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CFP: Dark Archives 20/20: A Conference on the Medieval Unread & Unreadable (8-10 September 2020), deadline 31 July 2020

Dark Archives 20/20 therefore invites researchers from around the world to address a basic question underscored by our current physical isolation: if we no longer have access to the original sources, only to (overwhelmingly digital) copies, what of the medieval do we still possess, and what more might we thereby uncover?

Fellowships: I Tatti Fellowship Application (2021-2022), deadline 15 October 2020

Fifteen I Tatti Residential Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.). I Tatti offers FellowsContinue reading “Fellowships: I Tatti Fellowship Application (2021-2022), deadline 15 October 2020”

News: Canterbury Cathedral Free entry for all visitors – until Sunday 12 July 2020

Canterbury Cathedral’s free entry to all visitors offer continues until Sunday 12 July, after this, kids go free with reduced prices for adults until 31 August. All tickets must be pre-booked online via our website. They’ve introduced a range of new safety measures to ensure your wellbeing, including one-way routes, enhanced cleaning regimes, hand sanitiser stations, distancedContinue reading “News: Canterbury Cathedral Free entry for all visitors – until Sunday 12 July 2020”

CFP: 8th Days of Justinian I, Skopje (November 13–14, 2020), deadline 10 August 2020

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies before 1500; this includes the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary modern Europe.

Call for Session Proposals: 7th Cycle of Medieval Studies June 2021, NUME Research Group on Latin Middle Ages, deadline 4 October 2020

The goal is to offer a broad overview of the current situation of Italian and international medievalist studies. Issues which are related to many different aspects of the medieval period (V-XV century) can be addressed: history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies and so on.

New Journal Issue: Medievalista Journal, number 28

It is with great pleasure that we inform you that nº 28 of Medievalista Journal is available. This issue of Medievalista brings some news. The most decisive ones were the simplification of the title – Medievalista on-line became Medievalista -, the adoption of a new management and editing platform and another renewal of the graphicsContinue reading “New Journal Issue: Medievalista Journal, number 28”

Virtual Church Crawls

Missing your regular fix of church crawls? We’ve assembled a list of 3D virtual tours and models of UK cathedrals for you to enjoy. Their quality varies hugely, but they’re a handy substitute for the real thing, even as places start to open up. Maybe those cathedral Twitter accounts can get competitive again, as theyContinue reading “Virtual Church Crawls”

New Publication: Sephardic Book Art of the Fifteenth Century, Edited by Luís U. Afonso and Tiago Moita

The current volume presents ten different studies dealing with the final stages of Hebrew book art production in medieval Iberia. Ranging from the Farhi Codex, copied and illuminated in the late 14th century, to the Philadelphia Bible, copied and illuminated in Lisbon in 1496, this volume discusses a wide scope of topics related with the production, consumption and circulation of medieval decorated Hebrew manuscripts.

Fellowships: Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2021–2024, deadline 4 August 2020

The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2021–2024 fellowship competition. Three three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded: Two Open Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences (OPEN): Open to all disciplines represented in the Society of Fellows. The fellowships’Continue reading “Fellowships: Princeton Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2021–2024, deadline 4 August 2020”

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Seminars and Lectures

Online Lecture: Tom Nickson, ‘Light and the Cult of St Thomas Becket’, 7 July 2020

Listen to the Lecture here. 7 July 2020 is the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s death and 800th anniversary of his translation. Light and light imagery is prominent in the cult of St Thomas Becket, as it was and is in many pilgrimage cults across the world. In this short talk I briefly consider the role ofContinue reading “Online Lecture: Tom Nickson, ‘Light and the Cult of St Thomas Becket’, 7 July 2020”

ICON Conservation - Together at Home Webinar Series

Online Seminar: Psyche on a smartphone: shining new light on a Florentine Renaissance masterpiece, Dr Paola Ricciardi, ICON Conservation: Together at Home Webinar Series, 1 July 2020, 4pm

The Icon Book & Paper Group Committee are pleased to be able to bring you a series of live streamed talks while many people are required to stay at home during in these unprecedented times. We have been trying to think about what we can do to help support the community of conservators & conservationContinue reading “Online Seminar: Psyche on a smartphone: shining new light on a Florentine Renaissance masterpiece, Dr Paola Ricciardi, ICON Conservation: Together at Home Webinar Series, 1 July 2020, 4pm”

Seminars: The Business of Saints, talk by Dr Emma J. Wells, The Churches Conservation Trust seminar series, Thursday 2nd July at 1pm

Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith…My scrip of joy…And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage. These lines used by John Bunyan in The Pilgrim’s Progress, reveal, quite clearly, the importance of pilgrimage and journeying to visit the relics of saints throughout history. Affecting all walks of life from the lowly peasant to gregariousContinue reading “Seminars: The Business of Saints, talk by Dr Emma J. Wells, The Churches Conservation Trust seminar series, Thursday 2nd July at 1pm”

Seminar: We Have Always Been Medieval – Bruno Latour and the Premodern, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, 30 June 2020 7-8:30pm

From We Have Never Been Modern to An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, Bruno Latour’s philosophical project has long been conceived as a critique of ‘Modernity’, starting with Enlightenment dualisms (nature/culture, words/things, sacred/secular) and extending to the Cyber Age’s promise of unmediated access to knowledge (what Latour calls ‘Double Click’).

Online Workshop: Layers of London Webinar: The Archaeology of Pottery Production in London from Medieaval times to the Victorians, The Institute of Historical Research, 23 July 2020, 4-4:50pm

Jacqui Pearce, Senior Finds Specialist, MOLA This talk looks at the rich archaeological evidence for the many different kinds of pottery that have been made in the London area from the 12th through to the 19th century, including medieval greywares, Surrey whitewares, London-made redwares, tin-glazed wares, stonewares, slipwares and porcelain and covering known centres extendingContinue reading “Online Workshop: Layers of London Webinar: The Archaeology of Pottery Production in London from Medieaval times to the Victorians, The Institute of Historical Research, 23 July 2020, 4-4:50pm”

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Call for Papers

CFP: Women Worth Remembering: Female Models from Antiquity in the Visual Arts, c. 1350-c. 1650, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting (Dublin, 7-10 Apr 21), deadline 2 August 2020

This panel seeks to explore the impact that these models from antiquity had on the developing notion of female identity between the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. It also aims to investigate more extensively the related iconographic tradition which, despite several recent scholarly publications and exhibitions, remains unevenly explored.

CFP: The Medieval Eschatology, Santiago de Compostela, deadline 1 April 2021

Eschatology is one of the central components of medieval Christian culture. The end of the world, the Last Judgment, salvation, Messianism, the Antichrist, the Apocalypticism and millenarianism are inescapable elements in what we may generally describe as “Medieval eschatology”. Deadline for submission of proposals is open to April 1, 2021.

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Conferences

Conference: The 38th Annual Gerry Hedley Student Symposium, Postgraduate Conservation Students, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1 July 2020, 9am – 2:30pm

The Gerry Hedley Symposium is an annual student-run conference. Post-graduate students and interns from all three of the UK’s conservation courses, The Hamilton Kerr Institute, Northumbria University and The Courtauld Institute of Art, have the opportunity to present their research ranging from conservation, technical analysis and art-historical research of paintings and artworks on paper.

Conference: Relationships, CMS Graduate Conference, University of York, 23-24 June 2020

The annual CMS graduate conference ‘Relationships’ on the 23rd and 24th June is going digital! Tuesday 23 June 2020, 9.00am Sign up form is here: https://forms.gle/4F6jS8yfaekViiyz9  Sign up closes on the 21st June at 12 midnight. You must sign up via the link so that we can send you Zoom links before the conference starts.   Programme Day 1:Continue reading “Conference: Relationships, CMS Graduate Conference, University of York, 23-24 June 2020”

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New Publications

New Publication: Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c. 1400-1650, by Jyoti Gulati Balachandran

Narrative Pasts retrieves the social history of a Muslim community in Gujarat, a region that has one of the earliest records of Muslim presence in the Indian subcontinent. By reconstructing the literary, social and historical world of Sufi preceptors, disciples, and descendants from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, the book reveals the importance ofContinue reading “New Publication: Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c. 1400-1650, by Jyoti Gulati Balachandran”

New Book Series & Call for Manuscripts: Mediterranean Studies in Late Antiquity and The Middle Ages Series, edited by Damien Kempf

This series is devoted to the study of the Mediterranean world in late antiquity and the medieval period. It welcomes original scholarly research pertaining to the fields of: history, art history, social history, cultural history, hagiography, religious studies, textual studies, archaeology, and gender studies. We invite proposals for monographs, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. AllContinue reading “New Book Series & Call for Manuscripts: Mediterranean Studies in Late Antiquity and The Middle Ages Series, edited by Damien Kempf”

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Medieval Jobs

Fellowship: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen International Fellowships 2021, deadline 31 July 2020

Fellowships for the Duration of 6 Months from  1 April 2021 Until 30 September 2021. The KWI fellowship program addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. The institute provides fellows with modern infrastructure, office space, technical support and offers a library service, event and research management as well as support inContinue reading “Fellowship: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen International Fellowships 2021, deadline 31 July 2020”

Job: Lecturer in Medieval History, Aberystwyth University, deadline 28 July 2020

The Department of History and Welsh History wish to appoint a Lecturer in Medieval History for a fixed-term period. Applications are particularly welcome from those with a specialist knowledge of any aspect of later medieval/early modern British History (c. 1350-1550) and with an ability to teach in the area of heritage, although we welcome all applications.

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Journal Publications

Tabernacle-shrine from Mule, Iceland, now in the Nationalmuseet in Conpenhagen; c.1250. Photo: Justin Kroesen

Journal Publication: The Saint Enshrined: European Tabernacle-Altarpieces, c. 1150–1400, Medievalia, Journal of Medieval Studies (Vol. 23, No. 1, 2020)

The Medievalia, Journal of Medieval Studies is excited to announce a special monographic volume: The Saint Enshrined: European Tabernacle-Altarpieces, C. 1150–1400 edited by Fernando Gutiérrez Baños Justin Kroesen Elisabeth Andersen It comprises of contributions by 10 international scholars on the mentioned European Tabernacle-Altarpieces. It has been published fully online (with the possibility of printing onContinue reading “Journal Publication: The Saint Enshrined: European Tabernacle-Altarpieces, c. 1150–1400, Medievalia, Journal of Medieval Studies (Vol. 23, No. 1, 2020)”

Call for Submissions: Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies

The Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS) is a leading interdisciplinary journal for innovative scholarship on the multiple languages, cultures, and historical processes of the Iberian Peninsula, and the zones with which it was in contact. We encourage submission of all innovative scholarship of interest to the community of medievalists and Iberianists, and welcome informal inquiries.

Call for Submissions: Rutgers Art Review, deadline 15 October 2020

Rutgers Art Review, a journal of graduate research in art history, hereby invites all current graduate students, as well as professionals who have completed their doctoral degrees within the past year, to submit papers for its 38th edition. Submissions are due to rutgersartreview@gmail.com by October 15 October 2020. Find out more here.

Funding & Scholarships

Exhibitions & Art Fairs

Google Arts & Culture: Our Favourite Online Exhibitions

We’ve scoured Google Arts & Culture for some of our favourite online exhibitions. Whether you’re interested in illuminated manuscripts, sculpture or architecture, there are a number of virtual exhibitions that we think you’ll enjoy.

Exhibition: The Ministry of Works collection: Photographs and images from the Conway Library

The Courtauld has created a new online exhibition of photos from the Conway library, including a set of extraordinary photos taken in the aftermath of WWII. Medievalists will find much of interest here, including this striking photo of Private William Scollie of Chicago examining art works in the Siegen caves near Cologne in April 1945.Continue reading “Exhibition: The Ministry of Works collection: Photographs and images from the Conway Library”

New exhibition: Historic photos of Notre-Dame in Paris

In response to the devastating Notre-Dame fire in April 2019, the Courtauld has published an online exhibition featuring 19th- and early 20th-century images of the cathedral taken from the Courtauld’s Conway Library. Modern media gave the terrible fire at the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris a shocking immediacy. We watched it live on 24-hour television,Continue reading “New exhibition: Historic photos of Notre-Dame in Paris”

Resources

On This Day: 800 year anniversary of the translation of the relics of Saint Thomas Becket to his new shrine in Canterbury Cathedral

Today is the feast of the Translation of St Thomas Becket, when his relics were translated to his new shrine into the Trinity Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral – on 7th July 1220. To celebrate Becket’s Translation, we’ve compiled a list of various resources, articles & events that are taking place. Article: Modelling the Cult ofContinue reading “On This Day: 800 year anniversary of the translation of the relics of Saint Thomas Becket to his new shrine in Canterbury Cathedral”


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