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HNA Organizes Online Event ‘Picturing the Pandemic’ in Lieu of Postponed Conference

The upcoming HNA conference, which was planned for 3–5 June 2021 in Amsterdam and The Hague has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The conference is now scheduled for 2–4 June 2022 to take place in the same locations. The program of the conference, as it was planned for June 2021, will be transferred in its entirety to June 2022.

In lieu of its upcoming conference, Historians of Netherlandish Art is organizing a special online event to mark the moment on which the conference should have taken place in Amsterdam and The Hague. The online event, titled Picturing the Pandemic. Epidemic Outbreaks and Their Impact on Art Made in the Netherlands during the Early Modern Era, will take place on Thursday 3 June 2021, between 17:00 and 19:00/19:30 (CEST).

HNA members are invited to submit proposals on the subject of epidemic outbreaks and their impact on art made in the Netherlands during the Early Modern era. Presenters may explore the effects of the plague on artistic production and artists’ careers, the rise and fall of the consumption of luxury goods, including but not limited to pictures, and the design of plague houses as a distinct type of hospital architecture. Other possible topics are the effects of epidemics on the artistic invention of new iconography and on changes in fashion and accessories such as pomanders, which were used to ward off disease.

The deadline for papers is 10 January 2021. For more information, see the call for papers on the HNA website.