Call for Papers: Material Culture and the Domestic Interior (RSA, March 17-19 2019)

Call for Papers
Material Culture and the Domestic Interior: New Questions, New Approaches

Renaissance Society of America Conference, Toronto, 17-19 March 2019

Organizers: Erin J. Campbell (University of Victoria, BC) and Maria DePrano (University of California, Merced)

While examinations of the Early Modern home flourished in the early twentieth century with works such as Paul Schubring’s on cassoni, the At Home in Renaissance Italy exhibition, which opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in fall 2006, was a watershed for the examination of material culture. This was followed by the Art and Love in Renaissance Italy exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008. These exhibitions both responded to a growing interest in material culture and inspired additional studies. Scholars have approached the domestic interior and material culture from diverse directions examining particular rooms, religious communities, types of furnishings, and private homes in major cities. What has been learned in the decade since the groundswell of research around At Home in Renaissance Italy? What avenues remain to be explored? What regions, cities, classes, or ethnic and religious minorities need to be examined? Has gender in the domestic interior been sufficiently considered? Could more work be done on non-married women, widows, and beguines? This CFP invites paper proposals from scholars working on the material culture and the domestic interior of Early Modern Europe.

Please send title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and short C.V. to the organizers, Erin Campbell ( and Maria DePrano ( by August 1, 2018.

Erin J. Campbell
Professor, Chair
Art History & Visual Studies
University of Victoria
Tel: 250-721-7940