Miniatures in the Early Modern Period (16th-18th c.) – Études Épistémè

Call for papers to be published in peer-reviewed journal:


To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Nicholas Hilliard's death, the online peer-reviewed journal Études Épistémè ( seeks articles examining miniatures in the early modern period from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective. Études Épistémè is DOAJ- and MLA- listed.


Nicholas Hilliard, a goldsmith and a limner for Elizabeth I and James I, was best known for his portraits of the English court and society as well as for some of the most striking likenesses of the ending years of the Valois court which he drew during his stay in Paris circa 1576-1578.



In order to celebrate this anniversary, we welcome new inquiries into miniatures, a medium which remains relatively understudied in France, although many literary, textual and visual sources are available. As a luxury good often endowed with sentimental value, miniatures are to be considered as hybrid objects encompassing portraiture, graphic arts and/or goldsmithery. Since the 1980s and the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibition on the rediscovery of portrait miniatures (1983), the technical analysis of miniatures has significantly developed. Groundbreaking studies by Jim Murrrell, Alan Derbyshire and the research teams at the Victoria & Albert Museum at large have led to innovative analyses and the refurbishing of the miniature galleries at both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.



Suggested topics for contributions in either French or English may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  •  Generic definition
  • Production history
  • Status of the miniature / miniaturist
  • Theoretical history
  • Exchanges / conversations between writers and limners / miniaturists
  • Miniatures in literature
  • The circulation of miniatures (diplomatic gifts, political negotiations, personal gifts etc.)
  • Miniatures in drama (theatrical references, stage properties etc.)
  • Exchanges between artists (particularly between France and England)


Detailed abstracts of 300 to 500 words of proposed individual or collective articles are to be sent to the editors of the issue, Céline Cachaud and Anne-Valérie Dulac, by March 5th, 2018 at the following address:

Notifications of acceptance: April 2018. Full articles due by November 2018. The articles will then be peer-reviewed before publication in the Spring of 2019.