New Journal: Convivium. Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and Mediterranean

New Journal: Convivium. Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and Mediterranean (Seminarium Kondakovianum Series Nova)
Deadline for Article Submission: March and November each year

conviviumConvivium restarts and continues the glorious Seminarium Kondakovianum, the journal of the institute founded in memory of Nikodim Kondakov in 1927, which represented the desire to maintain and deepen Kondakov’s pioneering scholarly work in Byzantine and medieval studies, celebrated not only in the Russian and Czech worlds but also in western Europe. Convivium covers an extended chronological range, from the Early Christian period until the end of the Middle Ages, which in central Europe lasted well beyond the Renaissance in Italy. Equally vast is the range of subjects it will treat. Whereas its central concern remains art history, that is, whatever pertains to images, monuments, the forms of visual and aesthetic experience, it is also open to many disciplines tied to art history in the deepest sense: anthropology, liturgy, archaeology, historiography and, obviously, history itself. The goal is to ensure that the journal will provide a 360o opening onto the field and the research methods being deployed in it.

Two numbers of the journal will be issued every year; all articles will be approved by a blind peer-review process. The first will focus on a theme, and the second will be a miscellany. Each issue will comprise five to ten articles (in French, English, Italian, or German), between 40,000 and 60,000 strokes long and fifteen illustrations (some in color). Convivium will be published in paper and digital format and distributed by Brepols. To submit an article, contact :

For further information on editors, editorial board, advisory board and style guidelines, see:

Upcoming thematic issues include:

2014: Circulation as Factor of Cultural Aggregation. Relics, Ideas, and Cities in the Middle Ages
Editors: Klara Benesovska, Ivan Foletti, Serena Romano

2015: The Three Romes (Rome, Constantinople, Moscow). Studies in Honour of Hans Belting.
Editors: Ivan Foletti, Herbert Kessler

2016: Facing and Forming the Tradition. Illustrated Texts on the Way from Late Antiquity until the Romanesque Time.
Editor: Anna Boreczky

2017: Inventing the Past: Medieval Studies as a Virtual Construction.
Editors: Xavier Barral i Altet, Ivan Foletti

2018: Multicultural Spaces in Southern Italy.
Editors: Elisabetta Scirocco, Gerhard Wolf

Call for Papers: Moving Women, Moving Objects 300-1500 (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers:
Moving Women, Moving Objects 300-1500 
ICMA-sponsored session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14-17 May 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2014

As we examine medieval works of art like manuscripts, reliquaries, and jewels, today anchored and spotlighted in their museum vitrines, it is easy to imagine these sumptuous objects at rest in the hands of their original owners. But, in truth, they were in constant motion, and women were especially responsible for the movement of these works of art.
Isabeau_de_Baviere3This panel seeks to enrich the discussion of women and their relationships with their objects that, in the area of non-book arts, remains relatively unexplored. Luscious objects were gifts that traveled lesser and greater distances, some imported in brides’ nuptial coffers and many more commissioned and used to unite women separated by their politically advantageous marriages. Sisters and mothers, grandmothers and aunts, daughters and cousins, as well as friends and allies, all exchanged works of art with shared stories and iconographies. These pieces were the tokens that served as tribute, the centerpieces of rituals and ceremonies, the precious keepsakes enjoyed in intimate places, and the markers of architectural spaces often also founded or endowed by these women.

Theories of feminism, anthropology, sociology, and geography, among others, can all aid in the interpretation of the movement of works of art by women. New technologies such as GIS mapping and digital modeling enable us to visualize the international trajectories of works of art, as well as the movement and placement of them within architectural space. Proposals for this panel could include papers concerning women living between 300-1500. While proposals discussing European examples are anticipated, those analyzing any culture are encouraged. Papers might discuss women moving their objects in ritual space; the international, cross-cultural fertilization of the arts resulting from women’s gifts; the mapping of women’s identity through placement of objects; or class and women’s movement of their objects.

Please email the session chairs a one-page abstract of your paper, with images of the works of art you will discuss, and the Participant Information Form (available at

Contact: Tracy Chapman Hamilton, Sweet Briar College,; Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, California State University, Long Beach,

Proposals due: September 15, 2014

Call for Papers: Epigrams on Art in Byzantium (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers:
Epigrams on Art in Byzantium
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, 14-17 May 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2014

Organizer and presider: Dr. Ivan Drpić, University of Washington, Seattle
Sponsor: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

Papers are invited for Epigrams on Art in Byzantium, a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 14–17, 2015.

St._Polyeuktos_niche_with_epigram_1The cohabitation and synergy of the physical object and the inscribed verse was a common facet of daily life in Byzantium. From monumental architecture to pieces of jewellery, seals, and even coins, a range of Byzantine objects bore verse inscriptions, or epigrams. While philologists and literary historians have furthered our understanding of Byzantine epigrammatic poetry in recent years, art historians have only begun to integrate the evidence of epigrams in the study of Byzantine art, aesthetics, and material culture. There is a great deal to be learned from engaging with this tremendously rich yet lamentably understudied evidence. How does the epigram inflect, transform, and empower the object it accompanies? How does it frame or guide the viewer’s sensorial, cognitive, and emotional responses? If poetic inscriptions, as scholars have convincingly argued, were commonly read aloud by the Byzantines, how does the experience of the epigram as performed speech affect the viewer’s interaction with the object? What is the ritual dimension of inscribed verse and how may it relate to liturgical rites, commemorative prayers, solemn vows, or magical incantations? What is the agency of poetic inscriptions beyond verbal communication? What role does the visual aspect, materiality, and spatial presentation of the written word play in making the inscription “legible”? How does the epigram function as a social tool, a site for the construction of identity for the object’s commissioner, donor, or maker? Can we speak about an epigrammatic discourse on art, and if yes, how does this discourse interact with or differ from the discourses on art formulated in theology and rhetoric? This session seeks contributions that take a fresh and penetrating look at the complex interplay between art and epigrammatic poetry in Byzantine culture.

Paper proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is September 15, 2014. Proposals should include:

-Proposed paper title
-Paper abstract (about 300 words)

Successful applicants will be notified by October 1, 2014.

The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

IFA/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015- 2016 (New York)

Postdoctoral Fellowship:
IFA/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015- 2016
New York University, Institute of Fine Arts

Deadline: 1 November 1014

This fellowship will give the Fellow the opportunity to pursue a research project while gaining teaching experience at a graduate level. The Fellow is expected to carry out research on a project leading to a major publication. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to reside in New York and to participate fully in the research activities of the IFA throughout the fellowship period. Fellows are provided with office space and have access to the resources of the libraries of the IFA and New York University as well as other specialized research libraries and collections in New York.

Applicants for 2015 – 2016 must have received the Ph.D. degree between October 1, 2009, and October 1, 2014. The fellowship is awarded without regard to age or nationality of applicants. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed of IFA Faculty. There are no restrictions about the field of study. Applications are encouraged in fields not currently taught at the IFA. Selection will be based on the merits and feasibility of the proposed research and on the academic and research excellence of the candidate.

Salary: $55,000 annual salary, with benefits + $10,000 housing allowance and $2,000 for travel and research expenses.
Deadline: 1 November 2014

For information on how to apply, please visit:

CFP: Conference on Anglo-Norman History Books (Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 May 2015)

Call for Papers:
Conference on Anglo-Norman History Books
Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 May 2015
Deadline: 12 September 2014

Amongst the key sources for medieval history are the manuscripts in which medieval writers recorded their views of the past. These documents provide historians with more information than simply their textual content. The layout, decoration, script and annotations often provide insights into why a work was copied and how it was used. The twelfth century saw a boom in historical writing dealing with the recent past and stretching back to the biblical narrative. New chronicles and annals were produced, together with accounts of the histories of particular peoples, nations and places. This two-day conference will bring together scholars working on Anglo-Norman history books from a range of disciplinary perspectives to discuss the many ways in which these books can be read. The focus will be on works produced in areas controlled by the king of England between c.1066 and c.1300.

Topics covered might include, but are not limited to:

–  The creation, circulation and reception of manuscripts containing material about history
–  The organisation, layout and combination of texts within manuscripts dealing with history
–  The use of decoration in historical manuscripts
–  The contexts in which historical manuscripts were used and preserved
–  The role of manuscripts in determining historical records and shaping attitudes to the

Abstracts of no more that 300 words for papers of 20 minutes should be sent to Laura Cleaver at by the 12th September 2014.

This conference is organised as part of the ‘History Books in the Anglo-Norman World’ research project, which is funded by a Marie Curie Actions Grant (2011-15).

CFP: History Lab Seminar (London, 2014-2015)

Call for Papers:
History Lab Seminar 2014-2015
London, Institute of Historical Research
Deadline: 1 September 2014

The History Lab Seminar is now inviting papers for the 2014-15 academic year. You must be a member to apply, but membership is free and you can join at

These seminars are a great opportunity to present your on-going work or research conclusions to fellow postgraduates and early career historians in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, and to obtain valuable feedback from peers.

Papers can be on any aspect or time period of historical study, broadly defined to include interdisciplinary topics from related disciplines. They should be around 45 minutes long, or, alternatively, we also welcome the submission of joint seminars with two papers of 20 to 25 minutes duration (even if the two topics are loosely related). All seminars are followed by a discussion session lasting around 15 minutes. If you would like to give a paper, but would rather it were the shorter length, do let us know and we will try to match you up with someone else in a similar situation in a related field.

The seminars are a great way to socialise with historians and postgraduates who are at similar stages in their careers, and as such the seminars always finish with drinks (and there are frequent post-seminar pub visits).

If you are interested, please send an abstract of between 250 and 350 words outlining your proposed paper to the seminar convenors at Please include some brief information about the stage you are at in your studies, your academic background, and your research interests.

Seminars will all take place at the Institute of Historical Research (Senate House, London). The deadline for submission is Monday the 1st of September 2014.

CFP: Fluctuating Networks: The Constructive Role of Broken Bonds in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers:
Fluctuating Networks: The Constructive Role of Broken Bonds in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond
Kalamazoo, MI, 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 14-17 May 2015 
Deadline: September 15, 2014

The Medieval Studies Research Group at the University of Lincoln (UK), seeks papers for one sponsored panel at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 14-17, 20145. The theme is: Fluctuating Networks: The Constructive Role of Broken Bonds in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond


The aim of this session is to re-consider theories and approaches to the study of medieval social, political, economic and cultural networks from multidisciplinary perspectives. The medieval Mediterranean, as a space of interaction and communication, offers a myriad of possibilities to explore, which increase even more when considering its connections with Europe and the rest of the known world.

In particular, we would welcome studies which examine how agents and circumstances, which in principle undermined and destroyed pre-existing bonds, in reality generated parallel structures and alternative webs of relatedness. Political conspiracy is a case in point. Similarly, betrayal could be read as an alteration of a system of trust, which simply shifted toward other individuals with whom new connections were established.

Through the analysis of textual and material sources, as well as visual art and architecture, this panel seeks to explore ideas and narratives of exclusion as potential seeds for new or renewed types of private and public networks. Ethnic, religious, political, economic, legal and cultural aspects were all at stake when de-constructing, while re-constructing, bonds between individuals and entire communities.

Possible areas of discussion include, but are not limited to:

–          Conspiracy and alternative networks
–          Revolt and rebellion
–          Exile and excommunication
–          Treason and betrayal (multiple interpretations)
–          Trade, boycott and commercial agreements/disagreements
–          Criminal associations
–          ‘Otherness’ within and outside ethnic and religious communities
–          Changing networks and legal practices
–          Marital and familial connections
–          Secular and monastic bonds
–          Diplomacy and the role of ambassadors, spies, etc.
–          Breaking bonds in historical writing and the construction of memory
–          Comparative views and socio-anthropological perspectives

Please, submit an abstract for a 15-20 minute paper (300 words maximum) and a completed Congress Participant Information Form (available at: by September 15, 2014, to:

Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo
Lecturer in Medieval History
School of History and Heritage,
University of Lincoln,
Brayford Pool,
Lincoln LN6 7TS
Office: MC2139
Tel.: +44(0)1522 886340

CFP: Presence and InVisibility – Sign-bearing Artefacts in Sacral Spaces (Heidelberg, 23-25 February 2015)

Call for Papers:
Presence and InVisibility – Sign-bearing Artefacts in Sacral Spaces
International research conference
Heidelberg, 23-25 February 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2014

For many cultures sign-bearing artefacts are an immanent component of sacral spaces, which constitute themselves through their presence. This applies to actual specific places, as well as to cultural space in its broadest sense. In the latter case, sacral space is to be understood as social instead of architectural.

The conference will focus on the interaction of mobile or immobile sign-bearing artefacts – ranging from smallest objects to entire buildings – and the protagonists of sacral spaces in Europe and the Near East. By analysing material residues of advanced civilizations from antiquity to the middle ages, the entire spectrum of religions within this temporal and geographical margin shall be investigated, including phenomena generally termed as “magical”. An important point of investigation within this context will be the correlation of presence and InVisibility of these artefacts, as well as cultural or religious changes and transcultural relations.

The term “sign” includes all signs found on artefacts that aim to communicate in any way, may it be in characters, in pictographic signs or other undetermined forms.

Questions of interest in the context of presence and visibility/invisibility of sign-bearing artefacts could include: Are all these sign-bearing artefacts aimed at a specific group of people? Could their messages be received by others? Do authors, scribes, or commissioners put effort in reaching a specific circle of people, and if so, how? Is the visibility of such an artefact or a sign necessary to ensure the delivery of the intended message? Are artefacts or signs of restricted visibility actually to be seen as visually restricted or are they simply intended for a specific group of recipients? Do visible and invisible artefacts or signs differ in their effect on protagonists of sacral spaces? What about artefacts or signs that are visible but bear messages that cannot be understood without further means? Is an artefact always a mere medium of a message or can it be a message itself?

What practices were performed in this context and with these artefacts? Could the knowledge of presence be more important than the actual presence? Is presence exclusively provided through visibility? In what way could the material properties or conditions influence the visibility/invisibility or presence of an artefact?

The conference shall address these questions and attempt to answer them through lectures by national and international researchers. Contributions from all disciplines are welcome. The length of a lecture should not surpass 30 minutes and can be held in English or in German.

Accommodations in Heidelberg will be provided; travelling costs will be refunded (in case of complete financing of the conference). A publication of a conference transcript is intended.

The conference is conducted by Wilfried E. Keil (Art History), Sarah Kiyanrad (Islamic studies), Christoffer Theis (Egyptology), and Laura Willer (Papyrology).

Lecture proposals consisting of an abstract (1/2 page), a short curriculum vitae, and a list of previous publications can be sent as an email attachment to up until September 15th 2014. The conference committee will then choose from all proposals.

Younger researchers are explicitly encouraged to contribute.

Call for Papers/Sessions: International Medieval Congress “Reform and Renewal” (Leeds 2015)

Call for Papers/Call for Sessions:
Reform and Renewal
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 6-9 July 2015

Deadline for paper proposals: 31 August 2014
Deadline for session proposals: 30 September 2014


The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. Papers and sessions on any topic or theme in the European Middle Ages are welcome. Each Congress has one particular special thematic strand on an area of interdisciplinary study in a wider context. However, this strand is not intended to be exclusive and submissions from all spheres of medieval research, in any major European language, are welcome.

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the European Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a specific special thematic strand which – for 2015 – is ‘Reform and renewal’. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as its impact on many aspects of the human experience.

The changes brought about by deliberate individual and collective interventions demonstrate the impact of reform and renewal on the development of spirituality, ideologies, institutional and socio-economic realities, literary and artistic expression, and a sense of shared identity amongst communities. Change could be justified by referring rhetorically to a ‘restoration’ or ‘renewal’ of a perceived former reality. Monastic and ecclesiastical groups regarded spiritual and institutional reform as closely interconnected. Secular rulers invoked divine will and natural order to validate interventions in political and socio-economic structures. Innovators in literary and artistic spheres referred to a desire to return to a more ‘authentic’ or ‘original’ intellectual, spiritual, or aesthetic experience. In reality, reform and renewal could be profoundly radical but could also be more ambiguous, remaining virtually unnoticed by contemporaries. Medieval commentators’ tendency to append positive and negative connotations to accounts of reform and renewal continues to impact upon modern discussions of both phenomena and their rhetorical uses.

Areas of discussion could include:

  • Justifications for reform by ruling or dissident groups (e.g. oligarchies, heretics, parliaments)
  • Memories of reform: historiographical justifications
  • Changing evaluations of reform and renewal: medieval commentaries and modern scholarship
  • Relevance of reform and renewal as terms to describe change across different periods, regions, social layers, and landscapes
  • Renewal without reform: intentional change that was not presented as a reform
  • The individual as agent of reform/renewal: charismatic leaders, innovators, and bureaucratic reformers
  • Collectivities as agents of reform and renewal
  • Significance and/or impact of individual, social, political, and institutional reform/renewal as well as impact on individuals and societies
  • Religious and/or ideological renewal
  • Reform and renewal in literary and artistic production: genre and style reforms, reformist literature
  • Reform and renewal in manuscript production, translation, and dissemination
  • Medieval rhetorics of reform and renewal
  • Physical remains of reform or renewal: architecture, texts, iconography
  • Reform as renovation or continuity: maintaining continuation of structures, continuation of knowledge, or ‘Back to basics’
  • Reform in education / moral renewal

Proposals should be submitted online at
The online proposal form will be available from 1 May 2014. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2014; session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2014.

The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages. For further details please contact:

Axel E. W. Müller
International Medieval Congress
Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building 1.03, LEEDS  LS2 9JT  U.K.
Tel.: +44 (113) 343-3614  Fax: +44 (113) 343-3616