Call for Essays | Art and Science of Collecting

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 22, 2019

From H-ArtHist:

The Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Edited by Arlene Leis and Kacie Wills

Proposals due by 30 January 2019; finished (shorter) essays due by 30 July 2019 and (longer) essays by 30 September 2019

Sarah Stone, Perspective Interior View of Sir Ashton Lever’s Museum in Leicester’s Square, watercolor, London, March 30, 1785 (Sydney: State Library of New South Wales).

We are inviting chapter abstracts for a collection of essays designed for academics, specialists and enthusiasts interested in the interrelations between art, science, and collecting in Europe during the long 18th century. Considering a broad range of collections, (objects) and ideas, our volume will discuss the topic of art, science, and collecting in diverse theoretical contexts, such as art historical, feminist, social, gendered, colonial, archival, literary, and cultural ones. To accompany our existing contributions, we welcome essays that take a global and material approach, and are particularly keen on research that makes use of new archival resources. We encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and are especially interested in essays that reveal the way in which women participated in art, science, and collecting in some capacity.

The compendium will consist of around 15 essays, 6000 words each (including footnotes), with up to four illustrations. In addition to these more traditional essays, we are looking for shorter (circa 1,000 words) case studies on material objects pertaining to collections/collectors from that period, and the subject of art, science and collecting will also be central to these contributions. These smaller pieces will each include one illustration.

The following topics/case studies are particularly desired:
• Women’s collecting interests
• Histories and methodologies of collecting, taxonomies, cataloging, arrangement, and modes of display
• Cabinets of curiosities/Wunderkammer
• Catalogues
• Collections housed in art and/or science institutions
• The boundaries between the natural and the artificial
• Scientific and artistic tools and instruments
• Seriality vs. rare objects
• Transitional objects
• Conservation
• Collecting networks
• The artist collector
• The scientist collector
• Science, art and collecting in domestic spaces
• Antiquarian collections
• Print culture

Essay abstracts of 500 words and 300 word abstracts for smaller case studies are due January 30, 2019 and should be sent along with a short bio to: artsciencecollecting@gmail.com. Finished case studies will be due July 30, 2019, and due date for long essays will be September 30, 2019. All inquiries should be addressed to Arlene Leis, aleis914@gmail.com or Kacie Wills, kacie.wills@gmail.com

Call for Papers | Asia-Oceania and the French-Speaking World

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 19, 2018

From H-ArtHist:

Asia-Oceania and the French-Speaking World
University of Hong Kong, 5–6 July 2019

Proposals due by 15 February 2019

Organized by the University of Hong Kong (China) and Laval University (Canada)

The conference will be held in English or French (20-minute papers), addressing a different topic each day (see below). The deadline for applications is the 15th of February 2019. Please email fknothe@hku.hk for the ‘China in Text and Image’ workshop and Guillaume.Pinson@lit.ulaval.ca for the ‘Press’ workshop.

China in Text and Image: Documentary Writing and Art Objects in the Early Modern Era
Friday, 5 July 2019

We invite applications for 20-minute papers presenting original research on either the reception of China in France in written reports or the adaptation of China in France in objects and architecture during the 17th to the 19th centuries. We encourage colleagues in French and comparative literature, anthropology, history and art history to apply, and welcome inter-disciplinary subjects. Our ambition is to publish the papers following the conference to add to the existing scholarship on our topics a group of solidly researched essays on France-China relations and newly explored cross-cultural studies.

The French-Speaking Press of the 19th Century in the Asia-Oceania Region
Saturday, 6 July 2019

As part of the Media 19 project on the literary history of the 19th-century French-language press and the Transfopress network on the foreign-language press, the second day of our conference will focus on the French-language press in the Asia-Oceania region (China, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, etc.). Presentations will include the development of local newspapers and the history of Francophone migration, relations with France, etc. The period under consideration will focus on the 19th century, with the possibility of excursions into the first half of the 20th century. Papers will be considered for contribution to the establishment of a world history of the French-speaking press in the 19th century, under the direction of Diana Cooper Richet and Guillaume Pinson.

Call for Papers | Women and Architecture, 1660–1830

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 15, 2018

From The Georgian Group:

Embroidered with Dust and Mortar: Women and Architecture, 1660–1830
2019 Georgian Group Symposium
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, 28 September 2019

Proposals due by 31 January 2019

Henry Robert Morland, Charlotte Sophia, Queen Consort of George III (The Queen’s College Oxford).

The Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on the theme of Women and Architecture, 1660–1830, which will be held at the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House, London, on Saturday 28 September 2019. Following successful conferences run by the Group in previous years on James Gibbs and the Adam brothers, the symposium will explore how women contributed to and interacted with architecture in the period 1660–1830, including, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Building, remodelling, and the repairing of country houses, town houses, churches, almshouses, and villas
• Relationships with architects and contractors
• Architectural discourse, drawing, and design
• The creation of identity through the medium of architectural space

Proposals are invited for 15- to 30-minute papers based on original research. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a copy of your CV to Dr Amy Boyington (education@georgiangroup.org.uk) by the end of January 2019. Any questions regarding the symposium should be sent to the same address. Further details will be made available, and tickets will go on sale, in the spring.

Call for Papers | Encounters, Entanglements, and Exchanges

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 10, 2018

Basket, American China Manufactory, Philadelphia, 1770–72 , soft-paste porcelain
(New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery). More information is available here»

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Encounters, Entanglements, and Exchanges
Fifteenth Annual Yale American Art History Graduate Student Symposium
Yale University, New Haven, 6 April 2019

Proposals due by 1 February 2019

Points of encounter can occur across time and space. In the colonial Americas, both blue and white earthenware vessels made in the Mexican city of Puebla and soft-paste porcelain wares produced at the American China Manufactory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, responded to East Asian hard-paste porcelain. At the same time, ceramic manufacturers in China adapted designs that catered to pan-American tastes. More recently, Carrie Mae Weems’s The Hampton Project reexamined a nineteenth-century vocational school that served as a cultural crossroads for formerly enslaved African Americans, American Indians, and white Americans to raise pressing questions of race, imperialism, and nationalism in the twenty-first century. These points of convergence between individuals, groups, places, and objects often instigate shifts in creative production with lasting and global resonances. The interaction of disparate cultures offers a rich nexus for artistic creation. Yet such encounters are also inseparable from the shifting dynamics of power that operate along gendered, racial, economic, and political lines. What can exchanges and entanglements reveal about the nature of encounter? How do encounters shape exchanges? In what ways do exchanges propagate new encounters?

The Fifteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium invites papers that interrogate the dialectical relationship between encounter and exchange and explore the legacies of cultural intersection. We invite submissions that address art across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, that engage a range of critical perspectives, and that speak to a variety of time periods and artistic practices.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Activism, coalition building, and the arts
• Micro-histories that address a specific instance of encounter
• Collaborations that problematize narratives of ‘influence’ across social, cultural, or political hierarchies
• Impact of religious proselytization and conversion in the arts
• Gift exchange, diplomacy, and trade
• Appropriation, fetishism, and mimicry
• Contact zones, intersectionality, and peripheries
• Imbalanced power dynamics within systems of colonialism, racism, homophobia, or sexism
• Immigration, migrants, and refugees
• Authorship and ownership
• Tourism and travel narratives
• Global encounters with the notion of ‘Americanness’
• Networks created via technology, globalization, and media

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words along with a CV to americanist.symposium@gmail.com by 1 February 2019. Accepted participants will be notified in mid-February. Accommodations will be provided for all participants in New Haven, Connecticut.

Call for Papers | Late Venetian Fortification

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 6, 2018

From the Call for Papers:

Late Venetian Fortification
Split, Croatia 4–5 October 2019

Proposals due by 15 January 2019

Until now, research on Venetian fortifications has given considerable more attention to Cinquecento works than to the achievements of the following centuries. This is why the aim of the conference is to focus on the later period. New material and insights are expected on the period starting with the War of Candia (1645–1669). Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
• important fortification sites and projects: Morea, Corfu, Corinto, Dalmatia, etc.
• activities of military engineers
• procedures and institutions involved in the construction of fortifications
• involvement of Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661–1747) in fortification construction

Proposals for 30-minute talks should be submitted to azmegac@ipu.hr no later than 15 January 2019. Applicants will be notified by 15 February 2019. Proposals should include the title of the paper, an abstract (max 1500 characters), a short CV with bibliography, affiliation, and contact information. The conferences languages are English and Italian. Presenters are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. Selected contributions will be published in the conference proceedings.

The conference is part of the research project Antun Jančić and Fortification Architecture of the Venetian Republic funded by the Croatian Science Foundation and conducted at the Institute of Art History in Zagreb.

Call for Papers | The Art of Ugliness, Graduate Symposium

Posted in Calls for Papers, graduate students by Editor on November 28, 2018

From H-ArtHist:

The Art of Ugliness, 29th Annual Art History Association Graduate Symposium
Indiana University, Bloomington, 13 April 2019

Proposals due by 10 January 2019

Keynote address: “The Use Value of Ugliness” by Dr. Andrei Pop (Associate Professor, Committee on Social Thought, Art History, and the College, The University of Chicago) and Dr. Mechtild Widrich (Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Is ugliness diametrically opposed to beauty? Or is ugliness simply another aspect of the same coin systematically constructed and cultivated over centuries? While beauty has been fruitfully examined in fields ranging from philosophy to aesthetics and art history, less attention has been given to discourses concerning ugliness. We consider it imperative to reconsider ugliness at this moment to flesh out the ways in which discourses surrounding the ‘ugly’ shape ideas surrounding acceptability. Why do we define, name, or think of something or someone as ‘ugly’? Is it a psychological reaction to what we perceive as gross or disgusting? Does it violate morality? The Art of Ugliness will explore the complex social, cultural, and political aspects embedded within notions of ugliness as well as the aesthetic and philosophical implications of ‘the ugly’.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Changing perceptions of the nude
• The geography of decay- the ruinous landscape
• Disease and the body
• Xenophobia
• Class and the representation of the profane and abject
• Ugliness and (pseudo)scientific visual culture: phrenology, physiognomy
• Technology and the body
• Evolutionary Theories and Aesthetics
• Relationships to the ‘exotic’/ ‘other’
• The Grotesque; the monstrous; the strange

We invite papers that address ideas of ugliness and aesthetics and greatly encourage the submission of papers engaging objects from a broad variety of periods, geographies, and social groups. Paper sessions, followed by a panel response and discussion, will occur on Saturday, April 13th followed by the keynote address. Current graduate students in art history and related disciplines are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) for a twenty-minute presentation and CV to ahasympo@gmail.com by January 10th, 2019. Honoraria will be awarded to all presenters who attend from outside Bloomington.

Call for Papers | Early Modern Privacy: Notions, Spaces, Implications

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 28, 2018

From the Call for Papers:

Early Modern Privacy: Notions, Spaces, Implications
Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, Copenhagen, 9–10 April 2019

Proposals due by 2 December 2018

Pieter Bruegel the Younger, Visit to the Farmhouse, c.1620–30, oil on panel, 37 × 49 cm (Bath: The Holburne Museum).

The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for its inaugural conference. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to discuss and re-examine source material in order to understand practices, spaces, and ideas of privacy and related concepts that emerged in the early modern period across historical disciplines. We welcome (interdisciplinary) considerations of practice and performances of privacy and its opposites, as well as analyses of terminology, vocabulary, and languages, for example, in sources mentioning words using the prefix priv-.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
• Willem Frijhoff (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)
• Hélène Merlin-Kajman (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
• Mia Korpiola (University of Turku)
• Maarten Delbeke (ETH Zurich)

We invite colleagues working within any field of Early Modern studies to submit proposals for papers in English of 20 minutes duration. Please upload paper title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a concise CV via PRIVACYs website no later than Sunday, 2 December 2018. Abstracts and CVs should be in English. A limited number of travel bursaries are available on a need basis; submit your travel bursary application with an estimated budget alongside your materials at the link above. For further information, please email privacy@teol.ku.dk. A final program from the conference will be published in early January.

Suggested Topics
• Legal and religious definitions of private and public
• Individuality and subjectivity in relation to private and public spaces
• The emergence of the modern home and life-cycle inside and outside a (house-)hold
• Vagrancy, poverty and homelessness
• Education and access to knowledge
• Confidentiality, gossip, secrecy and surveillance within communities
• Sexual normativity and deviance from sexual norms
• Confessional spaces
• Interior and exterior design and life
• Public and private politics

Organizing Committee
Michaël Green, Natália da Silva Perez, Anna Katharina Becker, Fredrik Torisson

Call for Papers | Antiquarian ‘Science’ in the Scholarly Society

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 28, 2018

From the Call for Papers:

Antiquarian ‘Science’ in the Scholarly Society
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, 1–2 April 2019

Proposals due by 30 November 2018

This is workshop two of the AHRC International Networking Grant: Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy led by Anna Marie Roos (Lincoln) and Vera Keller (Oregon).

We will explore how ‘antiquarian science’ informed collecting in the early modern scholarly academy, as many members of these societies like astronomer Martin Folkes (1690–1754) also were connoisseurs and antiquaries. Folkes was Newton’s protégé, President of both the Royal Society and Society of Antiquaries of London, and he even tried to unite the two societies as they had many common members and goals.

In this workshop we will ask (inter alia):
What was the relationship between archaeological fieldwork or antiquarianism and learned travel or the Grand Tour? What does collecting on tour say about the manner and scale of personal and institutional contacts between London and the scientific world of the Continent? What tools of natural philosophy were utilised to understand buildings and artefacts? What were the implications of the collecting of ethnographic objects for political dominance and Empire?

A working session using sources from the Society of Antiquaries Library and Museum will also be part of the programme. The Society’s library is Britain’s oldest major research library for archaeology, architectural history, decorative arts (especially medieval), material culture and the historic environment. It contains books, archives, manuscripts, prints and drawings. Its accredited museum collection—which was formed before the introduction of public museums and galleries in the mid-18th century—contains prehistoric, classical and medieval antiquities, seal matrices and impressions, and paintings.

Speakers include Philip Beeley (Oxford), Dominik Collet (Heidelberg), Dustin Frazier-Wood (Roehampton), Stephanie Moser (Southhampton), Cesare Pastorino (Berlin), Anna Marie Roos (Lincoln), Edwin Rose (Cambridge), Kim Sloan (British Museum), Alexander Wragge-Morley (UCL), Elizabeth Yale (Iowa)

We welcome papers of 25 minutes duration from established and early career scholars on the themes above. Please send an abstract of 200 words to Anna Marie Roos (aroos@lincoln.ac.uk) by 30 November 2018.

Call for Papers | Rome and Lisbon in the 18th Century

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 26, 2018

From the Call for Papers:

Rome and Lisbon in the 18th Century: Music, Visual Arts, and Cultural Transfers
National Library of Portugal, Lisbon, 28–29 March 2019

Proposals due by 10 January 2019

Jean Ranc, Portrait of John (João) V, King of Portugal, 1729, oil on canvas, 109 × 91 cm (Madrid: The Prado).

Political, diplomatic, cultural, and artistic relations—including music and the visual arts—between Rome and Lisbon in the 18th century have, at different times, aroused the interest of several scholars. However, these research fields have often been approached in parallel paths within the traditions of each of the disciplines, without establishing in most cases a true dialogue between the different areas of knowledge and disregarding cross-cutting issues. On the other hand, the study of artistic relations and cultural transfers presupposes an in-depth and up-to-date view of the historical and social context of each city in their own peculiarities. This international conference intends to promote new approaches to the history of music and the arts through multidisciplinary dialogue involving different points of view. We invite researchers at any stage of their career, with backgrounds ranging from different fields (such as political, economic, cultural and art history, musicology, literature, and philosophy, among others) to send us a proposal.

We encourage submissions on the following topics, but other related issues might also be considered:
• Politics and diplomacy
• Arts, music, and diplomacy
• Royal, aristocratic, and cardinalic patronage
• Circulation of people between Rome and Lisbon (in political, religious, scientific, intellectual, and artistic spheres)
• Portuguese in Rome and Italians in Lisbon
• Foreign communities in Rome
• Circulation of musical repertoires, works of art, books, or scientific instruments
• Formal and informal training of musicians and artists
• Professional careers in the field of visual and performing arts
• Artistic, intellectual and sociability networks
• Spaces and institutions linked to music and the arts
• Stylistic issues and performance practices

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers with a maximum length of 20 minutes, as well as thematic panels with three or four communications (maximum duration: 1h30). Proposals should be submitted in English but presentations in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian are also accepted. Please include complete contact information (name, email, and phone number), institutional affiliation, an abstract (300 words maximum), and a brief biographical note (150 words max). Proposals should be submitted no later than 10 January 2019, and sent to romeandlisbon@gmail.com.

Parallel with the symposium, the National Library of Lisbon will host the exhibition From the Tagus to the Tiber: Portuguese Musicians and Artists in 18th-Century Rome, curated by Pilar Diez del Corral and Cristina Fernandes.

• Research group ‘Historical and Cultural Studies in Music’ from INET-md, Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH)
• Department of Art History, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid

Board of Directors
• Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira
• Cristina Fernandes

Scientific Committee
• Manuel Carlos de Brito (NOVA FCSH, Lisboa)
• Elisa Camboni (Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Roma)
• Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira (UNED, Madrid)
• Cristina Fernandes (INET-md, NOVA FCSH, Lisboa)
• Anne-Madeleine Goulet (CNRS, Projecto Performart-Roma)
• Teresa Leonor M. Vale (ARTIS, Universidade de Lisboa)
• Rui Vieira Nery (INET-md, NOVA FCSH/Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisboa)

Call for Papers | World-Making, 1500–1800

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 25, 2018

From the Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara:

World-Making, 1500–1800
University of California, Santa Barbara, 22–23 February 2019

Proposals due by 7 December 2018 (extended from 20 November 2018)

Frans II Francken, Allégorie de l’Occasion, detail, 1628 (Musée d’art et d’archéologie du Périgord).

The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, World-Making, 1500–1800, to be held on February 22 and 23, 2019. We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Su Fang Ng (Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech) and Daniel O’Quinn (Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph).

Worldmaking, 1500–1800 will explore the ways in which worlds—large and small, local and global, conjectural and experiential—were conceived and created in early modern England. We invite conversations that address and interrogate the concept of ‘world’ broadly construed, as well as conversations that attend to the ‘making’ of worlds in social, institutional, and political frames and by and through various media. How is a world—or the world—represented, portrayed, and evoked? How do such representations, portrayals, and evocations create worlds? What are the possible interactions between fictive world-making and lived experiences of the world?

Topics for panels and roundtables may include, but are not limited to
• the global early modern
• worldmakers
• gender, sexuality, trans, and queer studies in the global early modern
• critical race studies
• global mobilities
• travel narratives / narratives of exploration
• mapping and making
• worlds of writing and print
• global media and technology
• translation and mediation
• currency, capital, and trade
• fictive worlds and their makers
• religious worlds
• utopias, dystopias, apocalypses, and imagined futures
• creating and representing worlds on stage
• early modern embodiment and the body’s relation to world
• worlds shaped by affect, emotions, and mind
• the phenomenal world and ‘world’ in phenomenology
• historiography
• making and conjuring worlds of the archive

We invite abstracts of 150 to 200 words and a one-page CV to be sent to emcfellow@gmail.com by December 7, 2018. We envision and invite both twenty-minute panel presentations and ten-minute roundtable presentations; we will also consider complete panel or roundtable proposals. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the conference organizer, Unita Ahdifard, at emcfellow@gmail.com.