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Conference in Mons

CALL FOR PAPERS

International Conference at Mons, Belgium

12-14 October 2015

Festivals in Hainault at the time of Jacques du Broeucq: The European Importance of Festivities to honour Charles V and the future Philip II (1549)

Call for papers

Potential speakers at the above conference are invited to submit proposals for conference papers to the Low Countries Sculpture Society and the Society for European Festivals Research. Proposals should be limited to a maximum of 300 words, should be accompanied by a brief CV (no more than a few lines) and should be sent to info@lcsculpture.org and m.e.shewring@warwick.ac.uk to arrive no later than Wednesday 8th April, 2015. A scientific committee drawn from the two Societies and invited scholars will take a decision on selected speakers shortly after that date. Proposals must be in English or French, which will be the conference languages.

Thanks to a grant from the Fondation Mons 2015, three hotel nights and modest travel expenses for foreign participants can be covered.

The Conference

In 2015, the eyes of Europe will focus on Mons as the European Capital of Culture. To celebrate the occasion, an international conference will be held in Mons, set within a week of celebrations featuring the work of Jacques Du Broeucq(c.1505-84) as architect and sculptor (11-18 October) and following a week (4-11 October) celebrating the musical achievements of Orlando di Lasso/Roland de Lassus (1532-94).

The aim is to bring to widespread public notice a famed series of occasions when, as the hub of Renaissance Europe, the Low Countries commanded the continent’s attention, with Hainault and its capital Mons featuring as the site of the most famous and influential events. These took place in 1549 when Charles V, Count of Hainault and Holy Roman Emperor, attempted to determine the continent’s dynastic, political and economic future by nominating as his successor his son Philip of Spain. With this aim in mind, his sister Mary of Hungary commissioned a series of magnificent festivals, the most lavish of which took place in September of that year at her palaces close to Mons at Binche and Mariemont.

The Society for European Festivals Research (SEFR) will be responsible for the conference’s academic programme, which will emphasise the almost unprecedented magnificence of the festivals at Mary’s palaces. These outshone the festivals of contemporary France and arguably equalled the great royal and civic festivals of Italy and the German-speaking states. Attention will be drawn to the public processions organised by local officials, and engaged in by a high proportion of the whole populace, from tradesmen and civic officers to artists, choreographers, designers and musicians. Particular attention will be paid to tournaments, including the great tournament of the Chateau Ténébreux, and to their wide-ranging public appeal. Attention will also be paid to the festivals’ appropriation of Italian and Burgundian or Northern European precedents, and to their continent-wide public recognition, as attested by the survival of an unusually high number of published accounts in Spanish, French, German and Italian. Papers which adopt a perspective that is Europe-wide, and are conscious of the social and political context of the events, will be especially welcome. Analysis of European festivals which rival or parallel those at Binche and Mariemont will be considered, provided that they reference the 1549 celebrations. Performance analysis will be a further concern of the conference, so that proposals forpapers which deal with festivals as theatrical events, and with the associated scenography and performance characteristics, will also be welcome.

Authors of papers should avoid a merely descriptive approach to their topic, and should instead observe a theoretic or analytical method, while being aware that the conference is open to the general public, so that an accessible and informative style is essential. Approximately 20 papers will be selected for inclusion.

Authors are advised that the European Festival Studies series published by Ashgate will be asked to consider the publication of a volume based on contributions to the conference. Authors seeking inclusion in the volume should therefore ensure that they retain details of their sources and references, so that scholarly footnotes and a bibliography can be reconstructed at a future date. It is also advisable to adopt the conventions and house style set out in the Ashgate guidelines, which can be accessed on the appropriate website (www.ashgate.com) Please note, however, that a published volume will not consist of ‘conference proceedings’ but will feature a selection of papers reconsidered, re-written and edited following discussion at the conference and with the volume editor(s).

OUTLINE PROGRAMME

Sunday 11 October 2015

12.00-20.00 Renaissance banquet at the castle of Boussu, near Mons (optional)

Monday 12 October 2015

10.00-19.00 Conference, university of Mons, followed by evening programme

Tuesday 13 October 2015

10.00-19.00 Conference, at the Centre Culturel, Boussu, followed by evening programme

Wednesday 14 October 2015

10.00-16.00 Conference, university of Mons, followed by free evening or individual return home

Thursday 15 October 2015

11.00-17.00 Excursion to Saint-Omer (optional), return to Mons around 19.00

Conference organisers

The Society for European Festivals Research at the University of Warwick, UK

The University of Leuven

The Low Countries Sculpture Society, Brussels

The Mons 2015 Foundation, Mons

Wed 01 April 2015, 09:50 | Tags: New Conference

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Conference

Interactions of Architecture and Performance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Festivals
21–24 March 2013 Venice, Italy

Wed 25 July 2012, 15:30 | Tags: current

2018 CONFERENCE Crossing Boundaries: confessional, political and cultural interactions in early modern festivals ans diplomatic encounters

Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May 2018

Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

In the early modern world, festivals and diplomatic ceremonial often involved the movement of individuals and courtly retinues across borders. They could therefore serve as sites of interaction between religious, political, linguistic, visual, musical, literary, theatrical and material cultures. Often this was accompanied by inherent underlying tensions, which could be made more or less explicit in the diverse 'languages' of festival, depending on their historical contexts and the objectives of organisers and participants. Interactions might be direct, as in the case of rulers, courtiers or ambassadors travelling between territories to attend or participate in festival or diplomatic occasions, or indirect, through visual or performed representations of other cultures. Such encounters could involve claims to, and negotiations of, status and precedence, and permit the inclusion of multiple layers of meaning, enabling different parties to participate in the associated ceremonies.

The conference, led by Richard Morris, will foreground recent research by doctoral and early-career colleagues, together with papers from experienced scholars, and will focus on the period from approximately 1500 to 1750. Papers will be welcome relating to any region of Europe, or any other area of the early-modern world weith which Europeans had come into contact.

Mon 29 January 2018, 08:50 | Tags: New Conference

FROM MELEE TO OPERA: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE CHIVALRIC TOURNAMENT

FROM MÊLÉE TO OPERA: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE CHIVALRIC TOURNAMENT

ORGANISED BY SYDNEY ANGLO -- WARBURG INSTITUTE, WOBURN SQUARE, LONDON WC1H 0AB

FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2012

DAVID CROUCH (Professor of Medieval History, University of Hull). A Facsimile of the Battlefield? What was at issue in the Mêlée Tournament

TOBIAS CAPWELL (Curator of Arms and Armour, the Wallace Collection). Violence and Elegance. Changing Priorities in the Joust, c. 1200-1625

NOEL FALLOWS (Professor of Spanish, University of Georgia). From Sport to Spectacle in Renaissance Iberia: Jousting, the Game of Canes, and Bull-Running

IAN FENLON (Professor of Music. Fellow, King's College, Cambridge). Martial Monteverdi

HELEN WATANABE-O'KELLY (Professor of German. Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford). 'The Invention of Tradition?' August the Strong and his historicising Tournaments

SYDNEY ANGLO (Emeritus Professor, University of Wales). The History of the History of Tournaments

Registration £25 (£12.50 for concessions): including coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch.

To Register, please contact: warburg@sas.ac.uk

 

Thu 24 November 2011, 10:08 | Tags: old

The Iconography of Power: Ceremonial Entries in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe

Capella

Bergamo Conference

May 25-27 2012

 


      
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The Capella Colleoni and Santa Maria Maggiore   Fresco by Giovan Battista Tiepolo in the Cappella Colleoni

SOCIETY FOR EUROPEAN FESTIVALS RESEARCH

ANNUAL CONFERENCE SERIES

 

UNIVERSITY OF BERGAMO, 25-27 MAY 2012

 

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF POWER: CEREMONIAL ENTRIES IN RENAISSANCE AND EARLY MODERN EUROPE

Download the registration form.

The Society for European Festivals Research, in association with the Universities of Bergamo, Pisa and Warwick, invites you to a conference under the title ‘The Iconography of Power: Ceremonial Entries in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe’. The conference will form part of the annual series of conferences promoted by the Society in a range of European locations. Edited and reworked proceedings of the conference, together with commissioned material, will be published by Ashgate Publishers, in both printed and eBook formats. The volume will be edited by Professors Maria Ines Aliverti (Pisa), Anna Maria Testaverde (Bergamo) and Ms Linda Briggs (Warwick).

Ceremonial Entries to capital and other cities took place across Europe in the Renaissance and Early Modern periods, as a means of expressing power relations and establishing communication between royal, ducal, civic and ecclesiastical authorities and their subjects. A common performance iconography, written and visual grew up, modified by local histories and current circumstances. The conference will deal with Entries in a wide European context, emphasising the period 1500 – 1650, and questioning the political, economic, and artistic motives of, and the political outcomes for, the kings, dukes, civic rulers, popes and bishops who promoted them. Attention will be paid to the individual administrators, scholars, artists, designers and performers, some of them among the leading practitioners in Europe, who devised and implemented the ceremonial programmes.

Conference Location. The conference will be held at the University of Bergamo on Friday to Sunday 25, 26, 27 May, 2012, beginning with Registration and Welcome at 3.30 p.m. on Friday and ending in mid-afternoon on Sunday.  A reception hosted by Ashgate Publishers will be held on Friday. A Conference Dinner will be arranged on Saturday. The names of invited speakers are given below. A detailed programme will be available in the New Year from the conference organisers, Professors Maria Ines Aliverti and Anna Maria Testaverde, and from Ms Linda Briggs, at the addresses below.

Posters prepared by Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers will be welcome. A Poster session will be held on the first evening of the conference, with opportunities to explain and comment on the topic concerned. For details of how to propose submitting a Poster please see the Call for Posters below.

Registration fee for the entire conference: €50, concessions (students and retired) €20. The registration fee will cover the cost of administration, lunches (Saturday and Sunday) and tea/ coffee. The Conference Dinner, to be held at a local hotel, will be separately costed.

Bergamo is a highly attractive and historic city of something over 130,000 inhabitants in the province of Lombardy, Northern Italy, about 40 km northeast of Milan. The city borders the foothills of the Alps and is within easy driving distance of the Italian lakes. The city’s historic Città Alta includes many buildings of the medieval and Renaissance periods, including the famed Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (early 12th century) and the Cappella Colleoni, an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture and art housing the tomb of the famous condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni and frescoes by Giovan Battista Tiepolo The town and province fell under Venetian domination in the earlier 15th century, and remained part of the Venetian Republic until the end of the eighteenth. The Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto spent his most productive years in Bergamo (1513-25). The city’s Accademia Carrara is one of Italy’s most prestigious art galleries, with masterpieces by Pisanello, Giovanni Bellini, Mantegna, Raffaello, Tiziano, Canaletto and many others. The city has a strong musical tradition, much of it in Venetian style.

The University of Bergamo, founded in the 1960s, now includes 15,400 students in six faculties, and has been rated in recent years among the top ten universities in Italy. The Faculty of Scienza della Formazione, where the conference will be located, is situated in the former Convento di Sant’ Agostino in the Citta Alta.

Getting there. Bergamo International airport (Orio al Serio) is served by low-cost airlines. There is an inexpensive bus connection from the airport to the city. Frequent train connections to the city from Milan take 30-40 minutes, with connections from the international airport. There is a regular bus service from Milan, taking about 1 hour.

Accommodation for conference sessions will be located in the University buildings (detailed instructions will be supplied to conference members). Personal accommodation may be booked individually by conference members and speakers. Advice on available accommodation will be given by the conference organisers (contact information below) who will send details of local hotels on request. It will be possible to arrange discounted rates at certain hotels through the University of Bergamo.

Conference Organisers: Professor Anna Maria Testaverde, University of Bergamo (anna-maria.testaverde@unibg.it ); Professor Maria Ines Aliverti, University of Pisa (i.aliverti@arte.unipi.it ); Ms Linda Briggs, University of Warwick (L.A.Briggs@warwick.ac.uk).

Download the registration form.

Speakers

Maria Ines Aliverti (Università di Pisa)

Linda Briggs (PhD candidate University of Warwick)

Martine Boiteux (Paris, École des hautes études en sciences sociales)

Marie-Claude Canova-Green (Goldsmith’s College, University of London)

Monique Chatenet (Paris, Centre André Chastel, Institute national d’histoire de l’art)

Richard Cooper (Brasenose College, University of Oxford)

*Krista De Jonge (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Julia De La Torre Fazio (Universidad de Málaga)

Rosa De Marco (PhD candidate University of Dijon)

Lucinda Dean (PhD candidate University of Stirling)

Iain Fenlon (King’s College, University of Cambridge)

Bernardo García García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Ewa Kociszewska (PhD candidate University of Warsaw)

Margaret McGowan (Emerita, University of Sussex)

Lucia Nuti (Università di Pisa)

Federica Rossi (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa)

Veronica Sandbichler (Innsbruck, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Schloss Ambras)

Margaret Shewring (University of Warwick)

*Leonardo Spinelli (PhD candidate Università di Firenze)

Andrea Sommer-Mathis (Vienna, Ősterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Anna Maria Testaverde (Università di Bergamo)

Sara Trevisan (University of Warwick)

Jacek Żukowski (PhD candidate University of Warsaw)

*CONFIRMATION AWAITED FROM THESE INVITED SPEAKERS

CHAIRPERSONS

Laura Fernandez Gonzalez (PhD candidate University of Edinburgh)

David Sánchez Cano (Universidad Alfonso X, Madrid)

Franca Franchi (University of Bergamo)

Ronnie Mulryne (Emeritus, University of Warwick)

Paulette Choné (Emerita, Université de Nancy, France)

Sydney Anglo (University of Wales, Swansea)

Cristina Grazioli (Università di Padova)

CALL FOR POSTERS

The Society for European Festivals Research, in association with the Universities of Bergamo, Pisa and Warwick, invites proposals for posters to be presented at the conference ‘The Iconography of Power: Ceremonial Entries in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe’. The conference will form part of the annual series of conferences promoted by the Society in a range of European locations.

Ceremonial Entries to capital and other cities took place across Europe in the Renaissance and Early Modern periods, as a means of expressing power relations and establishing communication between royal, ducal, civic and ecclesiastical authorities and their subjects. A common performance iconography, written and visual grew up, modified by local histories and current circumstances. The conference will deal with Entries in a wide European context, emphasising the period 1500 – 1650, and questioning the political, economic, and artistic motives of, and the political outcomes for, the kings, dukes, civic rulers, popes and bishops who promoted them. Attention will be paid to the individual administrators, scholars, artists, designers and performers, some of them among the leading practitioners in Europe, who devised and implemented the ceremonial programmes.

We welcome poster proposals dealing with any of the above or similar themes, particularly from PhD candidates and early career researchers. The conference is an excellent opportunity to present findings or ideas, and to engage in debate with academics from across Europe.

Poster proposals should consist of an abstract of the poster content (250 words maximum) and a brief CV (400 words maximum, including current research). These should be sent to Linda Briggs (L.A.Briggs@warwick.ac.uk). The closing date for applications is 15 JANUARY 2012.

Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 JANUARY 2012, at which point further information will be sent regarding the format to be used in the creation of these posters. For further information, do not hesitate to contact Linda Briggs at the above address.

Mon 10 October 2011, 12:05 | Tags: old

PALATIUM conference: Paris 27-30 June, 2011

The conference, under the title 'Princes, Princesses and their Lodgings: A comparison of men's and women's lodgings among the elite of European aristocracy 1450-1650', will be held in Paris on 27-30 June, 2011.

This international conferfence forms part of the PALATIUM Research Networking Programme of the European Science Foundation, which focuses on Court Residences as places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 1400-1700.

Full details and a registration form can be found via the home page of PALATIUM. (Click on the Programme Paris link on the New Information column.)

Fri 27 May 2011, 17:12 | Tags: old

Early Modern Exchanges

UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges Launch Conference15 – 17thSeptember 2011 Call for Papers

 

The Centre is seeking proposals for panels or individual papers that address the theme of intercultural exchanges 1450 – 1800. Contributors are encouraged to focus on the Centre’s themes: travel, exile and migration in early modern Europe and the New World; trade and flows of material as well as cultural goods within and beyond Europe; translation, translators and language learning; literary influence across national, provincial and linguistic borders; representations of intra- and extra-European ‘others’ in literature and art; religious and political interactions in the wake of the Reformation; occasions of significant cultural contact and/or heightened national anxiety; the production, circulation, and collection of books and manuscripts across Europe, the emergence of libraries and the book trade; dissemination and development of scientific and medical knowledge; Old worlds and New worlds, colonialism and ethnography; interplay between past and present, historiography, classical and medieval pasts, archaeology and material cultures. Anyone interested in offering a paper should send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) to the organizers, while panel convenors are asked to send a summary of the panel’s theme, a list of speakers with titles, institutional affiliations and abstracts by 17th January 2011. Organizers: Alexander Samson (a.samson@ucl.ac.uk), Helen Hackett (h.hackett@ucl.ac.uk).

Tue 27 July 2010, 16:48 | Tags: old

Italy and its Pasts

This Interdisciplinary conference, the annual conference 2010 of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy will be held at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, 19-20 November 2010.

The confrence will examine the ways in which Italian 'pasts' (ancient, medieval and early modern) were and are conceived and mobilized within politics, society and culture from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Conference organisers: Martin Brown, Staffordshire University (m.t.brown@staffs.ac.uk) Melissa Calaresu, University of Cambridge (mtc12@cam.ac.uk) and Paola Filippucci, University of Cambridge (pf107@cam.ac.uk).

Mon 26 July 2010, 15:47 | Tags: old

Spanish/French Dynastic Marriages and Festivals 1612-1615

A Conference relating to Festivals celebrating dynastic marriages in France and Spain during the period 1612-1615 will be held at the Warburg Institute, University of London, on 18th and 19th March 2011. The Conference will set the Spanish/French alliances in their full artistic, cultural and political context.

The conference will be convened by Professor Margaret M McGowan and will lead to the publication of a volume of essays, edited by Professor McGowan with Professor Ronnie Mulryne and Dr Margaret Shewring, that will focus on Art and Architecture, Music and Ballet, Spanish/Italian Festivities, Fireworks, Equestrian Spectacle and on the European political reverberations of the 1612-1615 alliances.

For further details of the conference, including the full programme, click here: published on the Website 

Mon 26 July 2010, 15:35 | Tags: old