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Call for Papers and Sessions: “Beyond Exceptionalism II, c.500-1500” 12-14 July 2022, deadline: 1 February 2022

We are delighted to announce the Beyond Exceptionalism II conference which will take place on 12-14 July 2022 at John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK. The conference will adopt a hybrid format that simultaneously offers sessions both in-person and via Zoom.  In 2015, Beyond Exceptionalism I addressed the troubling situation that after over fifty years of intenseContinue reading “Call for Papers and Sessions: “Beyond Exceptionalism II, c.500-1500” 12-14 July 2022, deadline: 1 February 2022″

Call for Papers: 38th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium at Florida State University, deadline: 31 December 2021

Keynote Speaker: Roland BetancourtProfessor of Art History and Chancellor’s Fellow, University of California, Irvine The Florida State University Art History faculty and graduate students invitestudents currently working toward an MA or a PhD to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at our 38th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, whichwill be held remotely over ZoomContinue reading “Call for Papers: 38th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium at Florida State University, deadline: 31 December 2021”

Call For Editors: Histoire de l’art editorial board, deadline: 19 December, 2021

The journal Histoire de l’art is looking for a member specializing in medieval art history and a member specializing in modern art history for its editorial board. The journal is dedicated to the publication of articles by young researchers, thus established in a dialogue with more experienced researchers who support them. Along with the other members of the editorialContinue reading “Call For Editors: Histoire de l’art editorial board, deadline: 19 December, 2021”

Call For Papers:“False Dichotomy: Sacred & Secular in the Middle Ages”,9th Annual Medieval Studies Colloquium at UW–Madison, deadline: 31 December, 2021

The Medieval Studies Colloquium is an annual event which takes place on UW–Madison’s campus each spring. The Colloquium offers an opportunity for graduate students in multiple disciplines to present their research in the various fields of medieval studies, share and receive feedback, and participate in discussion on topics of interest with peers from a wider,Continue reading “Call For Papers:“False Dichotomy: Sacred & Secular in the Middle Ages”,9th Annual Medieval Studies Colloquium at UW–Madison, deadline: 31 December, 2021″

Call For Papers: Rhythms and Resonances. Sounding Objects in the Middle Ages. Deadline 15 January 2022

Call for PapersConference at the German Center for Art History – DFK Paris (and online)May 19–20, 2022 Organization:Philippe Cordez (Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art – DFK Paris)Rebecca Müller (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)Joanna Olchawa (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) According to ancient legend, one day Pythagoras was walking past a forge and heard four hammers pounding irons on anContinue reading “Call For Papers: Rhythms and Resonances. Sounding Objects in the Middle Ages. Deadline 15 January 2022”

New Publication: Harmony in Bright Colors. Memling’s God the Father with Singing and Music-Making Angels Restored

Includes a CD with a compilation of representative fifteenth-century musical pieces performed on reconstructed versions of the instruments shown in Memling’s panels. Hans Memling’s God the Father with Singing and Music-making Angels formed the upper register of an enormous polyptych painted for the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria la Real in Nájera, Spain. The three large panelContinue reading “New Publication: Harmony in Bright Colors. Memling’s God the Father with Singing and Music-Making Angels Restored”

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)”

New Publication: The Ghent Altarpiece, Research and Conservation of the Interior: The Lower Register

Written by: G. Steyaert, M. Postec, J. Sanyova, H. Dubois With observations, research and documents by:Painting Conservators-Restorers: K. Froyen, N. Laquière, L. Mortiaux, F. Rosier, B. Devolder, C. de BoulardChemical Research Scientists: G. Van der Snickt, F. Mederos-Henry, C. Glaude, F. Vanmeert, S. De Meyer, S. Legrand, A.  Coudray, S. Kuckova, K. JanssensSpecialists in Scientific Imagery and Photography:Continue reading “New Publication: The Ghent Altarpiece, Research and Conservation of the Interior: The Lower Register”

Job Opportunity: Project Cataloguer, Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries Project (Deadline: 2 January 2022)

Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries is a two-year project funded by the Wellcome Trust that will make approximately 8,000 unedited medical recipes in over 180 medieval manuscripts discoverable to researchers worldwide.  We are looking for three Project cataloguers (two full time, one part time) to work to develop a groundbreaking resource that will transform the abilityContinue reading “Job Opportunity: Project Cataloguer, Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries Project (Deadline: 2 January 2022)”

New Publication: The Corpse in the Middle Ages: Embalming, Cremating, and the Cultural Construction of the Dead Body by Romedio Schmitz-Esser

To what extent are the dead truly dead? In medieval society, corpses were assigned special functions and meanings in several different ways. They were still present in the daily life of the family of the deceased, and could even play active roles in the life of the community. Taking the materiality of death as aContinue reading “New Publication: The Corpse in the Middle Ages: Embalming, Cremating, and the Cultural Construction of the Dead Body by Romedio Schmitz-Esser”

Online Lecture: ‘Medieval Fabergé: African Ostrich Eggs, Global Currency’, with Krisztina Ilko, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 14 December 2021 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)

This talk examines the ostrich eggs suspended above Duccio’s Maestà at the late medieval main altar of Siena cathedral, through the lens of cultural exchange. In doing so, it sheds new light on such eggs, which it suggests were a material currency from Africa which served ritual purposes and which traversed expanding global arenas. ByContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Medieval Fabergé: African Ostrich Eggs, Global Currency’, with Krisztina Ilko, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 14 December 2021 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)”

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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Seminars and Lectures

Hybrid Joint Seminar: ‘Cities of the Living and the Dead: Sultanic and Royal Burial in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared’, Caitlin John, and ‘Trade of Devotional Objects in Later Medieval London: Evidence from the City Customs Accounts, c. 1380-1530’, Eliot Benbow, Thursday 18 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM (GMT)

This year, most of our seminars will be held in a hybrid format, with an in-person audience and a zoom room online. The seminar will take place in UCL’s Cruciform LT2. Anyone who wishes to attend in person is welcome to, but you must register online. The online form will ask you to specify whether youContinue reading “Hybrid Joint Seminar: ‘Cities of the Living and the Dead: Sultanic and Royal Burial in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared’, Caitlin John, and ‘Trade of Devotional Objects in Later Medieval London: Evidence from the City Customs Accounts, c. 1380-1530’, Eliot Benbow, Thursday 18 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM (GMT)”

Online/In Person Lecture: The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects, Dr. Iliana Kasarska, American University of Paris, 18 November 2021

For those of you who are based in Paris, you are welcome to come to a lecture by Dr. Iliana Kasarska on The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects. It will take place at the American University of Paris at 6 rue du Colonel Combes (75007) on Thurs. Nov. 18 at 6pm in room C-104. There isContinue reading “Online/In Person Lecture: The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects, Dr. Iliana Kasarska, American University of Paris, 18 November 2021”

Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D., Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Monday 15 November, 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

The last three decades ‘Silk Road’ studies have seen an unprecedented boom. As one of the consequences of this boom, Sogdiana and its traders were brought into the view of the broader academic and non-academic audience. Unfortunately (as is often the case with popular labels attached to research) the ‘Silk Road’ label has a tendencyContinue reading “Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D., Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Monday 15 November, 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)”

Online Lecture: Jeffrey Hamburger: ‘Colour in Cusanus’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Wednesday 17 November 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)

This research paper considers how Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, sought to convey higher truths in diagrammatic form For Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, diagrams comprised the perfect medium with which to represent the highest truths. No less important, they were the ideal vehicle for attaining such truths in the first place. InContinue reading “Online Lecture: Jeffrey Hamburger: ‘Colour in Cusanus’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Wednesday 17 November 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)”

Online Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt, November 30, 2021, 2:00–3:30 pm (EST)

Looking at the interplay between chant, architecture, and manuscript illumination, this talk considers the ways in which notions of salvation were sonically articulated in the Divine Liturgy during the Middle Byzantine period. Tracing the Gospel lectionary from text to illustration to recitation, this lecture looks at how Byzantine artists produced a unified experience that tookContinue reading “Online Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt, November 30, 2021, 2:00–3:30 pm (EST)”

Lecture: Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Catherine Yvard, The Research Forum,10 November 2021, 5:00PM – 6:30PM (GMT)

With over 2000 cuttings from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, the V&A holds one of the largest collections of this kind in the world. On the occasion of the Fragmented Illuminations exhibition at the V&A (8 September 2021-8 May 2022), curator Catherine Yvard will explore the history of this collection, and highlight some of the exciting discoveries made while researching forContinue reading “Lecture: Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Catherine Yvard, The Research Forum,10 November 2021, 5:00PM – 6:30PM (GMT)”

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Call for Papers

Call For Papers: Medieval Art, Modern Politics, Deadline: 15 December 2021

Historians of medieval art know that the buildings, objects, and images they study were often created for purposes that were overtly political. They have devoted less scholarly attention to a corollary: the political uses and misuses of medieval art after the Middle Ages. In some cases, the same objects and sites that accrued ideological meaningsContinue reading “Call For Papers: Medieval Art, Modern Politics, Deadline: 15 December 2021”

Call for Papers: l’art à l’heure archéologique, Histoire de l’art issue no. 90, Deadline: 15 January 2022

The archaeological approach inspires today as much the art historians as the artists. Thepatient reconstitution of the past that archaeologists make from fragmentary remains whosecontext is meticulously analyzed opens new ways to the analysis of works but also to theartistic creation. Beyond the mere “taste for ruins,” it is indeed the principles and methods ofarchaeologyContinue reading “Call for Papers: l’art à l’heure archéologique, Histoire de l’art issue no. 90, Deadline: 15 January 2022”

Call for contribution : Workshops New Translations and indirect Reception of Ancient Greece (Texts and Images, 1300-1560) (ERC Advanced Grant AGRELITA Project)

ERC Advanced Grant AGRELITA ProjectThe 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 communitiesDirection : Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas The AGRELITA project ERC n° 101018777 was launched on October 1st 2021. It is a 5-year project (2021-2026) financed on an ERCContinue reading “Call for contribution : Workshops New Translations and indirect Reception of Ancient Greece (Texts and Images, 1300-1560) (ERC Advanced Grant AGRELITA Project)”

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Conferences

Conference: The Literature and History of Anglo-Dutch Relations, Medieval to Early Modern,  Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, January 6-8 2022

Contacts between English and Dutch speakers had a profound impact on the literary landscape and book culture of England and the Low Countries. This British Academy funded conference crosses conventional chronological, linguistic, geographical and disciplinary boundaries to explore the cultural history of relations between English and Dutch speakers, from the Norman Conquest through to theContinue reading “Conference: The Literature and History of Anglo-Dutch Relations, Medieval to Early Modern,  Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, January 6-8 2022”

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New Publications

New Publication: Marian Devotion in the Late Middle Ages. Image and Performance, Edited By Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, and Gerhard Jaritz

By the late Middle Ages, manifestations of Marian devotion had become multifaceted andcovered all aspects of religious, private and personal life. Mary becomes a universal presencethat accompanies the faithful on pilgrimage, in dreams, as holy visions, and as pictorialrepresentations in church space and domestic interiors. The first part of the volume traces thedevelopment of MarianContinue reading “New Publication: Marian Devotion in the Late Middle Ages. Image and Performance, Edited By Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, and Gerhard Jaritz”

New Publication: “Medieval Europe in Motion 3. The Circulation of Jurists, Legal Manuscripts and Artistic, Cultural and Legal Practices in Medieval Europe (13th-15th centuries)”. Introduction by M.J. Branco; Conclusions by M. Ascheri, Palermo, Officina di Studi Medievali, 2021

The knowledge of movement is of crucial importance in carrying out cultural and intellectual processes: it is not only a physical action but also a factor of communication and exchange which facilitates dialogue and interaction between different territories and cultures. The main objective of the essays in this volume is to analyse the phenomena ofContinue reading “New Publication: “Medieval Europe in Motion 3. The Circulation of Jurists, Legal Manuscripts and Artistic, Cultural and Legal Practices in Medieval Europe (13th-15th centuries)”. Introduction by M.J. Branco; Conclusions by M. Ascheri, Palermo, Officina di Studi Medievali, 2021″

New Publication: Arte y liturgia en los monasterios de dominicas en Castilla. Desde los orígenes hasta la reforma observante (1218-1506) by Mercedes Pérez Vidal

Art and liturgy in the Dominican female monasteries in Castile. From the beginnings to the Observant reform (1218-1506) In 1218, Saint Dominic founded in Madrid the second female monastery (after Prouilhe) of the Order of Preachers, and the first in the Iberian Peninsula. Coinciding with the 800th anniversary of the founder’s death in 1221, this longContinue reading “New Publication: Arte y liturgia en los monasterios de dominicas en Castilla. Desde los orígenes hasta la reforma observante (1218-1506) by Mercedes Pérez Vidal”

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Medieval Jobs

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Pre-Modern European Art History (Deadline 30 November 2021)

Texas Tech University welcomes applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track, with specialization in the pre-modern era (pre- 1600) that engages the artistic, visual, and material cultures of Europe in its intersectional encounters with the circum-Mediterranean, circum-Atlantic, or circum-Pacific. PhD and teaching experience with diverse student populations required. Click here to apply.

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Journal Publications

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Funding & Scholarships

PhD Funding: JB Trapp Scholarship and Rubinstein Scholarship, The Warburg Institute – Deadline 1st May 2021

The Warburg Institute offers two scholarships for MPhil and PhD students. Applications close on the 1st May 2021. The Institute has an excellent record in securing external funding, and is happy to work with prospective students on their funding applications. JB Trapp Scholarship  The JB Trapp Scholarship is open to international students who have been offeredContinue reading “PhD Funding: JB Trapp Scholarship and Rubinstein Scholarship, The Warburg Institute – Deadline 1st May 2021”

PhD Funding: MPhil or PhD in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and PhD Scholarships for Religious Mobilities, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Deadline: 26th April 2021

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne invites applications for six competitive PhD scholarships in connection with its new research project ‘Religious Mobilities: Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the World.’ A major new international research collaboration with partners in Leuven, London, Princeton, Stanford,Continue reading “PhD Funding: MPhil or PhD in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and PhD Scholarships for Religious Mobilities, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Deadline: 26th April 2021”

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Exhibitions & Art Fairs

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Resources

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”

Videos: ‘Persian Arts of the Book’ at the Bodleian Libraries

A series of five films celebrating the Bodleian Libraries’ Persian arts of the book conference (13-14 July). ‘Persian Arts of the Book’ gathers scholars from around the world with expert curators from Oxford and beyond to reflect on the Persian manuscript tradition.

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