CFP: Iconoclasm and Iconophilia (Rijeka, 1-3 Jul 17)

destruction_of_icons_in_zurich_1524Rijeka, Croatia, July 1 – 03, 2017
Deadline: Jan 30, 2017

Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference of Iconographic Studies on the topic:
Center for Iconographic Studies – University of Rijeka (Croatia)

in collaboration with:
University of Sapienza in Rome (Italy)
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel)
Study of Theology in Rijeka, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome (Italy)

The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the
dialogue between art history, history, theology, philosophy, and
cultural theory concerning the perception and definition of
iconoclasm(s) in history. From the word that developed on the
aggressive statements and actions against images (especially within the
reference to the historical disputes in Christianity) the term has come
to be applied to actions or movements that challenge apprized values
and cultivated beliefs. It has been recently discussed beyond the
cultural and temporal boundaries, as well as being a transformative
force in cultural production. When approached it usually stands
opposite to iconophilia and throughout the history the clash between
two terms produced not only theoretical background but also production
of works of art that shape our understanding of a particular period or
religious group. We welcome academic papers that will approach these
subjects in interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles. The
themes and subjects can include the following:

o    Iconoclasm within religious realms and history (censorships by
religious beliefs, iconoclastia, historical debates, edicts and
manifestos regarding images)
o    Iconophiles’ reactions, positions and influence
o    Damnatio memoriae and other political iconoclasm
o    Iconoclasm in modern and contemporary history
o    Iconoclasm as global term in visual arts

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to

Contact person:
Sanja Jovanović
Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Sveucilisna avenija 4, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia

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: January 30, 2017
Invitations to participate will be sent out by email before February
15, 2017

There is NO registration 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 2018.

Please contact us for any additional information.

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