Monthly Archives: February 2014

UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Medieval languages of persuasion

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UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: Medieval languages of persuasion, 13:15 – 13:55 13 March 2014

Darwin Lecture Theatre, access via Malet Place | Darwin Building

Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Admission: FREE

Ticketing: Open

Dr Antonio Sennis, UCL History

Divine letters, supernatural visions and apocalyptic curses were often successfully employed by medieval clerics to persuade their counterparts to do what they wanted them to do. This lecture will explore how these tools of persuasion responded to a Medieval cultural logic.

“FLAWS” – Medieval Research Conference, University College London

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“FLAWS” – Medieval Research Conference

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London Medieval Graduate Network, UCL, 29th May 2014

The London Medieval Graduate Network welcomes submissions for research papers on “Flaws” for its 2014 annual conference, hosted by UCL. This inter-disciplinary conference examines how deliberate or mistaken defects, errors, limitations and imperfections have been perceived across the medieval period.

Flaws are something all researchers have to deal with; from flaws in our source material, to flaws in the approaches and theories we use. The late twentieth century witnessed a concerted effort from within the medieval discipline to challenge not only our theoretical approaches but also the validity of our disciplines themselves. These challenges encouraged researchers to be aware of the limitations of their evidence as well as mindful of the choices they make within their own research. As postgraduates and young researchers we are more aware than ever of the flaws which we face. We hope that this theme will give scope for the discussion of newer areas of medieval study, such as considerations of materiality, the built environment and psychological analyses, whilst also allow us to consider new approaches to more traditional discussions of the text, narratives and institutions.

Professor John Arnold (Birbeck) will give a keynote talk entitled, ‘Flaws in Medieval Belief.’

LMGN seeks to promote conversations and collaborations among medievalists in and beyond the London network. Following the success of last year’s conference, “In the Beginning”, hosted by King’s College, we are excited to invite proposals for 20-minute papers in any aspect of our theme of flaws. Submissions are open to postgraduate and early career researchers working in all medieval periods or academic disciplines.

Topics could include but are not limited to:

 Considerations of what flaws are and whether our conception of them changes over time

 Flaws in medieval source material

 Lost, damaged and concealed objects

 Imperfections in the built environment

 Flaws in our approach to the medieval past

 Sin, erring and the dichotomies of right and wrong

 Abstractions of behaviour from what was considered ‘ideal’ or ‘correct’

 Flaws in government and the consequences of ‘bad rule’

 Flaws in religious understanding and thinking

 Punishments for perceived flaws

 How legal systems or authorities address and correct flaws and imperfections in behaviour

 Flaws and imperfections in art, manuscript illustrations and marginalia

 Differentiating creativity and originality from error

 Intentionality of flaws and errors

 False attributions, past and present, of sources, influences or textual authorities

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Please send your abstract together with a short biographical note to londonmedgradnetwork@gmail.com by March 24th 2014.

See here for flyer: LMGN Conference

Call for papers: Eating Anatolia: Remembered Histories and Forgotten Foods

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First we eat, then we do everything else.”  – MFK Fisher

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art is pleased to announce “Eating Anatolia: Remembered Histories and Forgotten Foods,” its second annual Graduate Student Symposium, May 3rd, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Few aspects of our shared human experience are more fundamental than food.  The act of preparing, serving and eating food in both historic and contemporary contexts spans low and high culture, encompassing social and cultural practices. Food functions as utility and pleasure, exposing social dynamics between producers and consumers and the wealth of material and cultural references that can be drawn from these interactions.  In its breadth and diversity, the topic presents a provocative opportunity to examine this most basic feature of history from a multi-disciplinary perspective, remembering that there is no single narrative to explain the story of food over time.

This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of topics, areas and periods as they relate to food and food production in Anatolia and its surrounding regions, including agriculture, feasting, cooking methods and technologies, and food culture manifested in migration and exchange.  Fellow graduate students are encouraged to consider alternative perspectives and how they contribute to a richer understanding of food-related practices and implications in Anatolia from the earliest prehistory until the end of the Ottoman Empire.

All graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by March 6, 2014 to arhasymposium@gmail.com

For other questions contact arhasymposium@gmail.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/ARHAsymposium.

Encompassing Anatolia and its surrounding regions, suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Food production and agriculture
  • Domestication of crops and animals
  • Wine and viticulture
  • Tools and technologies
  • Hunting and/or cooking tools
  • Cooking methods
  • Preservation
  • Ingredients, recipes and diets
  • Spices and their distribution
  • Feasting and rituals
  • Visual or textual representation of food
  • Migration and trade
  • Food and preparation methods as cultural heritage and intangible heritage
  • Architecture as related to food production, distribution and consumption
  • Tea and Coffee traditions and culture

The Infidel before the Judge: Navigating Justice Systems in Multiconfessional Medieval Europe by Professor John Tolan,

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Lecture: The Infidel before the Judge: Navigating Justice Systems in Multiconfessional Medieval Europe by Professor John Tolan, Université de Nantes

Friday, 14th March 2014, 3-5 PM

SOAS, University of London, Department of History

Main Building, room 4426

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG

For further inquiries contact: kh20@soas.ac.uk

All are welcome

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art or Architectural History

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Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University Applications are invited for a postdoctoral or more senior research appointment, July 1, 2014 -June 30, 2015. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester, subject to approval by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (which might be an introductory survey in the period of specialization and/or a seminar/upper-division class), interact with a diverse group of scholars, and have the opportunity to undertake and/or complete a research project. He/she will be expected to be in residence during the term of his/her appointment. Scholars must have completed all requirements for the PhD (including successful defense of the dissertation) by the time of appointment.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.princeton.eduand submit a CV, cover letter, statement of research, and names and contact information for 3 references. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

https://jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=201122

Royal Holloway University of London History Postgraduate Seminar

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The next Royal Holloway University of London history postgraduate seminar will take place on Wednesday 5 March, 5.15pm, room G3, 11 Bedford Square.

Cristian Ispir, a PhD student at KCL, will be giving a paper entitled ‘Exigens obsides ab eis: hostageship under King John of England’.

All welcome, refreshments afterwards!

The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science Lecture

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Dr. Michael Fleming, of the University of Huddersfield, and Chairman of the Viola da Gamba Society will be giving a talk on “Musical Instrument Making in Early Modern England”.  The talk will be presented on Saturday, 8 March at 2:00 pm at The Warburg Institute (University of London), Woburn Square, London.  The venue is a convenient walk from Euston, Euston Square, and Russell Square stations.

See here for flyer: SHMTS-poster-March2014