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RSA Dublin 2021 Calls for Papers
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This blog is a space for RSA members to post calls for papers and lightning talks for sessions in all disciplines to be held at RSA Dublin 2021. Papers could be solicited for a traditional panel or a seminar session which will have pre-circulated papers.

To post a CfP, log in to your RSA account and select the "Add New Post" link further down this page. Make sure to include the organizer's name, email address, and a deadline for proposals. The session organizer is responsible for uploading the finalized proposal to the RSA Dublin 2021 submission site.

The general submission deadline for RSA Dublin 2021 is 15 August 2020. For more details on the submission process, see the Submission Guidelines page.

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Science and Technology in the Age of Cervantes

Posted By Mercedes Alcalá Galán, Sunday, August 9, 2020
New materialist approaches to literature are redefining the study of early modern science and technology. Rather than separate social and investigative engines, technology and science are now considered as epiphenomena deeply woven in the fabric of society that shape some of its most fundamental elements and dynamics, from its communicative and relational patterns, networks and systems, to its geographical and epistemological horizons and limits. No technology is neutral, and as such, science can encode rather than challenge some of its long-standing bias. Cervantes' works offer a varied and complex view of a rapidly changing world through the development of new epistemes, technological inventions, and the formidable pressures of a global race for the developments of new advances in navigation, cartography, engineering, physics, astronomy, mechanics, botany, agriculture, medicine and everything in between. We invite proposals across the interdisciplinary spectrum to explore any approach related to science and technology in Cervantes' times.

Tags:  botany  cartography  Cervantes  engineering  mechanics  medicine.  navigation  physics  Science  technology 

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Spacing Out in Cervantes’ Works

Posted By Mercedes Alcalá Galán, Sunday, August 9, 2020

Cervantes' literary fiction blends in particularly productive ways the material and metaphorical conceptions of space; rather than just a measurable locale, ideas of emplacement connote a broad range of material and symbolic structures that situate, shelter, and/or confine individual and collective subjects. Material configurations of space—such as architecture, landscape, cities, domains, regions, etc.—define behavior, norms, and elusive standards of living such as civility and propriety. We invite critical examinations of any of these embodied—and likely gendered, and alterized—configurations that might evolve or not into sites of resistance.

Equally welcome are the aesthetic implications of these “space-forming” and “space-contingent” (Vidler 2016, 37) genres or literary practices and the exploration of authorial, poetic tactics that may illustrate, expand, or problematize imaginary or factual spaces.


Tags:  Cervantes  material and metaphorical conceptions of space. 

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Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Monday, August 3, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS

(Deadline: 10 August 2020)

 

The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 67thAnnual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (7- 10 April 2021) in Dublin. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:

 

Contagium: Exploring the Nexus Between Confraternity, Pandemic and Renaissance Society

 

 

Since global communities are currently experiencing the liminal stage of withdrawing from varying degrees of quarantine and social isolation, the Society for Confraternity Studies is keen to scrutinize how Renaissance lay charitable institutions and sodalities grappled with the corporeal, emotional and fiscal injuries caused by society’s exposure to pandemics and epidemics and how their various actions can inform our own social, economic and psychological recuperation. Accordingly, we invite papers that explore the breadth and impact of lay sodalities operating in affected geographical areas between 1300 and 1700. Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • The impact of pandemics on the restrictions of goods and humans and how quarantines, social distancing and limitations on travel affected regular confraternity operations and in turn, touched recipients of charity.
  • Legacies and donations awarded to confraternities in light of the plague. Including comparative studies of bequests during times of epidemic and good fortune and those that juxtapose geographically disparate data for the purpose of analysis.
  • The orientation of medical science and spiritual doctrine during epidemics and lay charitable institutions’ roles in this co-ordination.
  • Artistic commissions of confraternities and other lay charitable institutions and how these reflected the various injuries caused to society by outbreaks of pestilence. 
  • The impact of post-plague art, architecture, drama, music and ephemera commissioned by confraternities on public spaces and/or the popular conscience.
  • The actual and notional value of prophylactic measures designed to protect the body and soul during outbreaks and to what extent these were taken up by lay brotherhoods.
  •  Confraternity membership and how this was affected by one or more of the following: fear of mass burial; church and oratory closure; fear of the afterlife; concerns regarding spiritual conduct in the face of imminent death. 
  • The personal toll of plague on those lay brothers and sisters entrusted with public service, healthcare and the custody of people or objects.
  • The influence of pestilence on public and private confraternal ritual. 

 

Papers should concentrate on confraternal activities between 1300 and 1700. We are however, also particularly interested in proposals that discuss the value of emerging confraternity studies focusing on historical pandemics and how their findings can inform our own twenty-first century recuperation following our recent encounter with Covid 19. 

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 short academic C.V. (between one and five pages), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please be sure all seven (7) categories of information are clearly provided. 

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at samanthajanecaroline@yahoo.co.uk by [10 August 2020].


Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  black death  bubonic plague  charity  confraternity  death and gender  Death studies  History  History of Medicine  history of science  hospitals  interdiscplinary  Italian Renaissance Art  lay sisterhoods  Material Studies  Medicine and Science  Performing Arts and Theater  piety  Religious Studies  Renaissance  renaissance medicine  ritual  Women and Gender 

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New Technologies and Renaissance Studies

Posted By Randa El Khatib, Friday, July 31, 2020
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2020

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing, and teaching.  Panels at the 2021 meeting will continue to explore the contributions made by new and emerging methodologies and the projects that employ them.

For 2021, we welcome proposals for papers, lightning talks, panels, or poster / demonstration / workshop presentations on new technologies and their impact on research, teaching, publishing, and beyond, in the context of Renaissance Studies. Examples of the many areas considered by members of our community can be found in the list of papers presented at the RSA since 2001 (https://itercommunity.org/conference-collaborations/?) and in those papers published thus far under the heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (https://goo.gl/S5Q5MN).

Please send proposals before 10 August 2020 to <iter.newtechnologies.rsa@gmail.com>Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph biographical CV. We are pleased to be able to offer travel grants on a competitive basis to graduate students and newly-emerging scholars who present on these panels; those wishing to be considered for a grant should indicate this in their abstract submission.

We thank Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance (https://www.itergateway.org) for its generous sponsorship of this series and its related travel subventions since 2001.

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New Interpretations of Early Modern Empiricism

Posted By Karine Durin, Friday, July 31, 2020

This panel seeks to reassess the different paths in which empiricism developed during the Renaissance. Recent historiographical interpretations have suggested the importance of moving away from the traditional ideas about its possible British origins and its subsequent transformation into a national philosophical current. Instead, it has been shown that the Spanish imperial project contributed to the development of Western science through a strong promotion and dissemination of new knowledge, and by a pioneering State sponsorship of scientific culture, particularly under Philip II. This redefinition of empiricism in the early modern period will be placed in the context of a profoundly renewed reflection on the concept of scientia, at the intersection between history of knowledge and intellectual history. The extent in which empiricist philosophical thought differed from other doctrines by seeking alternatives to Aristotelian natural philosophy will be explored, as well as its possible connections to the rise of philosophical eclecticism. The diversity of experiences created the circulation of knowledge in an increasingly connected and globalised world will also be discussed. These objectives are in line with recent research that has attempted to "de- Europeanize" the conception of science at the dawn of the Scientific Revolution. In all, these perspectives will add to the discussion about the rise of empiricism in the specific context of a reform of natural philosophy during the Renaissance.

The following issues will also be explored:
Empiricism as the founding element of a questioning of rationality.
Natural philosophy and the emergence of new forms of rationality.
The limits of empiricism as a systemic approach to the natural world.
Does empiricism respond to a desire for reform?
Empiricism and collaborative knowledge
Empiricism and Skeptical currents of thought
Empirical practices and its books
The political dimension of empiricism and its relevance to imperial projects.

Please submit proposals to Karine Durin (karine.durin@univ-nantes.fr/karinedurin@yahoo.fr) by 12 August 2020.

Paper proposals must include the following: full name, current affiliation and email address; PhD completion date (past or expected); brief CV (2-page maximum); paper title (15-word maximum); and abstract (150-word maximum). 

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The art of collecting, manipulating, and manufacturing early modern relics

Posted By Julia Oswald, Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Organizers: Ruth Sargent Noyes, Julia Oswald

Moderator: Julia Oswald

 

In 1678 a femur bone of Lithuanian Saint Casimir (1458-84) traveled south from Vilnius to Florence, inside a sumptuous casket sculpted from amber, ivory and ebony. In 1683 hair and a tooth of Florentine Saint Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (1566-1607) journeyed north to Vilnius, fitted out with a reliquary fashioned of glass, gold and diamonds. This exchange of rare numinous cargos, according to the venerable Christian tradition of translatio (‘translation’)—ritual relocation of relics of saints and holy persons—ratified an alliance between the Medici, rulers of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and the Pac family, preeminent dynasty of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Their translation, interconnecting the Italian center of Catholic enlightened western Europe and aspirant global power, and the Baltic boreal (‘of the far north’) neocolonial outpost at extra-European religio-political borderlands of multiple faiths and empires, was but one of many such early modern intercultural ritual migrations over several thousand kilometers that began in the 17th century. These Italo-Baltic relics and their afterlives run counter to conventional historical accounts of how enlightened early moderns perceived and interacted with relics, how rituals surrounding relics could unite (not divide) ostensibly divergent communities, and how far such rituals reached both geographically and chronologically to interconnect Europe and the wider world. This session aims to assemble scholars whose work explores the enduring post-Medieval significance of relics—their collection, manipulation, and manufacture—which remains persistently understudied in scholarship on the early modern period, despite the explosive proliferation of cases of relic translatio during this era: upwards of 35,000 cases of the export of relics from the Roman catacombs across the globe are documented for the period 1600-1800 alone. The Medici-Pac case and others like it reveal a still largely unexamined history of the agency of the early modern relic and its central role in larger networks of transcultural exchange not merely as a focus to highlight cultural changes, but as a prime generator of changes driving intercultural identity formation and coexistence across the premodern world’s seemingly most insurmountable religio-political and socio-ethnic borders.

Please send a Word document (.doc or .docx) with the following to Julia Oswald (julia.oswald@gmail.com):

-          Your name and any relevant academic affiliations

-          Paper Title (15-word maximum)

-          Abstract (150-word maximum)

-          Abridged CV (300-word maximum)

Please submit your proposals by August 10, 2020. Presenters will need to be members of RSA by the time of the conference.

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Representing islands and water in Early Modern cartography

Posted By Anna Perreault, Monday, July 27, 2020
Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Mediterranean islands have occupied, at least since antiquity, a central position within the political and economic imperatives of numerous civilizations. These military powers will establish various forms of maritime control over the Mediterranean space. From the Minoans to the Genoese and Venetian Thalassocracies, as well as the Ottoman Empire, the Mediterranean Sea became the scene of countless battles for control of its islands and surrounding waters (even still today). When thought as a separate entity, the island often refers to the idea of isolation, but it takes on a whole new meaning when it becomes plural: when we speak of the Mediterranean islands, we think of battles but also of commerce and cultural exchange. Likewise, the water that surrounds the islands can be both a vector of isolation and a way for communication. In the early modern period, cartographic representations of these islands, coveted by foreign powers but also inhabited by different cultures and religions, are still linked to power relations and are part of the attempts of different powers to assert their territorial legitimacy.

The question of the territorialization of the seas, which began in the 17th century with Hugo Grotius, already exists, however, through early modern cartographic representations, whether we speak of isolarii, nautical charts, "Geographies" or wall paintings. To control an island is also to control the surrounding waters: in the same way, to represent an island is also to represent the maritime space that surrounds it, whether it is empty, filled with hatching, figurative details or simply colored. What is the relationship between the island and the surrounding waters? Does the latter make it an enclosed place, a fortified wall, a place of exchange? What about the islands of the Indian Ocean, or those of the New Territories? Is this plural idea of the relationship between the island and the sea to be found in the representations of other maritime spaces at the same time?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Questions around the notion of insularity between the years 1400-1700
  • Urban space through chorographic representations and urban views of island cities
  • The power relations between the political powers seen through Early Modern cartography
  • Maritime space and its territorialization
  • The notion of power through insular cartography

Please send your abstract (150 words max.), along with a short CV, a PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected), full name, current affiliation and email address by August 13th to the organizer: anna.perreault@umontreal.ca

For more information about the RSA Annual Meeting, please see the conference website: https://www.rsa.org/page/RSADublin2021

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In the Margins: Hidden Thinkers and Makers in Early Modern Scientific Texts

Posted By Michelle DiMeo, Monday, July 27, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Panel Title: In the Margins: Hidden Thinkers and Makers in Early Modern Scientific Texts

Session Organizers:

Michelle DiMeo, Ph.D., Director of the Othmer Library, Science History Institute

Megan Piorko, Candidate*, Allington Postdoctoral Fellow, Science History Institute 

Early modern scientific manuscripts and printed texts are filled with material evidence of practitioners working through the technical knowledge presented on the page. When a text was subsequently copied, the knowledge created in the margins of the text was frequently subsumed into the reproduced copy, allowing readers to add to the canon of knowledge. Similarly, heavily annotated texts were shared between friends and among intellectual circles, showing that marginal notes were not at all marginal to the knowledge-making process. However, many of these readers, thinkers, and makers who contributed to advancing scientific knowledge are anonymous to us today. How does our treatment of known and unknown readers’ responses to scientific texts inform the study of early modern knowledge creation? What can we learn from early modern voices that have been relegated to the margins? What new methodologies are required for us to identify and recover these hidden thinkers and makers? Some examples of topics might include (but are in no way limited to):

• Evidence of readership and ownership of scientific texts

• Anonymous authors and annotators, especially women

• Popular culture responses to scientific texts

• Material evidence of tacit knowledge on the page

• Interaction between print and manuscript cultures

• New methodologies for history of the book scholarship that illuminate marginalized intellectual actors

This panel is sponsored by the Science History Institute, an RSA Associate Organization. Acceptance onto this panel guarantees acceptance by the RSA. 

To propose a paper, please send a paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum), curriculum vitae (no longer than 5 pages; please include date of PhD expected or completed), and full name, current affiliation, and email address by August 10th to Michelle DiMeo (mdimeo@sciencehistory.org) and Megan Piorko (meganpiorko@gmail.com).

Tags:  Book History  History of Science  interdiscplinary  Materials and Materiality  Medicine and Science  Women and Gender 

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I haue caused diuers of them to be translated unto me’: Spenser in ‘Babell towre’

Posted By Chris Barrett, Saturday, July 25, 2020

This panel invites speakers to use the conference’s Dublin location to reflect on Spenser's Irish literary contexts. The Faerie Queene emerges from a land where ‘faerie’, síth, was a potent force in the Gaelic imaginary. Spenser’s castle at Kilcolman, where much of it was written, was surrounded by Gaelic and Old English aristocrats who patronised some of the most significant Gaelic poets of early modern Ireland – the ‘Wanton Bardes, and Rymers Impudent’ who trouble his writing. This workshop seeks to recreate that geo-cultural matrix. It invites scholars with access to both traditions to stage a demo-translation of an extract from a Gaelic text contemporary with Spenser to reflect on e.g. Spenser and Irish (language, literature, literati); ‘Faerie lond’ and the síth; echoes and influences; ‘sweete witt and good invencon’: towards a comparative poetics; Spenser’s contexts of translation.

Please submit the following materials to Pat Palmer at Pat.Palmer@mu.ie by August 5 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

Tags:  English Literature  Ireland  Spenser  translation 

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Between Nasrid Granada and Christian Iberia: Minorities, Group ​Boundaries and Political Dominance in the Mediterranean

Posted By Mònica Colominas Aparicio, Friday, July 24, 2020
Updated: Friday, July 24, 2020
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Religious diversity in the pre-modern and early-modern Iberian Peninsula has often been seen as an internal affair that is confined to the territorial boundaries of the various Christian and Muslim political entities of the time.

This panel proposes to take an international perspective on the actual treatment and living conditions of the Jewish and Muslim minorities in Christian Iberia, and of Jews and Christians in al-Andalus, with a focus on the 15th century. Here, thinking about religious diversity is understood as part of a language on minorities that is articulated beyond the peninsular borders and includes minorities in other regions of the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the treatment of religious minorities is not understood as a peripheral issue but as a c entral one in shaping intra- and inter-territorial alliances at the time, the resolution of political and religious dissidence within the incipient nation-states and the forming of the identity of the majority.

Scholars are invited to contribute on the following topics:

  • religious minorities and living conditions in Nasrid Granada and Christian Iberia
  • religious minorities in the Mediterranean (15th century)
  • Islamic and Christian jurisprudence on minorities
  • works of religious controversy
  • conversion and religious minorities
  • the emergence of the nation-state and the position of minorities
  • international law and religious minorities

Proposals should be sent to Mònica Colominas Aparicio, m.colominas.aparicio@rug.nl, by 8 August and include the following:

  • full name, current affiliation, and email address
  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (no longer than 5 pages)
  • PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected)

Tags:  Islam  Mediterranean  Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations  Nasrid Granada  pre-Modern and Early Modern Iberian Peninsula  Religious Minorities 

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Milton, A General Session *extended deadline*

Posted By Eric B. Song, Thursday, July 23, 2020
Proposed papers may consider any aspect of the writings of John Milton; we especially welcome submissions from junior scholars.

Proposals should be sent to Eric Song, esong1@swarthmore.edu, by August 1 and include the following:

• full name, current affiliation, and email address

• paper title (15-word maximum), 

• abstract (150-word maximum), 

• curriculum vitae (no longer than 5 pages), 

• PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected)

• if submitting a panel or roundtable proposal, a panel description (150-word maximum)


Tags:  English Literature  Literature  Religion 

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Renaissance Dialogue between Visual Art and Humanism

Posted By Anne H. Muraoka, Thursday, July 23, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  The sweeping relevance of Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura is that the treatise joins the two most conspicuous cultural developments of the early Renaissance, namely, humanism and visual art. With this avant-garde fusion, Alberti elevated the status of painting to parity of esteem with the liberal arts, thus transforming the standard of artisan into the archetype of artist — executor of personal vision — and essentially initiating the discipline of art criticism with the first ‘how-to’ book of the modern era. A persistent polemic, however, surrounds the influence of classical literature upon early Renaissance aesthetics. The primary debate regards the extent of mutual influence between humanism and the visual arts. Recent scholarship aims to correct the common notion that the two disciplines were intertwined during the early Quattrocento. Cennino Cennini’s instructional manual Il libro dell’arte, of the late 1300s, and Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Commentarii of 1450, are the other major surviving discourse on visual arts of the early Renaissance. However, these are not humanist texts. The absence of surviving humanist discourse, however, does not invalidate a possible bilateral influence of antique aesthetics that would further mutual awareness in humanists and artists. Art may have affected early humanists through aspects of antiquity’s visual history. On the other hand, humanists may have influenced the discussion of art and architecture. Accordingly, if antique art and its post-antique imitation impacted early humanist thinking — or vice versa — art and text would begin to interchange values, and the resulting conjunction would inform painting. This panel examines how the two disciplines — humanism and the visual arts — may have specifically intersected in the early Renaissance, bringing art and intellectual history into a more specific dialogue. 

Paper proposals must include the following: full name, current affiliation and e-mail address; PhD completion date (past or expected); brief CV (2-page maximum); paper title (15-word maximum); and abstract (150-word maximum).

Please submit proposals to Peter Weller (oplontis@gmail.com) and Anne H. Muraoka (amuraoka@odu.edu) by 12 August 2020.

           

             

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Classical Tradition  Humanism  Italian Renaissance Art 

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Condottieri di Ventura nelle guerre d’Italia/Soldiers of Fortune in the Italian Wars

Posted By Milos Mitrovic, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A proposal for a panel at RSA Dublin, 2021

Since its first publication more than forty years ago, Michael Mallett’s classic Mercenaries and Their Masters has remained the point of departure for study of mercenaries and Italian warfare in the period from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century. In his revisionist interpretation of the French invasion of Italy in 1494, Mallett successfully debunked the myth fostered by Niccolò Machiavelli, who portrays mercenaries as “useless and dangerous” companies who ruined Italy. A large body of scholarship on this topic grew since then, focusing on mercenary soldiers themselves and their famous captains. However, most of this scholarship deals with trecento and quattrocento condottieri, while the period roughly between the battle of Fornovo and the emergence of Giovani delle Bande Nere remains surprisingly unexplored.

Inspired by some recent collections of essays, books, and research initiatives on Umbrian condottieri, this panel seeks to examine Italian soldiers of fortune not only from a modern prosopographical standpoint but also from the broader one of the political, cultural, and socioeconomic contexts for the period between 1494 and 1526. More specifically, this panel aims to interrogate condottieri’s: political aspirations and ambitions in this period, complex relationships with their paymasters in Italy and beyond the Alps, military prowess and innovativeness in battle, unwritten military code and camaraderie, rivalries and deceptions, portraits, weapons and arms, social bonds and patronage. Among the questions this panel will attempt to answer are: to what extent did the Italian Wars alter, for better or worse, the role condottieri played in Renaissance Italy? How do the 16th century condottieri differ from those at the time of John Hawkwood or Guidobaldo da Montefeltro? Were they more self-made opportunists than Italian patriots? What were the most common challenges all condottieri had to face in their relationship with their paymasters, soldiers, and amongst themselves? What is the connection between the 16th century condottieri and the organization of the territorial state, urban restructure and new artistic and intellectual schools? To answer those questions, we invite contributions from all disciplines and geographic regions.

The deadline for all RSA Dublin 2021 submission is August 15, 2020.

Proposals for 20-minute papers (no more than 150 words) – together with a CV (no more than 5 pages) – should be sent to the panel organizer Milos Mitrovic (valens85@yorku.ca) by August 8th 2020.

Tags:  Artillery  Condottieri  Florence  History  Italian Renaissance Art  Italy  Machiavelli  Renaissance  the Italian Wars  Warfare 

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CfP: The Material Culture of the Thirty Years’ War

Posted By Roisin Watson, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Thirty Years’ War is often synonymous with destruction. Tales of its devastation in central Europe – including pillaging, fire, theft, looting –  frame histories of the seventeenth century. The war’s destructive power would appear to be irreconcilable with histories of early modern material culture, with their focus on the dynamics of production and consumption. But this panel proposes to rethink the way we view relationships between conflict and material culture in the early modern period by exploring how the damage wrought by the Thirty Years’ War established new opportunities for material production and memory making. How did warfare reconfigure the trajectories of existing objects as their biographies became entangled with the unfolding conflict? Building upon cultural studies of the Thirty Years’ War, a focus on the material brings new insight to the experience of conflict. How were individuals’ involvement in war shaped by their material interactions? How did soldiers and civilians navigate the extremes of warfare through objects? In what ways did objects’ proximity to and intimacy with conflict determine the value placed upon them by contemporaries? How did encounters with destruction shape the afterlife of objects of war? Broadening our definition of “objects of warfare,” we wish to move away solely from the study of armour and weapons to include the everyday, the ephemeral and the accidental. 

Papers might consider, but do not have to be limited to:

  • Soldiers as artists and artisans
  • The migration of objects
  • Plunder, booty, looting and the Brandschatzung
  • The afterlives of objects associated with the Thirty Years’ War
  • Ruins and rebuilding
  • Commemoration and objects of war
  • Preserving, collecting, and displaying relics and souvenirs of war

Proposals for papers should be sent to roisin.watson@history.ox.ac.uk & a.stielau@ucl.ac.uk by 10th August 2020. They should include paper title and abstract (no more than 200 words), along with a short CV (one page). 

If you are interested in this topic but will not be attending RSA or have already committed to another panel, please still be in touch as we hope to hold other events in the future.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Material Culture  Thirty Years' War  Warfare 

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Fragments of Order. Inventing antiquity between Italy and the Low Countries

Posted By Max Wiringa, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Session organized by prof. Krista De Jonge (KU Leuven) and Max Wiringa (KU Leuven) as part of the project Fragments of Order, supported by the Research Foundation Flanders. Chair: Ethan Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto) – Respondent: Michael J. Waters (Columbia University)

The early sixteenth century saw a growing interest in Roman antiquity of painters and other artists, specifically from the Low Countries: for instance, Maarten van Heemskerck and Hermannus Posthumus roamed the city, copying its architectural fragments. This interest had its counterpart in contemporary architectural theory where archeological fragments were combined into the canon of the Five Orders. This long process of gestation came to a provisional end with the landmark publication of Sebastiano Serlio’s Fourth Book in 1537.

Combining architectural fragments is known as composto or composé, an important creative principle. The architectural strategy on which the Five Orders are based, has this in common with the visual discourse of representing space in antique guise. It led to much critique, amongst others by the translator of Serlio’s treatise, Pieter Coecke van Aelst, who directly connected it with the contemporary Netherlandish artistic context, i.e. painters such as Jan Gossart, Bernard van Orley and Lanceloot Blondeel. (Next to the traditional practice of copying on paper, )The transmission of motifs was aided by the newly invented medium of prints, which spread antique fragments to the Low Countries. Loose-leaved prints provide evidence of discourse through image alone, next to more text-dependent treatises.

This session thus focuses on a particular point of intersection between painterly and architectural practice in the Northern Renaissance during the early decades of the sixteenth century, in dialogue with contemporary developments in Italy. Against this background, possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Painters and other artists as inventors of the Antique
  • Visual architectural discourse and the role of prints and drawings in the design process
  • Composto as design strategy
  • Antique architectural fragments in contemporary visual culture

Proposals should adhere to the RSA guidelines:

  • Paper title (max. 15 words)
  • Abstract (max. 150 words)
  • CV up to 5 pages
  • PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected)
  • Full name, current affiliation, and email address

Please send your proposal to Krista De Jonge (krista.dejonge@kuleuven.be) and Max Wiringa (max.wiringa@kuleuven.be) by Friday, August 7th.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Art Theory  Netherlandish art  Renaissance Architecture 

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