Conference 2014 – Call for papers

September 2013
Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka

Eighth Conference of Iconographic Studies


Rijeka, June 04 – 06, 2014

Center for Iconographic Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka
The Cultural Iconology and Semiography Research Group, University of Szeged
Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
The Institute for the Study of Culture and Christianity, Belgrade
Visual Art Department, University of Johanesburg

in association with:

Department of Art History, Iconology Research Group
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Department of Cultural Heritage of the Church, Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

This conference seeks to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue as well as to continue the cycle of sessions for scholarly discourse on significant subjects in iconographic studies. The Eighth conference seeks to explore the complex web of interactions between Christianity and modern and contemporary art and visual representations (including fine arts, literature, film and multimedia) through interdisciplinary approach.

Religion, religious narratives and religious institutions grow in their significance in our contemporary world. In many of its manifestations modern/contemporary art has been engaged in a dialogue with Christian tradition, its iconography and symbols. We come across a variety of approaches in modern and contemporary art: in some cases artists re-interpret religious motifs, in new media and techniques, while in other cases they critically examine Christianity, sometimes using even blasphemy and assault to transmit their massage.

The themes and subjects for discussion include (but are not limited to) the following:
– traditional Christian iconography in modern/contemporary art
– Christian origin of the “sacred” and “spiritual” quality in high modernism
– modern/contemporary religious art
– icons and postmodern images
– the new canon of iconographic subject matter – traditional versus revolutionary
– individualized and “personalized iconography” – specific artistic interpretations
– blasphemy
– problems in depictions and interpretations of images
– relation between art and its spatial frame
– Christian art and kitsch
– Christian (religious) art and politics
– relationship between religion and image – are there limits?
– traditional iconography in different art forms (visual, verbal, multimedial)

It is our objective to offer an insight into the development of iconographic studies and related disciplines, and to reflect upon their potential development within the Humanities.
The conference is also a possibility to inform scholars, students and others interested in the field, of the recent research developments in the studies.


Paper proposals should be submitted to:

Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Sveucilisna avenija 4 or by e-mail to:
51 000 Rijeka
phone: –385 51 265776

A paper proposal should contain:
full name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address
abstract (maximum 2 pages)

February 15, 2014

NO registration fee

Travel expenses and acomodation ARE NOT COVERED.
Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizer.

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