Monthly Archives: June 2014

Conference: Commemoration of the Dead (London, 15 November 2014)

Commemoration of the Dead: new approaches, new perspectives, new material
London, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
Saturday, 15 November 2014, 10am – 5pm


Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth in new research and consideration of commemorative brasses and funerary monuments. This one-day joint meeting, sponsored by the Monumental Brass Society and the Church Monuments Society, will explore these developments and, in particular, research techniques that have led to new insights within the broader context of funerary art. Speakers are primarily doctoral and early post-doctoral students.

9.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome by Christian Steer, Hon. Secretary, Monumental Brass Society

10.05 Richard Marks: ‘Brass and Glass’: the medieval tomb window

10.45 Session 1: Reassessing Workshops

Matthew Ward: Late Medieval Style: the Role of Agency and the Workshop
Michael Carter: The Mysterious Mitre on the Monument

11.45 Tea/coffee

12.15 Session 2: Form and Materials

Sanne Frequin: Tournai Stone: an investigation of materiality
Ann Adams: ‘Revealed and Concealed’: Monumental Brasses on High Relief Tombs – the examples of John I, Duke of Cleves and Catherine of Bourbon

13.15 Lunch (own arrangements)

14.30 Session 3: Contextualising Brasses – Politics, Family and Religion 

Harriette Peel: Women, Children and Guardian Angels in Late Medieval Flemish Funerary Art
Jessica Knowles: ‘Controlling the Past’: the Medieval Brasses of All Saints North Street, York

15.30 Tea/coffee

16.00 Session 4: Lost Brasses

Robert Marcoux: The Social Meaning and Artistic Potential of a Medium: Brass and the Medieval Tombs of the Gaignières Collection
Christian Steer: ‘A Melting Pot of Death’: Burials and Brasses in the London Grey Friars

17.00 Concluding Remarks: Martin Stuchfield, President, M.B.S., and Jean Wilson, President, C.M.S.

It is anticipated that this event will be extremely popular and a pre-booked registration process is necessary for those who would like to attend. There is a strict capacity limit and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Early booking is encouraged. The event is free for members of the Monumental Brass Society and Church Monuments Society but members are required to reserve a place by contacting the Hon. Secretary of the M.B.S. (details below) well in advance. Non-members are warmly welcome and to reserve a place should send a cheque for £15.00, made payable to the Monumental Brass Society, to the Hon. Secretary (see below). A special rate of £5.00 is available for student non-members. All delegates must pre-book in advance.

There will be a morning and afternoon tea and coffee break available for delegates but lunch is not included. This area of Bloomsbury is well served with cafes, restaurants and pubs where lunch can be obtained.

To book: 
To book a place, please write/email the Hon. Secretary of the Monumental Brass Society:

Dr Christian Steer
8 Shefford Lodge Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7LR

Please indicate whether you are a member of the M.B.S. or CMS at booking.
Non-members should enclose a cheque for £15.00 (£5.00 for students) made payable to the Monumental Brass Society.

It is intended to publish a list of delegate names and email addresses. Please indicate at the time of booking whether you do not wish your email address to be included. 

Munby Fellowship in Bibliography 2015-2016 (University of Cambridge)

Munby Fellowship in Bibliography 2015-2016
Duration: 1 October 2015 – 31 July 2016
Deadline:  31 October 2014

The Library Syndicate invite applications for the Munby Fellowship in Bibliography for the tenure of 1 October 2015 to 31 July 2016.
The Munby Fellow will be free to pursue bibliographical research of his/her own choosing. It is, however, expected that the Fellow’s research will be, at least in part, based directly or indirectly on the collections of the University and Colleges of Cambridge and likely to be of benefit, in the broadest sense, to scholars using those collections in the future. The Fellow will have no departmental or other staff duties and responsibilities.

The Fellowship is open to graduates in any discipline of any university and nationality. Preference will be given to scholars at post-doctoral or an equivalent level. The University of Cambridge is committed to equality of opportunity. The stipend will be £32,590 (pro-rata).

A non-stipendiary Fellowship at Darwin College will normally be available to the successful candidate, if not already a Fellow of a Cambridge College. Fellows in these categories are members of the Governing Body of the College and may take meals in the College without charge.

Applications (one copy only) should reach the Deputy Librarian’s PA, University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR, UK by 31 October 2014, and should include the following particulars:

a) a completed application cover sheet;
b) a curriculum vitae with a list of principal publications;
c) a statement of the research proposed.

An election will be made in early January 2015. There are no interviews.
Further particulars are available from or by contacting the Deputy Librarian’s PA, tel: 01223 333083, email:

CFP: Aby Warburg and Nature (Hamburg, 15-16 Jan 15)

Workshop, University of Hamburg, Warburg-Haus, 15 – 16 January 2015
Deadline: 31 August 2014

Organizers: Frank Fehrenbach and Cornelia Zumbusch (University of Hamburg)

WarburgAby Warburg’s references to enlivenment, life forces, and the afterlife of images are evidence for the paradigmatic meaning of the natural for his conceptualization of the emergence and re-emergence of pictorial formulas. From wind and the bewegtes Beiwerk (‘accessory in motion’) in his dissertation on Botticelli, to stars in his studies on astrology, to lightning in his lecture on snake rituals, nature surfaces again and again in his work as an image-generating entity. Warburg himself systematically addressed the connections between art and nature; it is thus all the more surprising that this aspect of Warburg’s work has been the subject of so little research. Warburg’s ‘pathos formulas’ anchor images to motor functions and the kinetics of the human body. His studies of expression, as well as his notion of a collective pictorial memory that nourished the visual arts from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, are clearly oriented towards anthropological, physiological and psychological models of human nature. Warburg thus identifies the basis of human image-making as an attempt to grasp the ‘moved life’ of the natural, against the background of conceptions and descriptive means drawn from natural magic, natural philosophy, and the natural sciences.

Warburg’s basic project to link the study of the visual arts with cultural studies is itself strongly related to natural scientific models of his time. This can be seen in his idiosyncratic, often tentative adoptions of such terms and contaminations as mneme (mnemonic traces that operate in the life of images); Erbgut and Erbmasse (‘inheritance’; ‘hereditary mass’); kinetic and potential energy; dynamogram (a kind of ‘energetic sign’); engram (‘energetic’ mnemonic traces); and Energiekonserve (‘canned energy’). It is to these areas that our workshop wishes to apply itself – not simply to plumb the capacity and range of Warburg’s vocabulary, but rather to take a closer look at his intersecting of cultural studies and the natural sciences. What methodological status do genetics, evolutionary biology, social psychology, affect psychology, or even physics or mathematics have for Warburg’s understanding of images? What role do Warburg’s own systems of record, his sketches and formulas, play in all this? Is the importing of abstract concepts and models from the natural sciences just a matter of ‘nice analogies’, as Saxl would have us believe – or can we lay bare an epistemology of transfer between cultural studies and the natural sciences which could also be illuminating for current fluctuations between the two?

Please submit your proposal of no more than 300 words and a short CV to by August 31, 2014.

CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities (Hamburg, 27-29 Nov 14)

CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities. A trans- and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Hamburg
Hamburg, 27-29 November 2014
Deadline: 31 July 2014

Increasingly, cultural studies focus on stories and the narration of stories as important catalysts for the constitution, confirmation, and modification of cultural identities. Not only in times of what seems like floods of images but since images are made a large part of these stories and narratives is communicated by visual media. Constantly it can be observed that elaborate iconographic programs are developed to establish specific meanings more or less successfully as essential elements of cultural identities.

To analyse and interpret visual media from such a perspective it is, on the one hand, necessary to develop categories to describe their narrative aspect. The current state of research is heterogeneous: On narratology of film and graphic literature there are rich discussions and developed methods and theories whilst research in the field of single and static images is quite fragmentary. On the other hand methods have to be explored which facilitate cultural interpretations of visual narratives and which may decode the deeper meanings transmitted – also from times and epochs long gone. Finally, it has to be considered how narrative contents participate in the construction of cultural identities.

Basic questions for the conference could be:

– By which means may the narrative aspects of visual media be described?
– Which are the methods to decode the transmitted messages?
– Which strategies are used to construct cultural identities visually?
– Do, in turn, changed or modified identities lead to different patterns of stories and narrations?- What can be gained from a comparison of visual-narrative communication with other forms, for example literary ones?

The conference is organised by students of archaeology, art history, and cultural anthropology. It will contain lectures and workshops on the main topics and provide opportunities for detailed discussion. We are especially looking for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions which deal with the analysis and interpretation of narratives and narrations in visual media from narratological and (visual) culture studies perspectives. There is no limitation to certain times or cultures. The contributions are going to be published after the conference. Proposals for lectures (30 min) or workshops (60 min) in German or English may be sent to (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Clara Doose-Grünefeld, Tim Jegodzinski and Kirsten Maack) until 31 July 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. We encourage establiched scholars and especially young scholars and students of all levels to contribute. Funding of speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses can currently not be guaranteed.  However, participation in the conference is free of any charge.

For further information, see the conference website.

Job: Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture

Job: Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture
University of Oxford
Deadline: 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014

The University of Oxford proposes to appoint an Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture. The post is available from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointee will be a member of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History, and will hold a Special Supernumerary Fellowship at University College. The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014. Interviews will take place in Oxford on Monday 8 September 2014.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher and teacher in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, broadly defined, with the ability to teach across a broad chronological range, with supervisory competence from ca. 300 – 1500. S/he will be able to teach a broad range of topics covering settlement and burial archaeology, art, images, monuments, architecture, and visual culture. The appointee will attract and teach graduate students in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and Classical Archaeology and will supervise graduate student theses. S/he will be required to conduct research, give lectures, classes and tutorials, supervise, support and examine students at all levels, and play a part in the administrative work of the University and the College.

The University of Oxford uses the grade of associate professor for most of its senior academic appointments. Associate professors are eligible for consideration through regular recognition of distinction exercises for award of the title of full professor. This promotion in status, which brings an enhanced salary, is dependent on merit and does not normally occur until some years after reappointment to retirement. In exceptional cases, where the candidate has previously established an academic standing at an appropriate level of distinction, the title of full professor may be awarded at the time of appointment.

Further information about the University, the Divisions, the School of Archaeology, the Faculties of Classics and of History, University College, and the terms and conditions of the position, are provided in the ‘essential information for applicants’ below.

Candidates who wish to speak to someone informally about the process of the appointment or any other aspects of the post may contact the Head of the School of Archaeology, Professor Andrew Wilson (email:, or the Senior Tutor of University College, Dr Anne Knowland (email:
Queries about the application process should be addressed to Mr David Hyland, Head of Administration and Finance at the Faculty of History (email:
All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and form no part of the selection decision.

Duties of the post

The Associate Professor will be a member of both the University and the College community. S/he will be part of a lively and intellectually stimulating research community which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications and will have access to the excellent research facilities which Oxford offers. If a member of the Governing Body of University College, s/he will have a role to play as a trustee in the governance of the College. The College is also keen to ‘buy’ one hour of the appointee’s teaching stint.

The appointee will be required to perform the following University duties to the satisfaction of the Boards of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History:

a) to engage in advanced study and research;
b) to give, under the direction of the Boards, no fewer than thirty-six lectures or classes, in each academic year;
c) to co-operate in the administrative work of the Faculty in both term and vacation under the direction of the Boards;
d) to provide, under the direction of the Boards, up to 6 hours per week of tutorial teaching, or equivalent duties.

The main requirements of the post, within the above parameters, are as follows:


1. to engage in advanced research within the field of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, broadly defined;
2. to disseminate research through publication in books and scholarly journals, participation in international conferences and seminars, and through other media;
3. to develop research projects and seek research funding.

Teaching and supervision

4. to supervise doctoral students, divided between Archaeology, Classics and History;
5. to supervise and teach graduate students on the MSt / MPhil courses in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and the MSt / MPhil course in Classical Archaeology, through lectures, classes or tutorials as organised by the School and the Faculties;
6. to engage in undergraduate teaching, including supervision of undergraduate dissertations, and archaeology and art special subjects in the Final Honour Schools of Archaeology and Anthropology and of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (The Late Roman Empire, AD 284-565; Byzantium, AD 500-1100). The appointee would also be able to offer Late Antique and Byzantine teaching for History and History of Art undergraduates.
7. to act as a College adviser to graduate students and provide occasional undergraduate teaching.


8. to take part in University examining as and when requested to do so;


9. to participate in the administration of the interdepartmental Late Antique and Byzantine Studies subject group both in term-time and in the vacation;
10. to co-operate in the administrative work of the School of Archaeology, the Faculty of Classics and the Faculty of History, including membership of committees or administrative offices, as and when requested by the Head of School / Chairs of the Faculty Boards; and
11. to participate in the governance of the College if elected to the Governing Body.

The appointee will be supported by a mentor, who will be available to give advice on all aspects of the position (other than those relating exclusively to the College). A separate assessor will also be assigned to the new postholder; the assessor is asked to prepare an interim report to the Boards mid-way through the initial period of office, and a final report upon completion of the period, when the postholder is considered for reappointment to the normal retiring age. These arrangements are intended to support the new postholder in meeting the objective of reappointment.

Person specification

Applications will be judged only against the criteria which are set out below. Applicants should make sure that their application shows very clearly how they believe that their skills and experience meet these criteria.

Oxford is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions. Chairs of selection committees will be aware of the principles of equality of opportunity and fair selection and there will be a member of each gender wherever possible.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

1. hold a doctorate in a relevant field;
2. primary expertise in an area, period, or aspect of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture, broadly defined;
3. a commitment to research of the highest calibre, including the capacity to publish in international journals and with major presses in the field of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture;
4. the ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels;
5. experience of supervising research students;
6. excellent command of language skills and significant fieldwork experience, specific to teaching and research in Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture;
7. ability and willingness to undertake administrative responsibilities;
8. good communication, interpersonal and organisational skills;
9. evidence of successful research grant applications or the potential to make successful applications.

Working at the University of Oxford

For further information about working at Oxford, please see:

How to apply

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon (UK time) on Thursday 31 July 2014. There is no application form. All applications must be made online. If you consider that you meet the selection criteria, click on the Apply Now button on the ‘Job Details’ page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will be required to complete a number of screens with your application details. You are also required to upload:

1. A covering letter or statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria set out above. You must include your full contact details including an email address, full postal addresses, and a telephone number.
2. A full CV and publications list.
3. Names and contact details (email and postal addresses and telephone numbers) of three referees.

Your covering letter should explain your relevant experience which may have been gained in employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities in order to raise a family, care for a dependant, or travel for example. Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.

You should supply each of your referees with a copy of these further particulars and ask them to write directly to without further prompting by the same closing date. References may be sent by email only and need not be signed, provided they are sent from the referee’s official email address (and please ask the referee  to quote the vacancy reference number 113848 in the subject line of their email). The selection committee wishes to take this opportunity to thank in advance those referees who write on behalf of applicants.

You should also send one article-length piece of your recent published or unpublished work as an email attachment to without further prompting by the same closing date, again quoting the vacancy reference number 113848 in the subject line of their email. If you send a book or thesis chapter, please include the contents page so the selection committee can see where the submission fits into the larger work.

Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email To return to the online application at any stage, please click on the following link Please note that you will be notified of the progress of your application by automatic e-mails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk mail regularly to ensure that you receive all emails.

Interviews will be held in Oxford on Monday 8 September 2014. It is expected that all shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on the same day, and the interview process will include a presentation to the selection committee and students. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, and accommodation will be arranged if necessary.

Applications for this post will be considered by a selection committee containing representatives from the School of Archaeology, the Faculties of Classics and History, and University College. The selection committee is responsible for conducting all aspects of the recruitment and selection process; it does not, however, have the authority to make the final decision as to who should be appointed. The final decision will be made by the Humanities Divisional Board, the Social Sciences Divisional Board and the governing body of University College on the basis of a recommendation made by the selection committee. No offer of appointment will be valid, therefore, until and unless the recommendation has been approved by both the divisional boards and the governing body, and a formal contractual offer has been made.


Conference: English Fourteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Library

English Fourteenth-Century Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Library
London, British Library Conference Centre
Monday, 1 December 2014


The British Library is pleased to announce an AMARC conference to celebrate the launch of Lucy Freeman Sandler’s book Illuminators and Patrons in Fourteenth-Century England: The Psalter Hours of Humphrey de Bohun and the Manuscripts of the Bohun Family.  Details are as follows:

Speakers:  Paul Binski, Alixe Bovey, Julian Luxford, Nigel Morgan, Kathryn Smith, and Lucy Freeman Sandler

Evening book launch and reception hosted by Sam Fogg, at the Sam Fogg Gallery

Registration fees: £20 general, £15 for AMARC members, £10 for students.  Lunch provided.

To register, send a cheque made out to AMARC to Kathleen Doyle, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.  Foreign delegates may register and pay on the day.  Places limited to 80.

Source: British Library Medieval manuscripts blog

UPDATE: This conference has been so popular it has been moved to a larger lecture hall and more places are now available.

(Updated) Conference Programme: Fifty Years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture (London, 21 June 2014)

(Updated) Conference Programme:
Fifty Years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture.
New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material

Saturday 21 June 2014, 10.00 – 18.00 (with registration from 09.30)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Tomb Sculpture will remain….among the basic works which determine turning points in the history of our discipline’. (Review in Art Bulletin, 1967).

The Courtauld Institute will be holding a one-day conference in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Erwin Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture: Four Lectures on its Changing Aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini, comprising the lectures delivered originally in the fall of 1956 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Panofsky’s lectures represented a new attempt to consider funerary monuments as artistic objects, charting developments in their iconography, style, form and function within the broader chronology of art history. Panofsky also emphasised the importance of tombs as evidence for changing (and sometimes contradictory) attitudes towards the deceased.

Examining monuments across Europe, from the Medieval to Early Modern periods, this conference will explore the legacy of Panofsky’s work as well as showcase the developments in research techniques and approaches that have led to new insights into tomb sculpture.

Ticket/Entry Details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students, concessions). Please note that online booking for this event has now closed. However, limited places will be available on the day on a first come, first served basis (cash payment only).

For further information:

Organised by Professor Susie Nash, Ann Adams and Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art).


09.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.40 Professor Susie Nash (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Welcome and Introduction: Erwin Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture. Four lectures on its changing aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini (1964).

10.40 – 11.00 Break for refreshments (provided – Seminar Room 1)

SESSION 1: Reassessing Panofsky (Chair: Ann Adams)

11.00 – 11.25 Shirin Fozi (University of Pittsburgh): ‘From the ‘pictorial’ to the ‘statuesque’: Rudolf of Swabia, Widukind of Saxony, and the Problem of Plastic Form

11.25 – 11.50 Geoff Nuttall (Independent Scholar): ‘Delicate to the point of evanescence’: Panofsky, Ilaria del Carretto and Jacopo della Quercia

11.50 – 12.15 Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Prospective and Retrospective: Joint Memorials in the Middle Ages

12.15 – 12.30 Panel questions

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (not provided)

SESSION 2: New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material (Chair: Michaela Zöschg)

13.30 – 13.55 Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art): ‘To Carve a Living Person out of Stone’: Petrarch, Pandolfo Malatesta, and the Origins of the Renaissance Humanist Tomb in Fourteenth-Century Italy

13.55 – 14.20 Christina Welch (University of Winchester): Cadaver monuments in England

14.20 – 14.45 James Cameron (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Competing for ‘dextro cornu magnum altaris’: Tombs and Liturgical Seating in English Churches

14.45 – 15.00 Panel questions

15.00 – 15.30 Break for refreshments (provided – Seminar Room 1)

SESSION 3: Reconstruction, Materials and Conservation (Chair: Kim Woods)

15.30 – 15.45 Kim Woods (The Open University): Introduction on materials

15.45 – 16.10 Martha Dunkelman (Canisius College): Deconstructing Donatello’s Brancacci Chapel

16.10 – 16.35 Marisa Costa (University of Lisbon): Does technical investigation fully answer art history questions? The case study of a Portuguese copper tomb from the early fifteenth century.

16.35 – 16.50 Panel questions

16.50 – 17.00 Summary: Ann Adams & Jessica Barker

17.00 – 18.00 Dr Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester)
Keynote: Taking leave of Panofsky

18.00 RECEPTION (Front Hall)