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Three calls for papers for the RSA conference at Toronto, 17-19 March 2019:

 

Matter of Access – Collections and their Availability to a Public

 

Organisers: Susan Bracken, Andrea M. Gáldy, Adriana Turpin (International
Forum Collecting & Display)

 

Since its foundation in 2004, the international forum Collecting & Display
has investigated numerous aspects of both collections and collectors. This
type of activity has taken place at our own conferences, which resulted in a
number of publications. We have also participated in meetings organised by
other societies.

 

For the 2019 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America we are
proposing three inter-related panels, which would examine the question of
access to the collection from different perspectives. This session proposes
to extend the discussion of the nature and pertinence of collections by
focusing on the spaces in which they were displayed and how access to those
spaces was controlled. By examining how collections were displayed, used and
presented and who had access to these spaces, we hope to develop a deeper
understanding of the meaning of the collection to its owner and its
significance to contemporaries.

 

The first strand we envisage to be about places and locations: how the site
of a collection might have both enabled or hampered access; how the location
itself could have been used to characterise the collection or enhance the
reputation of the collector. Possible topics might include the diverse
locales used to house and display collections, such as gardens, galleries,
churches etc. This strand could also address the issue of early museums,
which often institutionalised private collections in early modern Europe and
necessitated a new etiquette to control the interested audience wishing to
see the treasures amassed.

 

The second topic is envisaged as studying the related issue of “advertising”
collections, for example, by means of publications, such as that of the
Giustiniani Collection. Such compilations were frequently used to increase
the fame attached to a particular collection. In disseminating information
about it, they provided another kind of imaginative access. Another type of
such “marketing” happened in the guise of less formal, but no less
intentional, spreading of information e.g. through reports sent as letters
between renaissance courts. Access to a particular collection and contact
with a particular collector may thus have been vicarious – and not always
entirely based on facts – but without some kind of advertisement, a
collection might have been excluded from public awareness. In that case, the
number of those wishing to see it, but being denied access, would have been
very limited.

 

Finally, our third topic is ‘Intimate geographies’. Examining the spaces in
which women displayed their collection, provides an opportunity to
investigate the meaning of their collections and to challenge preconceived
notions of privacy and the personal. We invite discussion as to the role of
women in the household and whether they had their own spaces or shared the
spaces of their consorts. In discussing the collecting and patronage of
women, it may be important to also investigate ephemeral collections.
Through the breadth of discussion we hope to demonstrate the multi-faceted
roles of women as collectors from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

We encourage proposals that consider the many different types of
collections, including collections of natural objects, flora or fauna as
well as collections of drawings, miniatures and works of art.

 

Please send your proposals on any of the three topics with abstracts of no
more than 250 words by 15 June, 2018 to [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> .

 

Please be aware that to be part of the panel in March 2019 you will have to
be a member of RSA and be enrolled for the annual meeting at the time of the
deadlines set by the society.

 

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Lower-Class Dress, Fashion and Identity in Europe, 1450-1650

 

In recent years there has been a surge in interest in Renaissance and Early
Modern dress, especially in the context of European courts and wealthy
households. Although revealing of important aspects of identity,
consumption, social practices and more, these studies consider just a small
segment of the population; what did average men and women wear and why? How
and why did they create or cultivate particular looks? How did ideas about
fashionable dress and appearance spread throughout the lower classes? How
can modern scholars recover information about lower-class dress, when we
rarely have extant examples, archival references or visual sources?

 

This panel aims to broaden our knowledge of dress and fashion in the past
and seeks papers that ask questions about how the average person – for
example artisans, shopkeepers, farmers, or peasants - dressed in Europe from
1450-1650. Papers may utilise objects in museum collections, archival
sources, visual and material culture, or printed or manuscript material and
address questions around reconstruction, curatorial practice, production
and/or consumption, gender, sexuality or other aspects of identity.
Interdisciplinarity is strongly encouraged and speakers may bring knowledge
from dress history, material/visual culture studies, economic history,
archaeology, art/social/cultural history, digital humanities or other
fields. Papers from PhD students, early career scholars and established
academics are all welcome.

 

Please send an abstract of no more than 150 words, proposed paper title
(15-words maximum), a short CV (300-words maximum), and a brief list of
keywords along with your name, email address, and institutional affiliation
to Michele Robinson at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>  by 1 August 2018.

 

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Papal Patronage and Interventions

 

From the Schism to the Counter-Reformation, the pope and his court are among
the greatest patrons of early modern Europe, seizing upon art and literature
as harbingers of Christian order, power, and prosperity. These commissions
include a dazzling array of objects, ensembles, and spaces, ranging from
miniature vessels to grand palaces – even the renovation of Saint Peter's
itself. We invite proposals for papers that examine the role of artistic and
architectural activities in shaping the image, identity, and office of the
papacy in the Renaissance. What were the visual, ecclesiastical, and
political motors that inspired patterns of patronage? In what ways did these
currents stimulate artistic response? What were the stakes of individual
objects and monuments commissioned in this heady atmosphere? We conceive of
subjects broadly, spanning the European continent from the thirteenth
through the sixteenth century.

 

This panel is sponsored by the Association of Textual Scholarship in Art
History.

 

Please send a short C.V. (no more than one page), a 150-word abstract, and a
list of keywords to Tracy Cosgriff ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) and Sara Nair James ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) by July 15.

 

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And one for the 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of
Architectural Historians, Providence, Rhode Island, 24-8 April 2019

 

Land, Air, Sea: Environment during the Early Modern Period

 

Session Chairs: Jennifer Ferng, University of Sydney, and Lauren Jacobi, MIT

 

Contrary to certain strands of scholarship, environmental thinking about
ideas of climate, energy, and habitat were at stake several hundred years
before the start of the twentieth century. This panel aims to explore how
earlier practices concerning architecture and the environment preceded more
modern concepts of environmental exploitation and the consequences of
man-made interventions. We intend to understand how architectural practices
were stoked by the extraction of natural resources during the early modern
era. Construction in Venice, for example, meant the state was preoccupied
with managing timber resources in the terra firma. During the Age of
Exploration, European shipbuilding likewise led to the depletion of timber
reserves in places including present-day Iceland, Portugal, and areas
located along the Mediterranean. Such deforestation is also evident in
practices in sixteenth-century New England by British and French pioneers
and seventeenth-century Dutch East Indies traders, who ravaged the northern
trees of Java. 

 

Recent concepts of the Anthropocene have centered mainly on questions of
sustainable design and technologies from the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. However, ideas of the environment originating within the early
modern period provide important markers of the pre-history of many of these
developments in architecture and urbanism, both within Europe and in its
colonial territories. We welcome papers from the late medieval period to the
eighteenth century which outline how architectural practices in diverse
habitats began to forecast some of the contemporary problems addressed today
by environmentalists.  How did the micro-climates in Europe, Asia, the
Americas, and Oceania affect the architectural and urban development of
settlements and coastal cities?  Or how did industry drive the construction
of buildings and infrastructure including factories, ports, shipyards, and
trading depots?  How was architecture impacted by state policies towards
forest conservation and land management?

 

The 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural
Historians will take place on April 24-28, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Applicants must submit a 300-word abstract and CV through the online portal
of the Society of Architectural Historians (http://www.sah.org/2019 ).

 

Further details of the submission guidelines are available at www.sah.org
<http://www.sah.org> . Please do not send materials directly to the panel
co-chairs. Submission of proposals to the SAH online portal closes at 11:59
on June 5, 2018 (Central Daylight Time).

 

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