Conference Alerts/Calls for Papers

I've received quite a few conference alerts and calls for papers over the last couple of days from the H-ArtHist and H-Museum networks. To save time I've collected them together. I think there's probably something here for everyone!

Museums and the Web 2007
11-14th April, 2007
San Francisco, California, USA

Click on the link below for information about the themes of the conference, session formats, deadlines and an online proposal submission form.


Collecting across Cultures in the Early Modern World
Huntington Library in San Marino, California
May 11-12, 2007

The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute will host a major international conference, "Collecting across Cultures in the Early ModernWorld," to take place at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, on May 11th and 12th, 2007. The conference organizers invite proposals for papers examining aspects of collecting as a global and transcultural phenomenon in the period ca. 1450 to ca. 1850, including but not limited to the following topics:

- The formation and organization of collections: trajectories, networks,circulation, exchange
- The motivations and uses of collections: science, art, religion, curiosity, commerce, empire
- The interpretation, contextualization, and reinvention of early moderncollections
- The transference of techniques, artistic styles, ideas, and beliefs through the circulation of objects
- The role of geography in the production, circulation, and interpretation of collections
- The usefulness of theories of center and periphery, diffussionism,transculturation, metissage, etc. in the understanding of collections
- Relationships between objects, texts, and images

The conference organizers encourage the submission of proposals which examine not only how non-European material was collected by Europeans but also how collectors outside Europe collected from other cultures.The conference welcomes applications from scholars working across disciplinary and institutional settings.

To be considered, please submit an abstract (not to exceed one page) and a c.v. (not to exceed two pages), or mail a copy of these materials to

Collecting Conference Organizing Committee,
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute,
University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0034.

Proposals are due no later than November 1, 2006.

The conference will provide transportation and local costs for those accepted on the program. The papers will be pre-circulated among participants and must be available by March 30, 2007. Questions may be addressed to the conference organizers, Daniela Bleichmar( ) and Malcolm Baker ( ). Information about the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute can be found at

Contesting forms, testing functions: Dynamic encounters between sculpture, decoration and design

This session forms part of the AAH conference 2007,
12-14 April,
University of Ulster,

See for full details.

Deadline for Submissions, 10 November 2006

The category of 'decorative art' defies precise definition. As a term, it is descriptive rather than definitive, and implies a condition of art,instead of a distinct category of its own. It is often used interchangeably with 'applied art', 'industrial art' and 'design', even though each of these terms evokes a specific period and comes with its own unique associations. Inherently interdisciplinary, these practices cross fluidly into other, more easily defined categories of art, such as painting, sculpture and architecture. Yet paradoxically, when they are studied, catalogued or displayed, objects classed as decorative art and design often assume an autonomy that contradicts their conditional nature.This session seeks to explore these divisions and intersections with specific reference to sculpture and the 'plastic' arts: when does an object count as sculpture, decoration or design? In turn, how are these definitions absorbed and reflected into art history and histories of decorative art and design? Taking the historic partnership that has existed between sculpture, decorative art and design as a means of investigating the problems that arise when we divide art practices into disciplinary categories, this session aims to examine, firstly, the motives that inform the categories by which we order objects and, secondly, to test this ordering by examining more closely the objects themselves, as well as their critical reception and status. The session will seek to bring together a range of different approaches, and will welcome specific case studies as well as broader theoretical, historiographic and museological discussions, focusing on any period or geography. By addressing these issues across both historic and modern contexts, the session aims to highlight shifts and continuities in the dialogue between decorative art and sculpture.

For further information about this session please call Ellen Tait on0113 246 7467.
Please submit abstracts (c.500 words) and a CV by email to or by post to Ellen Tait, The Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH
by 10 November 2006.


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