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Paragone and Beyond: Past and Present Thinking on the Relationships Between the Arts
Utrecht, May 2002


CONFERENCE

PARAGONE AND BEYOND
PAST AND PRESENT THINKING ON THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE ARTS.

Utrecht (The Netherlands), 16-17 May 2002

HUIZINGA INSTITUUT - UTRECHT UNIVERSITY - UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM -KNAW


The borders between the arts are blurring. Painting, poetry, music, film and
theatre are melting into multimedia presentations in which little distinction can
be made between the various art forms. At the same time, scholarly research on art
shows similar signs: traditional disciplines are traded for interdisciplinary
approaches in which methods and theories are combined and fused into a new
amalgam. In which historical tradition can we situate these developments? In other
words: which philosophical and art theoretical connections can be made between the
contemporary melting of the arts and, for instance, the Renaissance-concept of the
'sister-arts', Leonardo's idea of a 'paragone', the ideal of 'ut pictura poesis',
baroque emblem books, or the nineteenth-century quest for a synaesthetic
'Gesamtkunstwerk'?

The international conference 'Paragone and Beyond' will focus on the historical
development of philosophical and art theoretical thinking on the relationships
between the arts in Western society from the late Middle Ages until the present
day. Papers will include discussions of both theoretical debates on this topic and
its practical results in works of art of various periods. In this way, the
conference shall both give an overview of the history of paragone, and provide
scholars with methodological tools for further research on this long neglected
theme.

Speakers :
Linda Austern - Jeroen Boomgaard - Caroline van Eck - Isabella van Elferen - Dario
Gamboni - Harald Hendrix -Michel Kowalewicz - Costantino Maeder - Simone Meijer -
Paul Op de Coul - Linda Pennings - Frank Reijnders - Margriet Schavemaker - Robert
Zwijnenberg.

Location and registration fees:
The Sweelinck hall at Drift 21, Utrecht.
One day EUR 15 (students EUR 7, PhD students EUR 10)
Both days EUR 25 (students EUR 10, PhD students EUR 15)
Drinks included.

For registration and further information please contact

Drs.Isabella van Elferen		Drs. Margriet Schavemaker
Utrecht University			University of Amsterdam
Dept. of Musicology			Dept. of Art History
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29			Herengracht 286
NL-3512 HD Utrecht			NL-1016 BX Amsterdam
Isabella.vanElferen@let.uu.nl           M.Schavemaker@hum.uva.nl

Or our website:
www.netintegrators.nl/paragone