CFP Sep 15, 2013

Session at the EAHN 3rd International Conference (Turin, 19-21 Jun 14) [3]

Turin, Jun 19–21, 2014
Deadline: Sep 30, 2013

Pieter Martens, Brussels

Call for Papers for Sessions at the Third International Meeting of the
European Architectural History Network

[1] Fortified Palaces in Early Modern Europe 1400-1700

Please send your proposal before September 30, 2013, by using the
special forms at


From the fifteenth century onwards the spread of firearms profoundly
affected the medieval castle. Residential and defensive elements that
were once united in a single structure now evolved into separate
architectural entities. The château fort gradually developed into a
residential palace surrounded by a fortified perimeter. In addition, the
shift from vertical to horizontal defence meant that the main trait of a
stronghold was no longer its profile but its plan. As the plan became
dictated by firing lines, angular shapes took the place of round and
square ones, and the overall geometry became regularized. Efforts to
reconcile the often contradictory demands of residence and defence
inspired a wide variety of architectural designs across Europe, many of
which have received little scholarly attention.

This session focuses on the building typology of the 'palazzo in
fortezza' in its broadest sense. Besides fortified palaces that were
planned as a whole, it will also consider instances where new
fortifications were built around an older palace or, vice versa, where a
new residence was erected within a pre-existing citadel. The aim is to
explore the conjunction of palatial residence and military defence.

Papers may discuss the architectural connection (or lack thereof)
between the palace and its fortifications. How was the building's
defensive role combined with residential comforts and ceremonial
requirements? What happened to weak elements such as entrances, windows,
forecourts and gardens? Did its decorative programme reflect its martial
component? Was the fortified perimeter truly functional or merely
symbolic? Did its military features answer to the demands of full-scale
warfare or only to limited security needs? Conversely, could a fortified
palace really operate as a fully-fledged princely residence, or were
there limitations to the extent of its court life? Relevant events such
as an attack on a fortified palace or a courtly ceremony held within its
confines may also be examined.

Of particular interest are issues of cultural interchange, considering
that fortification was an 'international style', whilst palatial
architecture was firmly tied to local and dynastic traditions. We
welcome cases from the whole of Europe (including its overseas colonies)
and especially from less studied regions such as Central and Eastern
Europe. We explicitly seek analytical papers that enable transnational

NB: The session fits within the framework of the ESF Research Networking
Programme 'PALATIUM. Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late
Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1400-1700)' (

Pieter Martens, FWO-University of Leuven
Konrad Ottenheym, Utrecht University
Nuno Senos, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Please submit your proposal through the conference website
(, or or get in touch with the session
chairs: Pieter Martens (, Konrad
Ottenheym (, and Nuno Senos (

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