The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, June 29 – 30, 2017
Deadline: Dec 20, 2016
‘Gothic Modernisms’ – Call for Papers
29 & 30 June, 2017, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
Organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University;
the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, in
collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish
National Gallery, Helsinki, and Radboud University, Nijmegen
Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State
University, US)
Papers/panels are invited in (but not limited to) the following
suggested areas:
– Gothic Identities/Empires: Latin, Germanic, Teutonic, Nordic Gothics
at the ‘tournant de siècle’
– ‘Gothic’ cartographies and national revivals in 19th-/early 20th-
century exhibitions, art, art writing
– Challenging periodicity; histories, Gothic rewritings, cultural
memories/monuments – towards a ‘Gothic present’; the Northern Gothic
Modern ‘Genius’
– Museal Gothics: Collecting/ Exhibiting/ Photographing/ Displaying
Gothic modernities/ Renaissances
– Gothic sites and modernity – pilgrimages, rituals of art
– (Imagined) Gothic sites in expressionist, surrealist, or other
avant-gardist film and photography
– Rooted/Transnational-cosmopolitan Gothic modernisms/communities of
art (late 19th and 20th centuries)
– Nordic Gothic modernities
– Cathedrals of art/culture: architectures, design, cities – Gothic
Modern citadels/ spaces and avant-gardes
– ‘Neo-Gothic’ Modernities in architecture
– New ‘Dark Ages’ and Gothic alterities
– The uncanny presence of the ‘gothic’ in avant-gardes
– Gothic modernist spiritualisms: modernist artist/writer monastics:
Zealots, Hedonists, Saints, Martyrs
– Gothic Modern bodies in modernist art and visual cultures
– Migrating-transitional objects/Gothic relics/taboo
– Gothic ‘Others’ and the silences of history
Proposals of max. 300 words should be sent to both: and by 20 December
Please include the following details with your abstract: name and
surname; affiliation; contact e-mail address; and short biography,
incl. a brief overview of most relevant publications. The organizers
warmly welcome proposals from early-career researchers.
Proposals will be selected by peer-review. A publication based on the
conference papers is envisaged.
Conference Organizing Committee:
Prof. Dr. Juliet Simpson, Coventry University, UK
Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin, University of Amsterdam, NL
Dr. Jan Dirk Baetens, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL
Prof. Dr. Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Ateneum Art Museum/Finnish National
Gallery, Helsinki, FI
‘Gothic Modernisms’ forms the culminating event in a trilogy of
conferences investigating the modern and modernist reception of
Northern medieval and Renaissance masters in Europe, beginning with
‘Primitive Renaissances’ (National Gallery, London: 2014) and
continuing with ‘Visions of the North’ (Compton Verney Museum, UK:

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