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This blog is for CFPs for sessions in art history for RSA 2018 New Orleans. Members may post CFPs here: sign in to RSA and select "add new post" to do so. Your post should include a title, and the CFP itself should be no longer than 250 words. Adding tags (key words) to your post will help others find your CFP. Make sure the CFP includes the organizer's name, email address or mail-to link for email address, and a deadline for proposals. Non-members may email to post a CFP. Please use the email address of the session organizer posted in the CFP to submit a paper proposal. CFPs are posted in order of receipt, with the newest postings appearing at the top of the blog. Members may subscribe to the blog to be notified when new CFPs are posted: click on the word Subscribe next to the green checkmark above.


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Representing Adultery in the Early Modern Netherlands [DEADLINE EXTENDED JUNE 2]

Posted By Barbara A. Kaminska, Saturday, May 27, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This session is sponsored by Historians of Netherlandish Art.

In the Institution of Christian Matrimony (1526), Erasmus lamented: “Why is it necessary to have certain stories depicted in church at all? Why a youth and a girl lying in the same bed? Why David watching Bathsheba from his window and summoning her to be defiled, or embracing the Shunammite who was sent to him?” Despite being deemed inappropriate, stories of adulterous encounters and their aftermath were common in early modern Netherlandish art – but they were rarely understood as negative examples of sexual transgressions only. Rather, as scholars in recent years have shown, these images connoted a variety of meanings within religious and art theoretical discourses. In the sixteenth century, adultery began to be associated with idolatry and viewers’ susceptibility to the “seduction of sight,” and artists’ experiments with different pictorial idioms and traditions were described – as we learn from Karel van Mander – in terms of “committing adultery.” In theological and devotional texts, the focus of themes such as Christ and the adulterous woman shifted from the sins of the flesh to much graver sins of the heart. Following these new approaches, this panel seeks to investigate the understanding of adultery in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art and culture. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

·       Depictions of biblical and mythological stories of adultery

·       Collecting and display of images of adultery

·       Adultery in vernacular plays of the rhetoricians

·       Discussion of adultery in catechisms, sermons, and devotional literature

·       Adultery as a metaphor in the art theoretical discourse

Please send your proposal including your contact information, the paper’s title (max. 15 words), an abstract (max. 150 words), keywords, and a brief CV (max. 300 words) to Dr. Barbara Kaminska ( by Friday, June 2, 2017

Tags:  adultery  art practice and theory  early modern  HNA  idolatry  image and text  Netherlandish 


Particularities of Place: Collecting Early Modern European Art in the Southern United States

Posted By Alexis R. Culotta, Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Particularities of Place: Collecting Early Modern European Art in the Southern United States 


The history of early modern European art collections in the American south offers a complex yet compelling narrative. In the spirit of this year's host city of New Orleans, this session aims to examine the history of early modern holdings across the southern United States and the extent to which cultural and/or sociological connections informed the development of these collections.


This session invites submissions from all art historical and museological disciplines on any form of artistic production dating to the early modern era (roughly 1400-1750) provided it bears connection the general geographic footprint of the southern United States. Paper topics can range from individual art work case studies to larger surveys, and those that look to the driving forces behind these collections – such as collector's or curator's personalities; finding a place in history; or a passion for education – are particularly encouraged. 


Please send an abstract of 150 words, a one-page CV, and contact information by email attachment to Alexis Culotta ( and Vanessa Schmid ( no later than 3 June 2017. 

Tags:  Art  Art history  Baroque  collecting culture  construction  early modern  Netherlandish  reception  Renaissance  Spanish and Italian Renaissance  Visual Culture 

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The Aesthetics of Suffering in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Sarah R. Kyle, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Boccaccio described Florence in 1348 as a living tomb riddled with fear and hypocrisy where “the multitude of the deaths . . . was such that those who heard the tale . . . were struck dumb with amazement.”  His account of the incomprehensibility of the Black Death roughly coincides with the beginning of a seismic shift in the conceptualization of suffering.  Pre-modern European sensibilities generally regarded suffering, even its most extreme forms, as part of an inalterable divine order of redemption—nowhere more evident than in the ubiquitous image of the Crucifixion.  However, by the time of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 philosophers like Voltaire found it impossible to make sense of “evil” with reference to the plan of God.  Between the Black Death and the Lisbon earthquake, the human ability and responsibility to reshape nature radically increased, even though the response to suffering was still unstably compounded with the pious acceptance of suffering.  From “dance” or “triumph” of death imagery to illustrated parables, humanist iconographies of “soul care,” and physicians' regimens of physical and mental health, artists, writers, and philosophers navigated the space between meaningless and meaningful tragedy, depicting suffering in ways that reflected and shaped the shifting cultural ground that would eventually consolidate the modern concepts of nature, pain, and medicine. This session invites papers that explore questions of how visual art created an aesthetics of suffering to explore the spaces between meaningless and meaningful tragedy.

Please send your proposal (150-word maximum), paper title, and a brief CV (300-word maximum) to Sarah Kyle ( and Scott Samuelson ( by Friday, June 2, 2017.

Tags:  Art History  Devotion  early modern  history of medicine  humanism  interdisciplinary  magic  poetry and painting  punishment  Religion  ritualized responses  sensory experience 

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Revisiting Reproductive Printmaking

Posted By Amy R. Frederick, Monday, May 15, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 15, 2017

Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA) Sponsored Session

Twenty-five years ago, Walter Melion, Timothy Riggs, and Larry Silver brought attention to the understudied subject of reproductive engraving in northern Europe with the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue, Graven Images: The Rise of Professional Printmaking in Antwerp and Haarlem 1540-1640. Their essays explored the work of individual artists, the processes of technique and dissemination, and contemporary writing about reproductive engraving.

In the ensuing quarter-century, with notable exceptions such as the Paper Museums exhibition and catalogue (2005), we have not returned to the topic of Netherlandish reproductive printmaking with sustained focus. Through deepening scholarly interest in early modern print culture over the same 25 years, how has our understanding of specifically the reproductive print changed? What can be learned, for example, from studies of reproductive printmaking centered in the Netherlands vs. a broader geographical conception of the subject? Does knowledge about how gender functioned in the early modern artistic workshop expand our perspective on reproductive printmaking? Papers are invited that address any aspect of our changing notion of the Netherlandish reproductive print from 1350-1750.

Proposals should be 20-minutes papers and must include a title, abstract of no more than 150 words, keywords, and a C.V. of 300 words (no prose), and a short bio. Speakers will need to be members of RSA at the time of the conference.

Please send your submission to Amy Frederick ( by 26 May 2017. Applicants will be notified by 1 June. 

Tags:  art history  early modern  engraving  Netherlandish  printmaking 

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CFP: New Directions in Dress and Identity Research

Posted By Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank, Monday, May 15, 2017

We seek papers that examine the importance of dress, the body, and ethnicity in the formation of early modern identities across the globe. Topics could include the socio-cultural contexts of dress, the use of dress to communicate or encode ethnic identity (or identities), body modification, clothing and embodiment, fashion and its connection to cross-cultural trade and consumption, the relationship between dress, adornment, and gender, etc. New approaches to the study of the body, dress, and ethnicity are encouraged. We especially welcome papers that address these issues outside of the confines of Western Europe, including but not limited to the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Please email proposals to both Elena FitzPatrick Sifford ( and Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank (lauren.kilroy@pepperdine.eduby Friday, 2 June 2017. Proposals should include:

  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • keywords related to the presentation
  • curriculum vitae (300-word maximum)
  • AV requirements

Tags:  art history  dress  early modern  ethnicity  fashion  global turn  identity 


New Research in Italian Quattrocento Sculpture

Posted By Elizabeth Petersen, Thursday, May 11, 2017

CFP: New Research in Italian Quattrocento Sculpture”

RSA 2018 New Orleans

Quattrocento sculpture in central Italy has been fundamental to the study and understanding of the Italian RenaissanceThe glow of fifteenth century sculpture has faded somewhat in recent decades, however, because of anunderstandable desire to expand knowledge about and appreciation for works outside of such long privileged areas.  A revival of interest seems to be underway, however, with the appearance of a  few recent books such as Amy Bloch’s Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise and some eye-opening exhibitions, such as “’Fece di scoltura di legname e colorì’. La scultura del Quattrocento in legnodipinto a Firenze.We seek proposals that continue to consider sculpture in fifteenth century Italy, but from more up-to-date points of view.  Research that encompasses new approaches to the material, such as digital and technical analysis or interdisciplinary studies, will be especially welcome.


Please email proposals to both Elizabeth Petersen ( and Martha Dunkelman ( by Thursday, 1 June 2017. Proposals should adhere to RSA guidelines and include a paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).




Tags:  art history  Early Modern  Italy  New Approaches  quattrocento  Renaissance  sculpture 

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Early modern sensory and spatial thresholds

Posted By David Karmon, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sensory studies have begun to critically expand our ways of thinking about how people interacted with buildings and spaces in the early modern world. This session builds on this momentum by exploring the sensory experience of early modern physical environments, focusing in particular on how the experience of thresholds, edges, and borders triggered powerful responses and shaped new kinds of knowledge. Cultural anthropologists such as Arnold Van Gennep and Victor Turner have long emphasized the significance of such liminal transitions, the ceremonial “rites of passage” that signal key moments of transformation. It is clear that sensory experience plays a vital role in negotiating these transitions, where our sensitivity to sensory stimuli is often at its most acute precisely at the moment when we first enter into a new setting. How did people in the early modern world respond to these sensory impulses, where entering a new physical environment might also mean entering into a new state of being?

Proposals should include the author’s name, professional affiliation, and contact information; a preliminary title; a brief abstract (150 words or less); a brief curriculum vitae (300 words maximum). Please submit proposals to by Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Tags:  architecture  corporeality  early modern  new approaches  senses  sensorium  sensory experience  sight  smell  sound  space  taste  touch  urbanism 

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New Directions in Representation of the Italian Landscape

Posted By Melissa Yuen, Monday, May 8, 2017

Session Sponsored by the Italian Art Society

Images of the Italian landscape, both real and imagined, have been the subject of many fruitful investigations, from research on broad trends and refined definitions to focused monographs on individual artists. Recent studies have shed new light on the display of landscape paintings in palaces and villas, artistic practice, professional networks, and the intersections between antiquity and natural history. In particular, research into the growing interest in empirical study and the interpretation of nature in early modern Italy has led to a greater understanding of representations of the natural world. This panel seeks papers that build on these themes and present new ways to reconsider the portrayal of the landscape and landscape artists working in Italy.

We welcome proposals that consider the following issues:

  • Landscapes and natural history/antiquity
  • Connections between northern Europe and Italy
  • The display and function of landscape imagery
  • The relationship between drawing and painting the landscape
  • Economics and the market for landscapes
  • The poetics of landscape and connection to literature
  • The spiritual dimension of the landscape


Please send a brief abstract (no more than 150 words); a selection of keywords for your talk; and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum in outline form) to Sarah Cantor ( and Melissa Yuen ( by Friday, May 26, 2017.

Tags:  antiquity  art history  Early Modern  landscape  literature  painting  poetics 

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Materiality of Early Modern Alchemy: Objects, Materials, and Art Practices

Posted By Ivana Horacek, Saturday, May 6, 2017

Alchemy has recently become an important concept through which to consider various interconnected early modern practices—ranging from magical to medical, philosophical to Christological, artistic to technological—that prominently feature processes of transformation, conversion, and renovation. An entangled concept that relates to different social, political, and religious aspects of early modern knowledge making, alchemy has as some scholars have suggested come to mean too many things. Rather than reversing the productive conceptualization of alchemy as a symbolic, ideological, and theoretical concept, this panel seeks to utilize the extended understanding of its complex traditions and interdisciplinary approaches to probe its association with materials, technologies, and objects. As a physical and technological process that brings into being purified materials and objects, alchemy offered its practitioners a new understanding of creation, and the act of making. We are thus particularly interested in considering the materiality of early modern alchemy.

Probing into the materiality of alchemy, we invite papers that consider specific modes in which alchemy intersected with art practices. These might for example reflect on the following questions: What did alchemy as practice and concept offer to early modern artists and theorists? Which materials and objects connected to alchemy found their ways into artworks, artists’ workshops, and collections? Were these derived alchemically or simply appropriated to become part of art making? Did patronage and collecting of objects considered to have been derived from alchemical technologies prescribe or influence artistic, aesthetic, or epistemological value?


Please send 150-word abstracts, with a title page and keywords, and a 300-word CV to Ivana Vranic ( and Ivana Horacek ( by June 1, 2017. 

Tags:  alchemy  early modern  making  materiality  science 

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CFP: Saints and Angels: Representing Human and Non-Human Exemplars of Devotion

Posted By Kelly Whitford, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Haloed saints and winged angels appear in every medium and style of early modern sacred art and the phrase “saints and angels” appears repeatedly in devotional texts, religious treatises, and prayer books of the era. But while both saints and angels were held up as sanctified exemplars of devotion and were prayed to as intercessory figures, they were considered fundamentally different in their natures. While saints were humans revered for their pious lives and (often) deaths, angels were thought to be incorporeal spirits composed of nothing and created by God. While one is human, the other is spirit, but both were considered holy paradigms.


Papers are invited that examine this delicate line between saints and angels in the early modern era and how the relationship between the two was represented, defined, confused, blurred, or worked out in early modern art.

Papers from all geographic areas are welcome.


Please submit proposals for 20-minute papers to the organizer Kelly Whitford ( by 31 May 2017 with the subject line "RSA Saint and Angels." Please include:

  • paper title
  • abstract (150 word maximum)
  • keywords
  • brief curriculum vitae (300 word maximum)

Tags:  Angels  architecture  art  art history  Baroque  body  corporeality  devotion  early modern  Holy  Human  incorporeality  Non-human  painting  print  Renaissance  Saints  sculpture  Spirit  visions 

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