In North American art and architectural historiography, the towering position of an idealist, urban Renaissance in narratives of Western modernity has led to a categorical marginalization of objects and histories outside city walls. Challenging this urban bias, the panel asks how visual and material cultures of Renaissance/early modern Europe might be examined from an extramural, rural perspective. Papers may take a material, labour, environmental, or intellectual approach to the topic, and address any of the following, or related, questions: How can a focus on transformations of natural resources into artistic and building supplies enhance our understanding of the processes and agents involved in art and architectural production? In what ways did artists and architects engage in rural environments, either through acts of visual representation or territorial design? How, moreover, did they theorize the natural landscape beyond the city, and its relationship to the urban realm? Alternatively, can works produced in peripheral, so-called “provincial” settings question dominant narratives about artistic and architectural thought and practice in the Renaissance?

Chair / Présidente: Caroline Murphy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [email protected]

Please submit your paper proposal directly to the session chair / Les propositions de communications doivent être envoyées directement à la présidente de séance.

Submissions must include / Les soumissions doivent inclure:

  • the name of the applicant / le nom de l’intervenant(e)
  • the applicant’s email address / l’adresse courriel de l’intervenant(e)
  • the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank / l’affiliation institutionnelle et le titre de l’intervenant(e) 
  • title of proposal / le titre de la communication
  • a proposal (300 words maximum) / une proposition de communication (maximum de 300 mots)
  • a brief biography (150 words maximum) / une courte biographie (maximum 150 mots)

Conference regulations / Règles de participation:

Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members MUST become members of UAAC and pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference. Membership dues and registration fees must be received by September 15, 2019. / Les personnes membres et non-membres de l’AAUC peuvent soumettre une proposition. Celles qui ne sont pas membres DEVRONT néanmoins le devenir et payer les frais d’inscription afin de participer au congrès. Tous les membres doivent renouveler leur adhésion et s’inscrire au congrès avant le 15 septembre 2019.

Proposals are invited from permanent and contractual faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate students in terminal degree programs (examples: PhD, MFA, MDes, etc.) who are engaged in the visual arts (studio practice, art history, visual culture, material culture, museum studies, art conservation, etc.). MA students are not permitted to give papers at the conference. / Les enseignant(es) universitaires, les chercheur(es) indépendant(es), et les étudiant(es) qui poursuivent un diplôme professionnel/terminal (exemples : doctorat en histoire de l’art, maîtrise en beaux-arts ou en design) sont invité(es) à proposer des communications. Les propositions d’étudiant(es) à la maîtrise en histoire de l’art ne sont pas admissibles.