Fallacies of Naturalism and the Italian Renaissance (FoN)

Venue: University of Essex

Location: Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Apr 01, 2006 End Date/Time: Apr 02, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 15, 2005
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Fallacies of Naturalism in the Italian Renaissance
A 2 day symposium for postgraduate and recent doctoral graduates held at the University of Essex, 1-2 April 2006.
The project seeks to challenge the view, first promoted by Burkhardt and recently re-inscribed within 'anti-occularcentic' discourses, that Renaissance visuality was dominated by the objectivising tendencies of linear perspective, leading to a morally uncommitted eye and a morally de-spiritualised universe.
In our first symposium we aim to take up Leo Steinberg's prompt to go beyond the fallacy of naturalism and posit a plurality of visual practices and theories that share a common belief in the moral basis of sight and seeing.
Our two principal researchers on the project, Professor Thomas Puttfarken and Dr Kate Dunton, have a particular interest in Aristotelian notions of perception and moral insight and in Christian modes of viewing in 16th century Italy. We would be interested, however, to hear from anyone working on EUROPEAN ART c.1380-1650 whose research interests and concerns intersect with our own. We particularly welcome proposals from scholars in the early part of their career from the advanced stages of doctoral research onwards. It is intended that the symposium will lead to the publication of proceedings either in hard copy or online.
The symposium is free. The project will provide full-board and accommodation for attending speakers from the UK. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Donna Roberts, Department of Art History and Theory, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, or email dmrobe@essex.ac.uk. For further information, please contact Donna at the above address or telephone 10206 8723092.
Deadline for abstracts 15 December 2005


Wivenhoe Park
United Kingdom