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Early Modern Image and Text Association

Next Conference:
Death in Words and Images: The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World.

Texas Tech University, October 23-25, 2008


Created in December 2004, EMIT is the result of collaborations among specialists who investigate  the relation of word and image, visuality and text in the Early Modern Period.

Under the auspices of
the National Endowment for the Humanities and the direction of Frederick De Armas, the group met for the first time during the 2003  Summer Seminar “Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes” hosted at The University of Chicago.  Reuniting in Paris at the International Conference of Ekphrasis and Cervantes, in November 2004, the group decided to become an international association.

As such, EMIT  intends to advance:

-the theory and praxis that unite the visual and the textual in the creative process of artists during the Early Modern Period.

-the study of aesthetic sensibilities in prominent painters, sculptors  and writers--such as  Miquel de Cervantes--who emblematized the fusion of both artistic dimensions.

-fostering collaborative opportunities between members in the form of conferences, books and special issue journals.

EMIT organizes bi-annual International Conferences held at both national and international locations.

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