CFP: [Renaissance] International Society for Emblem Studies

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The Society for Emblem Studies

Eighth International Conference,
Winchester College, England, 28th July â€" 1st August 2008

The eighth triennial conference of The Society for Emblem Studies will
take place at Winchester College, England from 28th July to 1st August
2008. The conference theme will be “Word and Image, 1500-1900: Figure,
Form and Function”.

Plenary speakers who have agreed to address the conference include
Kristen Lippincott (former Director of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich);
Philip Attwood (Curator of Medals, The British Museum); Alan R. Young
(Professor Emeritus, Acadia University, Canada); and, provisionally, Mark
Jones (Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum).

Emblem Studies is a broad interdisciplinary field of research into early
modern culture that encompasses literary studies, art history and
iconography, religious practice and theology, political discourses, the
history of mentalities, material culture, and social manners and mores.
Centred upon the distinctive combination of text and image that emerged
from various strands of late medieval and Renaissance humanist culture,
emblem studies considers printed books of emblems, emblems in the
material culture, symbol theories and emblematic ideas in art and
writing, as well as the evolution of these forms in different cultural

The conference venue will be Winchester College, one of the world’s great
schools and the oldest in continual existence in Britain. It was founded
in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor to
Richard II, as part of an educational endowment that included New
College, Oxford. Established in the ancient capital of England and seat
of King Alfred, Winchester College provided the template followed by
later institutions such as Eton College, Westminster School, and King’s
College, Cambridge. For over six centuries, Winchester’s scholars have
been educated among its fourteenth-century cloisters, quadrangles and
walks. The school possesses a truly remarkable historical library, a
repository of great medieval and Renaissance treasures, as well as a
chantry and fine Gothic chapel.

The Eighth International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies
will meet in some of Winchester’s finest buildings; the medieval College
Hall, the seventeenth-century “School” designed in the manner of Wren,
and the Arts-and-Crafts period Old Museum. Outside the schedule,
delegates may enjoy the College’s peaceful atmosphere and beautiful
grounds which lie adjacent to ancient water meadows and Winchester
Cathedral Close.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Emblem
Studies: they might address, but are not restricted to, the following

Emblems and Education

Emblems in the Schoolroom; Emblems and Alba amicorum; Emblems and
International Humanism.

Emblems and Numismatics

Emblems and Medals; Emblems and Jetons; Emblems and Antique Coins.

Emblems and Reformation

Protestant Emblematics; Counter-Reformation Emblematics; Emblems and

Emblems and War

Emblems and Glorification; Emblems and Repudiation; Emblems and Soldiers.

Emblems in the Social Sphere

Emblems and Childhood; Emblems and Courtship; Emblems and Marriage;
Emblems and Citizenship; Emblems and Death.

The Global Presence of the Emblem

The Emblem in Europe; The Emblem in Asia; The Emblem in Africa; The
Emblem in North and South America.

Emblems and Art History

Emblems and Painting; Emblems and Sculpture; Emblems and the Applied
Arts; Iconography.

Emblems in Literature

Emblems and Metaphor; Emblems and Shakespeare; Emblems on the Stage;
Emblems and Narrative.

Emblems and the Book

Bibliography; Emblematic Production; Emblems and Frontispieces; Printers’

Emblems as Political Discourse

Emblematic Panegyrics; Emblematic Lampoons; Emblematic Manifestoes.

Recent Developments in Emblem Theory

Appraisals of Emblem Theory in the light of scholarship since Mario Praz.

Otto Vaenius’ Amorum emblemata: 400 years on

To mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of Otto Vaenius’ Amorum
emblemata, proposals are sought celebrating the achievement of Vaenius in
the sphere of the erotic emblem.

Ideas for panels not covered in the range of themes listed above are most
welcome. The deadline for proposals is 31st December 2007. To submit a
paper for consideration, please send a 250-word abstract to the e-mail or
postal addresses below. Please include your contact details and brief
biographical note, including your affiliation, if any.

The conference organizer is Dr Simon McKeown. Contact Simon McKeown on or by name at: Art History, King’s College School,
Southside Common, Wimbledon, London SW19 4TT, United Kingdom.

Deadlines: Submission of proposals: 31st December 2007; Confirmation of
accepted papers: 28th February 2008; Registration for a conference place:
31st March 2008; Final registration: 31st May 2008.

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