CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Revisioning High Renaissance Rome

Source of Information: FICINO 2004-04-27
Date of Event: 2005-04-04 & 05
Location of event: Edinburgh, UK
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2004-09-01

The University of Edinburgh, April 4-5, 2005


Why has the term "High Renaissance" proved so tenacious? Despite the
widespread semantic scrutiny of other terms – such as Gothic, Mannerism,
and Renaissance itself – the concept of the "High Renaissance", a period
of artistic and cultural culmination, is still widely used both inside
and outside academe. How can our understandings of this artistic style,
often characterised by words such as "harmony", "balance" and "clarity"
be reconciled with the religious, social and political crises suffered
by Italy in this era, as interdisciplinary scholarship becomes
increasingly the norm? How did the distinctive cultural and physical
setting of the city of Rome, with its highly educated, cosmopolitan and
shifting population affect and reflect the formulation of new verbal and
visual styles?
Focussing on Rome from 1492 to 1534, this conference will address these
issues through bringing together scholars working on different aspects
of the art, culture and history of the city. Proposals for 30-minute
papers from all disciplines are welcomed. Suggested topics for
consideration include:

·       Whether this period can still be seen as culturally distinct, and if
so, how we can best characterise it.
·       Whether – and how -  the visual arts, festival and literature
reflected and created a distinctively Roman civic identity.
·       How new research on early modern gender and sexuality affects our
understanding of the cultural production of Rome in this period
·       The relationship between religious, social and political crises and
the visual arts.
·       Patronage, propaganda and "self-fashioning" of the Pope and members of
the papal court.
·       The dialogue between a mythical Rome as the perfect
classical/Christian city and the lived experience of its inhabitants and
·       How developments in visual culture in Rome created an influential
model for patrons and artists in Europe as a whole.

Funding is available for speakers’ accommodation and travel expenses.

Please send 250 word proposals by 1 September 2004 to:
Dr Jill Burke
History of Art, University of Edinburgh
19 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 3150; Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6638

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board