CFP: The Art of the Network

Call for Papers: The Art of the Network: Visualising Social Relationships, 1400-1600

Deadline: 31 December 2016

Event: Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (28 April 2017)

This conference seeks to shed light on the ways in which social networks have been represented visually. Such an approach has great potential to deepen the discussion surrounding the commission, production, and reception of art and architecture between 1400 and 1600. The symposium invites studies that bring into dialogue social connections on the one hand and visual manifestations on the other. Preference will be given to papers that present unpublished material while engaging with methodological frameworks and/or historiographical perspectives.

Topics might include but are not limited to:
– how artistic networks affect the construction of identities
– the mobility of art and artists within networks
– whether formal, iconographic and/or stylistic features denote adherence to a community
– the identification of specific individuals in works of art
– how issues of display influence social bonds
– the employment of personal, familial, political, ecclesiastical or professional devices

Proposals of no more than 350 words should be submitted together with a short CV to Alexander Röstel (alexander.rostel@courtauld.ac.uk) and Alexander Noelle (alexander.noelle@courtauld.ac.uk) by 31 December 2016.  Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Costs for travel and accommodation cannot be covered but partial funding might become available and catering will be provided for all speakers.

Notification of decisions: mid-January 2017

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