Online Lecture: ‘Pictorial invention in the early Trecento: the case of the Vele in Assisi’, with John Renner, Murray Research Seminar at Birkbeck, 16 March 2021, 16:55 – 19:30 (GMT)

The paper re-examines some of the complex and enigmatic imagery in search of the sources, meanings and functions of the frescoes in their key position above the high altar and the tomb of St Francis.

Online Lecture: ‘Capturing expertise: Romanesque sculpture between Spain and France’, with Rose Walker, Murray Research Seminar at Birkbeck, 23 February 2021, 16:50-18:30 (GMT)

This paper will pursue the concept of artistic expertise as a commodity in the first half of the twelfth century in northern Iberia and southern France. Consequently it will also cast doubt on the idea of the unfettered itinerant craftsman.

Call for Papers: Medieval Government Finance: Innovation and Experimentation, online workshop, 27 April 2021 (Deadline 19 February 2021)

This workshop is an opportunity for postgraduate and early career historians to share current research on any theme of medieval government finance that addresses themes of innovation and experimentation.

Online Lecture: ‘On the Trail of the Lonesome Nun: Giusto de’ Menabuoi’s London Triptych’, with Laura Jacobus, Murray Research Seminar at Birkbeck, 26 January 2021, 16:50-18:30 (GMT)

Laura Jacobus is a retired Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, and organizer of the Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art .

New Publication: ‘Conversion to Islam in the Premodern Age: A Sourcebook’, eds. Nimrod Hurvitz, Christian C. Sahner, Uriel Simonsohn, and Luke Yarbrough

This groundbreaking collection of texts, translated from sources in a dozen languages from the seventh to the eighteenth centuries, presents the historical process of conversion to Islam in all its variety and unruly detail, through the eyes of both Muslim and non-Muslim observers.

PhD Funding: The University of Edinburgh Programmes in History, Classics, and Archaeology (Deadline 25 January 2021)

The University of University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to invite applications from outstanding candidates for a range of PhD scholarships designed to attract the best and brightest candidates to study in Edinburgh.