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The Mirror

Posted By Monika A. Schmitter, Sunday, May 15, 2016
Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Inventories of household goods reveal that the mirror was an increasingly common part of people’s everyday lives in early modern Europe.  This session investigates the impacts and effects of the mirror--as material object, as work of art, as technological innovation.  How were these framed reflective surfaces used?  How did they transform identity, language, social practice, and notions of art and science?  We also welcome presentations considering the mirror as metaphor or interpretive strategy.  

Papers might address:

  • the mirror as microcosm
  • scientific uses of mirrors
  • mirrors and portraits
  • mirrors as works of art and in works of art
  • mirrors as metaphor in literature or art
  • mirrors and subjectivity
  • frames, accessories, and framing devices
  • self portraits
  • grooming and fashion

Please send a proposal (no more than 150 words) and CV by June 1st to Monika Schmitter, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst (; and to Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor, University of Richmond (


Tags:  Art History  display  frames  identity  Material Culture  mirror  portrait  portraiture 

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