Call for Papers: Cave Churches, Chapels, Hermitages, and Monasteries: Wall Paintings and Gender in the Eastern Mediterranean (Deadline: 12 September 2022)

Thematic focus: Networks and Entanglements

This session seeks to explore the relation between gender and wall paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean. It scrutinizes the artistic exchanges and interactions in relation to pilgrimage, commercial, and Crusader routes, and their function in the transmission and transfer of gendered iconographic models with particular emphasis on visual representations pertaining to caves (churches, monasteries).

Suggested topics, on any time period may include, but are not limited to:

  • Artistic networks and entangled iconographies
  • Networks, mobilities, and circulations of gendered models
  • Circulation of workshops and commissioners
  • Circulation of iconographic patterns and models in relation to gender

Submissions from a variety of disciplines are accepted including but not limited to: history, art history, visual culture, social history, cultural history, hagiography, religious studies, cultural studies, textual studies in a transdisciplinary perspective. 

This session will be a part of the 2023 International Medieval Congress 3-6 July, 2023 at the University of Leeds.

Please submit a 250-word proposal (in English) for a 15-20 minute paper. Proposals should have an abstract format and be accompanied by a short CV, of no more than 800 words, including e-mail, current affiliation, affiliation address, and position and your preference for whether to present in-person or virtually.  Please submit all relevant documents, as PDF or .DOC, by 12 September, 2022, to the e-mail address:

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain):


Published by Blair Apgar

Blair (they/them) recently completed their PhD in History of Art at the University of York with Hanna Vorholt and Amanda Lillie. Their thesis focused on the role of Matilda of Canossa in the sociopolitical development of the Investiture Controversy, and its relationship to Matilda’s material patronage. As an early career researcher, their work aims to unpack the historiographic construction of powerful medieval women’s legacies. They are also interested in the representation of the Middle Ages in modern media.

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