Modern Age to the Present
Vedere l’anatomia tra letteratura e arti: parole, immagini e spazi dalla prima età moderna

Mendrisio/Lugano, Switzerland, 15–16 May 2023

Proposals due by 21 November 2022

The workshop intends to put into practice the interdisciplinary dialogue at the basis of the project ‘The Civilisation of Anatomy’: The Genre of Literary Anatomies in Seventeenth-century Italy (FNS 100012_204399), directed by Linda Bisello, in partnership with Carla Mazzarelli with regard to the visual arts and architecture. The research focuses on the epistemological effects of Andrea Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica (1543) on the early modern culture, from the literary imagination to other forms of knowledge (art and architecture, but also philosophy, grammar, rhetoric, geography, astronomy, etc.). Anatomy, in fact, “revolutionizes the way of feeling forms . . . by making scientific truth a means of enhancing visual reality” (Parronchi 1975).

While the core of the reflection lies in the early modern age (15th–17th centuries), a space for interventions with a broader chronology is nevertheless envisaged, starting from the early modern age to the contemporary age. Within the framework of the methodological reflections and the interdisciplinary perspective, the Workshop aims in particular to discuss topics such as the persistence of the anatomical paradigm in architectural theory or, in other respects, whether even today anatomy can still define a peculiar critical approach to literary criticism, image, and project.

We invite contributions which might relate, but not be limited, to the following fields:
• Institutions and spaces of anatomy: its performance, exposition, and spectacularisation (universities, academies, healthcare sites, theatres, museums, physical and digital libraries)
• The forms of visual and textual narration of anatomy (artistic anatomy, moral anatomy, encyclopaedic anatomy, anatomy as organisation, and visualisation of knowledge)
• Anatomy between allegory, symbol, and emblems
• Anatomy through interdisciplinary dialogue: frequentations and epistolary correspondence between physicians, humanists, and artists
• The ‘fabric of the body’: dialogues and intersections between medicine, architecture, design culture, and anatomy
• Anatomy in perspective: its metamorphoses, migrations and transpositions in the contemporary age (with particular reference to the intersection of literary criticism and visual arts)

Preference will be given to applications from young scholars (PhD and post-Doc students) with an interdisciplinary background or with research projects that fall within the scope of the digital humanities (e.g. digitisation of corpora concerning anatomy). Abstracts (max 2000 characters including spaces), together with a brief biography (max 1500 characters including spaces), and at least three keyword should be submitted to: vederelanatomia2023@gmail.com. Abstracts are welcome in Italian, English, French, and Spanish. The deadline for abstracts submission is 21 November 2022; the scientific board will confirm the acceptance of abstracts by 20 December 2022. Further information is available here.

French Historical Studies, August 2022

Posted in journal articles by Editor on October 23, 2022

In the latest issue of French Historical Studies:

David Gilks, “Civilization and Its Discontents: Quatremère de Quincy and Directorial Political Culture,” French Historical Studies 45.3 (2022): 481–510.

This article reinterprets Antoine Quatremère de Quincy’s Letters on the Plan to Abduct the Monuments of Italy (1796). In response to official justifications that seizing cultural patrimony was France’s civilizing mission, Quatremère argued that civilization required all nations to leave Rome intact and respect eighteenth-century conventions. The article shows how he attempted to make his work acceptable to republican readers by using a language uncharacteristic of his other writings and by mimicking the concept of a singular and secular civilization that was central to the post-Thermidorian Republic’s identity. The Letters was part of the broader strategy of the royalist Clichy club to make republicans question the Republic. However, informed contemporaries saw through his conceit: they discerned an attack on the Directory in his description of how the papacy nourished and protected the civilization but endangered it in practice.

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