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Making Sense of Manuscripts – Saturday 14 June 2014, UCL History Department

_66149494_66149493[1]A workshop introducing students to the study of medieval documents.
Saturday 14 June 2014, UCL History Department
Diplomatic is the formal term for the study and analysis of documents in medieval
manuscripts. Diplomatic encompasses a broad range of documents from the Middle
Ages (royal charters, papal bulls, diplomas, legal writs, contracts, judicial records,
treaties, etc.) and requires a number of technical skills. But it is more than a merely
antiquarian pastime. The careful use of documents is essential for writing the
political, institutional, religious, social, economic and intellectual history of the Middle
Despite its importance, provision for introducing British students to the study of
Medieval Diplomatic remains limited. This one-day workshop at UCL will fill that gap.
Led by Professor David d’Avray the workshop will provide an introduction to some of
the technical skills necessary for analysing different types of British and continental
documents. Equally importantly, it will demonstrate how Diplomatic can help answer
a range of historical questions about secular governance, the papacy, monasteries
and social power, and medieval rationality.
The workshop is open to all students and will be of particular benefit to those
considering graduate work in medieval history.
Attendance is free and no knowledge of Latin is required. Lunch and refreshments
will be provided.
To register or find out more information, please contact the course organiser by
email ( with your name and details. Please note that priority will
be given to undergraduates.
For more information about the UCL Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,

Call For Chapters – The Material Culture of Magic


 Medieval woodcut by Ulrich Molitor (1493)

Medieval woodcut by Ulrich Molitor (1493)

Book project, ed. by Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie and Dr Leo Ruickbie

Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropology and occasionally sociology of practitioners and their communities, for example. What is often overlooked are the physical artefacts of magic themselves. 
In all areas of research, ‘material culture’ is becoming increasingly important – the ‘material turn’ as it has been labelled. This is particularly the case for disciplines that traditionally have not focused on object studies but on theory such as historical or social sciences. However, it is self-evident that the objects emerging from a culture provide valuable information on societies and their history. This is also and particularly the case for magic and related phenomena. Magic, especially, became divorced from its concrete expressions as academic study focused on problems of rationality and functionalist explanation.
When studying magic it is crucial to look at the objects that have been produced and what purpose they had, who made them and in what period, whether they represent only a certain historical period or are a long-lasting phenomenon, etc. This volume hence aims to ‘re-materialise’ magic, to re-anchor it in the physical things that constitute ‘magic’ and recover the social lives, even biographies, of these things.
The envisaged academic book aims to cover a wide range of subjects, periods, geographical areas, as well as methods: firstly, because an interdisciplinary approach is essential to adequately encompass the subject; secondly, to investigate whether similar objects were used in different cultures in parallel or over a long period; and thirdly, to serve as a starting point for future research. This will be the first book on the material culture of magic and consequently has the potential to become a foundational text.
Therefore, we invite contributors from different disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnology, folklore, parapsychology, religious studies, sociology and others. Subjects could be, for example, case studies focusing on particular objects, museum collections, or mass market items labelled as magical; analysis of classes of embodied magical functions, such as charms, amulets, talismans, magical jewellery, icons, relics, poppets (Voodoo dolls), etc.; consideration of classes of materials, such as bone, wood, metal, precious and semi-precious stones, etc. In addition, it is important to understand people-object relations, spatial-temporal aspects of magical objects, the dialectics of transference (projection and introjection), the role of narratives and social performance, cultural trajectories, and the processes of commodification and fetishisation (reification). These can be addressed in a variety of contexts from traditional religion to popular culture, and historically situated anywhere from prehistory to the present day.
Any physical representation of magical ideation or anything imbued with supernatural meanings by its creator, such as found objects, animal/human parts, and man-made artefacts, can be considered in this context. What matters is a central focus on the physicality of the magical object; its material existence.
The volume will present an overview of current research in this field. It will comprise approximately 20 of the best and most relevant contributions on this subject. Contributors will be asked to submit a finished chapter of around 6,000 words (inc. references) with publication planned for 2015.
In the first instance, an abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent, together with a brief biography, to the editors before 1 August 2014 at We are also happy to answer any questions.

Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie is a lecturer in the Department for Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Institute for Art History and Musicology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
Dr Leo Ruickbie is the published author of several books, as well as the editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research, and a Committee Member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics).

21st International IRCLAMA Colloquium – Performing Power through Visual Narrativity

The Hungarians’ First March into Pannonia, Chronicon Pictum

The Hungarians’ First March into Pannonia, Chronicon Pictum

Performing Power through Visual Narrativity in Late Medieval Europe. An Interdisciplinary Approach, 29-31 May 2014

International Research Center for Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, University of Zagreb.


Organizing and scientific committee



Jean Pierre CAILLETNikola JAKŠIĆ




ČETVRTAK, 29. svibanj / Thursday, May 29th





Miljenko Jurković (University of Zagreb) and Vinni Lucherini (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)


Xavier Barral i Altet (Université de Rennes II, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia), Formes de narration médiévale, avec ou sans “histoires”, au service du pouvoir. Introduction au colloque



First Session

Chair: X. Barral i Altet


Martin Aurell (Université de Poitiers), L’art comme propagande? Henri II d’Angleterre, Aliénor d’Aquitaine et leurs enfants

Vinni Lucherini (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), Saint-Denis, Luigi IX e le tombe dei re di Francia: nuove ipotesi di lettura attraverso le fonti testuali medievali 16.30-17.00 – coffee break


Jean-Pierre Caillet (Université Paris-Ouest), Le Roman des rois de Primat (1274): une première interprétation imagée de l’histoire de France

Alain Dubreucq (Université de Lyon), L’idéologie royale et ses représentations des Carolingiens aux Valois

Imre Takács (Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest), Corona et crux – Heraldry and Crusader symbolism on some 13th century Hungarian royal seals







PETAK, 30. svibanj / Friday, May 30th


Second Session

Chair: Jean-Pierre Caillet



Giulia Orofino (Università di Cassino), Icone del potere nel Regesto di Pietro Diacono (cod. Casin. Reg. 3)


Maria Alessandra Bilotta(Iem, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Fra regalità e giustizia: la rappresentazione del sovrano in un inedito manoscritto tolosano dell’Infortiatum all’Escorial (prima metà XIV secolo)


Nicolas Reveyron (Université de Lyon), Le côté obscur du pouvoir royal. Prétérition et métonymie dans le discours politique au portail nord de la cathédrale de Lyon


11.00 – 11.15 coffee break





Zsombor Jékely (Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest), Narrative Structure of the Painted Cycle of a Hungarian Holy Ruler: The Legend of St. Ladislas


Mladen Ančić (University of Zadar), The Realm of St. Stephen or Angevin Empire. The 14th Century Kingdom of Dalmatia et Croatia as Case Study of Governing Institutions


Nikola Jakšić (University of Zadar), La committenza reale in Dalmazia angioina. L’arca di San Simeone profeta a Zara


Vesna Pascuttini-Juraga, Ivana Peškan (Conservation Department, Varaždin),A key stone from the parish church of St. Nicholas in Varaždin: a connection with the family of the king Matthias Corvinus




13.30 – 15.00 — lunch break





Third Session

Chair: Vinni Lucherini



Gerardo Boto (Universitat de Girona), La peninsula de los panteones. Espacios funerarios regios en monasterios y catedrales ibericas medievales


Marta Serrano (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona), Visualizing the Monarchy Power in the XIVth Century: An Example of Narrativity through Chronicle Texts and Funeral Images in the Iberian Peninsula


Stefano D’Ovidio (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II), La tomba di Roberto d’Angiò in Santa Chiara a Napoli: una lettura iconografica


Ivan Gerat (Institute of Art History, Bratislava), The Power of Deceased in Panel Paintings from Central Europe (c. 1474 – 1507)



17.00-17.30– coffee break





Presentation of the 20th volume of Hortus artium medievalium




SUBOTA, 31. svibanj / Saturday, May 31st




Fourth Session

Chair: Nikola Jakšić



Milagros Guardia (Universitat de Barcelona, Ircum), La ripresa e i valori semantici della storia di Giuseppe l’ebreo nel primo duecento: i rilievi di Santa Restituta a Napoli e i suoi precedenti monumentali nella tarda antichità


Christian Lauranson (Université de Lyon), “Ad utrumque paratus” ou la crosse et l’épée. Duplicité du pouvoir de l’évêque du Puy au Moyen Âge


Carles Mancho (Universitat de Barcelona, Ircum), Oltre i muri della chiesa: la decorazione di San Pietro a Sorpe (Catalogna) come imposizione sul territorio


11.00 – 11.15 coffee break


Imma Lorés (Universitat de Lleida), Hagiographie et mémoire: l’utilisation de l’évêque saint Ramon de Roda au XIIIe siècle


Isabel Escandell Proust (Universitat de les Illes Balears), Reflets de la politique épiscopale. À propos des manuscrits enluminés et bibliothèques de la Couronne d’Aragon (XIII-XIVème siècles)


Gabriele Archetti – Francesca Stroppa (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano-Brescia), Immagine e buon governo nell’ideologia politica e nella memoria visiva del vescovo Berardo Maggi (Brescia, 1275-1308)


13.30 – 15.00 — lunch break



Fifth Session

Chair: Miljenko Jurković



Roberto Greci (Università degli Studi di Parma), L’associazionismo e i suoi simboli


Rosa Alcoy (Universitat de Barcelona), Ley y potestades eclesiásticas del Trecento: patrimonio visual y contexto jurídico en las Causas del Decretum Gratiani


Stéphanie Diane Daussy (UMR 5138, Archéométrie et Archéologie, Lyon 2), «Quanto cultu auroque Templa fulgerent». La beauté de la vision comme expression des pouvoirs



17.00-17.30coffee break


Vinni Lucherini – Conclusions




Sunday,June 1st




EXCURSION FOR THE PARTICIPANTS Uz stručno vodstvo / Guided by: prof. dr. sc. Miljenko Jurković; prof. dr. sc. Ivan Matejčić

Lunch at one of the monuments (with paid inscription fee)


— — Departure of participants

Gothic Ivories: Context and Content

Christ Crucified between two thieves, the Wallace Collection, London

Christ Crucified between two thieves, the Wallace Collection, London

A first look at the big programme for the joint British Museum/Courtauld conference on Gothic ivories.



Saturday 5 July: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre


9.30 Registration (reception hall-Courtauld Institute)


10.00 Introduction John Lowden and Catherine Yvard, The Courtauld Institute of Art


10.15 KeynotePaul Williamson, Victoria and Albert Museum
‘They Who Only Ivories Know, Know not Ivories’: Polychrome and Other Micro-Carvings around 1400 in their Broader Context.


Session One: The Object and its History

10.45 The Ivory Virgin and Child from the Martin Le Roy Collection

Danielle Gaborit-Chopin, Musée du Louvre, Parisand Juliette Levy-Hinstin, Conservator, Paris

11.05 A Happy End: The Group of the Descent of the Cross Reunited

Élisabeth Antoine-König, Musée du Louvre, Paris and Juliette Levy-Hinstin, Conservator, Paris

11.25 Looking Closely: What a 14th-Century Ivory has been Waiting to Tell Us

Lydia Chávez, University California Berkeley


11.45 Coffee break


Session Two: Ivories in Context: Sources and Uses

12.15 I segni del potere. I Pastorali gotici in avorio per i Vescovi dell’Italia mediana

Ileana Tozzi, Museo Diocesano di Rieti

12.35 Buying, Gifting, Storing: Ivory Madonnas in Documentary Sources from Late Medieval Central Europe

Christian Nikolaus Opitz, University of Vienna

12.55 What’s in a Name: Peigniers, Tabletiers, and Late Flamboyant Parisian Ivory

Katherine Eve Baker, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris


13.15 – 14.30 Lunch


Session Three: Ivory Carving in the 16th century

14.30 Reproductions Reproduced. Woodcut, Ivory and Terracotta

Ingmar Reesing, University of Amsterdam

14.50 Biting, Dripping, Screaming? Active Bone on a Medical Knife Handle

Jack Hartnell, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

15.10 Anatomical Impulses in 16th-Century Memento Mori Ivories

Stephen Perkinson, Bowdoin College, Brunswick (Maine)


15.30 Refreshments


Session Four: Collecting in the 19th Century

16.00 Gothic Ivories in an Unknown Illustrated Catalogue of the Collection of Clément Wenceslas, Comte de Renesse-Breidbach (1776 – 1833)

Franz Kirchweger, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

16.20 Fictile Ivories: Diffusing the Taste for and Connoisseurship of Gothic Ivories

Benedetta Chiesi, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

16.40 William Maskell and his Network: a 19th-Century Case Study

Naomi Speakman, The British Museum, London


17.00 – 18.00 Reception




Sunday 6 July: The British Museum, Stevenson Lecture Theatre


9.30 Registration


10.00 Introduction Naomi Speakman, Curator of Late Medieval Collections, The British Museum


10.15 KeynoteMichele Tomasi, Université de Lausanne
Why the Embriachi?


Session One: New Perspectives on Embriachi Carving

10.45 When is a Workshop not a Workshop? Re-considering Embriachi Bone Carving

Glyn Davies, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

11.05 The Embriachi Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris

Monique Blanc, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris


11.25 Coffee break


Session Two: Questions of Iconography

11.55 The Son of Man Crowned in Thorns: Gothic Ivories and the Invention of Tradition in 13th-Century Paris

Emily Guerry, University of Oxford

12.15 A Workshop Reconstructed: Construction and Content

Sarah Guérin, Université de Montréal

12.35 Twin Plaques from the State Hermitage Museum and Budapest Museum of Applied Arts: an Iconographical Study

Marta J. Kryzhanovskaia, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg


12.55 – 14.00 Lunch


Session Three: Relationships with Other Media

14.00 The Use of Gothic Ivories as a Basis for the Iconography of the Tomb of Lady Inês de Castro (Alcobaça Monastery – ca. 1358 -1362)

Carla Varela Fernandes, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Lisbon

14.20 Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves in the Wallace Collection London

Geoffrey Rampton, Independent Scholar, London

14.40 Ivory, Parchment, Paper: Ivory Sculpture and the Arts of the Book, 14th-16th Century

Catherine Yvard, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London


15.00 Refreshments


Session Four: Collectors and Ivories, 19th– 20th Centuries

15.30 ‘Collected with Love and Care’: Gothic Ivory in the Neutelings Collection of Medieval Sculpture

Lars Hendrikman, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht

15.50 Paul Thoby, MD.: a Constant Collector

Camille Broucke, Musée Dobrée, Nantes

16.10 De Aves Venando in Eburibus: Two 19th– or 20th-century Ivories Acquired by Sir William Burrell

Anisha Birk, The British Museum, London and Robert Gibbs, University of Glasgow


16.30 – 16.45 Concluding remarks

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Harlaxton medieval conference 2014: The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453

King Henry VI presented to the Virgin and Child by St Louis © The British Library Board (Cotton MS Domitian A. XVII f.50r)

King Henry VI presented to the Virgin and Child by St Louis
© The British Library Board (Cotton MS Domitian A. XVII f.50r)

The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453
Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th July 2014
Harlaxton Manor, Harlaxton, Lincs

Provisional Programme
Tuesday, 15th July
2:00 Welcome by Christian Steer (Symposium Secretary)
2:15–3:30 Session 1: Introductions: Themes and Approaches
Mark Ormrod, David Green, Peter Crooks
This session will offer some introductory thoughts on approaches to the subject of the Plantagenet Empire, with considerations of methodology, historiography, terminology, and the ‘imperial model’.

3:30 -4:15: Tea

4:15–5:30 Session 2: Ideology and Perceptions of Empire
Jean-Philippe Genet, „Empire and the English identity: reflections on the king of England‟s dominium‟
Len Scales, „The Empire in translation: English perspectives on imperium and emperors, 1220-1420‟
6:00–7:00: Dinner
7:15 Informal visit to Harlaxton church

Wednesday, 16th July
7:00-8.30: Breakfast
9:00–10:15 Session 3: Domination and Conquest
Brendan Smith, „Status and Power in the Plantagenet Empire‟
Craig Taylor, „Imagining the Lancastrian Empire in France‟
10:15-11:00: Coffee
11:00–12:45 Session 4: Resistance and Collaboration
Seán Duffy, „Irish and Welsh responses to empire, 1258-1327‟
Francoise Lainé, „Uncommon seneschals in Aquitaine: three Gascon commoners in Edward II‟s time‟
Rachel Moss, „Substantiating Sovereignty: Regal Imagery in Plantagenet Ireland‟
1:00: Lunch
2:00–3:45 Session 5: Peripheral Perspectives
Jackson Armstrong, „Peripheries, Provinces and the Plantagenet North‟
Peter Fleming, „Bristol and the end of Empire: the consequences of the fall of Gascony‟
Helen Fulton, „Cultural interactions between Wales and Ireland, c. 1300‟
3:45–4:15: Tea
4:15–6:00 Session 6: Imperial Networks 1
Anne Curry, „The baillis of Lancastrian Normandy: English men wearing French hats?‟
Andrea Ruddick, „Clerical careers and networks in the Plantagenet world‟  Joel Rosenthal, „Have Mitre, will travel: Edward III‟s bishops as diplomats‟ 6:00–7:00: Dinner
Thursday, 18th July
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
9:00–10:45 Session 7: Race and Identity
Julian Luxford, „Specimens of race: their representation in Plantagenet documents‟
Godfried Croenen, „Regional identities in France: Froissart and other chroniclers‟
Kim Woods, „Plantagenets in Alabaster‟
10:45-11:15: Coffee
11:15–1:00 Session 8: Imperial Networks 2
Michael Bennett, „The Plantagenet empire as „enterprise zone‟: war and business networks, c. 1415-1450‟
Jessica Lutkin, „Patterns of purchase – the networks of English goldsmiths, alien merchants and Plantagenet patrons‟
Gwilym Dodd, „Minor Diplomatic Incidents: the English Crown and Foreign Litigants‟
1:00: Lunch
2:00: Excursion to Tattershall Castle and Church
7:00: Reception
7:30: Symposium Dinner in the Great Hall

Friday, 18th July
7:00-8:30: Breakfast
9:30–10:45 Session 9: Language and Communication
Serge Lusignan, „Communication in the Later Plantagenet Empire: the Use of Anglo-French in England and in continental domains‟
Steve Boardman, „ “Our mother tongue”: language and the “end of empire” in fourteenth-century Scotland‟
10:45–11:15: Coffee
11:15–12:30 Session 10: Responses: The Empire in Retrospect and Prospect
Michael Brown, „The Plantagenet Empire and the Insular World‟
John Watts, „The Plantagenet Empire and the Continent‟
12:45: Lunch and departure


Rogier van der Weyden prize 2014

Rogier_van_der_Weyden_-_The_Magdalene_Reading_-_WGA25721[1]The international non-profit scientific association, Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden hereby calls for nominations for the biennial “Roger de le Pasture / Rogier Van der Weyden Prize” to be awarded at the end of 2014.

This year the prize will reward two Master’s Theses related to the history of figurative arts in the Southern Netherlands during the Burgundian period (late 14th – early 16th centuries). The first place will be awarded one thousand five hundred euros (1500 €) and the second place will be awarded one thousand euros (1000 €).

The works should be written in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, and must have been defended during the academic years of 2013 or 2014. Candidates will include with their application: a summary of their work as well as the jury results and a recommendation letter from their advisor.
The thesis should be submitted in two copies and should reach the Association before Friday October 3, 2014, proof of postage, and should be sent by regular mail to Mr. Serge HUSTACHE, President of the International scientific association Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden, Cité Georges Point, rue Paul Pastur, 4, B-7500 Tournai, Belgium. Candidates must include their e-mail address with the package for e-mail confirmation of receipt. Copies will not be returned. They will be given to the Association’s collection in the Tournai City Library and, for ten years, they may only be consulted with author’s permission.
The Board of Directors of the Association is competent for any and all problems relating to the prize or for failure to comply with the above regulations. The Board’s decisions are final and no reasons will be given for non-selection.
Recent laureates of the Roger de la Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize:
2012 : Élodie DE ZUTTER (Université libre de Bruxelles) und Ruben SUYKERBUYK (Universiteit Gent), for their Master thesis on a portrait of Philip the Good kept in the St Magdalen Hospital in Ath and Michiel Coxcie’s copies of old masters.
2010 : Dominic DELARUE (Universität Heidelberg) and Silvia CAPORALETTI (Università degli Studi diPadova), for their Master thesis on the Vie de saint Josse, an illuminated manuscript from the Burgundian ducal library and the influence of Flemish art on Giovanni Boccati and Antonio da Fabriano, painters from the Marche region.
2008: Chrystèle BLONDEAU (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) and Didier MARTENS (Université libre de Bruxelles), for a collection of three important publications.

The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction, 31 May 2014

Material Witness

This event, the third of four plenary events in the AHRC-sponsored programme Material Witness, will explore the implications of Walter Benjamin’s influential and prescient essay The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproduction. This event is organised in collaboration with the AHRC Digital Transformations theme through Andrew Prescott’s Theme Leader Fellowship: thanks to this support it is free and open to all, but advance registration is essential. Material Witness participants (you know who you are) should email Jayne Wackett ( Everybody else, please click here to register.

King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, Lecture Room 2. New Hunt’s House, London SE1 1UL


10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Session 1: Walter Benjamin’s Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproduction

  • Andrew Prescott (King’s College London): The Digital Aura
  • Neil Cox & Dana MacFarlane (Edinburgh): Workshopping Benjamin and Heidegger


1:30Session 2: The Age of Digital Reproduction

  • Bronac Ferran…

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