Call for Papers: Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud

King Edward VII (1841-1910), When Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1846, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

King Edward VII (1841-1910), When Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1846, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Compton Verney, deadline for abstracts: 29 October 2018

Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud and Childhood Now are complementary exhibitions opening at Compton Verney in March 2019. This celebration of children, childhood and innocence brings together some of the most iconic paintings, sketches and sculptures of children produced in the past 500 years.

To coincide with these exhibitions, Compton Verney invites proposals for an interdisciplinary study day on the subject of childhood from 1500 to today. The event will enable interrogation of the key themes and issues of the exhibitions in more detail, contributing to the field of childhood studies through fruitful cross-disciplinary discussions. Painting Childhood will include select examples of children’s costumes, toys and schoolbooks. As such we welcome contributions from speakers with a range of disciplinary backgrounds and research perspectives (History, Literature, Sociology, Anthropology and History of Art). To facilitate meaningful debate, papers will be grouped thematically and may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: intimacy and family ties; dynasty, duty and privilege; play, fantasy and children’s worlds; the material culture of childhood; the appropriation and commercialisation of childhood; memories and memorials; childhood today and the future of childhood. See full details here >>

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