Monthly Archives: January 2016

CFP: Revealing Records VII (Friday, May 6th, 2016)

Sealed Record.axdDeadline:   Friday, 19 February 2016

Now in its seventh year, the Revealing Records conference series brings together postgraduate researchers working with a wide range of sources from across the medieval world to share challenges and approaches through the presentation of their research.  This year marks the first year of Revealing Records as a combined effort of King’s College London and University College London History Departments. The conference will be held in the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, on Friday, May 6th, 2016.

Keynotes will be delivered by Dr Rory Naismith (KCL) and Dr Sergei Bogatyrev (UCL)

We encourage applications from students working with a wide variety of records – from the written word to objects, buildings and more. Papers that employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon palaeography, archaeology or other related disciplines are particularly welcome.

Abstracts (300 words max.) are welcome from students wishing to present a 20-minute paper.

Please send abstracts to: by Friday, 19 February 2016

Visit our webpage for more information:

King’s College London – Revealing Records VII

Call for Papers: Medieval Art & Architecture in East Anglia Symposium (Norwich, 7 May 2016)


706[1]Saturday 7th May 2016

A one day event hosted by the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge

Call for Papers – Deadline 31st Jan 2016

Offers of papers are welcomed from new and established students and scholars on topics concerned with aspects of the production, reception, nature and after-lives of medieval art (visual and textual) and architecture in East Anglia. It is anticipated that papers will be either 15 or 30 minutes in duration, including 5 minutes for questions. Please indicate which length of paper you are offering. Please submit an abstract of approx. 300 words as a Word file to: or no later than 31 January 2016.

CFP: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages (26-28 April 2016)

Deadline: 12 February 2016

imagesWe are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2016, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its eighth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s conference will have two keynote presentations by Dr Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Humfress (University of St Andrews). Other speakers include Dr Huw Grange, Dr Rachel Moss and Dr Liana Saif.

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. This year, the conference will prioritise comparative approaches to the themes of gender and transgression across different time periods and, in particular, different regions. Thus, we strongly encourage abstracts which focus not only on western Christendom, but also the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. We also welcome proposals which contain a strong comparative element.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

– Emotional history

– Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law making

– Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious ‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism

– Moral transgression

– Homosexuality and sexual deviancy

– Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their application within current historiography

– New approaches and theories: social network theory, use of the digital humanities

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 

words to by 12 February 2016. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career.

Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Thursday 28 April. Further details can be found at as they become available.

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CFP: International Postgraduate Workshop on Medieval Religious Architecture (28th September – 3rd October 2016)

Deadline: 29th of April 2016

IMG_4177After the success of the first workshop in 2015, we are glad to announce that in this year the second International Postgraduate Workshop on Medieval Religious Architecture will take place, again made
possible with the generous support of the Elisabeth und Helmut Uhl Stiftung.

This call for applications addresses postgraduate students as well as recent post-docs of multiple disciplines, whose work focuses on the period between the 9th and 14th century. For them, the workshop strives
to be a platform for the discussion of their research projects related to architecture, mobile and immobile furnishing, as well as questions of use. We encourage architectural and art historians as well as theologians, historians, archeologists or building researchers to apply.

Here, young scholars will receive the chance for a free,
institutionally independent discourse. This discourse, toggling aspects
of each participant´s current research, can evolve in a frame of
multidisciplinary objectives and cognitive interests. The detailed
discussion of questions relating to the content of the research
projects will be complimented by personal encounter and conversation
matter of organization and future career possibilities. The appropriate
space is created by the Buchnerhof, erected 2013 as remarkable creation
of contemporary architecture high above the Etsch-valley in the
mountains of Southern Tyrol.

The workshop will take place between the 28.09. and the 03.10.2016,
there will be 12 participants. Applications of doctoral candidates as
well as post-docs, in German or English, are possible and welcome. We
would kindly ask for the submission of applications until the 29th of
April 2016.

Applications should include a short curriculum vitae and an abstract of
the applicant’s current research project (in pdf format respectively),
including the following:
– PhD topic, a short summary of the main research question, applied
– Supervisor and scheduled deadline for the completion
– Current progress and issues to be presented/ discussed during the

In order to prepare a fruitful exchange of ideas, all participants will
receive the abstracts of the other contributions before the workshop.
Each contributor will dispose of one hour of time in total, which can
be allocated to the presentation of the topic and the subsequent
discussion at his/her own discretion.

The estate is located in the mountains, 50 minutes walking distance
from the village of Leifers. The foundation will organize a transport
of the luggage from the train station in Leifers and ensures the
highest possible independence of the event through covering the
expenses of accommodation and meals. Further information on the
foundation can be found here:

The organizers will be glad to support participants in organizing their
journey (e.g. through car-sharing). Limited travel subsidies will be

After the workshop, a field-trip of several day´s duration to the
medieval churches of the surroundings is intended, during which the
discussion and exchange can be continued and intensified. Expenses for
this field trip will have to be covered by the participants and will
amount to approx. 35 € per night. Applicants are kindly asked to state
in their application, if interested in participating in the field-trip.

Applications should be sent until 29th of April 2016 to:

ICMA: Graduate Student Essay Awards

E070014_for_TwitterThe International Center of Medieval Art wishes to announce its annual Graduate Student Essay Award for the best essay by a student member of the ICMA.  The theme or subject of the essay may be any aspect of medieval art, and can be drawn from current research.  The work must be original and should not have been published elsewhere.  The winner will receive a prize of $400.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, we are now be able to offer a second prize as well, of $200.  The donor of this prize has suggested that “special consideration be given to those papers that incorporate some discussion of the interconnections among medieval science, technology, and art.”  Although the prize will by no means be restricted to papers that address this theme, papers that do so will be given special attention by the selection committee.

The deadline for submission is 1 March 2016.

The winners will be announced at the ICMA meeting in Kalamazoo in May.

Applicants must submit:

  1.  An article-length paper (maximum 30 pages, not including footnotes) following the editorial guidelines of our journal Gesta.
  2.  Each submission must also include a 250-word abstract written in English regardless of the language of the rest of the paper.
  3.   A curriculum vitae

 Students must be current members of the ICMA for their essays to be considered.

All submissions are to be sent as PDF attachments to Ryan Frisinger at with “Student Essay Award” in the subject line..

The winning essay will be chosen by members of the ICMA Grants and Awards Committee, which is chaired by our Vice-President.



OrvietoThe ICMA has initiated a new form of grant for graduate students in the early stages of their dissertation research.  Three grants will be awarded this year, at $3,000 each, to enable a student to travel to Europe (including the Eastern Mediterranean) to visit the monuments or museum objects or manuscripts on which the dissertation will be based.  The grant is designed to cover one month of travel. The ICMA will contact institutions and/or individuals in the area to be visited; these will help the student gain access to the relevant material and aid in other practical matters.


The grant is designed primarily for the student who has finished the preliminary exams, and is in the process of formulating a dissertation topic.  Students who have already submitted a proposal, but are still very early on in the process of their research, may also apply.

All applicants must be ICMA members. (click here to join/renew)

Applicants must submit:

  1.  Outline of the thesis proposal in 800 words or less.
  2.  Detailed outline of exactly what the student would like to see on his/her travels, and how this relates to the proposed thesis topic.

3.    Proposed budget (airfare, lodging, other travel, per diem).

  1. Letter from the thesis advisor, clarifying where the student stands in his/her graduate career, and explaining the relevance of the trip to the thesis.

Upon return, the student will be required to submit a letter and financial report to the ICMA and a narrative to the student section of the newsletter.

Applications are due by 1 March 2016. The ICMA will announce the winners of the three grants by 13 May 2016.

Please submit materials as PDF attachments to Ryan Frisinger at with “Student Travel Grant” in the subject line.



‘The Matter of Objects’: Medieval and Renaissance Materiality in Contemporary Conversation (26th May 2016)

‘The Matter of Objects’: Medieval and Renaissance Materiality in Contemporary Conversation

 Queen Mary University of London 26th May 2016

Deadline for Proposals: 15th February 2016. 

V&AFollowing the ‘Material Turn(s)’ of the last few decades the place of objects and their materiality has received invigorated attention within humanities research. Yet, approaches to the material often remain stifled by the abstract ways in which they are approached. In the words of social anthropologist Tim Ingold, the engagement of historians with the material is ‘not with the tangible stuff of craftsmen and manufacturers but with the abstract ruminations of philosophers and theorists.’

This project, culminating in a temporary exhibition, aims to juxtapose Medieval and Renaissance objects with contemporary artistic responses in order to challenge traditional narratives of the role of objects in academic research. Taking current humanities research as the launch pad for investigation the event aims to create an open space for conversation between researcher and practitioner. Proposed Medieval and Renaissance objects, and their narratives, will serve as inspiration for artists to create a response piece. The contemporary response will be displayed during an exhibition at Queen Mary, University of London, where a launch event will encourage artists and researchers to come together to discuss their processes of deconstruction, interpretation and creation.

The exhibition will be accompanied by short but critical introductions to each piece, from historian and artist, with room for questions and thought. By creating a space for dialogue with practitioners who approach and experience their knowledge of the material from a different angle, we might open the way for reinvigorated readings of objects from the past. To allow a greater reach and extend the life of the project the temporary exhibition will be supported by an online exhibition that will serve as an on going discussion space.

We are seeking proposals from doctoral or early career researchers in history/art history/literary studies who work on Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern period and would be prepared to write a synopsis of their research project (accessible to a general audience) and select an object that can serve as a gateway into their research. If your research does not generally use objects (but you have an object in mind) we would still like to hear from you, as we are keen to hear about less traditional integration of objects into histories of the period.

Please contact us if you have further questions and send proposals of 250 words, including an image of your chosen object, its location, dimensions, and material (as far as they are known) and a brief biography to: by 15th February 2016.

The event is supported by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary University of London.