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Online Lecture: University of Kent MEMS, Contemporary Portraiture & the Medieval Imagination, An Artist in Conversation with her Sitters: Lorna May Wadsworth, the Rt Rev & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams & Neil Gaiman, 29 October 2020, 6pm (GMT)

The Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent is excited to announce their up-coming seminar which is ‘Contemporary Portraiture & the Medieval Imagination, An Artist in Conversation with her Sitters’. Join portrait artist Lorna May Wadsworth with two of her former sitters the Rt Rev & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams & Neil Gaiman.

Fellowship: American Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, Capodimonte, Deadline: January 15th 2021

The Capodimonte Museum, Naples, Italy, September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022Application deadline: Jan 15, 2021 The American Friends of Capodimonte Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, 2021-2022 The American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) and the Museum and Royal Park of Capodimonte welcome applicants for a Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow funded by the AFC for the academic year commencing September 2021.Continue reading “Fellowship: American Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, Capodimonte, Deadline: January 15th 2021”

Online Lecture: ‘As We Heard from the Enemy Himself’: Intercultural Transmission in Early Medieval Armenia, lecture by Alison Vacca (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) October 21, 2020, 6:00–7:30 pm

University of Cambridge Byzantine Worlds Seminar via Zoom, October 21, 2020, 6:00–7:30 pm (UK)  Alison Vaca is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a historian of early Islam working on the caliphal provinces Armenia and Caucasian Albania. Her research explores intercultural transmission ofContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘As We Heard from the Enemy Himself’: Intercultural Transmission in Early Medieval Armenia, lecture by Alison Vacca (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) October 21, 2020, 6:00–7:30 pm”

Online Lecture: ‘Go Forth and Learn’ The Artist Joel Ben Simeon and a Newly Discovered Hebrew Manuscript, Fordham University & Les Enluminures, October 22, 1:00 PM (ET)

Watch a short video here to see an introduction to the newly discovered manuscript. Born in Germany, where he trained as an artist and scribe and from where he was probably expelled, Joel ben Simeon spent most of his itinerant career in the book arts in northern Italy.  We perhaps know more about him –Continue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Go Forth and Learn’ The Artist Joel Ben Simeon and a Newly Discovered Hebrew Manuscript, Fordham University & Les Enluminures, October 22, 1:00 PM (ET)”

Online Lecture: Dancing in the Streets: Urban Life in Medieval Constantinople, Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmingham), October 20, 2020, 7:00 pm

Professor Leslie Brubaker will give the 2020 SPBS Autumn Lecture “Dancing in the Streets – Urban Life in Medieval Constantinople” on Zoom on October 20, 2020 at 7pm. The lecture is organized in association with the Hellenic Society Leslie Brubaker is Professor of Byzantine Art and Director of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at University ofContinue reading “Online Lecture: Dancing in the Streets: Urban Life in Medieval Constantinople, Leslie Brubaker (University of Birmingham), October 20, 2020, 7:00 pm”

Conference: Raphael in Reproductions, Villa Vigoni, Loveno di Menaggio, November 16 – 18, 2020

If you are interested in participating digitally please send an email to:imorde@kunstgeschichte.uni-siegen.de The conference «Raphael in Reproductions» is intended to explore the reception of Raphaels œuvre in a global context. It tries to shed new light on the impact that «modern» reproductions had on the role Raphael played not only in national art histories butContinue reading “Conference: Raphael in Reproductions, Villa Vigoni, Loveno di Menaggio, November 16 – 18, 2020”

CFP: ‘Questioning the Crime of Witchcraft’, International Conference at the EHESS Paris, Deadline: 30 November 2020

In the last decades, the multiplications of works in the field of Witchcraft Studies made it possible to profoundly renew the approaches and the study designs of the repression of witchcraft in the late Middle Ages and in the beginning of the Early Modern Era. Consequently, research has substantially specified the methods and configurations (ideological,Continue reading “CFP: ‘Questioning the Crime of Witchcraft’, International Conference at the EHESS Paris, Deadline: 30 November 2020”

CFP: Fifteenth Conference of Iconographic Studies “Iconography and Religious Otherness”, Deadline: February 15, 2021

University of Rijeka (Croatia), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, June 10 – 11, 2021Deadline: Jan 15, 2021 The creation of Otherness is a process by which a dominant group (Self, Us) constructs one or more outer groups (Them, Others) by assigning them different features and attributes, real or imagined. This continuous process was not only directedContinue reading “CFP: Fifteenth Conference of Iconographic Studies “Iconography and Religious Otherness”, Deadline: February 15, 2021″

Fellowship: 2021–2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture, Deadline: November 6 2020

Fellowships at the Met are awarded to scholars in the fields of art history, archaeology, museum education, conservation, and related sciences, as well as scholars in other disciplines, whose dynamic and interdisciplinary projects require close study of objects in The Met collection. Fellowships at The Met are an opportunity for scholars from around the worldContinue reading “Fellowship: 2021–2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture, Deadline: November 6 2020”

Online Conference: Jewish Romance in the Middle Ages: Literature, Piety, and Cultural Translation, October 25, 2020 – 11:00am to 2:00pm (EST)

Register for this conference (link is external)Schedule and Biographies In the late Middle Ages, Jewish authors engaged with non-Jewish, vernacular literature to create new texts for Jewish audiences in a style that resembles medieval romance. Drawing on the popular vernacular stories of King Arthur, Alexander the Great, and heroic knights, some Jewish authors employed a variety of techniques to makeContinue reading “Online Conference: Jewish Romance in the Middle Ages: Literature, Piety, and Cultural Translation, October 25, 2020 – 11:00am to 2:00pm (EST)”

Virtual Tour: Center for the Study of Material & Visual Cultures of Religion, Mosque of Christ of the Light, Toledo with Dr Tom Nickson

MAVCOR – the Center for the Study of Material & Visual Cultures of Religion – is delighted to announce the first in a series of virtual tours of buildings around the world. The tour of the remarkable mosque of Christ of the Light in Toledo, Spain, is freely accessible at https://mavcor.yale.edu/material-objects/giga-project/christ-light-mosque-toledo. Users can explore the building in threeContinue reading “Virtual Tour: Center for the Study of Material & Visual Cultures of Religion, Mosque of Christ of the Light, Toledo with Dr Tom Nickson”

New Publication: Bridging the Past – Life in Medieval and Post-Medieval Southwark: Excavations along the route of Thameslink Borough Viaduct and at London Bridge Station by Amelia Fairman, Steven Teague and Jonathan Butler

Excavations for the Thameslink project at Borough Viaduct and London Bridge Station have provided important new insights into the development of Southwark from the Saxon period up to the 19th century. The landscape of islands and waterways that characterised Roman Southwark was transformed through the 1st and 2nd millennia AD, as new areas were reclaimedContinue reading “New Publication: Bridging the Past – Life in Medieval and Post-Medieval Southwark: Excavations along the route of Thameslink Borough Viaduct and at London Bridge Station by Amelia Fairman, Steven Teague and Jonathan Butler”

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Seminars and Lectures


Call for Papers

Call for Papers: International Conference – Handbook on the Later Crusades, Deadline: November 1 2020

[Image – Crusaders at the walls of Antioch, from the Histoire d’Outremer, Bruges, c. 1479–c.1480, Royal MS 15 E I, f. 101v ] In the last decades, research on the “Later Crusades” has increased significantly. As a result of this a new consensus among researchers has been reached which considers that the crusading movement did not stopContinue reading “Call for Papers: International Conference – Handbook on the Later Crusades, Deadline: November 1 2020”

Call for Papers: Transitioning Historic Houses to a Virtual Experience, Deadline: Nov 30, 2020

Image: Talbot House in Poperinge History Dis-placed: Transitioning Historic Houses to a Virtual Experience concentrates on the unique histories and challenges of house-museums. In addition to being historic landmarks, house-museums can be sites of civic engagement and reflection; centers for activism and cultural discourse; and places for public events and gatherings. In the digital age,Continue reading “Call for Papers: Transitioning Historic Houses to a Virtual Experience, Deadline: Nov 30, 2020”

CFP: 20th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies (University of Wisconsin-Madison 18-20 March 2021) Deadline for Submissions 30 November 2020

 The Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies invites abstracts from graduate students and recently graduated Masters students from all disciplines on any topic that is related to the Middle Ages.  Abstracts of 300 words, paper title, and a 1–2 page CV in one PDF are due Monday, November 30th, 2020 to vagantesboard@gmail.com.  Your anonymized submission will beContinue reading “CFP: 20th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies (University of Wisconsin-Madison 18-20 March 2021) Deadline for Submissions 30 November 2020”

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Conferences

Conference: Fourteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies – Iconography and Hagiography: Visualising Holiness, 15-16 October 2020

Center for Iconographic Studies – University of Rijeka, Société des Bollandistes and Hagiotheca Croatian Hagiography Society are organising the Fourteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies – Iconography and Hagiography: Visualizing Holiness on 15th and 16th October 2020.The range of literary sources that concern the saints has been immensely wide over the long period of timeContinue reading “Conference: Fourteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies – Iconography and Hagiography: Visualising Holiness, 15-16 October 2020”

CFP: ‘Sacred Scripted Images – The Iconic Presence of Script in Medieval Liturgical Space’ (Heidelberg, 20-22 Jan 2022), Deadline 13 November 2020

Inscribed artefacts in liturgical space, from apse mosaics to liturgical vessels, are not only evidence of the wide range of the use of script within the context of mass, but also testify to the presence of something written at a sacred place. “Presence”, here, is understood as a dynamic category, surpassing the act of readingContinue reading “CFP: ‘Sacred Scripted Images – The Iconic Presence of Script in Medieval Liturgical Space’ (Heidelberg, 20-22 Jan 2022), Deadline 13 November 2020”

CFP: ‘What does Animation mean in the Middle Ages? Theoretical and Historical Approaches’ (Bialystok, Poland, September 16 – 19 2021), Deadline April 1 2021

International conference organized by:A. Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art – Branch Campus in Bialystok, Poland and University of Bergen, Norway This conference is concerned with the agency and life of material objects and evolves around the investigation of two interlaced objectives. First, the project will shed light on understudied aspects of medieval visual culture,Continue reading “CFP: ‘What does Animation mean in the Middle Ages? Theoretical and Historical Approaches’ (Bialystok, Poland, September 16 – 19 2021), Deadline April 1 2021”

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New Publications

New Publication: The Matter of Piety – Zoutleeuw’s Church of Saint Leonard and Religious Material Culture in the Low Countries (c. 1450-1620) by Ruben Suykerbuyk

Studies in Netherlandish Art and Cultural History, Volume: 16 The Matter of Piety provides the first in-depth study of Zoutleeuw’s exceptionally well-preserved pilgrimage church in a comparative perspective, and revaluates religious art and material culture in Netherlandish piety from the late Middle Ages through the crisis of iconoclasm and the Reformation to Catholic restoration. Analyzing theContinue reading “New Publication: The Matter of Piety – Zoutleeuw’s Church of Saint Leonard and Religious Material Culture in the Low Countries (c. 1450-1620) by Ruben Suykerbuyk”

New Publication: Minding their Place – Space and Religious Hierarchy in Ibn al-Qayyim’s Aḥkām ahl al-dhimma by Antonia Bosanquet

Antonia Bosanquet’s Minding Their Place is the first full-length study of Ibn al-Qayyim’s (d. 751/1350) collection of rulings relating to non-Muslim subjects, Aḥkām ahl al-dhimma. It offers a detailed study of the structure, content and authorial method of the work, arguing that it represents the author’s personal composition rather than a synthesis of medieval rulings, as it hasContinue reading “New Publication: Minding their Place – Space and Religious Hierarchy in Ibn al-Qayyim’s Aḥkām ahl al-dhimma by Antonia Bosanquet”

New Publication: La Bouquechardière of Jean de Courcy-Critical Edition and Commentary by Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas

Jean de Courcy, lord of Bourg-Achard in Normandy, wrote la Bouquechardière at the beginning of the 15th century. In this broad, hitherto unpublished chronicle, he departs from the model of universal history, selecting above all the history of one part of the world: Greece and the European and Asian territories linked to it. His work offers aContinue reading “New Publication: La Bouquechardière of Jean de Courcy-Critical Edition and Commentary by Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas”

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Medieval Jobs

Jobs: Wellman Chair in Medieval History, UCLA – Deadline 1 November 2020

The UCLA History Department seeks a senior historian of any region of Europe (including the Byzantine world) focusing on any period from late antiquity to 1400. We are searching for a senior Associate or a Full Professor with a distinguished research and publication record, who is a leader in the field as well as aContinue reading “Jobs: Wellman Chair in Medieval History, UCLA – Deadline 1 November 2020”

Fellowship: Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship,CASVA – Deadline 15 November 2020

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) has announced the creation of the Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship—an appointment for two consecutive academic years. This fellowship will be offered every other year and was made possible through the generosity of Frederick W. Beinecke and his family in response toContinue reading “Fellowship: Beinecke Postdoctoral Fellowship,CASVA – Deadline 15 November 2020”

Job Alert: Project Manager, Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals, University of Cyprus – Deadline: 30 October 2020

The Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Cyprus has one opening for a Special Scientist (Administration Support Staff)to act as a Project Manager for the Twinning project: “Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals”(NetMAR), which is funded by the European Commission. The position is for 1 year with the possible renewalContinue reading “Job Alert: Project Manager, Network for Medieval Arts and Rituals, University of Cyprus – Deadline: 30 October 2020”

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Journal Publications

New Journal Issue: British Art Studies Journal- Elizabethan and Jacobean Miniature Paintings in Context, Issue 17 September 2020

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Yale Center for British Art published a new issue if the British Art Studies Journal last month. To view the full journal, please follow this link. The introductory article by Catherine MacLeod and Alexander Marr is included below. Introduction Article by Catharine MacLeod and Alexander Marr The essays inContinue reading “New Journal Issue: British Art Studies Journal- Elizabethan and Jacobean Miniature Paintings in Context, Issue 17 September 2020”

New Issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture

The Autumn 2020 issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture (Kenyon College) is out now. As always, online access to Peregrinations is free and available to all interested students and scholars. The current issue features articles highlighting shifts in medieval iconography and its various interpretations. Six book reviews are also included. To accessContinue reading “New Issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture”

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Funding & Scholarships

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Exhibitions & Art Fairs

Virtual Exhibition: Les Enluminures at Frieze Viewing Room – October 9 – 16, 2020

Les Enluminures have collaborated with Frieze to create a virtual showcase of selected medieval and early modern manuscripts and jewellery. Their public statement is detailed below: ‘Les Enluminures is delighted to participate in Frieze Viewing Room, which opens to the general public at 12pm BST this Friday October 9. Our Viewing Room will showcase a curated selectionContinue reading “Virtual Exhibition: Les Enluminures at Frieze Viewing Room – October 9 – 16, 2020”

Virtual Exhibition: Black Monuments Matter – A Virtual Exhibition of Sub-Saharan Architecture

Please visit the exhibition website for more information via the link below: https://black-monuments-matter.zamaniproject.org Organisers: Professor Stephane Pradines and Professor (emeritus) Dr. Heinz Rüther The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Zamani Project at the University of Cape Town are pleased to present the online exhibition “Black Monuments Matter”.  Black Monuments Matter recognises and highlightsContinue reading “Virtual Exhibition: Black Monuments Matter – A Virtual Exhibition of Sub-Saharan Architecture”

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Resources

Recorded Webinar: Race, Racism, and Teaching the Middle Ages

Recorded Webinar: Race, Racism, and Teaching the Middle Ages

On 20 July 2020, The Medieval Academy of America hosted the webinar Race, Racism, and Teaching in the Middle Ages. In the wake of recent events and ongoing racially motivated violence, there have been many institutional responses to raise awareness of race and racism in the U.S. and beyond. This webinar focused on pedagogy andContinue reading “Recorded Webinar: Race, Racism, and Teaching the Middle Ages”

Webinar: Medieval Freelancing 101, Resources for Independent Scholars

Webinar: Medieval Freelancing 101, Resources for Independent Scholars

The Medieval Academy of America announces a new webinar series that provides advice for independent scholars and those considering or in the process of pivoting to career paths beyond traditional academe. The series is sponsored jointly by the MAA Committee for Professional Development and CARA (Committee on Center and Regional Associations). Medievalists employed beyond theContinue reading “Webinar: Medieval Freelancing 101, Resources for Independent Scholars”

New Podcast: Modern Medieval

Hosted by Meaghan Allen and Eleanora Narbone, the podcast explores various connections between the modern world and the medieval, from pop culture references to marginalia details, Modern Medieval strives to bridge the gap of knowledge in a fun, engaging and accessible way.

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