Panel proposal for the International Society for Studies in Medievalism 2016 Conference Bamberg 18-20 July
Organised by Dr. Marja Lahelma (University of Helsinki) & Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin (University of Amsterdam)
This panel will explore medieval revivals in late 19th and early 20th century art, art writing and art institutions in Europe and North America. It will focus in particular on national and political contexts of the medieval in modern art and art’s institutional context: new cultural and mythological constructs of patrimony, inheritance and ‘national’ identity that incorporate, appropriate and/or invent a medieval heritage.
The panel will map cultural narratives regarding medievalism and identity, focusing in particular upon their reverberation in the visual arts, on the one hand, and on the other, in institutionalized settings such as national museums and art galleries, public exhibition spaces, and art historical education, art criticism and art historiography.
We invite proposals that approach late 19th and early 20th-century reception and appropriation of the ‘medieval’ in the visual arts (painting, sculpture & the graphical arts, photography and film, stage performance) and/or in art institutions (museums and heritage institutions, public exhibition spaces and exhibition practices, art schools and academic art history departments, art critical and art historiographical writing). We welcome in particular papers that
explore the dynamic interaction between these two spheres, artists & art and institutionalizing developments, in the arena of discourses on national identity and heritage and the visualisation thereof.
Please send your proposal (max 250-300 words), accompanied by your professional details and brief bio, before 25 February to:
Dr. Marja Lahelma: marja.lahelma(@)helsinki.fi &
Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin: t.m.bauduin(@)uva.nl