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2018 ESNA Conference
Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art
15-16 May 2018 at Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium

CFP Submission deadline: 15 October 2017
Website: http://www.malebonds.ugent.be/

Organized by Ghent University and the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA), in cooperation with the University of Antwerp and the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.

Male Bonds is a two-day international conference that aims to explore the place of male bonds in nineteenth-century artistic practice and visual arts. Male homosociality – i.e. social relationships between men – helped structure nineteenth-century European and American society. However, over the course of the century changes arose, instigated by the increasingly rigorous conception of same-sex sexualities and by other challenges to traditional notions of manhood. The conference strives to probe, challenge and expand upon the academic narrative of male homosociality through the lens of art history. It is to establish a multifaceted survey of the male bonds that underpinned nineteenth-century art, and to consider the theoretical and methodological implications of the study thereof. In so doing, it seeks to build a bridge between traditional art-historical scholarship and the fields of gender and gay and lesbian studies: an interdisciplinary exchange of which the full potential for scholarship on the nineteenth century remains to be exploited.

More info & Full CFP




Read the latest ESNAblog| by Allison Deutsch
on the 2017 ESNA Conference
Food, glorious food: Food at the heart of nineteenth-century art

This year’s ESNA conference took place on the spectacular top floor of the Museum aan de Stroom [MAS], Antwerp, in conjunction with the MAS exhibition ANTWERP À LA CARTE. Bringing together more than twenty speakers, the conference developed a number of themes, including the connection between food and social identity, politics, and technology, across a wide range of artistic practices and media.



Overview of current research on nineteenth-century art
by ESNA members in and outside the Netherlands
Update published!

An updated overview of current research on nineteenth-century art can now be found on our website. ESNA is a platform that brings together scholars, museum professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. With this overview of ongoing research by ESNA members in and outside the Netherlands, we wish to inform our members and facilitate exchange.  

We are delighted to find so much research on nineteenth-century art being conducted at museums and universities, as well as other institutions. We are also glad to note that a considerable amount of PhD projects concerning a wide range of nineteenth-century topics is in progress. We can safely say that art-historical research into the nineteenth century is very much alive!


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Mission Statement

The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) is a platform formed under the auspices of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). ESNA was founded by a group of scholars, graduate students and museum professionals based in the Netherlands whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. ESNA’s aim is to provide a forum to promote the exchange of ideas in this field, to support and encourage graduate research, and to enhance networking opportunities for participants. ESNA seeks to contribute to, and foster debate on, nineteenth-century art through the organization of an annual symposium, workshops, excursions, the invitation of visiting speakers, and the co-ordination with other organizations and groups devoted to the study of the nineteenth century. Although originating in the Low Countries, ESNA aims to create a broad international network for the advancement of research into all aspects of nineteenth-century European art.

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Last update of this website, 2 September 2017



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