Portraits are rarely mere replications of physical likeness, but instead serve to create a persona, or construct an identity, through features, pose, attributes, setting, etc. Throughout history, many other art forms—including architecture and public monuments—have likewise served to construct identity. In the early modern world, which was characterized by the increased exploration of the wider world and a heightened awareness of one's distinct position within a globalized world, patrons and artists alike increasingly harnessed the potential of diverse artistic traditions to construct identities of and for themselves on a global stage.
For this session, we seek papers that address art's role in constructing identity in a global context during the early modern period. Specifically, we are interested in hearing about how styles, movements, techniques, and other culturally distinct visual forms were transported, transformed, and adapted into a new cultural context with the intention of (re)defining identity. We welcome papers exploring any medium of art in any part of the world.
Please send abstracts (no more than 150 words) and CV by May 27 to Christa Irwin, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Ellen Hurst, email@example.com.