Call for Papers: Misericordia internationale kolloquium 2016

Choir stalls at Lincoln Cathedral, via Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr

Choir stalls at Lincoln Cathedral, via Aidan McRae Thomson on Flickr

Thema: Choir stalls and its workshops

Session organisers: Anja Seliger, Humboldt-University of Berlin,
Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung; Prof. Dr. Gerhardt
Weilandt, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald, Department of
Art History

Misericordia International is an international multidisciplinary
network for broad-based research on choir stalls. Starting from the
artistic design the studies dedicate to the relationship with other
artistic elaborations and their proliferation in the Middle Ages and
more recent times. The intensive exchange with scientists of
neighboring disciplines shows interfaces between disciplines and
subjects of investigation and give new impetus to the exploration of
the choir stalls. The basis for scientific exchange is the bi-annual
international conference.

The next colloquium taking place in Greifswald in June 2016 focusses on
the medieval artistic production and all questions related to the
working practice in workshops for choir stalls. In addition to
monographic studies which seek to identify a master-workshop relation
by means of stilistic analysis we welcome papers that explore further
questions on medieval workshop practice.

The organisers particularly welcome papers that:
– examine collaboration between carpenters, sculptors and painters
during work in progress;
– present new archival research;
– deal with inscriptions and used typography on choir stalls;
– answer businessrelated questions;
– discuss mechanisms for the spread of new styles and techniques, e.g.
marquetry, and which workshops they mediated;
– investigate the merger of regional characteristics because of migrant
– illuminate the problem of art center and periphery or
– discuss the phenomenon monastery workshop.

Also welcome are contributions regarding recent eras, as well as papers
that deal with sample books and/or the phenomenon of church decorators
in the late 19th century.

Participants from different fields are welcome, including, but not
limited to art history and technical history, material studies,
restoration and conservation studies, and sociology.
Following the lecture days a full day excursion to selected choir
stalls of the region is planned.

The conference language is English. A timely publication of
contributions in the series Profane Arts of the Middle Ages is
provided. The organisers are seeking funding to cover the travel
expenses for speakers.

Please submit your abstract to
Paper proposals should consist of the following:
1. Abstract of proposed paper (500 words maximum)
2. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone
Deadline for paper proposals submission: October 31, 2015
Notification of paper acceptance: December 15, 2015

Suggestion for young scholars: The Association Misericordia
International has a limited number of Travel Bursaries for students and
postgraduate doctoral students.


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