The Organizational committee of the Fifth international conference for PhD students and recent PhD graduates “Revolution and Revolutions in Art” challenges the PhD students, young researchers and scholars from different fields of humanities and social sciences to address a multitude of questions, dilemmas, perspectives and problems related to the idea of revolution in art. We welcome theoretical, empirical and methodological papers addressing the theme. We also encourage different aspects and approaches and especially invite proposals that address the following topics:

➡️Revolutionary shifts in European art from antiquity to the early modern period:
artists, patrons, ideas, creations that profoundly marked the course of art;

➡️Revolutions in modern and contemporary art:
new artistic concepts, metamorphoses in contemporary visual arts, new aesthetics, new social dynamics;

➡️Digital art and revolution:
new media, new technologies, art and science, the position, role and power of artist in digital era;

➡️Revolutions and art institutions:
shaping the art world – turning points in exhibition making and professionalization of art, contemporary curatorship, art economy and power;

➡️Iconography of revolution in European art:
Iconographic motives related to different contexts – historical, political, social, gender, scientific, religious, etc.; war and revolution memorials, damnatio memoriae;

➡️Art as observer and companion to revolutionary movements:
Artist and art in the time of revolutions, artistic contributions to the revolution, socially engaged art, art and political propaganda, artist in war, art in global political and economic changes;

➡️Liberty and human rights in history and art:
Changing of the concept of liberty from antiquity to the present, human rights – theory and reality in modern society, globalism and human rights, human rights activism in art.

Proposals should include name, contact information (address, phone number, e-mail), title of the paper, short CV and an abstract. Short CV in English of maximum 200 words. Abstract in English of maximum 400 words. Send by e-mail to:

Registration is free of charge.


International Board of co-chairs: Prof Martin Germ (University of Ljubljana), Prof Marina Vicelja Matijašić (University of Rijeka), Prof Ivana Prijatelj Pavičić (University of Split), Prof Jelena Erdeljan (University of Belgrade).
Organising committee: Dr Ines Babnik, Dr Gašper Cerkovnik, Dr Nina Díaz Fernández, Dr Martina Malešič, Sara Turk, Dr Asta Vrečko, Nikola Piperski, Dr Dalibor Prančević, Dr Barbara Španjol Pandelo.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Marina & Helena

Call for papers – Thirteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies 2019

Center for Iconographic Studies invites you to submit proposals for the Thirteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies that will be held in Rijeka, Croatia May 30-31 2019.

Please find attached the Call for the Conference. The dead-line for submitting proposals is January 15th 2019.

We would be grateful if you could disseminate the information to your colleagues and through your mailing list.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

More information can be read here.

In memoriam Marianne Saghy (1961-2018)

In memoriam Marianne Saghy (1961-2018) Professor at Department of Medieval Studies, CEU Budapest
Great scholar and dear person, a collaborator to the Center of Iconographic Studies for many years and a close friend.

The international conference “Choir Stalls and Their Patrons”

The international conference “Choir Stalls and Their Patrons” will be held on 13th and 14th September 2018 at the University of Rijeka (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Campus, 2nd floor, 207). The conference is organized by the Department of Art History and the international organization Misericordia International.

The program of the conference is here.

You are kindly invited!

Exhibition opening and conference From the Capitoline Wolf to the Habsburg Eagle. Remnants of the Early History of Rijeka

Department of Ancient history and Middle Ages of the Art History Department of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences invites you to the exhibition opening From the Capitoline Wolf to the Habsburg Eagle. Remnants of the Early History of Rijeka, on Monday, May 14th 2018. at 12:00h on Korzo.

With this exhibition we “moved” selected items from their original places (museum collections, churches, chapels, conservatory workshops, squares) and through photographs brought them to a wider audience. Also, data like their origin and/or where they where found, material, function and history of every item, showing their significance in reconstructing life in Rijeka (Tarsatica) in the time period of almost 17 centuries. The exhibition is sponsored by City of Rijeka and University of Rijeka.

The conference on the same topic will be held on Firday, May 18th, at 9:30h in room 138 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Campus, Trsat, 1.floor).


Neven Budak’s “Croatian history from 550. until 1100.” book presentation

On Friday, April 13th 2018, Neven Budak’s “Croatian history from 550. until 1100.” book was presented by prof. dr. sc. Marina Vicelja-Matijašić (Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka), doc. dr. sc. Maurizio Levak (Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pula), doc. dr. sc. Goran Bilogrivić (Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka) and the author  prof. dr. sc. Neven Budak (Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb).

The book is focused on the so-called dark centuries (7th and 8th), creating and developing of Croatian ethnic identity, forming the Croatian politics and their Christanization, social development, Church organization and culture as a statement and initiator of social relations. The book is based on the newest results in history and related sciences. In addition to some of the most prevalent issues of Croatian medieval history, the author also deals with topics that have only been opened recently. From most books dealing with a similar theme, this differs from periodization, abandoning the usual timelines based on the dynasty history, shifting the focus from political history to social and cultural, different perception and interpretation of ethnic identities, establishing a balance between the coverage of the entire Croatian historical space and highlighting regional differences and, finally, by interdisciplinarity based on the contemporary methodological approach of authorship.


Photo: Nikki Vancaš