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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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Painted Faces, Tainted Morals: Renaissance Cosmetics and Makeup

Posted By Tijana Zakula, Monday, May 1, 2017

The pain and dangers of beauty have been known for a long time and have been inextricably intertwined with art. Not only in terms of emulating the ideal, but also in terms of the know-how: diverse pigments and materials used for painting oftentimes served as beautifying aides. Not infrequently these substances were highly toxic and would lead to severe disfigurements and one’s untimely demise.

The social implications of using cosmetics and make up were no less damaging either. Improving on one’s outer appearance was nothing short of scandalous. One’s attempt to come closer to the unattainable ideal was considered immoral, and inextricably intertwined with vanity – the mother of all sins.

This multidisciplinary session seeks contributions that consider the use and abuse of cosmetics and makeup from the point of view of art history, sociology, chemistry, medicine and history and philosophy of science.

Please send proposals to Tijana Zakula ( and Gert Jan Vroege ( no later than 4 June.

Include in your proposal:

·        name and affiliation

·        paper title (max. 15 words)

·        abstract (max. 150 words)

·        a brief CV (max. 300 words).


Tags:  Art History  beauty  Early Modernity  etiquette  fashion  history and philosophy of sciencecosmetics  makeup  skin  taste  technologies 

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Renaissance Skin

Posted By Hannah Murphy, Monday, April 24, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017

We are seeking papers interrogating conceptions and practices of and around skin in early modern Europe. From Galen through to Mercurialis, medical writing on skin conceptualized it as a porous boundary to the body. Health depended on protecting skin, but also breaking it, and a wide range of cosmetic, fashion and medical practices converged on skin as a site of dangerous invasion, but also a site of important excretion, where waste, ill-humours and infections could leave the body. As a surface, skin was a site of diagnosis, but also artistic fascination and cultural preoccupation, while the relationship between hair, feathers and fur was a subject of great interest to natural historians and artists alike. Skin and the practices one should and could acceptably do it clarified links, but also differences between humans and animals.

Exploring skin by necessity cuts across disciplinary concerns and invites us to think across, rather than within, medicine, art and craft practices, as well as along political and religious lines. All papers relating to skin are welcome - we hope to collect and display new approaches to this subject, and better shape our understanding of its possibilities and its methodologies.

Anyone interested should submit a title, 150 word abstract and short CV (300 words) to the panel organizers Hannah Murphy and Evelyn Welch at by May 29th.

Tags:  anatomy  art  artisans  body  cosmetics  fashion  medicine  patients  recipes  skin  surgeons  technologies  touch 

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