CFP: [Renaissance] Early Modern Criminality and Sites of Injustice

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Allie Terry
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CFP: Early Modern Criminality and Sites of Injustice
Session for Renaissance Society of America Conference, Los Angeles (March
19-21, 2009)

This session approaches the visual culture of early modern criminality
through the framework of injustice, whether imaged, constructed or
performed. We encourage papers examining a range of visual material, from
architectural sites, decorative programs and locations of crime, to
representations of criminals and unjust, ineffectual or otherwise failed
rule. Papers might examine ambiguous or invented spaces of criminal acts;
the representation of evaded punishment and unfulfilled justice; unjust
actions of the powerful or parodies of justice; or the mapping of injustice
through pictorial representation. Who constituted the audience for these
kinds of images and spaces, and how did they function to overturn or
underscore injustice? For example, depictions of criminal acts and criminal
bodies might serve as reminders of the necessity for justice in a given
government or, conversely, point to its failings. Shaming ‘portraits’ like
pitture infamanti may be understood to make the absent present so as to
bring justice to an otherwise absent criminal, or they may rather reinforce
absence and hopes for presence. In questioning the sites and
representations of injustice in the early modern period, we seek to
investigate a “visual culture of criminality” in Europe and explore its
multiple functions.

Please email proposals to both Timothy McCall
( and Allie Terry ( by
Monday, May 12. Please include a 150 word abstract, paper title, and a CV.

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