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Interdisciplinary and Miscellaneous CfPs for RSA 2019 Toronto
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This blog is for CfPs for interdisciplinary sessions for RSA 2019 Toronto, as well as those that do not fit into the Art History, History, or Literature discipline categories. 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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Defining Space: Walls and Cities in the Early Modern World

Posted By Luis J. Gordo Pelaez, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Walls have been an omnipresent feature of human settlements since ancient times. Even today they continue to be apart of our daily life and discourse, whether for politically driven purposes (i.e. US border “security”) or satyr (i.e. the now defunk website, Bricking it for Canada). Whether ancient or contemporary, walls have contributed to defining and redefining spaces, creating a sense of place and identity, demarcating physical boundaries, and imposing socio-economic hierarchies of inclusion and exclusion. In the context of early modern cities, walls experienced a resurgence as a consequence, among others, of expanding empires and colonizing efforts, the development of warfare technology and new systems of fortification, and the implementation of directives regarding the distribution and use of urban space. Whether materialized or not (Richard Kagan has examined their absence in inland colonial Spanish America), walls were a common occurrence in the schemes of early modern urban theorists and planners, and a frequent instrument of discussion in the political and socio-economic plans of absolute regimes, particularly in foreign dominions. For better or worse, walls have maintained their relevance. Framed by contemporary understandings of walls, this session aims to examine the relationship between cities and walls during the early modern era from a global comparative perspective. Papers that interrogate this interplay in any of its manifestations (conceptualization and building, notions of agency and perception associated with these infrastructures, the dichotomy inside/outside, narrative and graphic representation, and materiality) during the period 1300-1700 are particularly welcome to this comparative panel. 


Please send paper titles (15-word max.); abstracts (150-word max.); brief CVs; PhD competition date (past or expected); full name, current affiliation, and e-mail address to organizers (Cody Barteet,; and Luis Gordo-Peláez, by August 8, 2018. Submission guidelines are available at .

Tags:  architecture  art  art history  city  cultural history  early modern  history  identity  literature  material culture  representation  seventeenth century  sixteenth century  social history  urban spaces  urban studies  urbanism  walls 

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Health in Medicine and Visual Arts, 1300-1550

Posted By Jordan J. Famularo, Friday, July 13, 2018

CFP: Health in Medicine and Visual Arts, 1300-1550

Artists and architects contributed to cultures of health in medieval and early modern societies, yet their ties to medical practice are often overlooked in modern scholarship. This session invites historians across disciplines to compare their approaches to visual cultures of medicine between 1300 and 1550. Which perspectives and methods might be productively shared among historians of medicine, science, art, architecture, and other specialties focused on care for the body, mind, and soul? A key objective is to advance research on interactions between learned medicine (i.e., taught in universities) and visual arts.

Papers are invited to address the body of knowledge by which artifacts and monuments were believed to be therapeutic and/or protective. How and why were such effects ascribed to images, objects, and spaces?

Topics might include

- images in medical astrology: instructions for their making and use

- restorative spaces in domestic and institutional buildings

- therapeutic works on paper: books, almanacs, calendars, prints

- apothecaries and foreign ingredients in the service of medicine and pigment-making

- objects and environments used in regimens for preserving health and hygiene

Intercultural, interregional, and transoceanic topics are welcome.

Paper proposals are due by August 5, 2018 to Jordan Famularo, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University ( Proposals should include two documents: an abstract with paper title (250 words maximum) and CV. Please indicate the presenter’s title and affiliation.

Submissions are considered commitments to attend the conference and to be responsible for registration and membership fees.

Tags:  architecture  art history  early modern  History of Medicine  History of Science  interdisciplinary  medieval  visual culture 


CfP: Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere.

Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Friday, July 13, 2018


(Deadline: 1 August 2018)


The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (17 - 19 March 2019) in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:


Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere.


Since the formation of the Society for Confraternity Studies, which celebrates it 30th anniversary in 2019, the subject of Confraternity Studies has moved on from what Konrad Eisenbichler once described as an “invisible history” to become an authoritative sub-field of late medieval and early modern scholarship. Accordingly, in order to encourage a discourse that places confraternities at the center of essential historical developments rather than at their periphery, we invite proposals for papers that explore the amplitude and impact of lay sodalities in Europe, the Americas, the East and Asia in relation to the activities of wider late medieval and early modern society. Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:

·     The reach and range of lesser traversed sodalities. For example, slave confraternities.

·     The relationships between lay companies and non members. For instance, confraternal liaisons with artisans, food merchants or second-hand clothes sellers.

·     Confratelli and consorelle entrusted with public service, healthcare and the custody of people or objects.

·     The influence of confraternal ritual and recreation on urban spaces.

·     Individual and familial investment in lay companies in order to garner social influence or to gain political power.

·     Associations between the devotional lives of non-clerics and the ordained: how these affinities played out in rituals, drama and music.

·     The impact of art, architecture and ephemera commissioned by confraternities on public spaces and/or the popular conscience.

Papers should concentrate on confraternal activities between 1300 and 1700. We are however, also particularly interested in proposals that discuss retrospectively, the value of studies that have emerged since the conference in 1989 and consider how Confraternity Studies will advance into the twenty-first century.

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email, the paper title (no longer than 15 words), the abstract of the paper (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please be sure all nine (7) categories of information are clearly provided. 

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at by 1 August 2018.


Tags:  architecture  art  artisans  confraternity  contested spaces  early modern global exchange  ephemera  healthcare  hospital  lay company  material culture  merchants  political power  public service  recreation  retrospective discussion  ritual  social influence  sodality  urban spaces 

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The Stones of Venice: Reframing Sculpture and Architecture in the Seicento

Posted By Stefano Colombo, Monday, June 11, 2018


The seventeenth century is a crucial yet still largely understudied period within the history of sculpture and architecture in Venice and the Veneto. On the one hand, the arrival of foreign sculptors and architects contributed to the development of a Baroque vocabulary that both reupdated and surpassed the classicism which had characterized the Venetian Renaissance. On the other, events which deeply affected Venetian history in the seventeenth century, such as the military campaigns of Candia (1645-69) and Morea (1684-99) or the ennoblement of non-Venetian families, incentivized a celebratory rhetoric that emphasized themes such as the service to the state or moral and dynastic nobility. Largely discredited by Romantic and Neoclassical scholarship as predominantly anti-intellectual and only partially re-evaluated in the twentieth century, Venetian Baroque sculptors and architects were concerned with finding novel and unusual ways to seduce the viewer and to elicit his or her attention. Equally important, seventeenth-century observers praised the exceptional craftsmanship of sculptural and architectural works in their written commentaries or other works of epideictic literature. As a result, these factors impacted on sculptural and architectural works as a form of public imagery which both reshaped and complemented the so-called “myth of Venice” in new ways. 


This panel seeks to fill the gap between art-historical analyses of Venetian sculpture and architecture in the Seicento and interdisciplinary, methodological or theoretical approaches to the study of the Venetian Baroque. It aims to reframe sculptural and architectural practices by addressing questions related to the style, significance, iconography, execution and reception. We invite proposals that explore the originality of sculptural and architectural works in the Venetian setting and help reassess them as places of artistic innovations. Possible topics could include, but are not limited, to the following:


·      Foreign sculptors and architects in seventeenth-century Venice and the Veneto

·      The sculpture and architecture of altarpieces and of Venetian churches

·      Sculpture and materiality

·      Rethinking style as a tool to convey artistic originality in Venetian Baroque sculpture and architecture

·      Visual or verbal response to sculpture and architecture 

·      Funerary and commemorative monuments

·      Baroque reinterpretations of classical antiquity 



Please send an abstract (150-word maximum), a paper title (15-word maximum), keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae to Stefano Colombo ( and Meredith Crosbie ( by July 23, 2018.



Tags:  Architectural treatises  architecture  materiality  monuments  public spaces  sculpture  Venice 

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Deadline Extended: The Streets of Rome: Urbanism, Architecture, and the Social Sphere

Posted By Jasmine R. Cloud, Friday, June 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A visit to twenty-first-century Rome still reveals the early modern moments that shaped its streets, piazze, and the experience of moving through them. The streets of Rome were sites of social exchange, provided opportunities to exert one’s will through building and destruction, witnessed sacred and secular processions, and functioned as places of devotion, among other things. As Joseph Connors noted, “To walk through Rome is to navigate through fields of influence that...buildings generate around themselves.” This session invites papers that examine the streets of the Caput Mundi, whether as the place for artistic and architectural activities or as physical, shifting spaces of the early modern city.

Themes might include: the manipulation of streets by public, private, or papal entities; the experience of moving through the streets of the city; buildings and their effect on the street or street system; how artistic communities shaped streets and neighborhoods; the streets as an organizational system for early modern documentation; depictions of streets; artists' and architects’ experiences of street life in Rome; and ephemeral or permanent monuments in the streets.

Please send title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a brief CV (300 word maximum) to Jasmine Cloud ( by August 5, 2018.

Tags:  architecture  Rome  social history  urban spaces  urbanism 

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CfP: Herms and "terms" in literature and art

Posted By Claudia Echinger-Maurach, Thursday, June 7, 2018

Herms are an important object of studies in the Renaissance for humanists and artists. Humanists are interested in the portraits on top of a quadrangular pillar and in the inscriptions identifying the person. Artists are attracted by the unusual form, which combines figural and architectural elements and enriches the architectural language of the Renaissance with a new element to sustain an entablature instead of pilasters and columns; at the same time it provides the opportunity to express a great variety of iconographical concepts through the anthropomorphic part and its attributes.

These sustaining herms, called in literature often “caryatidherms”, should be better designated terms (termini in Italian, Termen or Termes in German and French literature), as the god Terminus was venerated in form of a herm (see Achilles Statius, Inlustrium viror… 1569). For an introduction see Claudia Echinger-Maurach, Studien zu Michelangelos Juliusgrabmal, 2 vols (Hildesheim: 1991), vol. 1, pp. 206–219.

The panel proposes to define and to explore the multitude of aspects of these today rarely studied herms and terms in Renaissance literature, in architectural treatises and commentaries on Vitruvius, in drawings and reproductive prints, in frontispizes, in painting (from Peruzzi to the Carracci), in sculpture and in European architecture of the Renaissance.

Scholars of Renaissance literature and art history are kindly invited to send an abstract (150-word maximum), a list of keywords, any A/V requirements, a short curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) to the organizer Claudia Echinger-Maurach ( before Monday, 23 July 2018. Presenters will have to be active RSA members.

Tags:  Architectural treatises  architecture  commentaries on Vitruvius  frontispizes  Herms  painting  Renaissance literature  reproductive prints  sculpture  Terms 

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Beyond Eastern Europe, 1400–1700

Posted By Tomasz Grusiecki, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

In the early modern period, eastern Europe was a mosaic of cultures. Multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-denominational, it was situated at the crossroads of trade routes, political affairs, and cultural flows. Yet in the eighteenth century, the region’s perceived distance from the main centers of the Enlightenment led to its subsequent framing as the space of socio-economic backwardness, political disorder and cultural periphery. This binary positioning has had profound consequences on the perceptions of this region to this day.


This panel seeks to explore and redress two interconnected problems: (1) the terminology and methodologies that have been applied to conceptually situate the lands between the Baltic and Black Seas—for example, the ‘East’, ‘periphery’, and more recently, ‘borderland’; (2) and, in turn, the different ways in which art, architecture and literature can challenge the conventional definitions of the region.


We thus invite scholars of central and eastern Europe to explore new approaches, terms, and questions that address the place of this region in its various complexities and thematic contexts. We seek papers that cover any aspect of culture (art, architecture, material culture, literature) that might shed new light on the region from within, across, and from without.


Please send a 150-word abstract and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) to Katie Jakobiec ( and Tomasz Grusiecki ( before Monday, 6 August 2018. Presenters will have to be active RSA members.

Tags:  architecture  art  Art History  central Europe  circulation  cultural history  eastern Europe  global  literature  material culture  transcultural  visual culturecirculation 

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Deadline extended - CfP: Art Beyond Spanish Italy, 1500-1700

Posted By Emily B. Wood, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session Sponsored by the Italian Art Society (IAS)

“Your interest in Italy is the main artery by which the pulse of all your power beats…”
(Charles V to Philip II, 1555)

By the end of the sixteenth century, the Spanish crown controlled major regions of the Italian Peninsula, from the Kingdom of Naples to the Duchy of Milan. At the same time, areas outside of Spanish sovereignty, including the Italian Republics, Tuscany, Mantua, and the Papal States, felt the effects of Spain’s “soft” imperialism (Dandelet, 2001) in economic, social, and cultural
spheres. This panel focuses on art-historical approaches that explore the question of Spanish cultural imperialism on the Italian Peninsula outside of the Spanish Empire. Papers may explore topics including, but not limited to: artistic patronage by agents of the Spanish Empire or expatriate communities; the circulation of objects through diplomatic, commercial, or artistic networks; artistic collaboration and education; or the movement of artists between the Iberian and Italian peninsulas.

Please send a brief abstract (no more than 150 words); keywords for your talk (maximum of 8); and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum in outline rather than narrative form) to Emily Monty ( and Emily Wood ( by July 27, 2018 (updated submission deadline)

Tags:  architecture  art  circulation  diplomacy  exchange  Florence  Genoa  Habsburg  Italy  Mantua  mobility  Rome  Spain  Venice 

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