Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art, Autumn Term 2015

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck presents a series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art, supported by the bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department’s founder. Thursday 22nd October Dr. Robert Maniura, Rogier van der Weyden, Portraiture and Flesh Thursday 19th November Dr. Laura Jacobus, Four Weddings and a Funerary Chapel: aContinue reading “Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art, Autumn Term 2015”

Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (The University of Arizona, Tucson April 28 – May 1, 2016)

2016: 13th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Arizona Organizer and Chair: Dr. Albrecht Classen University Distinguished Professor Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona 520 621-1395; aclassen@u.arizona.edu; aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu Magic and the magician are two critically important aspects of cultural epistemology, challenging and contributing to the world of science,Continue reading “Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (The University of Arizona, Tucson April 28 – May 1, 2016)”

Typical Venice? Venetian Commodities, 13th-16th centuries (3-6 March 2016)

Call for Papers Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice, Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza, March 3 – 06, 2016 Deadline: Oct 31, 2015 Organizer: Dr. Philippe Cordez (ENB-Nachwuchsforschergruppe “Premodern Objects”, Department Kunstwissenschaften, LMU Munich) and PD Dr. Romedio Schmitz-Esser (Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice) What are “Venetian” commodities? More than any other medieval or early modern city, Venice lived off ofContinue reading “Typical Venice? Venetian Commodities, 13th-16th centuries (3-6 March 2016)”

Medieval Charm: Illuminated Manuscripts for Royal, Aristocratic, and Ecclesiastical Patronage (Florence,

ISI Florence, International Studies Institute, Via della Vigna Nuova 18, 50123 Firenze, October 20, 2015 Medieval Charm: Illuminated Manuscripts for Royal, Aristocratic, and Ecclesiastical Patronage // Fascino medievale: manoscritti miniati per i sovrani, l’aristocrazia e il clero International Conference // Convegno Internazionale Organized by Stefano U.Baldassarri, Francesca Marini, Florence Moly Among the main goals ofContinue reading “Medieval Charm: Illuminated Manuscripts for Royal, Aristocratic, and Ecclesiastical Patronage (Florence,”

Pardon our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art (Kalamazoo 2016 sessions)

The International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12 – 15, 2016 Deadline: Sep 15, 2015 Pardon our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016 Deadline: September 15, 2015 Organizers: Catherine Fernandez and Henry Schilb (Index of Christian Art, PrincetonContinue reading “Pardon our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art (Kalamazoo 2016 sessions)”

Material Processes and Making In Medieval Art (Kalamazoo 2016 session)

The International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12 – 15, 2016 Deadline: Sep 15, 2015 Art historians traditionally focus on the finished work, yet attention to the creative process of making allows us to consider how medieval builders and artisans constructed monuments, made objects, and planned workflow for large-scale projects.Continue reading “Material Processes and Making In Medieval Art (Kalamazoo 2016 session)”

“Reassessing Kantorowicz’s The King’s Two Bodies: Representations of Secular Power in Word and Image” (Kalamazoo 2016)

Since its publication in 1957, Ernst Kantorowicz’s The King’s Two Bodies has achieved canonical status in the field of medieval history. This sweeping account of medieval political theology describes how the king came to be perceived as a gemina persona, possessing both a “body natural” (material and mortal) and a “body politic” (immaterial and immortal).Continue reading ““Reassessing Kantorowicz’s The King’s Two Bodies: Representations of Secular Power in Word and Image” (Kalamazoo 2016)”

Crossing the Hanseatic Threshold and Beyond: Making Connections in Medieval Art, c. 1200-1500 (Kalamazoo 2016)

The Hanse, also known as the Hanseatic League, was a trade network of merchants and cities across the Northern and Baltic Seas that flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Due to its geographic reach, the Hanse provided a framework to connect distant towns, peoples, cultures, ideas, and materials together. This session aims to exploreContinue reading “Crossing the Hanseatic Threshold and Beyond: Making Connections in Medieval Art, c. 1200-1500 (Kalamazoo 2016)”

Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time (Kalamazoo 2016)

Armin Bergmeier (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich) Andrew Griebeler (University of California, Berkeley) “What then is time?” asks Augustine, the fourth-century bishop of Hippo, “If no one asks me, I know, but if I wish to explain it, I do not know.”  Although intimately familiar, time eludes simple description. For Augustine, it is a single, ever-moving point ofContinue reading “Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time (Kalamazoo 2016)”

New Perspectives on Medieval Rome (2 sessions at Kalamazoo 2016)

Digital, environmental, material, Mediterranean, sensory, spatial: these are among the recent “turns” taken by the medieval humanities, including art history. The new perspectives on the past opened by these approaches, many of which are informed by interdisciplinary research and contemporary cultural interests in the natural and built world, are fundamentally reshaping how we conceive ofContinue reading “New Perspectives on Medieval Rome (2 sessions at Kalamazoo 2016)”