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CFP: Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400-1700 (5-7 June 14)

Abstracts of papers are invited by 31 January 2014.

The aim of this colloquium is to draw attention to small buildings in residential complexes – small in size but not in importance – which were meant only for temporary, seasonal use, unlike the permanent use of the main palace. The role of the palazotto (literally, “small palace”, a term coined by Joseph Furttenbach in 1640) was to be a place of rest, leisure and repose, but sometimes it also took on a representative role similar to the main palace. These “satellites” were usually new buildings, and not rebuilt older structures; therefore they offer a much clearer view of the incentives, intentions and concepts of the clients and can be regarded as ideal models, or miniatures, of the main palace. No study of the early modern palace can be complete without taking them into account.

The colloquium will study the relationship of the satellite to the palace and examine its function as pendant but also as counterpart or even opposite to large palatial buildings. The small palace usually made it possible to develop certain ideological and spiritual programmes that would have been difficult to achieve within the large palace. Only residential complexes that contained not just the main palace but also the palazotto, aspired to create symbolic images of the universe, the earthly paradise. There was a “dialectic unity” between the main palace as the permanent residence and the smaller, temporary and occasional house; the existence of a palazotto constituted an “added value” to the actual residence, the palatium.

Abstracts of papers are invited by 31 January 2014. We welcome proposals that are comparative and synthetic, as well as detailed studies of particular cases. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words, and should be headed with the applicant’s name, his or her professional affiliation, and the title of the paper. All abstracts must be in English, which will be the working language of the conference, and the language in which papers will be delivered. All papers will be 20 to a maximum of 30 minutes in length. This should be borne in mind when writing your abstract. Abstracts should define the subject and summarize the questions to be raised in the proposed paper. With the abstract please submit a one‐page curriculum vitae, with your full contact details, including an e‐mail address. Send your proposal by e‐mail to the conference chair, Dr. Ivan Prokop Muchka (muchka@udu.cas.cz), with copies to the conference coordinator Dr. Sylva Dobalová (dobalova@udu.cas.cz) and the PALATIUM coordinator Dr. Pieter Martens (pieter.martens@asro.kuleuven.be). Only one submission per author will be accepted. All applications will be held in confidence during the selection process. All applicants will be notified of the acceptance or refusal of their proposal by 1 March 2014. Accepted abstracts will be published for open access on the PALATIUM website.