Appel à communication : The Art of Ornament. Meaning, Archetypes, Forms and Uses

Pierre Masson, Deux théières, une jatte et différents ornements, 1710, gravure, 30,6 x 24,4 cm, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Type : Appel à communication

Date limite de l’appel : 30 avril 2017

Date de la manifestation : 23 – 25 novembre 2017

Lieu : Lisbonne, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

The Art of Ornament. Meaning, Archetypes, Forms and Uses

Important dates: Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2017 Notification of acceptance of abstract: 31 May 2017 Provisional Programme: 30 June  2017 Deadline for registration: 31 August 2017. Conference: 23, 24 and 25 November 2017

The topics suggested for proposals for participating in this Conference are generically the following, although others may be considered if they are deemed pertinent and relevant:

  1. Contemplating the ornament our days: meaning, tendencies and paths.
  2. Ornament and portuguese decorative arts
  3. Revivalism, exoticism and ornament
  4. Ornamentalists and engravers: creation, reception and dissemination;
  5. Ornament and architecture: historiography, theory and present times;
  6. Mobility and transcontinentality: the migration of forms;
  7. Between the sacred and the profane: appropriations, reinventions and coexistence;
  8. Intersection, union and dissonance: literature, music and visual arts.

Abstracts (of no more than 500 words), accompanied by a short bio (250 words), in English or Portuguese, should be sent to the members of the organizing committee, at by April 30, 2016.

Participants will be notified by the end of May, and the conference program will be published in June. The languages of the conference are English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Appel à communication : Azuleros : Who does what

Azuleros, 1702, Brésil, Salvador de Bahia, Couvent Saint-François.

Type : Appel à communication

Date limite appel à candidature : 20 mars 2017

Date de la manifestation : 7 juin 2017

Lieu : Lisbonne, Université de Lisbonne, Faculté de Lettres.

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Appel à communication : “Water and Gods in the Iconography of Power”

Andrea Cornely, d'après Ciro Ferri, Dessin pour un carrosse, gravure,  c. 1687, Londres, V&A V&A 19393.
Andrea Cornely, d’après Ciro Ferri, Dessin pour un carrosse, gravure, c. 1687, Londres, V&A V&A 19393.

Type : Appel à communication.
Date limite appel à candidature : 1er février 2017.
Date de la manifestation : 12-15 juillet 2017.
Lieu : Lisbonne (Portugal).

Since Antiquity, the personification of water, as rivers or seas, is one of the recurrent elements in the iconography related to power. From Tigris to Ganges, from the Mare Nostrum to the Atlantic Sea, water seems to be an essential element in the visual display of powerful monarchies and empires. After the American epopee, oceans started to play an extraordinary role in the allegorical representation of the two main Empires involved, so to speak, Spain and Portugal, but not solely.

This panel seeks to approach water iconography, with special attention to Oceans, as a mode of representation of power throughout modern Era and deals with its role in politics and culture. We are interested in arts, music, and literature, and how they relate to the iconography of water and its relation with power. Especially welcome are cross-disciplinary contributions, proposals that address different cases studies in a comparative way and studies focused in ephemeral
architecture and theatrical context.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ephemeral art: celebrations of victories, king’s birthdays or even religious events were the perfect context for the representation of water as the image of rulers.
  • Prints, emblems and propaganda: How the topic relates to the rulers propaganda.
  • European powers and the new Geography: How monarchies and sovereigns assumed the discoveries into their own image of power.
  • Odes, poetry and epic: How literature used the image of Oceans and Rivers to glorify the rulers and how it related to the visual arts.

Modalité de soumission :

Please submit your proposal by 1st February 2017:

Do not hesitate to write us to regarding any question you have related to your proposal. We will be happy to discuss the details with you.

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