Call For Papers: Intersections: Entanglements with Medieval and Renaissance Textiles, 1100-1550. (Deadline 20 March, 2023)

The Courtauld Postgraduate Medieval Symposium 2023 – Monday 22nd May 2022, London, UK

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, textiles wrapped up and coated walls, people, furniture, and objects. They provided omnipresent, and often complex, symbolic and visual demarcations of spaces. Diplicare, the root of display, is in unfolding: so much of the frameworks of how we surround ourselves are rooted in practices using cloth. The value of these textiles, both in their materiality and craftsmanship, exceeded that of many other artforms which have been privileged by scholars. Textiles were often disregarded in art historical study, considered to be visually unappealing or discredited in previous centuries as part of the decorative arts. In addition, only a fraction of the textiles that functioned in these spaces survive, many of which are in a fragmented state.

In recent years, textiles have received more attention in art historical studies, and block buster exhibitions on tapestries have made the importance of textiles clear to a wider public. There are, however, still many new angles from which we can interrogate and discuss textiles which can enrich, connect, and reframe not only textile history but wider research subjects in Medieval and Renaissance studies.

In this symposium we would like to draw together varying angles of research through their intersections with textiles, in whatever capacity. The theme of this symposium centres on how Medieval and Renaissance textiles, real and depicted, combine, overlap or intersect in different ways. In short, it aims to interrogate how textiles get entangled with other people, arts, materials, objects and functions.

To apply, please send a proposal of up to 250 words for a 20-minute paper, or an alternative presentation, with a CV to by no later than Monday 20th March 2023.

The Medieval Postgraduate Symposium will take place at The Courtauld’s Vernon Square campus, in person, on Monday 22nd May 2023.

Organised by Jessica Gasson (The Courtauld) and Julia van Zandvoort (The Courtauld)

For more information, click here.


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