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Hybridity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art

Posted By Ashley Elston, Thursday, April 27, 2017

The persistent influence of the “period eye” on historians of late medieval and early modern art is undeniable. While such an interpretive lens remains useful in many respects, it tends to privilege the moment of production and only a single medium. This session seeks instead to explore the idea of hybridity in the history of art as it relates to time and media. Questions these papers might consider include (but are not limited to): What happens when an object is considered beyond the point of origin or as a legend of information? What are the implications of the juxtaposition of disparate media? How does meaning alter over time, i.e, what about the afterlife of an object? What does the deliberate use of out-of-date styles mean for the patron, artist, and/or viewer? Proposals addressing any geographic area are welcome. An edited volume building off of this topic is planned.

Please send an abstract (150-word maximum), paper title (15-word maximum) and a brief CV (300-word maximum) to Ashley Elston (Berea College) and Madeline Rislow (Missouri Western State University) at hybridityrsa@gmail.com by May 22, 2017.

Tags:  hybridity  media  period eye  theory  time  visual culture 

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