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About roisingrace

A current first year PhD Art Historian. Lover of tea, cats and all things Medieval.

Upcoming lectures: London Society for Medieval Studies (Summer Term 2018)

List of upcoming lectures with the London Society for Medieval Studies

Venue: Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Tuesdays 19:00

Chair: Stephen Spencer (stephen.spencer@sas.ac.uk)

Joint secretaries: Ella Kilgallon

Treasurer: Giorgio Lizzul

Committee: Ella Kilgallon, Anaïs Waag, Helen Rampton, Emma Knowles, Calum Cockburn, Karel Fraaije

Summer Term 2018

17 April 19:00 – The Royal Anglo-Saxon Burials of Winchester  – Barbara Yorke (University of Winchester), IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

1 May 19:00 – Domesticating the Devil: The Early Medieval Contexts of Aldhelm’s Cat Riddle – Megan Cavell (University of Birmingham), Room G7, Ground Floor

15 May 19:00 – “Structuring the Sacred”: considering framing, space and place on the Easby Cross – Meg Boulton (University of York), IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

29 May 19:00 – Is it all about the money? Joan of Navarre and the economic element of queenship  – Elena Woodacre (University of Winchester), IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

12 June 19:00 – London Society for Medieval Studies TBC, Room 246, Second Floor

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CFP: Studienkurs des Warburg-Hauses: Medialitaet des Sakralen (Hamburg, 24-28 Sep 18) (deadline: 7/05/18)

CFP: Studienkurs des Warburg-Hauses: Medialitaet des Sakralen (Hamburg, 24-28 Sep 18)

Hamburg, Warburg-Haus, 24. – 28.09.2018
Deadline: May 7, 2018

Call for Papers

Medialität des Sakralen:
Bilder und Vermittlungsstrategien des Heiligen in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit

Studienkurs des Warburg-Hauses
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt und Lena Marschall, M.A., Universität Hamburg

Wird die Welt in getrennten Sphären von Diesseits und Jenseits, von Göttlichem und Kreatürlichem gedacht, bedarf es Strukturen der Vermittlung. Medialität ist deshalb in den letzten Jahren von den Kulturwissenschaften und der Theologie als zentraler Aspekt des Christentums herausgearbeitet worden. Christus und die Heiligen sind Medien im Sinne der Vermittlungsstrukturen zwischen der Menschheit und Gott. Das Heilige kann in seiner sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Konkretisierung – etwa in Form heiliger Orte, Objekte, Reliquien etc. – zum Medium werden. Gleichzeitig bedarf das Heilige selbst der Vermittlung: Denn der Mensch ist, wie etwa Gregor des Großen es formuliert, durch den Sündenfall so stumpf geworden, dass er das Göttliche nur über Hilfsmittel wie die sinnliche Vorstellung erkennen kann.

Hier kommt das Bild ins Spiel. Über die Präsenz des Heiligen in oder gleichsam hinter den Bildern ist in der Kunstwissenschaft viel gesprochen worden; über die medialen Funktionen von Bildern in Hinblick auf das Heilige noch nicht genug. Das ist nun Ziel des diesjährigen Studienkurses des Warburg-Hauses. Denkbare Aspekte könnten dabei sein:

– Bilder vervielfältigen / verbreiten Heiliges
– neue Bildmedien vermitteln Heiliges
– Bilder und heilige Orte / heilige Objekte
– die Körper der Heiligen – unsichtbar, sichtbar
– die Sakramente (als media salutis) und das Medium des Bildes
– Bilder thematisieren Vermittlungsprozesse zwischen dem Menschlichen und Göttlichen
– Reformationen der Vermittlungsfunktion von Bildern

Diese Punkte sind nur als Anregungen und Vorschläge zu verstehen.

Der jährlich im Warburg-Haus stattfindende Studienkurs, der gemeinsam vom Kunstgeschichtlichen Seminar der Universität Hamburg und der Aby-Warburg-Stiftung veranstaltet wird, bietet ein Forum für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler (http://www.warburg-haus.de/). Wir versprechen uns vom genius loci Motivation und Inspiration.

Erwünscht sind Bewerbungen von fortgeschrittenen Studierenden oder AbsolventInnen der Kunstgeschichte oder eines einschlägigen Bereichs der Kulturwissenschaften, die im weit gefassten thematischen Feld des Studienkurses eine Master- oder Doktorarbeit begonnen oder kürzlich abgeschlossen haben. Fortgeschrittene Studierende im Haupt- bzw. Masterstudium, die ein einschlägiges und konkretes Interesse entwickelt haben, sind ebenfalls eingeladen, sich zu bewerben. Die TeilnehmerInnen stellen in einem 30-minütigen Beitrag ihr Forschungsthema oder einen einschlägigen Aspekt vor. Intensive Diskussion und Austausch über diese Beiträge, über ausgewählte Aspekte des Rahmenthemas und einschlägige Texte soll im Mittelpunkt stehen. Außerdem ist eine eintägige Exkursion vorgesehen. Diskussionssprache des Studienkurses ist Deutsch, Nicht-MuttersprachlerInnen können ihre eigenen Beiträge jedoch auch in Englisch vortragen. Die Kosten für die Anreise (2. Klasse) und Unterbringung im Doppelzimmer trägt die Aby-Warburg-Stiftung.

Bewerbungen zur Teilnahme können in Deutsch oder Englisch verfasst sein und sollen die folgenden Unterlagen enthalten (alles in einem zusammenhängenden PDF):

1. Tabellarischer Lebenslauf
2. Kurze Skizze eines Vortragsthemas und Darlegung der Motivation für die Teilnahme (zusammen max. 500 Wörter)
2. Angabe der ungefähren Fahrtkosten

Die Bewerbungen sind bis zum 7. Mai 2018 zu richten an:
Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt und Lena Marschall, M.A.,
unter der E-Mail-Adresse: lena.marschall@uni-hamburg.de

CFP: ‘Hurt and healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’ – 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham) (deadline 21st April 2018)

Hurt and Healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’.

The 19th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium

2nd June 2018

The Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

The concepts of hurt, trauma and healing cross between the different disciplines that deal with Eastern Mediterranean. The colloquium aims to explore transformations and multifarious dimensions of the notions of trauma and wreckage, and their opposition, healing, from the Late Antiquity to the Present.

Whilst serving as antitheses to one another they are also complementary. After destruction and breakage, comes the need for repair. However, when a broken textile’s ripped edges are joined again, the visible seam signifies the damage that has happened. Trauma and healing are key concepts in medicine, psychology, and sociology. However, political ideology has constantly used them in order to justify the rising and the existence of authoritarian regimes. In the past, medicine, saints, and magic offered different ways for healing the body and the soul. The current aim of restoration practices is to heal remnants of cultural heritage after damage and to prevent damage with appropriate conservation strategies.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Healing power of saints and healing people in society;
  • Medicine and magic;
  • Cultural heritage and material culture: restoration and preservation practices, as well as preventive actions for the preservation;
  • The individual aspects of trauma, especially in relation to the politics of gender, sexuality, class, race, and identity (sexual abuse, domestic violence, shame and fear, death and mourning or melancholia);
  • Collective experiences of trauma (war, genocide, terrorism, victims and perpetrators, practices of memory and oblivion);
  • Migration from the Late Antiquity to the current migration crisis and harrowing events in refugee camps;
  • Public health and medical, therapeutic approaches to illnesses and trauma;
  • Texts and images related to medical practices

Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Saturday 21st April 2018 to 2018cbomgscolloquium@gmail.com.  Applicants will be notified of selection by 28th April 2018.

 

For more information click here: https://cbomgs2018colloquium.wordpress.com/

CFP: ‘Yours, Mine, Ours: Multi-Use Spaces in the Middle Ages’ for Society of Architectural Historians: 72nd Annual International Conference (deadline for abstracts 5th June 2018)

Yours, Mine, Ours: Multi-Use Spaces in the Middle Ages

Medieval buildings and spaces were not always used for a single purpose: very often they were used for multiple activities or by diverse stakeholders. Sometimes this sharing of space was successful and mutually beneficial. Alternatively, the use of a space in multiple ways or by different groups could be frustrating at best and deeply antagonistic at worst. This panel is dedicated to these mixed-use spaces, from the smallest vernacular dwellings to the largest castles and cathedrals.

The benefits and challenges of sharing space were perhaps most acute in smaller structures, such as parish churches or minor monasteries. For example, a monastic church might accommodate local laity if a convenient parish church was not available. Such sharing allowed lay and monastic worshipers to pool architectural and clerical resources in an economical fashion. Monumental buildings and complexes could also be called upon to serve the needs of the larger community, even as they maintained a daily routine for their primary constituents. For example, a castle precinct could serve both a residential population and members of the public—with clearly enforced rules of access. Shared space raises questions of power, privilege, diplomacy, and financial responsibility.

This session invites proposals which analyze the multiple uses of religious, civic, and / or private structures and spaces throughout medieval Europe. Particular consideration will be given to presentations which address the participation of non-elites in otherwise elite spaces; clues to their presence may be discovered in the textual record, landscape, or the building fabric itself. In acknowledging the participation of multiple communities within specific structures, we invite presenters to complicate accepted interpretations of the medieval built environment.

Session Chairs: Meg Bernstein, UCLA, and Dr. Catherine E. Hundley, Architectural Historian.

Deadline for Abstracts: 5th June 2018

Abstracts to be submitted here:
Society of Architectural Historians: 72nd Annual International Conference
April 24-28, 2019 | Providence, Rhode Island

The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 24-28, 2019. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture and landscape of Providence and nearby areas. The conference will include 37 paper sessions, roundtable and panel discussions, architecture tours, workshops, networking receptions, special events, and more.

More information here: http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/2019-conference—providence?utm_source=CFP&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SAH2019

New Job: Curator of Medieval Manuscripts (deadline 30th April 2018)

Curator of Medieval Manuscripts

University of Oxford – Bodleian Libraries, Special Collections, Weston Library

We are seeking a Curator of Medieval Western Manuscripts to work in the Weston Library, the home of the Bodleian’s Special Collections. You will carry out a full range of curatorial activities and duties, including creating catalogue descriptions of medieval manuscripts, and contributing to the future development of the online catalogue. You will be answering enquiries and supervising the reading rooms; supporting all aspects of teaching and learning with manuscripts and carrying out research on the collections, you will also assist with exhibitions and public engagement activities, participating in acquisitions work, and supporting fundraising initiatives.

You will have an honours degree and a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic achievement; experience of cataloguing medieval manuscripts and of electronic cataloguing systems, along with a reading knowledge of Latin and a paleographical skills in the reading of medieval books and charters, and an ability to communicate about medieval manuscripts with a broad range of people is essential, along with a commitment both to the care of the collections and to a high level of service to readers. Relevant curatorial experience and experience of manuscript digitalisation and other relevant projects in the digital humanities is desirable.

This is a permanent, full-time post.

Benefits include 38 days leave (including bank holidays and fixed closures), a generous pension scheme, extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts.

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. Your application cannot be considered unless you upload a CV and a supporting statement.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday on Monday 30 April 2018 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Apply and see more information here: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=133073

New Book roundup: Boydell & Brewer, 2018

Boydell & Brewer have announced their new publications for 2018. You can see the full list here: https://boydellandbrewer.com/media/wysiwyg/Catalogues/Medieval_Studies_Catalogue_-_2018.pdf 

Here are four that were featured in the Boydell & Brewer: Medieval Herald 32.

Frisians and their North Sea Neighbours
Frisians and their North Sea Neighbour
Although Frisians neighboured Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Saxons and Danes in north-western Europe, the details of their lives, communities and culture have remained little-known. Why is this? Well, largely because Frisia and Frisian have meant different things to different people through time, and partly because Frisians had no tradition of writing until relatively late. We trust that this new collection, edited by John Hines and Nelleke IJssennagger, will help change that and broaden knowledge of and interest in the previously mysterious Frisians.
Church Monuments in South Wales, c.1200-1547, by Dr Rhianydd Biebrach
Church Monuments in South Wales, c.1200-1547, by Dr Rhianydd Biebrach
Despite the modest distances that separate them, monuments in south Wales can differ greatly from those in north Wales or the west of England. And although they can tell us much about religious and cultural practices of the time and place, they have until now been sadly understudied. Rhianydd Biebrach explains their special significance, reveals her two favourite monuments and how she undertook her extensive research (losing her dining table in the process). And why we should all (continue to) be grateful to Michael Praed.
The Saint and the Saga Hero- Hagiography and Early Icelandic Literature
The Saint and the Saga Hero: Hagiography and Early Icelandic Literature, by Dr Siân E. Grønlie
While they might not seem to be natural literary bedfellows, Siân E. Grønlie’s new book explains the profound impact that the medieval saint’s life had on the saga literature of Iceland. Predating sagas by several centuries, the Latin lives of saints could, in some ways, be said to provide a model for the (anti-)heroes of the later written sagas, though these protagonists had of course usually led largely un-saintly lives. Here Dr Grønlie provides a quick introduction to both genres and guides us through the results of their intermingling.
The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy
The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy: Prophecy, Paradox, and Translatio, by Dr Laura Chuhan Campbell
Dr Campbell uses the figure of Merlin to demonstrate how language and culture shaped different takes on the same character and story. And what an ideal focus he makes, for within him texts, languages, events real and fictional all converged. Crucially, the language barrier between France and Italy proved highly porous and the fluidity of cultural exchange brought new translations with new narrative possibilities. Dr Campbell explains the remarkable process.

Essay Prize: Church Monuments Essay Prize – deadline: Dec 31, 2018

Essay Prize: Church Monuments Essay Prize – deadline: Dec 31, 2018

The Council of the Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of £250 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year. The aim of the competition is to stimulate people, particularly those who may be writing on church monuments for the first time, to submit material for the peer-reviewed international annual CMS journal Church Monuments. Therefore, the competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments.

The subject of the essay must be an aspect of church monuments of any period in Britain or abroad. The length (including endnotes) shall not exceed 10,000 words and a maximum of 10 illustrations, preferably in colour. The prize will only be awarded if the essay is considered by the judges to be of sufficiently high standard to merit publication in Church Monuments.

The closing date for new entries is 31 December 2018. For a copy of the rules and for the guidelines to contributors please see the Society’s website www.churchmonumentssociety.org, or contact the Hon. Journal Editor for more details and/or advice on the suitability of a particular topic.

Address for details and for submission of articles
(deadline 31 December 2018):

Dr Jonathan Trigg, Editor
Email: jrtrigg@liverpool.ac.uk