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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”

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

Call for Papers: “Burials in the Mediterranean Middle Ages”, Minima Medievalia, Deadline 15 July 2022

The act of preparing the final resting place for the mortal remains of members of medieval communities is one of the practices that found many forms of material expression and countless artistic forms in the Mediterranean world. The most salient aspects of a person’s life could be recalled in evocative apparatuses, even very complex ones,Continue reading “Call for Papers: “Burials in the Mediterranean Middle Ages”, Minima Medievalia, Deadline 15 July 2022″

Prize: ICMA Annual Book Prize, Deadline 31 May 2022

The ICMA invites submissions for the annual prize for best single- or dual-authored book on any topic in medieval art. To be eligible for the 2022 competition, books must have been printed in 2021. No special issues of journals or anthologies or exhibition catalogues can be considered. The competition is international and open to allContinue reading “Prize: ICMA Annual Book Prize, Deadline 31 May 2022”

Call for Applications: Host the 23rd Annual Vagantes Conference in 2024, Deadline 31 August 2022

The Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies is now accepting applications for their 2024 host institution. The conference is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference focusing on the Middle Ages. It is entirely organized and run by graduate students. Vagantes is a unique opportunity to showcase the Medieval Studies community at your institution, as well as toContinue reading “Call for Applications: Host the 23rd Annual Vagantes Conference in 2024, Deadline 31 August 2022”

Job Opportunity: Part-time Research Assistant (Medieval Ukraine), Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University, Deadline 1 June 2022

The Index of Medieval Art invites applications for a four-month, remote, part-time research position to assist in incorporating key mosaics and paintings of medieval Kyiv into the Index database. This position is made possible by a 2022 Flash Grant from the Princeton University Humanities Council and consists of a $5,000 honorarium to be directed toContinue reading “Job Opportunity: Part-time Research Assistant (Medieval Ukraine), Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University, Deadline 1 June 2022”

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”

Call for Applications: Spring 2023 Research Residency in Naples, Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities “La Capraia” / The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project, deadline 30 June 2022

The Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities “La Capraia” (a partnership between the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte) and the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project invite applications for a Spring 2023 Research Residency in Naples that brings together art history,Continue reading “Call for Applications: Spring 2023 Research Residency in Naples, Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities “La Capraia” / The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project, deadline 30 June 2022”

Lecture: ‘Museums – Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality’, Paul Mellon Centre, Online, 12 May 2022, 6:00 BST

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/museums-britain-and-the-world-in-the-middle-ages-image-and-reality-tickets-287817458767 Roots and Routes: Medieval Art in the Global Museum This lecture will examine the role of display in shaping our ideas about the medieval period. By looking at permanent collections alongside important recent exhibitions, we address the following questions: How do we communicate a shared Roman heritage for Islam, Judaism andContinue reading “Lecture: ‘Museums – Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality’, Paul Mellon Centre, Online, 12 May 2022, 6:00 BST”

Lecture: ‘Movement – Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality’, Paul Mellon Centre, Online, 5 May 2022, 6:00 BST

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/movement-britain-and-the-world-in-the-middle-ages-image-and-reality-tickets-287813807847 The movement of art objects both into and out of medieval Britain was significant not only in itself, but because of the impact that those imported objects had. In my lecture I hone in on a remarkable group of English tiles, called the Chertsey tiles, and their extraordinary textual inscriptions, asContinue reading “Lecture: ‘Movement – Britain and the World in the Middle Ages: Image and Reality’, Paul Mellon Centre, Online, 5 May 2022, 6:00 BST”

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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Call for Papers

Call for Papers: ‘The History and Historiography of Fashion(s)’, Perspective: Actualité en histoire de l’art (Deadline 16th May 2022)

Two complementary definitions of fashion emerge and these underlie the two approaches that this issue of Perspective seeks to develop: the first aims to determine formal changes in dress and variations in the laws of appearances, while the second conceives of a single, cyclical renewal of taste that inspires customs and thus goes far beyond items of clothing and their accessories.

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Medieval Jobs

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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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