CFP deadline: The Visual Arts and Music in Renaissance Europe c.1400-1650

image003-crop[1]Deadline 4 November 2013, for conference on Saturday 18 January 2014 at The Courtauld Institute of Art

The study (and experience) of music and art has occurred largely separately, however. Hence, the wariness of students of Renaissance art and music to explore the relationship between their own discipline and their close yet unfamiliar counterpart has resulted more in the appropriation rather than synthesis of diverse research skills. This symposium hopes to break down these historiographic boundaries and explore the numerous instances of interdisciplinarity that exist in Renaissance scholarship. We invite postgraduate and early career scholars of all disciplines to present instances of this relationship in their research, and to use this symposium as an opportunity for exploratory and open-minded discussion of aural and visual experience in Renaissance culture and historiography. We are particularly keen to encourage participants to consider ways of presenting interdisciplinary research in engaging and inventive ways.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • joint musical and commissions
  • patronage
  • devotional function
  • the relationship of art and music to physical space
  • audiences / congregations
  • relationships between the senses and the arts
  • -commemorative art and music
  • historiography (of interdisciplinary study)
  • mnemonics
  • curatorial, performative, and museological approaches to Renaissance culture
  • contemporary or modern relationships in hermeneutic interpretation

The Renaissance Symposium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities in the UK and abroad to present their research and receive feedback in a friendly and constructive environment. We cannot offer travel subsidies for speakers, and therefore students from outside London are encouraged to apply to their institutions for funding to attend the symposium.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words and your academic CV by 4 November 2013 to


Published by James Alexander Cameron

I am an art historian working primarily on medieval parish church architecture. I completed my doctorate on sedilia in medieval England in 2015 at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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