Call for papers: Ninth International Conference of Iconographic Studies: Icons and iconology (June 1-4, 11-13 2015, Rijeka, Croatia and Clinton, MA)

1304240671_theotokosicons0001[1]Deadline for paper proposals: February 15, 2015

University of Rijeka, Center for Iconographic Studies (Croatia) Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA (USA) The American University of Rome (Italy) The Institute for the Study of Culture and Christianity, Belgrade (Serbia) in cooperation with Harvard University (USA)  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) Gregorian Pontifical University Rome (Italy)  are pleased to announce a  CALL FOR PAPERS  for the Ninth International Conference of Iconographic Studies  ICONS & ICONOLOGY 

It is a two-part trans-continental conference that will be held in Rijeka (Croatia), June 01 – 04, 2015 and in Clinton (Massachusetts),  June 11 – 13, 2015.

UPDATE: Full programme

Tuesday, 02.06.2015.
09:30  Opening of the Conference
Greetings and introductory speeches

10:00 – 11:00
Communications – invited speakers (anticipated time for each paper is
30 minutes)

Maria Vassilaki  (University of Thessaly, Greece)
Painting Icons in Venetian Crete at the Time of the Council of
Ferrara-Florence (1438/1439)

Elena Draghici-Vasilescu  (University of Oxford, UK)
Twentieth Century Developments in European Icon-Painting

Alexei Lidov  (Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia)
Iconicity as Spatial Notion.  A New Vision of Icons in Contemporary Art


11:45  BREAK


Olga Gratsiou  (University of Crete and Institute of Mediterranean
Studies, Greece)
From Heaven to Earth. Perceptions of Reality in Icon Painting

Davor Džalto  (The American University of Rome, Italy)
Icon as Image and Word: Modes of Representation or Modes of Being?

Ding Ning  (School of Arts, Peking University, China)
Re-reading Li Gonglin’s Country Retreat at Villa I Tatti


14:00  LUNCH

Izlaganja (predvieno vrijeme svakog izlaganja je 20 minuta)
Communications (anticipated time for each paper is 20 minutes)

16:00 – 17:00
Jelena Erdeljan – Branka Vraneševi (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Eikon and Magic: Solomon’s Knot on Floor Mosaic in Herakleia Lynkestis

Maria Cristina Carile (University of Bologna, Italy)
Imperial Icons in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: the Iconic Image of the
Emperor(s) between Representation and Presence

Maria Lidova (British Museum / Oxford University, UK)
Empress, Virgin, Ecclesia. On the Perception of the Icon of St. Maria
in Trastevere
in the Early Byzantine Context


17:15 BREAK

17:30 – 18:30
Gaetano Curzi (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)
The Two Triclinia of Pope Leo III as “Icons of Power”

Sotiria Kordi  (University of Leeds, UK)
Corporeal Perceptions of the Immaterial: Agency and Rhythm in
Palaeologan Monumental Painting


19:00 Presentation of the Eighth Volume of the Conference of
Iconographic Studies of 2014 – IKON 8

Wednesday,    03.06.2015.

Communications (anticipated time for each paper is 20 minutes)

9:30 – 10:30
Zoraida Demori Stanicic (Croatian Conservation Institute, Zagreb,
Miracle Performing Icons in Dalmatia

Valentina Živkovic (Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade, Serbia)
Icons as Mental Images at the Deathbed. The Preparations for a Good
Death in the Late Medieval Devotional Practices of Kotor (Montenegro)

Snežana Filipova  (University of Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Republic
of Macedonia)
Examples of Icons with Western Influences in Iconography in the Art of


10:45  BREAK

11:00 – 11:45
Liv Deborah Walberg  (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Religious Propaganda and Manipulation of Tradition in the Madonna della
Pace, Venice, Italy

Giuseppe Capriotti  (University of Macerata, Italija)
Defining the Boundaries of the Lawful Cult. History of an Adriatic Icon


12:00  BREAK

12:15 – 13:15
Claudia Cieri Via (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
The Invisible in the Visible. The Annunciation by Antonello da Messina
from Narrative to Icon

Lasse Hodne (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,
Aeiparthenos. Icons and the Iconography of the Annunciation in the
First Decades of the 15th Century

Donald Ostrowski (Harvard University, USA)
Iconographic Influences on the Litsevoi Letopisnyi Svod (Illustrated
Chronicle Compilation) of the Sixteenth Century


14:00  LUNCH

15:30 – 16:15
Laura Stagno (University of Genoa, Italy)
Embedding Byzantine Icons in Baroque Splendour: Reception and
Celebration of Eastern Cult Images in the Republic of Genoa, 17th-18th

Yvonne zu Dohna (Pontifical University Gregoriana, Rome, Italy)
Saint Ignatius and Jean Luc Marion: Two Dialogical Views


16:30  BREAK

16:45 – 17:45
Elena Kashina (University of York, UK)
The Iconography of the Folk Icon in Russia in the 18th and 19th

Branka Gugolj – Danijela Tešic-Radovanovic (University of Kosovska
Mitrovica, Serbia)
The Žica Altar Screen Icons

Ana Šeparovic (Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography, Zagreb,
Icons and Croatian Painting in the Early Twentieth Century


18:00  BREAK

18:15 – 19:15
Charlotte Gill (Durham University, UK)
A “Direct Perception of Life”: How the Russian Avant-Garde Utilised the
Icon Tradition to Form a Powerful Modern Aesthetic

Zvonko Makovic (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Icons of Power: Constructing and Deconstructing the Icon of V. I. Lenin

Karen von Veh (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Contemporary Iconoclasm in South Africa: Transgressive Images of the
Madonna and Christ in Response to Social Politics


Closing remarks


Thursday,   04.06.2015

09:30 – 13:30

Half-day tour of Rijeka (visit to the Orthodox church St Nicholas in
Rijeka and its icons collection, medieval castle, the Franciscan
monastery and town center).

Icons, iconography and iconology represent some of the most prominent concepts and research topics of art history. They refer both to a particular artistic practice, to liturgical objects, and to methods of art historical interpretations. Given this multitude of meanings and functions that the concepts of icon, iconic, iconography and iconology imply, it is not surprising that all of them have been interpreted as objects of theological reflection, didactic instruments, media of transmitting visual, aesthetic and metaphysical content, and, finally, as artworks in the modern sense of the word.  The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the ways we can perceive and interpret icons, iconography and iconology. It is also our objective to offer an insight into the development of iconographic studies and related disciplines, and to reflect upon their future development in the broader context of the humanities. We welcome academic papers that will approach icons, iconography and iconology in an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse way. The themes and subjects can include the following:
• Icons, iconography and iconology: “Western” and “Eastern” perspectives
• Sacred and profane icons
• Reverse perspective: formal and metaphysical dimensions
• Icons as a medium and metaphor
• Icons of power, icons as power
• Icon and modern culture
• Icons and film and digital media
• Icons and the “canon” of modern art • Modern and contemporary icon painting
• Theological and philosophical reception of icons
• Iconoclasm(s)

Paper proposals should be submitted for both parts of the conference electronically to

Contact person: Petra Predoević Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka Sveucilisna avenija 4 51 000 Rijeka Croatia E-mail:
A paper proposal should contain:  1. full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number(s), e-mail address 2. title  3. abstract (maximum 2 pages – 500 words)

Deadline: February 15,  2015

Fees for conference:
RIJEKA – there will be NO registration fee  CLINTON – there will be a 100 USD fee  Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizers. All presented papers will be published in the thematic issue of the IKON journal in May 2016.
Please contact us for any additional information.
web page:

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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