The Art of Embroidery: History, Tradition, and New Horizons

  • Deadline: Aug 31, 2024
  • Lorca, Spain

This conference aims to provide a platform for presenting and discussing the latest research findings on the history of embroidery in its broadest dimension, without prioritizing specific cultural, artistic, or chronological areas, but encompassing all aspects that such an ancient art as embroidery entails.


Those interested in participating in the conference by presenting a paper must speak to the following themes established by the organizing committee:

  • History of Spanish embroidery
  • History of European embroidery
  • History of Ibero-American embroidery
  • Geographies and circulation
  • Temporal connections
  • Spatial connections
  • Material connections
  • Formal connections
  • Technical connections
  • Relationships and exchanges
  • Aesthetic relationships
  • Uses and functions
  • Identities
  • Dating
  • Survivals
  • Typologies
  • Definition of centers, workshops, studios, schools, masters, etc.
  • Flow of artists
  • Transmission of teaching
  • Craft and guilds
  • Techniques and designs
  • Patronage and sponsorship
  • Cultural histories surrounding embroidery
  • Religious contexts
  • Civil contexts
  • Provenances
  • Religious image embroidery
  • Civil and military embroidery
  • Rituals and symbolic practices
  • Liturgies and ceremonies
  • Cataloging and conservation
  • Theory, methodology, and historiography
  • Authorship and attributions
  • Decorations and ornamentations
  • Museums and collections
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Documentary findings
  • Research sources
  • Copies and fakes
  • Art market and trade
  • New challenges and approaches

How to submit

Those interested in submitting a paper to present at the conference should send their proposals by August 31, 2024 to Manuel Pérez Sánchez at [email protected]. Questions are also welcome at the same address. Proposals should include the following items:

  • Title of the proposal
  • Brief summary of the proposal and justification (500 words maximum)
  • Brief curriculum vitae (300 words maximum)
  • Bame(s) of the author(s)
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number

Accepted papers will be announced September 13, 2024, when the registration period will begin (through November 11).


  • The papers submitted will have a maximum of three authors, must be original, unpublished, and not under considered for publication in any other medium for the dissemination of knowledge.
  • Papers whose authors are not registered cannot be presented.
  • One registration fee will be paid per author and paper.
  • Priority will be given to those papers that provide a real advance in knowledge of the history of art and heritage along the lines of work proposed.
  • The oral presentation of the paper will not exceed 15 minutes.
  • The acceptance or rejection of the paper will be communicated on the given date to the authors via email.
  • The University of Murcia will issue certification of the papers only to those who have presented them orally at the congress.

Registration fees

  • 20€ for standard presenters
  • 10€ reduced fee for presenters: CEHA members, under 25, unemployed, and people with disabilities
  • 5€ for non-presenting attendees

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