Monthly Archives: August 2015

Call for Papers: Juridical Circulations and Artistic, Intellectual and Cultural Practices in Medieval Europe (13th-15th Centuries) International Conference (Lisbon, 25-27 February 2016)

1926887_652422134825989_1242238222_n[1] Call for Papers

The International Conference Medieval Europe in Motion 3 continues the series of scientific meetings launched in 2013 by the Institute of Medieval Studies (IMS) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon (FCSH/UNL) – devoted to the topic of social, cultural, and artistic mobility in Medieval Europe (

In keeping thematically with the previous conferences, the main objective of this new event is an analysis of the mobility and circulation of people, ideas and objects related to the study and practice of law during the thirteenth through the fifteenth centuries. Among topics addressed may be the intellectuals involved (scholars, notaries, jurists, ecclesiastics and others); the manuscripts and texts themselves; artistic models for the illumination of legal manuscripts; or the circulation of the law itself and ideas connected to its role and practice in the Medieval West. We would like to focus on studies of the southernmost territories of the West: the Iberian Peninsula, Southern France, and Italy.

Topics for consideration:
We seek to examine and discuss the ways in which the phenomena of mobility interacted with processes of codification and teaching of law, just as much as it influenced the visual representations of this discipline in manuscript illuminations. While it is clear that this is not unexplored territory in the context of art historical or cultural studies, or even political and economic history—since recent conferences have explored these topics—much still needs to be done in the investigation of how they interact and relate to each other. We would like this conference to establish a new forum for debate and for proposing new ways to move forward in research on such themes.

This objective has determined the various sections into which this conference will be divided and the various research questions we wish to address.

First, we aim to look at the phenomenon of mobility in connection with scholars who studied and taught Law in different regions of Medieval Europe: How did this take place? Who were the people who traveled? Where did they choose to go and which towns were affected by such global movements?

Second, we want to look at how mobility also affected the manuscripts, especially the juridical manuscripts, and the illuminated ones in particular. Their circulation, along with the travel of illuminators, influenced, stimulated, and modified substantially the iconographic and stylistic processes of production and creation in all the geographical regions here under examination.

We also wish to address the role of private or institutional patrons and promoters: institutional commissions would often include the mediation of individual agents; those of the pontifical curia were done through the command of cardinals; those of the universities through the command of Doctores; and those of towns and communes by the Podestas or the jurists at their service. The following questions should be addressed: who orders illuminated juridical manuscripts and why do they need to possess them? What are the social, political and economic frameworks that may justify such orders?

With regard to the illumination of such juridical manuscripts, we must ask questions about the iconographical models used to visually represent the exercise of justice, and their circulation. In what cultural contexts are they produced? How did such production influence—particularly in the axis Italy–French Midi–Iberian Peninsula —the presence of “foreign” illuminators? In relation to codicology we will aim at analysing the material characteristics of the juridical manuscripts in order to see how they influenced the production techniques, as much as the physical characteristics of the book as an object.

Finally, we will aim at studying the issues of mobility and circulation, not in isolated forms, but rather in their social, political, cultural and economic contexts. With these desiderata in mind, we are calling for proposals for 20-minute papers to be organized within the following sections:

  • The peregrinatio academica in the context of juridical culture
  • Modalities of teaching and practicing Law in Medieval Europe (13th–15th centuries)
  • Social, economic, cultural and artistic contexts related to the practice of Law
  • The production of juridical manuscript books (illuminated or not illuminated): economic and cultural contexts; juridical books in relation to other types of illuminated manuscripts; the place of juridical books in the context of medieval artistic production; the institution of Studia and illuminated juridical manuscripts; peciae and illuminated manuscripts; England and the Continent; from juridical illuminated manuscript to press
  • People, ideas and objects connected to the practice of Law and their circulation in Medieval Europe 13th –15th centuries. –

Please send an abstract of up to 250 words along with the title of a paper proposal (accepted in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian) as well as a brief CV (up to 1 page maximum) by 30 October 2015 to:

The Scientific Committee will analyse the proposals and will respond after 15 November 2015.

Registration fee: 50 euros Organisation Committee: Coordinator: Maria Alessandra Bilotta (IEM-FCSH-UNL – TEMPLA – LAMOP) Francisco José Díaz Marcilla (IEM-FCSH-UNL) Mário Sergio Farelo (IEM-FCSH-UNL)
Secretariat: Anabel Moreno (Universidad de Girona – TEMPLA)

Leeds 2016: Gender at the Feast (Hortulus sponsored session)

geoffrey-luttrell-dining-add42130[1]Call For Papers, International Medieval Congress at Leeds, 2016
Hortulus-sponsored session
Gender at the Feast
The roles of women and of gender in the Middle Ages have received particular attention in recent years with invigorating studies across multiple disciplines. Medieval women, such as Margery Kempe or Christina of Markyate, have been brought to the forefront in the minds of medieval scholars and questions of female agency and gender roles have been given new scholastic importance in medieval circles.
Keeping in mind the theme of the 2016 Congress this session seeks to turn the focus of gender to the specific topic of feasts and feasting. This session will examine how gender roles and gendered objects affected the preparation, celebration, ceremony, patronage, and perception of feasting in all strata of medieval society. The session follows the theme of our Fall, 2016 issue of Hortulus, ‘Gendered Spaces’, and we hope to be able to publish in that issue some of the papers delivered in this session. As our journal mission is to support the professionalization efforts of graduate students, the session is organized, presided over, and comprises papers given by current graduate students.
Welcome topics include, but are not limited to:
Roles of women and female religious orders at feast times.
Gendered objects and their uses in times of celebration or feasting.
Defining gender roles within the process of celebration.
Gendered spaces pertaining to either the secular dining hall or the physical religious environment at feast times.
Abstracts for 20 minute papers and brief bio or CV to Dustin Aaron ( / by September 20, 2015.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Medieval Difficulty (Kalamazoo 2016 session)

09g_1501[1]Session at International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016)
University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 12 – 15, 2016
Organizer: Beth Williamson, University of Bristol
Deadline: Sep 15, 2015

“What is sought with more difficulty is discovered with more pleasure.” (On Christian Doctrine 2.6.8). In praising difficulty, Augustine reminds us of its role as a good within medieval intellectual and devotional culture. With scholarly anxieties about ‘over-interpretation’ and a liking for ‘Occam’s razor’-type analyses, though, few opportunities are provided for the modern medievalist to delve into, and value, difficulty – especially as it remains unresolved, and resists conclusion.
This panel seeks papers on all manner of medieval difficulty: the process of working hard at something, of figuring out a range of meaning(s) in texts, images and artefacts, of living with – and revelling in – open-endedness and lack of resolution, of confronting resistant materials (both physical and abstract), and other long-lasting efforts.
What might have been the devotional and intellectual capital of the difficulty of understanding or even hearing motets, of seeing the upper reaches of stained glass windows, or of engaging in theological concepts beyond human perception and understanding? Where might the deferral of resolution have been seen as appropriate, even beneficial? In what circumstances might individuals and/or groups have sought out challenges that made the road they were seeking to travel (be it to their own salvation, or to the completion of a physical task, or toward any other goal) a difficult one?
This session seeks papers from all disciplines within medieval studies that seek to trace the challenges and opportunities surrounding difficulty as it was sought and sustained in medieval culture.
Paper proposals should consist of the following:
1. Paper proposal (maximum one page)
2. Completed Participant Information Form available at:
3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number
Please direct all proposal submissions and inquiries to:

Book Roundup: Summer 2015

9780300209891[1]Postcards on Parchment The Social Lives of Medieval Books by Kathryn M. Rudy (Yale University Press)

Medieval prayer books held not only the devotions and meditations of Christianity, but also housed, slipped between pages, sundry notes, reminders, and ephemera, such as pilgrims’ badges, sworn oaths, and small painted images. Many of these last items have been classified as manuscript illumination, but Kathryn M. Rudy argues that these pictures should be called, instead, parchment paintings, similar to postcards. In a delightful study identifying this group of images for the first time, Rudy delineates how these objects functioned apart from the books in which they were kept. Whereas manuscript illuminations were designed to provide a visual narrative to accompany a book’s text, parchment paintings offered a kind of autonomous currency for exchange between individuals—people who longed for saturated color in a gray world of wood, stone, and earth. These small, colorful pictures offered a brilliant reprieve, and Rudy shows how these intriguing and previously unfamiliar images were traded and cherished, shedding light into the everyday life and relationships of those in the medieval Low Countries.

Kathryn M. Rudy is senior lecturer in the School of Art at the University of St. Andrews


6b5bf994aa[1]Rogier van der Weyden and the Iberian kingdoms (Prado)

Rogier van der Weyden y los reinos peninsulares (Rogier van der Weyden and the Iberian kingdoms) accompanies the recent show at The Prado in Madrid, and consists of two texts by the exhibition curator Lorne Campbell, who is hailed as the leading specialist on the master of Tournai: Vida y obra de Rogier van der Weyden (Life and oeuvre of Rogier van der Weyden) and Rogier van der Weyden y los reinos ibéricos (Rogier van der Weyden and the Iberian kingdoms), which will introduce readers to the artist and his relationship with Spain. It also features a text by Carmen García-Frías, curator of painting at Patrimonio Nacional, entitled La recuperación de una obra maestra: el Calvario del monasterio del Escorial de Rogier van der Weyden (The restoration of a masterpiece: Rogier van der Weyden’s Calvary in the Monastery of El Escorial).

It also includes catalogue entries for the works on show written by Lorne Campbell, José Juan Pérez Preciado, Pilar Silva and Stephan Kemperdick.


1430902501[1]La Picardie flamboyante: Arts et reconstruction entre 1450 et 1550 edited by Étienne Hamon, Dominique Paris-Poulain et Julie Aycard (Presses Universitaires de Rennes)

At the turn of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Picardy experienced a tremendous economic and artistic revival. This book offers new insights into the institutions, artists, sponsors, infrastructures and works of art that were players and products of the long-lived “Flamboyant” Style.

Philippe Racinet et Julie Colaye La reconstruction économique en Picardie (1450-1550) L’exemple du prieuré de Bray-sur-Aunette au diocèse de Senlis

Juliette Maquet Une seigneurie picarde au sortir de la guerre de Cent Ans Boves, 1453-1454

Christophe Cloquier Le cours de la Somme Une voie fluviale privilégiée au cœur de la Picardie flamboyante, entre 1450 et 1550

Jean-Christophe Dumain Laon au lendemain de la guerre de Cent Ans L’apport des archives comptables pour l’étude d’une reconstruction (1450-1500)

Mathieu Beghin Regards croisés sur deux chantiers urbains de la Picardie flamboyante Amiens et Arras (vers 1500-vers 1550)

Emmanuel de Crouy-Chanel Tours de la Haye, de Guyancourt et du Kay Les « grosses tours » de la ville d’Amiens (1476-1490)

Karine Berthier Les aménagements de la porte Montrescu à Amiens à la fin du xve siècle et au début du xvie siècle

Mathieu Deldicque Quelques jalons dans l’étude du mécénat des grands commanditaires picards, de Louis XI à Louis XII

Dominique Paris-Poulain Renouveler le décor monumental à l’époque flamboyante L’église Saint-Léger de Lucheux et le mécénat de Marie de Luxembourg

Florian Meunier De Beauvais à Montdidier, l’itinéraire flamboyant de Scipion Bernard

Camille Serchuk À la limite La vie et la carrière de Zacharie de Celers

Julie Aycard Destruction et reconstruction des églises de l’ancien diocèse de Senlis (1460-1515) Mythe et réalité

Jacques Dubois Les grands travaux de restauration de Saint-Samson de Clermont-de-l’Oise

Étienne Hamon Le dessin et l’architecte au soir de l’âge gothique Le projet de portail du fonds de l’hôtel-Dieu d’Amiens

Marie-Domitille Porcheron Flamboyance de l’architecture dans les Puys de Picardie Fonds de tableaux, haut-relief, cadres, menuiseries

Kristiane Lemé-Hébuterne Construction et ornementation des stalles en Picardie à la fin du xve et au début du xvie siècle Continuité ou innovation

Alexandra Gérard et Jennifer Vatelot Les retables en bois sculpté polychromé du xvie siècle de l’Oise Étude et restauration des exemples du Vaumain et de Labosse

Françoise Lernout La Vierge en prière du musée de Picardie, une iconographie singulière?


Fallen Idols, Risen Saints: Sainte Foy of Conques and the Revival of Monumental Sculpture in Medieval Art by Beate Fricke (Brepols)

dIS-9782503541181-1[1]This book presents an analysis and contextualization of the revival of monumental sculpture in medieval art, and outlines the history of image culture, visuality and fiction.

This book investigates the origins and transformations of medieval image culture and its reflections in theology, hagiography, historiography and art. It deals with a remarkable phenomenon: the fact that, after a period of 500 years of absence, the tenth century sees a revival of monumental sculpture in the Latin West. Since the end of Antiquity and the “pagan” use of free-standing, life-size sculptures in public and private ritual, Christians were obedient to the Second Commandment forbidding the making and use of graven images. Contrary to the West, in Byzantium, such a revival never occurred: only relief sculpture – mostly integrated within an architectural context – was used. However, Eastern theologians are the authors of highly fascinating and outstanding original theoretical reflections about the nature and efficacy of images. How can this difference be explained? Why do we find the most fascinating theoretical concepts of images in a culture that sticks to two-dimensional icons often venerated as cult-images that are copied and repeated, but only randomly varied? And why does a groundbreaking change in the culture of images – the “revival” of monumental sculpture – happen in a context that provides more restrained theoretical reflections upon images in their immediate theological, liturgical and artistic contexts? These are some of the questions that this book seeks to answer.The analysis and contextualization of the revival of monumental sculpture includes reflections on liturgy, architecture, materiality of minor arts and reliquaries, medieval theories of perception, and gift exchange and its impact upon practices of image veneration, aesthetics and political participation. Drawing on the historical investigation of specific objects and texts between the ninth and the eleventh century, the book outlines an occidental history of image culture, visuality and fiction, claiming that only images possess modes of visualizing what in the discourse of medieval theology can never be addressed and revealed.

As usual please do send any suggestions for books to feature in this most irregular feature to – don’t be shy!

Spectacular Songs and Private Performances: Images in Musical Books (Kalamazoo 2016 session)

The Wollaton antiphonal, University of Nottingham

The Wollaton antiphonal, University of Nottingham

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 12-15, 2016
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

A wide variety of medieval manuscripts contain visual imagery that coexists with texts originally intended for oral or musical performance. From sacred Latin missals and choirbooks to the vernacular songbooks of the later Middle Ages, the interplay between image, text, and music found in such books is inexhaustibly complex. Images in songbooks may be illustrative, decorative, mnemonic, or exegetical; they may colonize the center of a page or pervade its margins; they may visualize a song’s author, its contents, or both at once; they may instruct, admonish, or entertain. They may perform several of these functions at once, or behave in altogether unexpected ways.

Scholars in recent years have spoken of the “performative” capacity of such imagery, and the word has borne a multitude of meanings and connotations. In all cases, the presence of visual imagery necessarily challenges a straightforward reading of the text. We can and should go farther, however: insofar as pictures generate a new material context for the reception of oral and musical content, they essentially create new texts. This session welcomes papers from historians of art, literature, music, liturgy, and performance to explore the visual culture and performative contexts of medieval song- and music books.

Proposals for presentations of no more than 20 minutes should be sent to D. Lyle Dechant ( no later than Sept. 15.

Proposals should be accompanied by the Participant Information Form, available at

Conference: Medieval Architecture Outside the Lines (University of Georgia, USA, 24 October 2015)

Outside the LinesUniversity of Georgia

Lamar Dodd School of Art

Medieval Architecture Outside the Lines

October 24, 2015

Long-time and much loved professor Thomas E. Polk II (retired 2006) died in 2014. Using funds donated to the School in his memory, the art history area is organizing a one-day conference on medieval architecture. By honoring Professor Polk’s memory in this way we also hope to highlight the academic and intellectual importance of the study of the medieval world and its architecture. By venturing “outside the lines” we are presenting evidence for the wide intellectual, geographical, and chronological span of medievalism.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

8:00 AM coffee

8:30-9 Introductions


Lisa Reilly, University of Virginia

Normans In and Out of France


Robert Bork, University of Iowa

Drawing Lines and Crossing Lines: Adventures Pursuing the Gothic”

11-11:30 coffee


Alice Klima, University of Georgia

The Shape of Reform in Fourteenth-Century Bohemia; Mendicants, Parishes, and Canons

Lunch 12:30-2


Sheila Bonde, Brown University and Clark Maines, Wesleyan University

Seen one, seen ’em all?–What we learn from archaeological study of Carthusian Bourgfontaine


Kevin Murphy, Vanderbilt University

The Many Uses of the Gothic: From the Age of Historicism to the Rise of Modernism

4:30-5 Questions and Comments

Lecture Hall: Rm S150 Lamar Dodd School of Art

270 River Road on the East Campus of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 30602

Lunch is not provided but available in the Joe Frank Harris Commons (

Travel to Athens via airplane is best done via Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Travel from the airport to Athens is available via Sadly the stops are quite limited. You are better off using the Georgia Center stop (on the campus of UGA) than the West Shopping Center (it is nowhere near where you want to be).

No registration is required, but we would be happy to hear from you in advance if you are planning to attend.

For questions contact

Shelley E.  Zuraw
Lamar Dodd School of Art
University of Georgia
270 River Road
Athens, GA 30602

Defining Otherness in Medieval Maps (Kalamazoo 2016)

OthernessMapsMedieval maps – from mappaemundi to elaborately decorated nautical charts – provide abundant and rich evidence for the ways in which European cartographers viewed, framed and represented other peoples. This panel seeks papers that bring new materials and new insights to this field of study. We hope for papers exploring depictions of otherness, including foreigners and monsters, on medieval maps that have not been examined from this point of view before, perhaps including depictions of Europeans on Islamic maps. We certainly welcome papers that challenge current views and / or that bring new critical or theoretical perspectives to bear on the medieval mapping of otherness.

Papers are expected to be amply illustrated with high-quality images of the maps discussed. Please send your title and abstract (250 words), together with a short CV focusing on your work in the history of cartography along with the conference Participant Information Form, to and by September 18, 2015.

The Participant Information Form can be found on the Congress website: