Call for Papers

Call for Papers
8th International Insular Art Conference
Glasgow and Edinburgh, 10-14 July 2017

8mh Co-labhairt Eadar-Nàiseanta Ealain Èireann agus Bhreatainn
nam Meadhan-Aoisean Tràtha
Glaschu agus Dùn Èideann, 10-14 an t-Iuchar 2017

Peopling Insular Art: Practice, Performance, Perception

The International Insular Art Conference, which convenes approximately every four years, is the established forum for international scholars of the visual and material culture (e.g. manuscript illumination, sculpture, metalwork, textiles, etc.) of early medieval Ireland and Britain. The 8th Conference will be based in Glasgow with additional events in Edinburgh. There will be an optional day trip to see Pictish sculpture and, providing there is sufficient interest, a further optional excursion to Iona. Additionally, we are launching mentoring workshops and sessions at this conference, for academics and professionals at all stages of their career, from postgraduate onwards.

We welcome contributions which discuss any aspect of the visual and material culture of Ireland and Britain in any medium in the period c.400-1100. Papers which consider the antecedents of Insular art, or its reception in later periods, including the Celtic Revival will also be considered provided there is a clear link to the Early Medieval period. Similarly, papers which compare Insular material to the art of Continental Europe or Scandinavia are encouraged, as are papers which consider the conservation and heritage management of early medieval art objects. In another new departure IIAC8 welcomes posters which will be displayed for the duration of the conference.

The theme of the 8th IIAC takes its inspiration from Glasgow City’s slogan ‘People make Glasgow’ and is intended to direct focus on the those who commissioned, created and engaged with Insular art objects, and how they conceptualised, fashioned and experienced them. Speakers are encouraged to address the conference theme, but this is not a requirement. In addition, the conference will include two themed sessions to which contributions are also invited: (1) Iona (2) Digital Humanities: Reception, Use and Engagement

If you wish to propose either a paper (20 mins) or poster please complete the attached abstract form and send to arts-iiac(a) no later than December 12, 2016. Proposals should be accompanied by an image relevant to your topic for inclusion in the
abstract booklet issued to delegates.

We look forward to hearing from you.
The Conference Organisers
Katherine Forsyth, Heather Pulliam, Cynthia Thickpenny (Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh)

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