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News: Access to the Index of Medieval Art Database Will Become Free on 1 July 2023

Jongleurs from the Silos Beatus, 1091–1109 (London, British Library, MS Add. 11695), fol. 86r. We’re very pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2023, a paid subscription will no longer be required for access to the Index of Medieval Art database. This transition was made possible by a generous grant from the Samuel H.…

CFP: Early Modern Material Culture of War and Emergency (London/Oxford, 19-20 April 2023), Deadline: 15 January 2023

The Material Culture of War and Emergency in the Early Modern World Conference and Graduate Student Workshop. War was a pervasive part of early modern life. People experienced war as agents of conflict, impotent witnesses of its destructive forces, and as victims of its economic, social, and material consequences. Such events of conflict and emergency…

Funding Opportunity: VAG Winter Conference Bursaries (Deadline 3 December 2022)

The Vernacular Architecture Group is able to offer two bursaries to assist registered students (or professionals in the early years of their career) to attend the conference. The Committee is aware that the cost often makes attendance difficult for students and others who might benefit from the lectures and discussions, and from the opportunity to…

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Seminars and Lectures

Online Lecture: Responding Icons and Miraculous Images? Is There a Theology for Mosaics? by Liz James, 9 February 2023, 12:00pm EST

Mosaic, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Photo: Liz James The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the next lecture in its 2022–2023 lecture series. The ‘theology of icons’ is well-discussed in Byzantine Studies: the role that religious images played in Byzantine life; the relationships between the icon, the worshipper…

Online Lecture: Imagining the Medieval City (Saturday 25 Feb 2023)

Join the London Medieval Society as we explore cities in the Middle Ages. The programme of the day is as follows: The event will take place over Zoom; tickets to the event can be booked here or by visiting EventBrite. Please note you will be sent an email with the Zoom link on the morning…

Online lecture: The Lonely Mountain: The Emergence of a ‘Hagiorite’ Identity on Medieval Mount Athos; by Zachary Chitwood, 24 January 2023, 12-1.30pm EST

The Mary Jaharis Center is pleased to announce its first lecture of 2023: The Lonely Mountain: The Emergence of a ‘Hagiorite’ Identity on Medieval Mount Athos. In this lecture, Dr. Zachary Chitwood, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, will discuss the emergence of a unique “Athonite” or “Hagiorite” identity on Mount Athos over the course of the Middle…

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers – Cultures of Skin: Skin in Literature and Culture, Past, Present, Future (Deadline: 1 February 2023)

This conference brings together scholars working on literary and cultural representations of skin, across historical periods and transnational contexts, to create new dialogues on the cultural meanings of skin from the past through to the present day, and consider the current and future state of the field(s) of skin studies. Building on an earlier set…

CFP: ‘Rituals of Gender Staging and Performance in the Middle Ages’, University of Bamburg, 3-4 May 2023, Deadline: 15 January 2023

The Network for Medieval Arts & Rituals (NetMAR), an international, interdisciplinary network investigating the intersections between medieval arts and rituals, invites proposals for 20-minute papers that address the role of rituals in the staging and performance of medieval gender roles. The conference, which will include scholars of different career stages, will be held at the…

CFP: Fragmentology, online/Lugano, 3-4 March 2023, Deadline 7 February 2023

The Research Centre for European Philological Tradition organises a conference dedicated to Fragmentology, in hybrid mode, in presence in Lugano and via Zoom. New studies and research will be presented concerning liturgical-musical fragments, reused fragments, disiecta membra of codices of which the parent manuscript can be reconstructed. Anyone interested in participating as a speaker is…

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Conferences

Hybrid workshop: Realism in Hagiography, online / University of Cologne, 12-13 January 2023

Saints lives, martyrdoms, and miracle stories comprise a large and challenging body of primary source material for historians of the First Millennium and Middle Ages. Elements of these texts resemble historiography, but these are blended with subjective experience, mystical truth, and theology. Modern scholars interested in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and particularly scholars…

Conference: ‘New Translations and Indirect Reception of Ancient Greece (Texts and Images 1300-1560), 19-20 January 2023, Lille, France

The ERC AGRELITA team is delighted to present the programme of the workshops “New Translations and indirect Reception of Ancient Greece (Texts and Images, 1300-1560)” Organization : Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas (University of Lille, ALITHILA, ERC AGRELITA) Location: Sciences Po Lille, France : Amphithéâtre La Boétie, niveau 0 PROGRAMME Jeudi 19 janvier -10h Accueil -10h15 Introduction, Catherine…

Hybrid Seminar: ‘The Education of a Christian Woman (1523) in the Construction of the Image of Female Power of Queen Mary I of England’, 24-25 January 2023, London & Zoom

Sponsored by Arte, Poder y Género Research Group, BritishSpanish Society, Instituto Cervantes and University College London, this international seminar takes place 24-25 January 2023, and celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the first publication of The Education of a Christian Woman. It will focus on its patron, author, and dedicatee as well as address its impact on…

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New Publications

New Publication: Natural Light in Medieval Churches, edited by Vladimir Ivanovici and Alice Isabella Sullivan, published by Brill

Inside Christian churches, natural light has long been harnessed to underscore theological, symbolic, and ideological statements. In this volume, twenty-four international scholars with various specialties explore how the study of sunlight can reveal essential aspects of the design, decoration, and function of medieval sacred spaces.  Themes covered include the interaction between patrons, advisors, architects, and…

New publication: ‘Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece’ edited by Amanda Luyster

This volume, published by Brepols, reveals the impact that art objects manufactured in the Islamic and Byzantine Mediterranean had on the medieval visual culture of England.  It also addresses the complex phenomenon of the Crusades, in which both violence and dynamic cultural interaction coexisted. A carefully integrated group of studies begins with the so-called “Chertsey”…

New Publication: ‘Il Breviario-Messale Di Salerno Del Museo Leone Di Vercelli. Una Nuova Fonte Per La Storia Dell’Arte, Della Cultura E Della Liturgia’, edited by Maddalena Vaccaro and Gionata Brusa

The extraordinary discovery of a Breviary-Missal at the Leone Museum in Vercelli has brought tolight the oldest known evidence of Salerno’s liturgy, which dates back to the years of ArchbishopRomualdo II Guarna (1153-1181). The manuscript joins a group of codices kept at the “SanMatteo” Diocesan Museum in Salerno, and provides many hitherto unpublished codicological,musicological, and…

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Medieval Jobs

Job: Lecturer in Art History, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University, Deadline: 9 January 2023

The Welch School of Art & Design seeks a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure-track Lecturer in the art of the ancient and/or medieval world. Appointment date: August 2023. This position entails teaching surveys of Western art and upper-level courses that incorporate at least two of the following: ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and the European Middle Ages. The successful candidate must value…

Funding: Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Deadline for applications 5 January 2023

The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Jerusalem will award up to seven Fellowships in the humanities or social sciences for up to four years (with a possible fifth year in exceptional circumstances), beginning October 1, 2023. The fellowship offers an annual stipend of $40,000 and $2,000 for research and related expenses.…

Job Opportunity: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Medieval Studies, ANR CiSaMe Project (Deadline 15 December 2022)

The person recruited will join the ANR CiSaMe project (Circulation of Medieval Knowledge in the 12th Century) for an initial period of 12 months, renewable once, and will contribute to the creation and exploitation of a database constituted from an essentially manuscript corpus of works from the legal, philosophical and theological traditions of the 12th…

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Journal Publications

CFP: ‘Perspective: actualité en histoire de l’art’, 2024 – 1 issue. Deadline for proposals 16 January 2023

The journal Perspective : actualité en histoire de l’art will explore, in its 2024 – 1 issue, the question of autonomy in art.  The notion of autonomy has been key to understanding the work of art, at least since the development of aesthetic philosophy in the eighteenth century. If it is disputed, it is because of the different meanings it evokes…

New Journal: Analekta Stagon kai Meteoron – Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum 1 (2022)

The first issue of the new journal “Analekta Stagon kai Meteoron/Analecta Stagorum et Meteororum” was recently published and is available now. An initiative of the Diocesan Academy of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Stagoi and Meteora, the journal seeks to present and illuminate various unknown or little known aspects of the historical and material heritage…

Call for Journal Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal (Deadline: 15 September 2022)

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection. The Journal publishes Articles and Research Notes. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship, whereas research notes are…

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Funding & Scholarships

Call for Applicants: Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Prize (Deadline: 31st January 2023)

ARTES invite submissions for the Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Prize for the best art-historical essay on a Spanish theme. The deadline is 31st January 2023 To encourage emerging scholars that are based in the UK, ARTES, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, awards an annual essay medal to the author of the best art-historical essay or study on a Spanish theme,…

Fellowships: Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, 2024, deadline: 31 January 2023

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre funded by the State of Lower Saxony. The scope of the library’s holdings constitutes a unique archive of European culture. Manuscripts, incunabula, rare books and special collections such as engravings, maps and 20th-century artists’ books, enable almost unlimited studies of cultures of knowledge in a global…

Fellowship: Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023-2025, The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. Deadline: 1 February 2023

The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in public humanities. The fellow will devote the majority of the fellowship time to working closely with the Institute’s staff, especially its director of undergraduate studies and engagement, in the Institute’s outreach and engagement efforts directed at local schools…

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Exhibitions & Art Fairs

Exhibition: North Sea Crossings: Anglo-Dutch Books and the Adventures of Reynard the Fox, The Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, 3 December 2021–18 April 2022

About the exhibition North Sea Crossings tells the story of Anglo-Dutch exchanges through beautiful medieval manuscripts, early prints, maps, animal stories and other treasures from the Bodleian’s collections. For centuries the North Sea has been a highway connecting Britain with its Dutch neighbours, a mere 33 kilometres away at its closest point. Focusing on the…

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Resources

Call for Applications: Seminar ‘The Art Historical Image in the Digital Age’, 26 June-7 July 2023, Florence. Deadline 2 January 2023

The Art Historical Image in the Digital Age, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (KHI), June 26–July 7, 2023 The Art Historical Image in the Digital Age is a two-week summer seminar that will explore ways that digital materials have transformed research practices in the field in both conceptual and practical ways. What constitutes image…

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