This panel aims to strengthen Art History and Material Cultural Heritage networks of islands within the Atlantic, by analysing the interactions between islands and continental territories through a theoretical, comparative or case study approaches.
Since the 18th century, the study of islands has been a very relevant issue for scientists and naturalists, who have considered them a privileged study laboratory for living beings and their interactions within a controlled and easier to understand environment. Presently, archipelagos and islands continue to attract scholars from different disciplines and motivate new stimulating approaches. From an artistic and tangible heritage point of view, island studies have become significant, due to the dual and contradictory nature of islands' social and cultural phenomena: being geographically isolated, they exhibit a phenomenon of cultural reproduction and anachronism, which render them peripheral territories. On the other hand, islands are especially important for their interactions with cultures of distant places, enabling invention, innovation and, at times, unique synthesis. For these reasons, including Islands in the network of transatlantic routes challenges frontier notions and political and geographic boundaries. This contributes significantly to the 2015CHAM' s global theme. Thus, this panel aims to: - Strengthen Art History and Material Cultural Heritage networks of islands; - Analyse the interactions between islands and continental territories within the Atlantic area through networking comparative studies; - Foster the creation of a theoretical and methodological framework for island studies. We welcome all proposals that may fit this panel's agenda, either in a theoretical, comparative or case study approach. We especially welcome papers related to architecture and its reference models and constructive systems; decorative arts, such as furniture, metal, ceramic, glass or textile objects; gastronomy, and "art de la table".