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ESNA Conference: CALL FOR PAPERS (dl. January 15, 2017)
Food, glorious food: Food at the heart of nineteenth-century art
June 8-9, 2017
Antwerp, Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS)

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ANTWERP À LA CARTE at MAS in Antwerp, this symposium intends to study the various and complex relations between food, the experience of eating, and nineteenth-century art. Modern phenomena such as industrialization, liberalization of the market, urbanization, rise of the middle class, issues of nationality and gender, leisure time and economic upheaval affected the gastronomic field as well as the depiction of it in the visual arts. This new fascination for food was reflected in the entire panoply of the artistic field, ranging from recipes, food literature, decorative arts and interior design to works of art and art criticism.

For this conference, we welcome papers that discuss how the development of the food industry and the changing notion of ‘taste’ and social mores are reflected in nineteenth-century art in the broadest sense. Please send proposals (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper (in English) for this conference to esnaonline@hotmail.com by 15 January 2017 at the latest. Selected speakers will be contacted in the course of January 2017.

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Register now for ESNA’s Winter Seminar!
(G)eenstijl.nl. Over nut en nadeel van stilistiek voor de negentiende-eeuwse kunstgeschiedenis
RKD, The Hague: 27 January 2017, 1.30 – 6 pm
(Dutch spoken)

Register by sending an email to esnaonline@hotmail.com
Advance payment via RKD webshop:
15 EUR normal fee | 10 EUR student fee

Stijl en stijlkritiek hebben lange tijd centraal gestaan in de kunstgeschiedenis. Meer dan voor eender welk ander tijdvak is dat misschien wel het geval geweest voor de studie van de kunst uit de negentiende eeuw. Tijdens dit winterseminarie wil ESNA stijl opnieuw op de kunsthistorische agenda zetten. In vijf lezingen denken onderzoekers na over het nut en onnut, de potentiële winst en de inherente risico’s, van de stilistiek voor de geschiedenis van de kunst van de negentiende eeuw.

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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 January 2017


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