CFP: Spoils of the Renaissance
Renaissance Society of America (RSA), New York City, 27-29 March 2014
Deadline: May 20, 2013
This panel takes as its central theme “spoils of the Renaissance.” We are interested in papers that explore the history of looting, spolia, and the violent appropriation of objects. What happens to works of art, relics, and other objects when they are torn from their original contexts, moved, modified, or even destroyed? What are the factors that dictate how we approach such a change: does it result in the creation of a new work of art, a damaged original, or a hybrid object? How does this affect local and foreign attitudes to the object, or its religious and aesthetic connotations? In what ways does looting transform ideas about cultural patrimony and preservation?
Papers may examine ancient, early Christian, or medieval objects in the context of the Renaissance, or, Renaissance works of art in later periods in history.
Please submit an abstract (max 150 words) and a brief CV to Aimee Ng, email@example.com, and Christina Ferando, firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 20, 2013.
Dr. Christina Ferando
Core Lecturer for Art Humanities
Dept. of Art History and Archaeology
Columbia University, New York
email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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