History, Continuity, and Rupture
A Symposium on Christianity and Art History
Sponsored by The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art
Le Pavé d’Orsay, Paris, France
May 25 - 31, 2010
If the history of art and architecture has been one of both rupture and continuity, nowhere has this process of continuity and creativity been more evident than in the 2000-year history of Christianity and the visual arts. At times marked by religious conservatism, and at times by radical innovation, artists engaged in developing visual means of expressing Christian faith and doubt within various historical contexts have both embraced and transformed inherited thematic, iconographic, and formal elements. This creative process has, over two millennia, established numerous and diverse connections across historical, geographic, religious, and cultural divides.
Practices of art history and criticism must, in turn, include strategies by which both points of connection and innovation are recognized within the work of artists informed by Christian faith. We seek 20-minute papers to be presented in French or English that represent new and publishable scholarship addressing the ways in which artistic initiatives have emerged from within particular cultural, historical, and religious moments engaged in the reception and transformation of inherited thematic, iconographic, and/or formal elements associated with Christian faith. Because nowhere is this history given wider representation than in Paris, History, Continuity, Rupture will be held at Pavé d’Orsay, sponsored by La Fonderie, at 48 rue de Lille, just blocks from the Musée d’Orsay. Papers engaging works of art and architecture in Paris are of special interest and select Symposium papers are intended for publication in English in a collected volume. It is hoped that Symposium participants will also form the core of inaugural efforts to form an Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art.
Paper proposals of no more than two pages double-spaced should be submitted along with a cover letter and c.v. to James Romaine (J-Romaine@bethel.edu) and Linda Stratford (LStratford@asbury.edu) and should include reference to methodological assumptions. The deadline for submission is January 1, 2010. Previously presented or published papers will be considered but should be indicated as such. Acceptance in the Symposium implies commitment to attend.
Linda Stratford and James Romaine, Symposium co-chairs
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, Kentucky 40390
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