Upcoming lectures: London Society for Medieval Studies (Summer Term 2018)

List of upcoming lectures with the London Society for Medieval Studies

Venue: Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Tuesdays 19:00

Chair: Stephen Spencer (stephen.spencer@sas.ac.uk)

Joint secretaries: Ella Kilgallon

Treasurer: Giorgio Lizzul

Committee: Ella Kilgallon, Anaïs Waag, Helen Rampton, Emma Knowles, Calum Cockburn, Karel Fraaije

Summer Term 2018

17 April 19:00 – The Royal Anglo-Saxon Burials of Winchester  – Barbara Yorke (University of Winchester), IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

1 May 19:00 – Domesticating the Devil: The Early Medieval Contexts of Aldhelm’s Cat Riddle – Megan Cavell (University of Birmingham), Room G7, Ground Floor

15 May 19:00 – “Structuring the Sacred”: considering framing, space and place on the Easby Cross – Meg Boulton (University of York), IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

29 May 19:00 – Is it all about the money? Joan of Navarre and the economic element of queenship  – Elena Woodacre (University of Winchester), IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

12 June 19:00 – London Society for Medieval Studies TBC, Room 246, Second Floor

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Workshop: Art and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650) (23 April 18)

2nd International Workshop:
Art and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650)

Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, April 23, 2018

Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods. Their dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal territories. Such efforts include architecture, both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court portraiture, and historiography. The advent of the Monarchia Hispanica under Habsburg rule required careful elaborations of national, religious, racial, and gender identities, across a mosaic of multilingual and multiethnic populations. This second workshop aims to highlight some of these strategies, and to consolidate a forum for discussion of further research avenues, under the guidance of scholars from Spanish and American universities. It is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, and University of Valencia.

16.00 Welcome, opening remarks and panel.
Panelists:
– Replicating the Royal Image: Philip III’s portrait at Harvard Art Museums.
Cristina Morilla, Associate Paintings Conservator, Harvard Art Museums.

– Alliance, Emulation and Competition in the Habsburg Netherlands: The Case of a 16th-Century Alabaster Funerary Monument in Heverlee.
Jessie Park, Rousseau Curatorial Fellow in European Art, Harvard Art Museums.

– Sofonisba Anguissola’s Self-Portraiture, from Court Propaganda to Meta-Artistic Sign. Jorge Sebastián Lozano, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Valencia; Research Fellow, Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University.

17.30 Q & A
Discussion moderated by Prof. Felipe Pereda, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Spanish Art, Harvard University.

Location:
RCC Conference Room
26 Trowbridge St.
Cambridge, MA

Free registration. Please RSVP at
https://rcc.harvard.edu/event/2nd-international-workshop-art-and-court-cultures-iberian-world-1400-1650

CFP: Crossing Rivers in Byzantium and Beyond (Vienna, 2-3 Nov 18) (Deadline 1 June 18)

Crossing Rivers in Byzantium and Beyond

Department of Art History, University of Vienna, 02. – 03.11.2018
Deadline: Jun 1, 2018

“It is always dramatic to cross a frontier, even though the frontier is only a brook”
(V. S. Pritchett, Geographical Magazine, December, 1942)

This workshop is organized as part of the project “Byzantine Stone Bridges: Material Evidence and Cultural Meaning,” managed by Dr. Galina Fingarova at the Department of Art History of the University of Vienna. It is generously funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Elise-Richter-Program. For further information, see http://bridges.univie.ac.at/.

This project focuses on a long-overlooked aspect of architectural and cultural history – Byzantine stone bridges. It investigates the particularities of this type of architectural monuments built from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries on territories under imperial Byzantine rule. It addresses the following enquiries: 1) reconstructing the
significance of Byzantine stone bridges in the context of architectural history by analyzing the structural and technical innovations that are evident in the preserved monuments; and 2) understanding the importance of bridges as sources for a Byzantine cultural and social history, in particular, on a political, symbolic, and metaphorical level.

This workshop will expand on the project’s research questions and methodological approaches by placing these in a broader context. The workshop encourages an interdisciplinary discourse on the unique characteristic of rivers to define territories and boundaries and on their crossing as a means of connection in a real and figurative sense. It seeks to transcend both the territorial and chronological limits of the Byzantine Empire.

Confirmed Keynote: Professor Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

Scholars working in the fields of Roman, Late Antique, Byzantine, Medieval, Ottoman, and Middle Eastern Studies
are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers connected with but not limited to the following topics:
• Riverine landscapes;
• River crossings as political, social, military, or commercial events;
• Urban and rural communities on and along rivers;
• Architectural and engineering achievements in hydrology;
• Ford and ferry;
• Pontoon, wooden, and stone bridges;
• Related structures such as aqueducts, mills, etc.;
• Mythological and religious aspects of river crossings;
• Emotional experiences at or traversing rivers.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, including a title and an abstract, together with a short CV to Dr. Galina Fingarova (galina.fingarova@univie.ac.at) by June 1, 2018.

CFP: Studienkurs des Warburg-Hauses: Medialitaet des Sakralen (Hamburg, 24-28 Sep 18) (deadline: 7/05/18)

CFP: Studienkurs des Warburg-Hauses: Medialitaet des Sakralen (Hamburg, 24-28 Sep 18)

Hamburg, Warburg-Haus, 24. – 28.09.2018
Deadline: May 7, 2018

Call for Papers

Medialität des Sakralen:
Bilder und Vermittlungsstrategien des Heiligen in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit

Studienkurs des Warburg-Hauses
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt und Lena Marschall, M.A., Universität Hamburg

Wird die Welt in getrennten Sphären von Diesseits und Jenseits, von Göttlichem und Kreatürlichem gedacht, bedarf es Strukturen der Vermittlung. Medialität ist deshalb in den letzten Jahren von den Kulturwissenschaften und der Theologie als zentraler Aspekt des Christentums herausgearbeitet worden. Christus und die Heiligen sind Medien im Sinne der Vermittlungsstrukturen zwischen der Menschheit und Gott. Das Heilige kann in seiner sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Konkretisierung – etwa in Form heiliger Orte, Objekte, Reliquien etc. – zum Medium werden. Gleichzeitig bedarf das Heilige selbst der Vermittlung: Denn der Mensch ist, wie etwa Gregor des Großen es formuliert, durch den Sündenfall so stumpf geworden, dass er das Göttliche nur über Hilfsmittel wie die sinnliche Vorstellung erkennen kann.

Hier kommt das Bild ins Spiel. Über die Präsenz des Heiligen in oder gleichsam hinter den Bildern ist in der Kunstwissenschaft viel gesprochen worden; über die medialen Funktionen von Bildern in Hinblick auf das Heilige noch nicht genug. Das ist nun Ziel des diesjährigen Studienkurses des Warburg-Hauses. Denkbare Aspekte könnten dabei sein:

– Bilder vervielfältigen / verbreiten Heiliges
– neue Bildmedien vermitteln Heiliges
– Bilder und heilige Orte / heilige Objekte
– die Körper der Heiligen – unsichtbar, sichtbar
– die Sakramente (als media salutis) und das Medium des Bildes
– Bilder thematisieren Vermittlungsprozesse zwischen dem Menschlichen und Göttlichen
– Reformationen der Vermittlungsfunktion von Bildern

Diese Punkte sind nur als Anregungen und Vorschläge zu verstehen.

Der jährlich im Warburg-Haus stattfindende Studienkurs, der gemeinsam vom Kunstgeschichtlichen Seminar der Universität Hamburg und der Aby-Warburg-Stiftung veranstaltet wird, bietet ein Forum für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler (http://www.warburg-haus.de/). Wir versprechen uns vom genius loci Motivation und Inspiration.

Erwünscht sind Bewerbungen von fortgeschrittenen Studierenden oder AbsolventInnen der Kunstgeschichte oder eines einschlägigen Bereichs der Kulturwissenschaften, die im weit gefassten thematischen Feld des Studienkurses eine Master- oder Doktorarbeit begonnen oder kürzlich abgeschlossen haben. Fortgeschrittene Studierende im Haupt- bzw. Masterstudium, die ein einschlägiges und konkretes Interesse entwickelt haben, sind ebenfalls eingeladen, sich zu bewerben. Die TeilnehmerInnen stellen in einem 30-minütigen Beitrag ihr Forschungsthema oder einen einschlägigen Aspekt vor. Intensive Diskussion und Austausch über diese Beiträge, über ausgewählte Aspekte des Rahmenthemas und einschlägige Texte soll im Mittelpunkt stehen. Außerdem ist eine eintägige Exkursion vorgesehen. Diskussionssprache des Studienkurses ist Deutsch, Nicht-MuttersprachlerInnen können ihre eigenen Beiträge jedoch auch in Englisch vortragen. Die Kosten für die Anreise (2. Klasse) und Unterbringung im Doppelzimmer trägt die Aby-Warburg-Stiftung.

Bewerbungen zur Teilnahme können in Deutsch oder Englisch verfasst sein und sollen die folgenden Unterlagen enthalten (alles in einem zusammenhängenden PDF):

1. Tabellarischer Lebenslauf
2. Kurze Skizze eines Vortragsthemas und Darlegung der Motivation für die Teilnahme (zusammen max. 500 Wörter)
2. Angabe der ungefähren Fahrtkosten

Die Bewerbungen sind bis zum 7. Mai 2018 zu richten an:
Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt und Lena Marschall, M.A.,
unter der E-Mail-Adresse: lena.marschall@uni-hamburg.de

CFP: ‘Hurt and healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’ – 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham) (deadline 21st April 2018)

Hurt and Healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’.

The 19th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium

2nd June 2018

The Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

The concepts of hurt, trauma and healing cross between the different disciplines that deal with Eastern Mediterranean. The colloquium aims to explore transformations and multifarious dimensions of the notions of trauma and wreckage, and their opposition, healing, from the Late Antiquity to the Present.

Whilst serving as antitheses to one another they are also complementary. After destruction and breakage, comes the need for repair. However, when a broken textile’s ripped edges are joined again, the visible seam signifies the damage that has happened. Trauma and healing are key concepts in medicine, psychology, and sociology. However, political ideology has constantly used them in order to justify the rising and the existence of authoritarian regimes. In the past, medicine, saints, and magic offered different ways for healing the body and the soul. The current aim of restoration practices is to heal remnants of cultural heritage after damage and to prevent damage with appropriate conservation strategies.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Healing power of saints and healing people in society;
  • Medicine and magic;
  • Cultural heritage and material culture: restoration and preservation practices, as well as preventive actions for the preservation;
  • The individual aspects of trauma, especially in relation to the politics of gender, sexuality, class, race, and identity (sexual abuse, domestic violence, shame and fear, death and mourning or melancholia);
  • Collective experiences of trauma (war, genocide, terrorism, victims and perpetrators, practices of memory and oblivion);
  • Migration from the Late Antiquity to the current migration crisis and harrowing events in refugee camps;
  • Public health and medical, therapeutic approaches to illnesses and trauma;
  • Texts and images related to medical practices

Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Saturday 21st April 2018 to 2018cbomgscolloquium@gmail.com.  Applicants will be notified of selection by 28th April 2018.

 

For more information click here: https://cbomgs2018colloquium.wordpress.com/

CFP: ‘Yours, Mine, Ours: Multi-Use Spaces in the Middle Ages’ for Society of Architectural Historians: 72nd Annual International Conference (deadline for abstracts 5th June 2018)

Yours, Mine, Ours: Multi-Use Spaces in the Middle Ages

Medieval buildings and spaces were not always used for a single purpose: very often they were used for multiple activities or by diverse stakeholders. Sometimes this sharing of space was successful and mutually beneficial. Alternatively, the use of a space in multiple ways or by different groups could be frustrating at best and deeply antagonistic at worst. This panel is dedicated to these mixed-use spaces, from the smallest vernacular dwellings to the largest castles and cathedrals.

The benefits and challenges of sharing space were perhaps most acute in smaller structures, such as parish churches or minor monasteries. For example, a monastic church might accommodate local laity if a convenient parish church was not available. Such sharing allowed lay and monastic worshipers to pool architectural and clerical resources in an economical fashion. Monumental buildings and complexes could also be called upon to serve the needs of the larger community, even as they maintained a daily routine for their primary constituents. For example, a castle precinct could serve both a residential population and members of the public—with clearly enforced rules of access. Shared space raises questions of power, privilege, diplomacy, and financial responsibility.

This session invites proposals which analyze the multiple uses of religious, civic, and / or private structures and spaces throughout medieval Europe. Particular consideration will be given to presentations which address the participation of non-elites in otherwise elite spaces; clues to their presence may be discovered in the textual record, landscape, or the building fabric itself. In acknowledging the participation of multiple communities within specific structures, we invite presenters to complicate accepted interpretations of the medieval built environment.

Session Chairs: Meg Bernstein, UCLA, and Dr. Catherine E. Hundley, Architectural Historian.

Deadline for Abstracts: 5th June 2018

Abstracts to be submitted here:
Society of Architectural Historians: 72nd Annual International Conference
April 24-28, 2019 | Providence, Rhode Island

The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 24-28, 2019. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture and landscape of Providence and nearby areas. The conference will include 37 paper sessions, roundtable and panel discussions, architecture tours, workshops, networking receptions, special events, and more.

More information here: http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/2019-conference—providence?utm_source=CFP&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SAH2019

New Job: Curator of Medieval Manuscripts (deadline 30th April 2018)

Curator of Medieval Manuscripts

University of Oxford – Bodleian Libraries, Special Collections, Weston Library

We are seeking a Curator of Medieval Western Manuscripts to work in the Weston Library, the home of the Bodleian’s Special Collections. You will carry out a full range of curatorial activities and duties, including creating catalogue descriptions of medieval manuscripts, and contributing to the future development of the online catalogue. You will be answering enquiries and supervising the reading rooms; supporting all aspects of teaching and learning with manuscripts and carrying out research on the collections, you will also assist with exhibitions and public engagement activities, participating in acquisitions work, and supporting fundraising initiatives.

You will have an honours degree and a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic achievement; experience of cataloguing medieval manuscripts and of electronic cataloguing systems, along with a reading knowledge of Latin and a paleographical skills in the reading of medieval books and charters, and an ability to communicate about medieval manuscripts with a broad range of people is essential, along with a commitment both to the care of the collections and to a high level of service to readers. Relevant curatorial experience and experience of manuscript digitalisation and other relevant projects in the digital humanities is desirable.

This is a permanent, full-time post.

Benefits include 38 days leave (including bank holidays and fixed closures), a generous pension scheme, extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts.

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. Your application cannot be considered unless you upload a CV and a supporting statement.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday on Monday 30 April 2018 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Apply and see more information here: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=133073