CFP: 2 Sessions at RSA Dublin: Globalizing Early Modern Eastern European Art / Revisiting Collecting Antiquities (30 Mar – 2 Apr 2022)

Globalizing Early Modern Eastern European Art
Deadline: 1 August 2021

In recent years, global approaches to the study of art and material culture have gained momentum, particularly in Anglo-American academia. An increasing number of scholars of eastern Europe are embracing this newly expanded purview by integrating comparative and transcultural methods into their research and teaching.

The new approach is nonetheless still awaiting wider recognition from the incipient field of eastern European Art History, particularly for histories of the early modern period. Elsewhere, the global turn led to new transgeographical perspectives which have begun to challenge the once-dominant national paradigm in various art-historical traditions. The question remains, however, how to meaningfully include eastern Europe in the discipline’s ongoing explorations of cultural heterogeneity and global circulations of artefacts, and—more importantly—whether other scholars have anything new to learn about these processes from the study of the region. This panel, therefore, seeks case studies that interrogate the transcultural potential of eastern Europe’s past.

Please send a 150-word abstract, a curriculum vitae no longer than 5 pages, and the PhD completion date (as per the RSA guidelines) to Robyn Radway ( and Tomasz Grusiecki ( before Monday, 2 August 2021. Presenters will have to be active RSA members.


Revisiting Collecting Antiquities 
Deadline: 6 August 2021

The Society for the History of Collecting

The significance of owning and displaying antiquities for the Renaissance collector has never been doubted and the importance of surviving antique works of art for both collectors and artists is well understood. Recent research has shown that the meaning of these works for collectors, that underpinned their acquisition and display, is more nuanced than previously thought, often reflecting market forces as much as the reputation or scholarship of the individual owner. In light of the revived interest in the world of the Renaissance collector, his/her relationship to the market and in questions of connoisseurship and authenticity, the Society for the History of Collecting invites new research and new interpretations of these topics. Areas of particular interest include: the consideration of new types of collectors, such as women and merchants, as well as courtiers; artists’ collections and their importance in the artist’s practice; antique collections outside of Italy; questions of fakes, copies and authenticity and the language of connoisseurship.

As an Associate Organization of RSA, the Society for the History of Collecting can sponsor up to four sessions. Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers. They must include a title, abstract of no more than 150 words, keywords, a one-page CV and a short summary biography, with PhD completion year or expected completion as of spring 2022. Speakers will need to be members of RSA and members of the Society for the History of Collecting at the time of the conference.

Proposals should be sent to Adriana Turpin at with the heading “RSA Proposal” by 6 August, 2021. Selected papers will be grouped thematically in the case of holding more than one session.