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CFP: ‘Fragmented Illuminations’ online symposium, The V&A, early July 2022, deadline: 6 March 2022

With over 2,000 manuscript cuttings, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London holds one of the largest collections of this kind in the world. Cut out of Italian, Germanic, Netherlandish, French, Spanish, and English manuscripts, they range from the 12th to the 18th century, with a wealth of 15th- and 16th-century examples. They vary inContinue reading “CFP: ‘Fragmented Illuminations’ online symposium, The V&A, early July 2022, deadline: 6 March 2022”

Scholarship: Belle Da Costa Greene Award, The Medieval Academy of America, deadline: 15 February 2022

The Medieval Academy of America will award the Belle Da Costa Greene Award of $2,000 annually to a medievalist of color for research and travel. The award may be used to visit archives, attend conferences, or to facilitate writing and research.  Special consideration will be given to graduate students, emerging junior scholars, adjunct, and unaffiliatedContinue reading “Scholarship: Belle Da Costa Greene Award, The Medieval Academy of America, deadline: 15 February 2022”

CFP: ‘Passions and the Mystical: between Affecting and Being Affected’, International Conference, Nijmegen, Titus Brandsma Institute, 1-2 December 2022, deadline: 18 March 2022

It is a pleasure to invite you to Passions and the Mystical: between Affecting and Being Affected. Theconference is jointly organized by the Mystical Theology Network (MTN) and the Titus BrandsmaInstitute of the Radboud University (TBI) and will take place in Nijmegen on 1-2 December, 2022.The aim of this conference is to bring together theologians,Continue reading “CFP: ‘Passions and the Mystical: between Affecting and Being Affected’, International Conference, Nijmegen, Titus Brandsma Institute, 1-2 December 2022, deadline: 18 March 2022”

New Open Access Publication: ‘Shrines in a Fluid Space: The Shaping of New Holy Sites in the Ionian Islands, the Peloponnese and Crete under Venetian Rule (14th-16th Centuries)’, by Argyri Dermitzaki, Mediterranean Art Histories, volume 6. Brill, 2021.

In Shrines in a Fluid Space: The Shaping of New Holy Sites in the Ionian Islands, the Peloponnese and Crete under Venetian Rule (14th-16th Centuries), Argyri Dermitzaki reconstructs the devotional experiences within the Greek realm of the Venetian Stato da Mar of Western European pilgrims sailing to Jerusalem. The author traces the evolution of the variousContinue reading “New Open Access Publication: ‘Shrines in a Fluid Space: The Shaping of New Holy Sites in the Ionian Islands, the Peloponnese and Crete under Venetian Rule (14th-16th Centuries)’, by Argyri Dermitzaki, Mediterranean Art Histories, volume 6. Brill, 2021.”

CFP: ‘Transitions’, Postgraduate Conference 2022, University of Bristol and online, 29-30 April 2022, deadline: 28 February 2022

After the success of the 2021 ‘Rules and Regulations’ and ‘Disruption’ Conference, the committee for the Centre for Medieval Studies Postgraduate Conference invites you to yet another highly topical conference in the longest-standing medievalist PGR conference series: the 2022 Transitions Conference. The principle of transition management in our global pandemic has become a highly relevant approachContinue reading “CFP: ‘Transitions’, Postgraduate Conference 2022, University of Bristol and online, 29-30 April 2022, deadline: 28 February 2022”

Job opportunity: Copy editor for Gesta, deadline 15 February 2022

The academic journal Gesta, published by the University of Chicago Press for the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), seeks to retain an independent contractor for a position as copy editor to work closely with the coeditors of the journal on the copyediting and proofreading of two issues per year (with four or five articles totalingContinue reading “Job opportunity: Copy editor for Gesta, deadline 15 February 2022”

Online lecture: ‘Slavery and the pursuit of freedom in later medieval Mediterranean Europe’, Daniel Lord Smail, 20 January 2022, 5.30pm (GMT)

The IHR Seminar Europe 1150-1550 team is delighted to announce that Professor Daniel Lord Smail (Harvard) will speak this Thursday, 20th January at 17.30, on ‘Slavery and the pursuit of freedom in later medieval Mediterranean Europe.’ Daniel Lord Smail is Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of History at Harvard University, where he works on the history andContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘Slavery and the pursuit of freedom in later medieval Mediterranean Europe’, Daniel Lord Smail, 20 January 2022, 5.30pm (GMT)”

Online lecture: ‘The King’s Rollodex’, by Sonja Drimmer, Bard Graduate Center’s The Global Middle Ages Seminar, 9 February 2022, 12.15pm (ET) / 5.15pm (GMT)

Sonja Drimmer will present Bard Graduate Center’s The Global Middle Ages Seminar on Wednesday, February 9, at 12.15pm (ET)/5:15pm (GMT). Her online talk is entitled “The King’s Rollodex.” A persistent myth in the history of the book in the west is that the roll gave way to the codex. This idea is often encountered inContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘The King’s Rollodex’, by Sonja Drimmer, Bard Graduate Center’s The Global Middle Ages Seminar, 9 February 2022, 12.15pm (ET) / 5.15pm (GMT)”

CFP: ‘Philosophical Perspectives on Medieval Theories of Science’, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 27-28 September 2022, deadline: 14 February 2022

‘Medieval science’ is a fascinating object of study, both when viewed as a historical precondition of the rise of ‘modern science’, and when studied because its instances provide important examples of significantly different, yet highly sophisticated ways of thinking. However, those who wish to study particular instances of ‘medieval science’ in light of general philosophicalContinue reading “CFP: ‘Philosophical Perspectives on Medieval Theories of Science’, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 27-28 September 2022, deadline: 14 February 2022”

CFP: ‘Geographical Mobility and Cultural Itineraries During the Late Middle Ages’, International Congress, Universitat de Girona, 20-22 April 2022, deadline: 23 January 2022

Western medieval civilization was a highly intertwined society. Following the 12th century, which saw the flourishing and the peak of a powerful civic and mercantile bourgeoisie, and the progressive increase of the laity’s training needs, various phenomena extended and increased the communications networks and routes that linked different territories of Western Europe. This included the proliferationContinue reading “CFP: ‘Geographical Mobility and Cultural Itineraries During the Late Middle Ages’, International Congress, Universitat de Girona, 20-22 April 2022, deadline: 23 January 2022”

Job opportunity: Head of World Collections, Cambridge University Libraries, deadline: 31 January 2022

A unique position has arisen to develop strategy, curate and lead the service offering for research collections at Cambridge University Libraries (CUL). CUL is now recruiting to the new role of Head of World Collections to lead the curation and strategic development of a key area of its collections and activities. Reporting within the ResearchContinue reading “Job opportunity: Head of World Collections, Cambridge University Libraries, deadline: 31 January 2022”

Online lecture: ‘The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 Years On’ by Professor Penny Roberts, The Twelfth Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History, 17 January 2022, 6pm (GMT)

The Society for the Study of French History (SSFH) and The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) presents the twelfth annual Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History. Professor Penny Roberts (University of Warwick) will give a paper entitled ‘The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 years on’. Professor Roberts is Vice-ProvostContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 Years On’ by Professor Penny Roberts, The Twelfth Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History, 17 January 2022, 6pm (GMT)”

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Seminars and Lectures

Online lecture: ‘The Limits of Alterity in Ashkenazic Manuscripts’, Professor Elina Gertsman, 26 January 2022, 5pm (GMT)

The Research Forum at The Courtauld is delighted to host the online lecture ‘The Limits of Alterity in Ashkenazic Manuscripts’, presented by Professor Elina Gertsman, on 26 January 2022 between 5pm and 6.30pm GMT. Professor Gertsman’s paper focuses on the woefully understudied Hammelburg Mahzor (Darmstadt, HLH Cod. Or. 13), a Jewish festival book completed inContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘The Limits of Alterity in Ashkenazic Manuscripts’, Professor Elina Gertsman, 26 January 2022, 5pm (GMT)”

Online lecture: ‘Orality – Literacy – Digitality: Medieval Perspectives on the Digital Age’, by Torsten Hiltmann, IHR European History 1150-1550 lecture series, 13 January 2022, 5.30pm (GMT)

The first of the IHR European History 1150-1550 seminars 2022 will take place on 13 January 2022, between 5.30 and 7pm GMT. Professor Torsten Hiltmann (FU Berlin) will deliver the paper ‘Orality – Literacy – Digitality: Medieval Perspectives on the Digital Age.’ This talk argues that, rather than the invention of the printing press, theContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘Orality – Literacy – Digitality: Medieval Perspectives on the Digital Age’, by Torsten Hiltmann, IHR European History 1150-1550 lecture series, 13 January 2022, 5.30pm (GMT)”

Online Lecture: ‘The Martial Maid’: Armored Women in the European Imaginary’, 8 Jan 2022 @ 2PM EST

‘The Martial Maid’: Armored Women in the European Imaginary – online lecture by Dr. Chassica (Chaz) Kirchhoff, Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm EST Armor is a category of material and visual culture that was inextricably linked to constructions and performances of masculinityContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘The Martial Maid’: Armored Women in the European Imaginary’, 8 Jan 2022 @ 2PM EST”

Lecture: Leah R. Clark, Fit for the Gods: Chinese Porcelain in Duke Alfonso d’Este’s camerini (The Murray Seminars, Birkbeck) 12 Jan 2022

Wed 12th January 2022, 5:00 PM, GMT A research paper exploring the intersections between Renaissance ‘fine art’ and material culture. Giovanni Bellini’s Feast of the Gods is well known as one of the earliest representations of Chinese porcelain in Italy. Painted for one of the famed camerini of Duke Alfonso d’Este of Ferrara and later repainted by a compatriot,Continue reading “Lecture: Leah R. Clark, Fit for the Gods: Chinese Porcelain in Duke Alfonso d’Este’s camerini (The Murray Seminars, Birkbeck) 12 Jan 2022”

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)”

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Call for Papers

CFP: ‘Scientific Recreation / Recreational Science in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, 15-16 July 2022, University College London, deadline 31 March 2022

This two-day conference, funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at UCL, exploits the ambiguous meaning of the term “recreation” to bring together two important but disparate themes in the current scholarship of medieval and early modern recipe literature: the experimental turn centred the reproduction of scientific, craft, and household recipes, and studies highlightingContinue reading “CFP: ‘Scientific Recreation / Recreational Science in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, 15-16 July 2022, University College London, deadline 31 March 2022”

CFP: ‘Thresholds: Concepts of Rupture, Change and Adaptation’, UCD Humanities Institute PhD Conference, 25 March 2022, deadline: 15 February 2022

The UCD Humanities Institute PhD Conference will take place as a hybrid online and in-person conference at the UCD O’Brien Centre, Theatre E, Dublin, on 25 March 2022. The keynote speaker is Professor Caroline Bassett, University of Cambridge, Faculty of English, Director of Cambridge Digital Humanities. The changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic haveContinue reading “CFP: ‘Thresholds: Concepts of Rupture, Change and Adaptation’, UCD Humanities Institute PhD Conference, 25 March 2022, deadline: 15 February 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”

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Conferences

Conference: Power, Patronage, and Production: Book Arts from Central Europe (ca. 800–1500) in American Collections, 13-15 January 2022

Princeton University Department of Art & Archaeology Conference, January 13–15, 2022 From October 15, 2021–January 23, 2022, the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York hosts an exhibition ten years in the making: Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800–1500. The exhibition presents material that has never beforeContinue reading “Conference: Power, Patronage, and Production: Book Arts from Central Europe (ca. 800–1500) in American Collections, 13-15 January 2022”

Invitation to Workshop: ‘History in a Time of Polarization’, Saturday 11 December, 12pm-3:20pm EST

Presented by The Medievalist Toolkit This virtual workshop brings together professionals from fields that deal with the violent far-right. Hate groups’ recruitment has consistently drawn from memories of the medieval past, and in recent years this effort has grown, particularly online. Scholars, social workers, and journalists all have unique viewpoints on this issue, but rarelyContinue reading “Invitation to Workshop: ‘History in a Time of Polarization’, Saturday 11 December, 12pm-3:20pm EST”

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: ‘Medieval Art at the Intersection of Visuality and Material Culture. Studies in the ‘Semantics of Vision’’ edited by Raphaèle Preisinger

ISBN 978-2-503-58153-8 More Info: https://bit.ly/3qewnOF By according equal importance to theoretical accounts of vision and cultural practices of seeing, the articles in this book contribute to the ongoing shift in the fields of art history and medieval history from considerations of vision to those of visuality. Over the last two decades the historiography of medieval art hasContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Medieval Art at the Intersection of Visuality and Material Culture. Studies in the ‘Semantics of Vision’’ edited by Raphaèle Preisinger”

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”

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”

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Medieval Jobs

Fellowships: Six RECEPTIO postdoctoral fellowships in codicology, 2022-2023 (deadline 1 February 2022)

RECEPTIO, the Research Centre for European Philological Tradition (Lugano/London), announces six fellowships for its training course for codicologists who are looking to work in auction houses and antiquarian bookshops. RECEPTIO is the only research centre in Europe that combines codicological and philological research with the labour market, training codicologists to work for auction houses andContinue reading “Fellowships: Six RECEPTIO postdoctoral fellowships in codicology, 2022-2023 (deadline 1 February 2022)”

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)”

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

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.”

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: 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”

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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”

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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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