Italy, Persia, and Early Modern Globalism

Appel à contribution/Call for papers

CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, February 12 – 15, 2014

Deadline: June 7th, 2013

In late antiquity the eastern frontier of the Roman empire confronted Sassanian Persia. The rivalry between these two world empires was redefined centuries later when the Pope served as the titular head of Christendom and the Shah led Safavid Iran. This session centers on interactions between Italians and Persians as represented in visual culture from 1500-1700. Papers that consider dialogue and exchange, transculturation, or cultural mobility will be especially welcome. Topics might include: maps and travel, missionaries and hagiography, embassies and political imagery, and involve media such as paintings, sculptures, prints, ephemeral decorations, and the decorative arts.

Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University, and Pamela Jones, UMass Boston



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Things: Early Modern Material Cultures


Alternate Tuesdays, 12.30-14.30, University of Cambridge

The early-modern period was the age of ‘stuff.’ Public production, collection, display and consumption of objects grew in influence, popularity, and scale. The form, function, and use of objects, ranging from scientific and musical instruments to weaponry and furnishings were influenced by distinct and changing features of the period.

Early-modern knowledge was not divided into strict disciplines, in fact practice across what we now see as academic boundaries was essential to material creation. This seminar series uses an approach based on objects to encourage us to consider the unity of ideas of this period, to emphasise the lived human experience of technology and art, and the global dimension of material culture. We will build on our success discussing the long eighteenth century in 2012-13 to look at the interdisciplinary thinking through which early modern material culture was conceived, adding an attention to the question of what a ‘thing’ is, to gain new perspectives on the period through its artefacts.

Each seminar will feature two talks each considering a way of thinking about objects.

April 30, 2013 – Printed Things

Dr Sean Roberts (University of Southern California) and Dr Elizabeth Upper (UL Munby Fellow)

May 14, 2013 – Paper, Making, Things

Dr Elaine Leong (Max Planck Institute, Berlin) and Dr Helen Smith (University of York)

May 28, 2013 – Handling Things

Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck (National Maritime Museum), Felicity Powell (Artist), and Ben Carpenter (University of Wolverhampton)

June 11, 2013 – Painted Things

Dr Matthew Hunter (McGill University) and Professor Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre)

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Prints as Agents of Cross-Cultural Exchange (RSA, New York, 27-29 Mar 14)

CFP/ Appel à contribution

Deadline/date limite: 31 mai, 2013

Session at the 2014 Renaissance Society of America conference

That printmaking’s ease of replication and comparatively inexpensive nature facilitated widespread dissemination of printed works within Europe is common knowledge. Yet this dissemination also occurred beyond the borders of Europe, with European prints making their way to areas as varied as Ottoman Turkey, India, China and the Americas. This panel aims to explore the transmission of knowledge, whether written or visual, between Europe and the rest of the world by means of prints in the early modern period. Of particular interest are examples of European prints that are re-contextualized and re-framed in non-European settings, or papers that explore the mechanics and significance of this type of exchange.

Please send an abstract (150 words maximum) and a brief cv by May 31st to: Heather Madar Humboldt State University <>

Conférence: Critical cartography of art and visuality in the global age (26-27 avril, Barcelone)

The First International Conference Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age aims to engage with the complexities of the new status of art and visuality in contemporary art practice in the context of “globalization”. Focusing on the paradigms of identity, alterity, memory, locality and interculturality, as well as on new ways of understanding the political, ecological, technological, economical and scientific dimensions of the current age, the conference seeks to locate the “topos” from which each of these paradigms forges links between theoretical concepts and innovative work methodologies, as well as analyze the currency of a New Art History in dialogue with Visual Culture Studies.

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Séminaire: Explorations Collections Circulations XVIème – XXème siècles


Ce séminaire est centré sur le rapport des Européens aux mondes extra-européens dans son lien à la pratique de l’exploration. Il souhaite fédérer des chercheurs spécialistes de l’histoire des sciences humaines et des expéditions et des spécialistes des différentes aires culturelles européennes et extra-européennes concernées, autour d’une réflexion collective sur les explorations envisagées comme archives des interactions entre différentes zones du monde, aux enjeux à la fois conceptuels, esthétiques et politiques.

“Explorations-Collections-Circulations (XVIe-XXe siècles)” (2012/13) [PDF – 39 Ko]