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? Continue reading “Call for Papers: Material Culture and the Domestic Interior (RSA, March 17-19 2019)”

CFP: Sessions at RSA, A Matter of Access (Toronto, 17-19 Mar 19)

Toronto
Deadline: Jun 15, 2018

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. Continue reading “CFP: Sessions at RSA, A Matter of Access (Toronto, 17-19 Mar 19)”