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Job Opportunity: Project Curator – Art in Medieval England, Victoria & Albert Museum. August 2022 – July 2023 (Deadline: 11 July 2022)

The V&A seeks to enrich people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed and performed world. The V&A is planning a touring exhibition of singular masterpieces of art in Medieval England c.1000 – 1500 from its collection. The exhibition will showcase some of these unique worksContinue reading “Job Opportunity: Project Curator – Art in Medieval England, Victoria & Albert Museum. August 2022 – July 2023 (Deadline: 11 July 2022)”

Online Lecture: “Exploring the Catacombs” with Dr. Norbert Zimmermann, The International Catacomb Society. 26 June 2022, 1 pm ET

The International Catacomb Society directors are pleased to invite you to a virtual lecture by Dr. Norbert Zimmermann (German Archaeological Institute, Rome) on Sunday, June 26 at 1:00 pm (ET) entitled “Exploring the Catacombs of Rome: Old and New Research in the Roman Underground.” The lecture is open to the public.  Click here to register.

Conference: ‘From Global to Local: Conques as a Crossroads (9th–13th c.)’, In person and online, Hunter College, CUNY, 11-12 July 2022

This conference explores the expanded cultural context of medieval Conques through the work of internationally renowned scholars. This conference explores the expanded cultural context that made Conques a major crossroads of premodern Europe. As one of the fundamental stops on the road to Compostela, Conques flourished during the 11th and 12th centuries and has maintainedContinue reading “Conference: ‘From Global to Local: Conques as a Crossroads (9th–13th c.)’, In person and online, Hunter College, CUNY, 11-12 July 2022”

Call for Papers: The 19th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Arnamagnæanske Institut, University of Copenhagen, 19th to the 21st of April 2023. (Deadline: 31 August 2022)

The 19th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts will be held at the University of Copenhagen from the 19th to the 21st of April 2023. Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on subjects relating to the care and conservation of manuscripts in the broadest sense, including conservation techniques and related matters asContinue reading “Call for Papers: The 19th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Arnamagnæanske Institut, University of Copenhagen, 19th to the 21st of April 2023. (Deadline: 31 August 2022)”

Short Course: ‘Islam and Creativity in Popular Culture’, Online 12, 19 and 26 September 2022, 13:30 – 16:00 BST

This is a three-day online course that addresses the many new expressions of mass mediated creative arts that make reference to Islam. These expressions may be motivated by a wish to express an Islamic interpretation or spirituality, but they may also be for other reasons, such as from anti-racism or critical perspectives. Muslims, as wellContinue reading “Short Course: ‘Islam and Creativity in Popular Culture’, Online 12, 19 and 26 September 2022, 13:30 – 16:00 BST”

Lecture: ‘Unimpressed: Livery Badge and Legal Tender in Late Medieval England’, The Courtauld Research Forum, London and Online, 22 June 2022, 5:00 BST

This event is hosted by The Research Forum at The Courtauld, and is organised by the Medieval and Renaissance Cluster. About this event Please note this event will be live streamed to allow those outside London access to the event. All those who wish to access the event via this online method should book aContinue reading “Lecture: ‘Unimpressed: Livery Badge and Legal Tender in Late Medieval England’, The Courtauld Research Forum, London and Online, 22 June 2022, 5:00 BST”

Symposium:  Fragmented Illuminations, Victoria & Albert Museum, 7-8 July, 2022

 As a follow-up to the display Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (now extended to 26 June), a symposium will take place online on 7-8 July (pm). The Fragmented Illuminations Symposium will seek to make sense of these detached leaves, cut-out initials and other ornamented snippets. DayContinue reading “Symposium:  Fragmented Illuminations, Victoria & Albert Museum, 7-8 July, 2022”

Call for Papers: Medieval Ecologies, 2022 New England Medieval Conference (NEMC), Colby College, October 8, 2022 (Deadline: 20 June, 2022)

This conference will provide an opportunity for medievalists working across a range of disciplines and geographic areas to join in conversation about premodern ecologies and their literary historical representations, as well as their material and cultural entanglements. We interpret “ecologies” broadly as interaction and interrelation within and between human, animal, and material worlds. Accordingly, weContinue reading “Call for Papers: Medieval Ecologies, 2022 New England Medieval Conference (NEMC), Colby College, October 8, 2022 (Deadline: 20 June, 2022)”

Symposium: The Public Curatorship of the Medieval Past. University of Lincoln, 15th September 2022

The symposium will explore how the medieval past is ‘curated’, that is, collected, interpreted, and communicated, across both professional and popular society. In addition, the symposium looks to question the ways in which medievalism impacts these acts of curatorship.   Guided by the underlying principle that remembering and communicating the medieval past is a processContinue reading “Symposium: The Public Curatorship of the Medieval Past. University of Lincoln, 15th September 2022”

Scholarship: The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) MA Scholarship 2022/23 (Deadline: 15 JULY 2022)

We are thrilled to launch the second round of the Masters’ Bursary scheme, supported by the generous bequest of the Arnold Hayward Stevenson Educational Trust Fund. There are significant, often structural, barriers to postgraduate study, in particular in disciplines like architectural history. We need to do more to diversify our discipline and those who practiceContinue reading “Scholarship: The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) MA Scholarship 2022/23 (Deadline: 15 JULY 2022)”

Call For Papers: 41st Haskins Society International Conference, 28-30 October 2022, University of Richmond. Deadline: 30 July 2022

 The Haskins Society is delighted to announce our return to an in-person, annual conference in Richmond, Virginia on 28-30 October 2022. We invite proposals for presentations on any topic related to the history and cultures of peoples in northwest Europe in the early and central middle ages, and their encounters with societies in the Mediterranean,Continue reading “Call For Papers: 41st Haskins Society International Conference, 28-30 October 2022, University of Richmond. Deadline: 30 July 2022”

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Seminars and Lectures

Online Roundtable: The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv: Roundtable Discussion with Thomas Dale, Ioli Kalavrezou, and Sofia Korol’. Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, 12:00–1:30pm CT

The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv: Roundtable Discussion Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 | 12:00–1:30pm CT | Zoom The cathedral of St. Sophia in the historic center of Kyiv dates to ca. 1037 and is one of the most remarkable medieval monuments of Kyivan Rus. The building was designed, built, and decorated according to Byzantine traditionsContinue reading “Online Roundtable: The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv: Roundtable Discussion with Thomas Dale, Ioli Kalavrezou, and Sofia Korol’. Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, 12:00–1:30pm CT”

Roundtable: ‘Rethinking the Legacies of 1492’, with Jerrilynn Dodds, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Giuseppe Marcocci, and Tom Nickson, Department of History of Art, University of Oxford, 30 May 2022, 4:00-6:00 BST

When: 30 May 2022, 4:00-6:00 BST Where: Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford A roundtable exploring events and exhibitions in the US, Spain & Italy. With Jerrilynn Dodds, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Giuseppe Marcocci, and Tom Nickson. Chaired by Gervase Rosser. Organised by Costanza Beltrami. Open to all, no booking required.

Lecture: ‘Memento mori Imagery and the Limits of the Self in Late Medieval Europe’, The Courtauld Research Forum, London and Online, 26 May 2022, 5:30 BST

When: Thursday, 26 May 2022, 5:30 – 7:00 BST Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Vernon Square, and online via Livestream Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/memento-mori-imagery-and-the-limits-of-the-self-in-late-medieval-europe-tickets-330551748177 Objects bearing memento mori themes were abundant in Europe in the decades immediately around the year 1500. The material properties of these objects – the matter from which they were formed, the apparentContinue reading “Lecture: ‘Memento mori Imagery and the Limits of the Self in Late Medieval Europe’, The Courtauld Research Forum, London and Online, 26 May 2022, 5:30 BST”

Lecture: ‘Forgotten Friars: the Visual Culture of the Gesuati’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Online, 8 June 2022, 5:00 BST

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forgotten-friars-the-visual-culture-of-the-gesuati-tickets-319575578157?aff=ebdsoporgprofile Among the least known of the later medieval mendicant orders active in Italy are the Apostolic Clerics of Saint Jerome, better known as the Gesuati, founded by the Sienese merchant Giovanni Colombini and officially recognized by Pope Urban V in 1367. Until their suppression in 1668, the Gesuati were active inContinue reading “Lecture: ‘Forgotten Friars: the Visual Culture of the Gesuati’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Online, 8 June 2022, 5:00 BST”

Lecture: ‘Mass Production of Books Before Printing’, John Coffin Memorial Lecture in Palaeography, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 8 June 2022

Lecture: ‘Mass Production of Books Before Printing’ Speaker: Professor David D’Avray, FBA, Emeritus Professor of History, University College London Address: The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Event date: 8 June 2022, 6:00PM – 8:00PM Attendance is free; registration required. Book here: https://sas.sym-online.com/registrationforms/iesbooking_12345655/done/ For more information: https://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/john-coffin-memorial-lecture-palaeography Contact: IESEvents@sas.ac.uk

Lecture: ‘Words for Images: Contemporary Vocabulary and Early Netherlandish Painting’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Online, 10 May 2022, 5:00 BST

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/words-for-images-contemporary-vocabulary-and-early-netherlandish-painting-tickets-319521305827 The surviving works of early Netherlandish painting are a woefully inadequate representation of what once existed. Written records are therefore vital for supplementing what survives, as well as for exploring contemporary context and significance. Although the art of the past is inevitably seen through modern preconceptions, examination of past terminology mayContinue reading “Lecture: ‘Words for Images: Contemporary Vocabulary and Early Netherlandish Painting’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Online, 10 May 2022, 5:00 BST”

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Call for Papers

Call For Papers: Hagio-Scape! How mobility and materiality shaped pre-modern geographies of devotion (400-1700): an international conference at the Norwegian Institute in Rome 24 – 26 May 2023. Deadline: 15 October 2022

An interdisciplinary conference at the Norwegian Institute in Rome (DNIR), 24 -26 May 2023, Organized by Dr. Marianne P. Ritsema van Eck (UiO) and Dr. Kaja Merete Hagen (UiO). Ever since fourth century CE, iconic objects and places have played a formative role in articulating Christian sacred space. This conference investigates the specific role ofContinue reading “Call For Papers: Hagio-Scape! How mobility and materiality shaped pre-modern geographies of devotion (400-1700): an international conference at the Norwegian Institute in Rome 24 – 26 May 2023. Deadline: 15 October 2022”

Call for Papers: The Senses: Present Issues, Past Perspectives, Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Switzerland,24-27 April 2023 (Deadline 30 June 2022)

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers in the field of medieval sensory studies for the international workshop ‘The Senses: Present Issues, Past Perspectives.’ The workshop is organised by Prof. Annette Kern-Stähler (University of Bern, Switzerland), Prof. Elizabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow, UK), and Dr. des. Laura Bernardazzi (University of Bern, Switzerland) and is funded byContinue reading “Call for Papers: The Senses: Present Issues, Past Perspectives, Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Switzerland,24-27 April 2023 (Deadline 30 June 2022)”

Call for Papers: International Conference ‘Metamorphoses and uses of the same past and formation of identities in Europe from the 14th century to the 1980s: shared, in competition, or antagonistic memories’, AGRELITA, Deadline 15 September 2022

The ERC research program AGRELITA (The Reception of Ancient Greece in pre-modern French Literature and Illustrations of Manuscripts and Printed Books (1320-1550) : How invented memories shaped the identity of European communities) is a transdisciplinary research program : literature, art history, political, cultural and social history, memory studies, European studies. It focuses on different modesContinue reading “Call for Papers: International Conference ‘Metamorphoses and uses of the same past and formation of identities in Europe from the 14th century to the 1980s: shared, in competition, or antagonistic memories’, AGRELITA, Deadline 15 September 2022”

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Conferences

Conference: ‘Meta, Matrix, Mater. Renaissance Metaphors of the Matrix’, Paris and Online, 13 June 2022

The female sex has become the core of an increasing number of early modern studies since the rise of a gender-sensitive feminist viewpoint in art history. Many have dealt with images of a hairless and polished vulva, sometimes ostensibly eroticized. Pending this approach, the 2022 CHAR Workshop, Meta, Matrix, Mater. Renaissance Metaphors of the Matrix,Continue reading “Conference: ‘Meta, Matrix, Mater. Renaissance Metaphors of the Matrix’, Paris and Online, 13 June 2022”

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New Publications

New Publication: ‘Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections’, edited by Kirk Ambrose, Griffin Murray and Margrete Syrstad Andås

This book situates the art and architecture of the stave church of Urnes within a global perspective and aims to reinvigorate scholarly interest and debate in one of the world’s most important churches. Urnes is the oldest and best known of the Norwegian stave churches. Despite its rich sculptural program, complex building history, fine medievalContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections’, edited by Kirk Ambrose, Griffin Murray and Margrete Syrstad Andås”

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Medieval Jobs

Job Opportunity: Teaching Associate in Medieval Art and Architecture, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge, Deadline 6 June 2022

Applications are invited for a temporary Teaching Associate in Medieval Art and Architecture, to start from 1 August 2022. The position is full-time and fixed term for 12 months. The purpose of the role is to contribute to department teaching with a specialism in Medieval Art and Architecture. Specifically, the role holder will be askedContinue reading “Job Opportunity: Teaching Associate in Medieval Art and Architecture, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge, Deadline 6 June 2022”

Fellowship (Pre-announcement): Early Career Fellowships in Cultural and Heritage Institutions, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Deadline March 2023

This is a pre-announcement and the information may change. The opportunity opens in late 2022. The closing date is to be confirmed. Apply for funding to conduct research at cultural and heritage institutions. You must: be an early career researcher have either a doctorate in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience and skills haveContinue reading “Fellowship (Pre-announcement): Early Career Fellowships in Cultural and Heritage Institutions, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Deadline March 2023”

Job Opportunity: Associate Lecturer in History of Medieval Art, University of York, Deadline 19 June 2022

Department The Department of History of Art at the University of York seeks to appoint an Associate Lecturer in History of Medieval Art for a 17-month period from September 2022, to provide replacement teaching for Dr Hanna Vorholt, who has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship. The Department of History of Art is oneContinue reading “Job Opportunity: Associate Lecturer in History of Medieval Art, University of York, Deadline 19 June 2022”

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Journal Publications

CFP: Fenestella. Inside Medieval Art, Thematic Issue 3/2022: ‘Configuring Monastic Architectural Settings: Early Medieval Experiments’, deadline: 30 June 2022

Fenestella is a scholarly, multilingual, and peer-reviewed open access journal. Fenestella publishes scholarly papers on medieval art and architecture, between Late Antiquity and c. 1400, covering the Latin West, the Byzantine East and medieval Islam. We are now accepting proposals for the 2022 Thematic Issue: CONFIGURING MONASTIC ARCHITECTURAL SETTINGS: EARLY MEDIEVAL EXPERIMENTS The planimetric andContinue reading “CFP: Fenestella. Inside Medieval Art, Thematic Issue 3/2022: ‘Configuring Monastic Architectural Settings: Early Medieval Experiments’, deadline: 30 June 2022”

CFP: ‘Ritual: Practice, Performance, Perception,’ Cerae Volume 9, deadline 30 April 2022

Rituals pervade human life. From small or mundane rituals like brushing our teeth or making one’s daily coffee, to grand ceremonies that mark important life stages, rituals are everywhere. This has prompted reflection on what rituals are, on what can be considered as ritual. Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites essays thatContinue reading “CFP: ‘Ritual: Practice, Performance, Perception,’ Cerae Volume 9, deadline 30 April 2022”

Open Access Journal: ‘Fenestella. Inside Medieval Art’ – Issue 2-2021.

Fenestella is a scholarly and peer-reviewed open access journal. It is published by Milano University Press, and powered by OJS 3. Issue 2 – 2021 was published on December 28th and can be viewed here: https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/fenestella/issue/view/1760 Fenestella publishes scholarly papers on medieval art and architecture, between Late Antiquity and c. 1400, covering the Latin West,Continue reading “Open Access Journal: ‘Fenestella. Inside Medieval Art’ – Issue 2-2021.”

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Funding & Scholarships

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Exhibitions & Art Fairs

Exhibition: ‘Gold’, British Library, London, 20 May – 2 October 2022, tickets available in February 2022

The British Library has announced a new exhibition, Gold, which will run from 20 May to 2 October 2022. Gold has long held the power to dazzle and ignite feelings of wonder. This new exhibition will take visitors on a journey to over 20 countries to discover how gold has been used to embellish andContinue reading “Exhibition: ‘Gold’, British Library, London, 20 May – 2 October 2022, tickets available in February 2022”

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 theContinue reading “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”

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Resources

Podcast Episodes: Les Enluminures, Sacred Measurements (Episode 33) and Feasts (Episode 34)

Episode 33 – Sacred MeasurementsMedieval measurement developed as a bodily reference tool, often relying on an object’s relationship to the human body to determine its size, scale or weight. Today, measurement may seem like a natural part of our lives, but have you ever wondered how a unit of space or volume was developed? WhatContinue reading “Podcast Episodes: Les Enluminures, Sacred Measurements (Episode 33) and Feasts (Episode 34)”

Podcast Episode: Les Enluminures, Time, Daylight, and a November Calendar

Les Enluminures have released the 32nd episode of their podcast, available online via this link. Short winter days are now upon us. Usually we don’t consider the actual day to be shortened, however. There may be less daylight, but the measure of the day does not change throughout the year. Why is this? The transitionContinue reading “Podcast Episode: Les Enluminures, Time, Daylight, and a November Calendar”

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