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CFP: 14th International Medieval Society Symposium: ‘Evil,’ Paris, June 29– July 1, 2016

ambrogio_lorenzetti_008Call for Papers: 14th International Medieval Society Symposium: ‘Evil,’ Paris, June 29– July 1, 2016
November 5, 2016

For its 14th Annual Symposium, the International Medieval Society invites abstracts on the theme of Evil in the Middle Ages. The concept of evil, and the tensions it reveals about the relationship between internal and external identities, fits well into recent trends in scholarship that have focused attention on medieval bodies, boundaries, and otherness. Medieval bodies frequently blur the distinctions between moral and non-moral evil. External, monstrous appearances are often seen as testament to internal dispositions, and illnesses might be seen as a reflection of a person’s evil nature. More generally, evil may stand in for an entire, contrasting ideological viewpoint, as much as for a particular kind of behaviour, action, or being. It may appear in the world through intentional acts, as well as through accidental occurrences, through demonic intervention as much as through human weakness and sin. It may be rooted in anger, spread through violence, or thrive on ignorance, emerging from either the natural world or from mankind.

Alongside those working on bodies and monstrosity, the question of evil has also preoccupied scholars working to understand the limits of moral responsibility and the links between destiny and decision as shown in medieval literary, artistic and historical productions. The 14th Annual IMS Symposium on Evil aims to focus on the many facets of medieval evil, analysing the intersections between evil as concept and form, as well as taking into account medieval responses to evil and its potential effects.

This Symposium will thus explore (but is not limited to) three broad themes:

1)    Concepts of evil: discourse on morality and moral understandings of evil; reflections on the relationship between good and evil; heresy and heretical beliefs, teachings, writings; evil and sin; evil and conscience; associations with hell, the devil; types of evil behaviour or evil thoughts; categories of evil; evil as disorder/chaos; evil as corruption; evil and mankind

2)    Embodied evil/being evil/evil beings: monstrosity; the demonic; perceptions of deformity and disfigurement; evil transformations and metamorphoses; magic and the supernatural; outward expressions of evil (e.g. through clothing, material possessions); evil objects

3)    Responses to evil: punishments; the purging and/or exorcism of evil; inquisition; evil speech; warnings about evil (textual, visual, musical); ways to avoid evil or to protect oneself (talismans etc.); the temptation of evil; emotional responses to evil; social exclusion as a response to evil.

Through these broad themes, we aim to encourage the participation of researchers with varying backgrounds and fields of expertise: historians, art historians, musicologists, philologists, literary specialists, and specialists in the auxiliary sciences (palaeographers, epigraphists, codicologists, numismatists). While we focus on medieval France, compelling submissions focused on other geographical areas that also fit the conference theme are welcome and encouraged. By bringing together a wide variety of papers that both survey and explore this field, the IMS Symposium intends to bring a fresh perspective to the notion of evil in medieval culture.

How to submit: Proposals of no more than 300 words (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to by November 5th 2016. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment that you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly anonymous basis. The selection committee will email applicants in late-November to notify them of its decision. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organisation that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and past symposia programmes, please visit our website:

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract

2) an outline of a current research project (PhD. dissertation research)

3) the names and contact information of two academic referees

The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

Conference: Al-Murābiṭūn: Noveno centenario del esplendor de un Imperio, Granada, October 19-22, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConference: Al-Murābiṭūn: Noveno centenario del esplendor de un Imperio, Granada, October 19-22, 2016
Inscription deadline: October 17, 2016.

The Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and the Escuela de la Alhambra present “Al-Murābiṭūn: Noveno centenario del esplendor de un Imperio,” a colloquium/ course in honor of the memory of Prof. Henri Terrasse, to he held 19-22 October 2017 at the Palace of Carlos V in the Alhambra (Granada).

2016 is the 900th anniversary of the conquest of the Balearic islands by the Almoravids (1116), an event which corresponded to the greatest territorial expansion of their empire and started the moment of its maximum splendor. With the occupation of the Islands, the empire obtained a vast territory extending from Mauritania to Zaragoza, as since the end of the 11th century they had been gaining power over the taifas of Al-Andalus, becoming the most important empire of Western Islam during the first half of the 12th century. They were the first to unite the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar under the same political and religious power. This fact enabled a lively social, commercial and cultural exchange between Al-Andalus and North Africa, centered around the great capitals of the Empire, especially the North African Marrakech, and the peninsular Granada.

Moreover, this year marks 45 years since the death of Professor Henri Terrasse, a great scholar of the art of Morocco and Al-Andalus. Among his works are several publications dedicated to the art and arquitecture of Al-Andalus, necessary starting points for anyone interested in pursuing research in these fields.
During this international seminar, several specialists of the Almoravides will commemorate the 900th centernary of the apogee of the greater Western Islamic empire, with a special attention to the legacy of Henri Terrasse.

1a JORNADA: miércoles 19 de octubre
10:00 a 10:15 – Presentación
10:15 a 11:15 – Conferencia inaugural.
“Henri Terrasse y su contribución historiográfi ca”
D. Rafael LÓPEZ GUZMÁN (Universidad de Granada). 11:15 a 11:30 – Pausa-café

Sesión de mañana:
MESA 1.- Origen, génesis y evolución del Imperio almorávide
11:30 a 12:30
“Camelleros saharianos: la caracterización de los almorávides en las fuentes”
D.a Helena DE FELIPE (Universidad de Alcalá).
12:30 a 13:30
“El primer urbanismo de Marrakech”
D. Abdellatif MAROU (Conservador de la Inspección de Monumentos y Sitios Históricos de Marrakech, Ministerio de Cultura del Reino de Marruecos).
13:30 a 14:30
“El nacimiento del Califato almohade y el  fin de los almorávides. Introducción de un nuevo arte” D.a Dolores VILLALBA SOLA (IEM – FCSH/UNL, Lisboa).
14:30 a 17:00- Almuerzo

Sesión de tarde:
MESA 2.- El Imperio almorávide: organización económica, política y jurisdicción
17:00 a 18:00
“La evolución de la organización política y administrativa del emirato almorávide al imperio almohade”
D. Pascal BURESI (CNRS, Lyon).
18:00 a 18:30- Pausa-café
[MESA 1.- Origen, génesis y evolución del Imperio almorávide]
18:30 a 19:30
“Historia de los almorávides a través de las fuentes textuales”
D.a Ma Jesús VIGUERA MOLINS (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
19:30 a 20:00- Debate sesión de tarde

2a JORNADA: jueves 20 de octubre
Sesión de mañana

MESA 2 (b).- El Imperio almorávide: organización económica, política y jurisdicción 10:00 a 11:00
“Cadíes y cadiazgo andalusí en época almorávide”
D. Rachid EL HOUR (Universidad de Salamanca).
11:00 a 12:00
“La economía de los almorávides saharianos en el Sur de al-Andalus según sus indicios” D. Eduardo ESCARTÍN GONZÁLEZ (Universidad de Sevilla).
12:00 a 12:30 – Pausa-café
MESA 3.- Trabajos arqueológicos, conservación y difusión de la cultura material almorávide
12:30 a 13:30
“El registro arqueológico almorávide en Šarq al-Andalus: arquitectura y producciones cerámicas”
D. Pedro JIMÉNEZ CASTILLO (Escuela de Estudios Árabes – CSIC, Granada) y Manuel PÉREZ ASENSIO (Arqueólogo).
13:30 a 14:00 Debate sesión de mañana 14:00 a 17:00 – Almuerzo

Sesión de tarde
17:00 a 17:30
“La colección almorávide del Museo de la Alhambra: inventario y catálogo”
D.a Paula SÁNCHEZ GÓMEZ (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.) y Eva MORENO LEÓN (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.).
17:30 a 18:30
Visita a la colección del Museo de la Alhambra
D.a Paula SÁNCHEZ GÓMEZ (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.) y Eva MORENO LEÓN (Arqueóloga – Arquemus Medievalia S. L.).
18:30 a 19:00- Pausa-café
19:00 a 20:00
“Otra forma de enseñar la Historia”
D. Juan CASTILLA BRAZALES (Escuela de Estudios Árabes – CSIC, Granada).

3a JORNADA: viernes 21 de octubre
Sesión de mañana

MESA 4.- El arte y la cultura en la época almorávide: arquitectura, artes suntuarias y pensamiento estético
10:00 a 11:00
“La estética andalusí en el siglo XII”
D. José Miguel PUERTA VÍLCHEZ (Universidad de Granada).
11:00 a 12:00
“¿Existe un arte almorávide? Contribuciones y nuevas perspectivas”
D.a María MARCOS COBALEDA (Instituto de Estudos Medievais – FCSH/UNL, Lisboa).
12:00 a 12:30 – Pausa-café
12:30 a 13:30
“El Panteón Real del monasterio cisterciense de las Huelgas de Burgos. Historiografía, arqueología artística y modelo de conservación”
D.a Concha HERRERO CARRETERO (Patrimonio Nacional).
13:30 a 14:00 Debate sesión de mañana
14:00 a 17:00 – Almuerzo

Sesión de tarde
MESA 5.- Las civilizaciones coetáneas a los almorávides
17:00 a 18:00
“Toledo en el siglo XII: de la casa al barrio”
D. Jean PASSINI (LaDéHiS – CRH – EHESS, Paris).
18:00 a 18:30 – Pausa-café
18:30 a 19:30
“Relaciones entre musulmanes, judíos y cristianos en el Mediterráneo del siglo XII”
D. Brian A. CATLOS (University of Colorado, Boulder (EEUU) / The Mediterranean Seminar). 19:30 a 20:00 Debate sesión de tarde y conclusiones  nales

4a JORNADA: sábado 22 de octubre (opcional)
10:00 a 14:00
Visita al Palacio de Dar al-Horra, las murallas de la Alhacaba y el Bañuelo (personal de Huerto Alegre).

Time and place
El Seminario se celebrará en el Conjunto Monumental de la Alhambra y Generalife, en el Palacio de Carlos V, Granada.
Las clases tendrán lugar los días 19 al 22 de octubre de 2016, en horario de mañana y tarde (excepto el sábado 22 que será sólo de mañana).

How to apply:
Número de plazas y condiciones de admisión
El número de plazas es limitado, por lo que las solicitudes se atenderán por riguroso orden de matriculación.
La Universidad comunicará expresamente la matriculación del solicitante.
El seminario va dirigido fundamentalmente a alumnado universitario de los grados de Filología Árabe y Hebrea, Historia del Arte e Historia; medievalistas, arabistas y otros investigadores; guías e intérpretes; profesores de Instituto.

El plazo de matrícula  finaliza el 17 de octubre de 2016.
El importe es de 8 € de apertura de expediente.
Número de horas: 25.
El pago de la apertura de expediente deberá efectuarse por transferencia bancaria libre de gastos o por ingreso a la cuenta de La Caixa, O cina Isla de la Cartuja (Sevilla) IBAN: ES78 21009166752200074348

Formalización de la matrícula
Deberá aportarse la siguiente documentación:
1- Solicitud en el impreso que facilita la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.
2- Fotocopia del DNI.
3- Justificante de haber abonado los derechos correspondientes.

New Website: Walters Ex Libris (Walters Art Museum Manuscripts)

walters-to-deleteNew Website: Walters Ex Libris (Walters Art Museum Manuscripts) online at

Featuring a user-friendly design, the site provides visitors with intuitive search options, including the ability to refine their search by date, geography, subject, culture, and more. It also gives users a chance to coordinate their own online collections by gathering, saving and sharing their favorite masterpieces.
Images include covers and flyleaves, and provided under a Creative Commons 3.0 license that allows visitors to download publication-quality pictures for free.

To date, the Walters has digitized 45 percent of its manuscripts collection.

The manuscripts site, an ongoing project, joins the museum’s growing network of online resources, including its general website,, and its online collection,



Job: Assistant Professor in Art History/Medieval Art, University of Richmond, USA

shieldJob: Assistant Professor in Art History/Medieval Art, University of Richmond, USA
Start Date: August 2017.
Deadline: October 30, 2016.  

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of medieval art, to begin August 2017. We seek a scholar-teacher whose field of expertise is the art of the medieval period (c. 500-1300 C.E.), with a primary geographical focus on Europe or the Mediterranean basin. We also invite applications from scholars whose work takes a more trans-regional approach. Ideally, candidates would have at least a secondary expertise in Islamic art and architecture and an interest in the rich cultural exchange of the pre-modern Mediterranean.  Teaching responsibilities include five courses annually on a semester system. Outside of regular introductory and core courses, the selected candidate will have considerable freedom in setting his or her own curriculum. We are particularly interested in scholars who, in addition to teaching courses in their field of research, are comfortable teaching introductory-level classes in the history of Western art (ancient to medieval), which may be extended for a global perspective beyond Europe, the theory and methodology of the discipline, supervising undergraduate research, and participating more broadly in the university’s first-year seminars and in the community of scholars working in the Humanities at the University. In addition to maintaining an active research program, candidates are expected to advise students and participate in the governance of the University through service on committees.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. in Medieval Art and/or Architecture, which must be completed by the time of the appointment (July 1, 2017); commitment to undergraduate teaching at a liberal arts institution; evidence of excellence in scholarship; commitment to integrating new technologies in teaching.

How to apply: Candidates should apply to:
Applicants should submit online a curriculum vitae and cover letter which should address the candidate’s research program, teaching philosophy, experience, and interests. Applicants should also send the names of three references who will receive an automated email asking them to submit their reference letters to this web site.

A group of candidates will be chosen in November and asked to submit a writing sample. Interviews will take place at CAA in New York in February of 2017. Pending approval of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, on campus interviews with finalists will follow CAA.

Call for Submissions: ‘Art(ifice),’ North Street Review, Spring 2017

ingolstadt_liebfrauenmc3bcnster_weinschenkenkapelle_astwerkCall for Submissions: ‘Art(ifice),’ North Street Review, University of St. Andrews
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Artifice, n. (Oxford English Dictionary ):

1. Human skill or workmanship as opposed to nature or a natural phenomenon.

2. Skill in devising and using expedients; artfulness, cunning, trickery.

These definitions of artifice contrasts human workmanship with the natural, leaving us with the dichotomy of nature versus humanity. But is art really the opposite of nature, or is there a way to bridge these two disparate domains? How do artists, curators, or collectors navigate the divide? How did viewers and creators of art approach this issue in the past, and is it even relevant question today?

How to submit: The editors of the North Street Review welcome submissions on this topic from postgraduates in Art History courses. Works between 3,000-5,000 words must be submitted to by 1 December, 2016 to be considered for publication in Spring 2017. Please format the document as a docx., adhere to Chicago style citations, and include a brief biography, with your name and affiliated institute. The North Street Review is a peer-reviewed post-graduate journal published by the School of Art History and Museum and Galleries Studies at the University of St. Andrews. Now in its twenty-first year, it has gone through many incarnations and is now a fully digital publication. For more information, please see our website.

Research Opportunity: Research Scholar, The British Institute at Ankara

ankara_viewsResearch Opportunity: Research Scholar, The British Institute at Ankara
Start date: 2 January 2017
Deadline: Friday 21 October

Applications are invited for a Research Scholarship tenable for 7 months (with the possibility of extending for two extra months) from 2 January 2017 and based at the Institute in Ankara.  The Research Scholar will work with the Director and Assistant Director on enriching the extensive digital archive of BIAA projects and events. The scholar will also work as part of the library team and will be involved in updating the library’s digital records (reorganisation of subject headings and keywords, content information, etc).

The scholar will be required to spend at least two-thirds of their time on institute related work and a third conducting their own research relating to Turkey and/or the Black Sea littoral, which may fall within any of the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

Candidates should have recently completed or be about to complete a Masters degree, and are expected subsequently to conduct research at doctoral level.  The research undertaken at the BIAA should normally be preparatory and designed to underpin a funding application for a PhD.

Basic knowledge of database building, good command of Excel, basic to moderate skills of image and video processing and good communication skills are essential criteria for this post.

Applicants must be normally resident in the UK and must have a demonstrable connection with a UK academic institution. The position will be based at the Institute in Ankara.

The salary for the position will be £800 per month.  The BIAA will pay the cost of one return flight between the UK and Turkey. The scholar will be expected to reside at the BIAA residential accommodation at a discounted fee.

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 October and interviews will be held in London in November.

How to Apply: Applicants should send a full CV and a letter of application, including details of their relevant experience, a research proposal and two written references. The length of the research proposal should not exceed one page. Note: Applicants must advise their referees to have references sent to the London office electronically by the closing date. Please only send electronic applications and references to the London office of the BIAA ( For further information also contact this email address.


Job: Assistant Professor, History of the Ancient Mediterranean World (to 1300), University of Utah

2000px-university_of_utah_horizontal_logo-svgJob: Assistant Professor, History of the Ancient Mediterranean World, History Department, University of Utah
Deadline: November 1, 2016

The Department of History at the University of Utah seeks to appoint a tenure-line Assistant Professor specializing in the history of the ancient Mediterranean world. We are particularly interested in scholars working on cross-cultural contact, material culture, archaeology, or who have contributed to digital humanities projects, but we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to research and to teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, including upper-division courses on the history of both the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, Western Civilization to 1300, as well as contributing to the teaching of an undergraduate course in historical methodology. PhD in hand by July 1st 2016 preferred.

How to Apply: Applications should include a letter indicating research and teaching interests, a c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample, and should be submitted online (  by November 1, 2016, attention Isabel Moreira, search committee chair.