CFP Jan 24, 2014

Visual and material culture in translation (New Orleans, 16-19 Oct 14)

New Orleans, LA, Oct 16–19, 2014
Deadline: Mar 15, 2014


CALL FOR PAPERS for a panel at the 2014 Sixteenth-Century Society
Conference, convened by Dr Stephanie Porras, Tulane University, and
Professor Joanna Woodall, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of

Translatio. Visual and material culture in translation.

The Latin translatio means to carry across. Whether conceived as a
faithful copy or a dynamic paraphrase, such movement changes the

This interdisciplinary panel seeks papers that engage with this concept
of translation in the visual and material cultures of the sixteenth
century. Theories of translation have traditionally privileged texts,
and histories of translation have considered the burgeoning trade in
translated and printed texts in the early modern period. Published
translations, such as those made by the Plantin Press in Antwerp, not
only generated new knowledge and ideas but produced considerable
monetary profit. This panel will discuss pictures and other material
objects as sites of translation alongside texts. It will consider ways
in which meaning and value were produced through transformation into a
different idiom, medium or rhetorical register, and the effects of
physical movement or circulation to a different audience or market. One
might discuss the way in which a work interprets its model, whether
visual or textual, or talk about how a translation distances the 'copy'
from the original by using a different syntax and vocabulary and/or
communicating with another group of people. Can paraphrases and even
misunderstandings be creative acts? We invite contributions which
address translation between different cultures, traditions or media and
the meanings and value generated by the circulation of motifs, objects
or artists. We particularly welcome papers that address diverse or
multiple media, economies of artistic exchange, and/or translations
produced in cross-cultural encounters.

If you would like to contribute to this panel or to know more about it,
please contact and
as soon as possible. You will need to provide a title and provide a
short abstract by March 15th at the latest.

The annual conference of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
(SCSC) will take place on October 16-19 2014 at the Astor Crowne Plaza
Hotel in New Orleans Indiana.

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