Call for Articles: MEMO – Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture Online

: Oct 31, 2018

Theme: Objekte der Erinnerung

Im kommenden Jahr 2019 jährt sich zum 500. Mal der Todestag Kaiser Maximilians I. Dieses Gedenken wird vielerorts genutzt, um die Person des habsburgischen Herrschers, seine Wirkung und Bedeutung für seine Zeit im musealen Rahmen in Szene zu setzen. Eine zentrale Rolle hierbei spielen Objekte: Objekte, die Maximilians Person, Vorstellungswelt, Politik, Handeln, seine Zeit und sein Fortleben in in der veranschaulichen, repräsentieren, wiederspiegeln. Als Herrscher, der zu seinen Lebzeiten sehr um sein ‚Gedechtnus‘ bemüht war und sein Andenken für künftige Generationen in materieller Form zu bewahren trachtete, hat Maximilian seinerseits Objekte bewusst für seine Memoria instrumentalisiert. Ein halbes Millennium später erscheinen sie möglicherweise in anderen Kontexten, sind neue Verbindungen eingegangen und haben für geänderte Akteure eine neue Signifikanz.
Die vierte Ausgabe von MEMO – Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture Online wird dieses Gedenkjahr zum Anlass nehmen, sich der Frage zu widmen, wie einzelne Objekte und Artefakte zu Zeichen für bestimmte Bedeutungen und Bedeutungszuschreibungen und insbesondere zu Objekten der Erinnerung werden. Wie entstehen solche Zuschreibungen und wie verändern sie sich im Laufe von Objektbiografien? Was leistet ein Objekt, wenn es zum Erinnerungsobjekt wird? Wie verhalten sich Objekte im Spannungsfeld zwischen individueller und kollektiver Erinnerung, wie und wann konstituieren sich durch sie Erinnerungskulturen? Und welche Rolle nehmen dabei Sammlungen und die an ihnen beteiligten Akteure im Laufe der Zeit ein?

Willkommen sind sowohl Arbeiten zu Maximilian als auch Beiträge, die sich allgemein mit den genannten Fragestellungen beschäftigen und das Thema „Objekte der Erinnerung“ entweder in theoretisch-methodischer Hinsicht aufrollen oder anhand konkreter Fallbeispiele und Untersuchungsgegenstände aus Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit behandeln.

Für unsere Vorauswahl erbitten wir Abstracts bis zum 31. Oktober 2018. oder

Ausgabe 4 wird im Juni 2019 erscheinen, Deadline für die Einreichung der Beiträge
ist der 28. Februar 2019.

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CFP: Rutgers Art Review Volume 36

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Deadline: Sep 15, 2018
Call for Papers and Digital Projects

Rutgers Art Review, a journal of graduate research in art history, hereby invites all current graduate students, as well as professionals who have completed their doctoral degree within the past year, to submit papers for its 36th edition.

Papers may address all topics and historical periods within the history of art and architecture, visual and material culture, art theory and criticism, aesthetics, film, and photography. Interdisciplinary studies concerning art and architecture written by students in other fields are also welcome. To be considered for publication, submissions must present original contributions to existing scholarship and conform to our submission guidelines. We encourage authors to ask a faculty member to review their paper before submission.
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CFP: Moyen Âge et séries. Numéro spécial de la revue « Médiévales : Langues, Textes, Histoire »

La revue Médiévales : Langues, Textes, Histoire envisage la publication en 2020 d’un numéro thématique provisoirement intitulé « Moyen Âge et séries ».

Les séries occupent une place croissante dans les pratiques culturelles contemporaines, et plusieurs d’entre elles ont à voir avec la période médiévale. Il peut s’agir en premier lieu de la mise en scène d’un épisode historique, d’une période donnée, de la vie d’un personnage célèbre, voire de l’adaptation d’une œuvre littéraire médiévale ou ayant pour cadre le Moyen Âge – ce qui implique un travail documentaire plus ou moins scientifique. Il existe aussi, bien entendu, un Moyen Âge de fantasy, fantastique et fantaisiste, mais que le spectateur reconnaît néanmoins comme « moyenâgeux ». Certaines séries, enfin, comportent des références plus subtiles et moins immédiatement intelligibles à des œuvres ou des événements de la période médiévale.

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CFP: Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts

ca7dc72aa646b86adac774b20222768d-medieval-times-medieval-artCall for Submissions: Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval ManuscriptsDeadline
Deadline: December 1, 2017

Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts

Volume editors: Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing
Deadline for submitting a proposal (500 words) and brief bio: 1 December 2017

Notification of submission status: 15 December 2017
Anticipated submission of completed texts: 1 October 2018

Historians of Western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art are invited to contribute essays to a volume on the representation of precious metalwork in medieval manuscripts.

The makers of medieval manuscripts frequently placed special emphasis on the depiction of precious-metal objects, both sacred and secular, including chalices, reliquaries, crosses, tableware, and figural sculpture. Artists typically rendered these objects using gold, silver, and metal alloys, “medium-specific” materials that richly and pointedly contrasted with the surrounding color pigments. The visual characteristics of these depicted metal things—lustrous yet flat, almost anti-representational—could dazzle, but perhaps also disorient: they grab the eye while creating a fertile tension between the representation of an object and the presentation of a precious stuff, between the pictorial and the material. A gold-leaf chalice signals its referent both iconically, via its shape, and indexically, via its metal material—a semiotic duality unavailable to the remainder of the painted miniature—and such images might accrue additional complexities when intended to represent known real-world objects.

This volume of essays will take inventory of how manuscript illuminators chose to depict precious metalwork and how these depictions generated meaning. The prominent application of metal leaf is one of the most distinguishing features of medieval manuscript illumination (only those books thus decorated technically merit the designation “illuminated”), and yet, despite its hallmark status, it has rarely served as a central subject of scholarly scrutiny and critique. In addressing both the use of metal leaf and the representation of precious-metal objects (via metallic and non-metallic media alike), Illuminating Metalwork seeks to remedy this lacuna. This volume will enhance traditionally fruitful approaches to medieval manuscript illumination, such as those analyzing text/image dynamics, pictorial mimesis, or public vs. private reception, by considering issues of materiality, preciousness, and presence. By focusing on the representation of precious metalwork, these studies will introduce new paths of inquiry beyond the depiction of actual objects and incorporate analyses of the use and simulation of metallic preciousness more broadly.

We invite essays that represent the full temporal and geographic scope of medieval manuscript painting—from Late Antiquity into the early modern era, from the Latin West to the Byzantine and Islamic East—in order to foster trans-historical and cross-cultural analysis. Possible themes include: chronological/geographical specificities in the representation of metalwork in manuscript illuminations; depictions of precious-metal figural sculpture, including idols; artistic technique and technical analysis (e.g. pigment vs. leaf, and the alloys used therein); the semiotics of metal on parchment; the phenomenology of the encounter; and whether we can speak of “portraits” of particular objects and/or visual “inventories” of specific collections.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Joseph Ackley ( and/or Shannon Wearing (

CFP: The Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery in the Mediterranean and the Slavic World (1200-1800), thematic issue of Cahiers Balkaniques (INALCO)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACall for Submissions: The Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery in the Mediterranean and the Slavic World (1200-1800)
Deadline: 28 February 2018

This thematic issue of Cahiers Balkaniques (INALCO), which appears in 2019, celebrates the Byzantine tradition of Church embroidery and its various afterlives. It aims at investigating its evolution within the sphere of Byzantium’s cultural influence and beyond, with a chronological scope which begins from the Late Middle Ages and stretches until the 19thcentury, when artisanal productions begin to decline.

We welcome proposals on the following subjects:

– The different aspects of Byzantine ecclesiastical embroidery and its artistic and technical evolutions.
– Embroidery techniques and iconographies transmitted from West and/or East.
– The relationship between Byzantine/post-Byzantine productions and the Christian Orient (ex. Armenia, Georgia).
– The management of Byzantine heritage in the Slavic World.
– Italian-Greek borderland productions (ex. the Ionian Islands).
– The circulation of Byzantine embroideries overseas (Italy, Eastern Europe and beyond).
– Christian embroidery in Egypt and the Levant.

Proposals by junior and senior researchers will be equally considered with priority being given to original research, whether based on technical analysis, iconographical interpretation or textual evidence. Subjects which favor interdisciplinarity are particularly welcome. The volume will be bilingual (French and English) and will appear in print in 2019.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to;

Guest editors:
Elena Papastavrou
Marielle Martiniani-Reber

CFP: ‘The Italian South: Transcultural Perspectives 400-1500,’ CONVIVIUM journal

Call for Contributions: ‘The Italian South: Transcultural Perspectives 400-1500,’ CONVIVIUM. Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Mediterranean, special issue edited by Elisabetta Scirocco (Bibliotheca Hertziana – MPI) and Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – MPI), published March 2018
Deadline for proposals: 20 September 2017
Deadline for article submission: 30 November 2017

This thematic issue of the journal Convivium is dedicated to the Italian South from the 5th to the 15th century. It seeks papers that engage with the specific transcultural dynamics of a geographical and historical area containing highly diverse political, social, and religious entities, as well as with the multi-layered connectivities that can be traced in the Italian South, across the Mediterranean, and beyond.

We invite contributions from Art History, Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Paleography, and related disciplines that deal with the cultural diversity of Late Antique and medieval Southern Italy with special attention to sites, monuments, landscapes, images, and objects, as well as to the visual and aesthetic spheres in general. We are primarily interested in exploring horizontal and vertical dynamics, in terms of time (synchronicity/diachronicity) and space (global/Mediterranean/local scales). Papers with a theoretical and historiographical approach are particularly welcome.

Main topics to be addressed might include:

-Artistic contacts and interactions in the Italian South, in a transregional and global perspective
-Centripetal and centrifugal paths of exchange, transmission, and appropriation
-Cross-cultural migration of objects, images, and techniques among spaces, contexts, and media: practices of reuse, appropriation, and interpretation
-Sites, places, and spaces of cultural interactions, such as cities and courts
-Religious interactions in sacred space and rituals
-Local persistence and reinterpretation of the (antique) past in different political and/or cultural scenarios
-The fascination of the (medieval) Italian South, from the 18th century to the present day
-The notion of “Southern Italian”, as it relates to the study of medieval art, and its historiographical consequences

Proposals of max. 1 page should be sent by 20​ ​September 2017 to the editors: and The deadline for the submission of articles is 30 November 2017.

Convivium V/1 will be published in March 2018.

Articles Submission:
Contributions (30,000-40,000 characters including spaces, and up to 15 full-color illustrations) must be sent by 30 November 2017 to Karolina Foletti, executive editor of the journal:
Languages accepted: English, French, German, Italian.
Each article will be evaluated through a double-blind peer-review process.

For the Style Guide, please see:


Please, see the call for papers of the Templa Winter School, “Citizen Cathedrals in the Middle Ages. Image, institutions, networks” (Girona, December 18th-19th 2017), organized by members of our Research Team (V. Debiais, X. Granero, A. Moreno, G. Boto).

It is addressed mainly to young researchers whose studies are focused on medieval Cathedrals related to their cities, and vice versa.

As with the Templa Summer School 2015 and 2016, the Templa Team will cover the expenses of all researchers whose papers have been accepted.


Call for Papers – Monografía Colectiva in Andalusian Studies

Invitamos a participar en una obra monográfica sobre La Ciudad Andalusí que será publicada por una editorial universitaria española a aquellos especialistas (historiadores, arqueólogos, arabistas, arquitectos, etc.) que tengan interés en torno a alguno de los dos siguientes temas:

fotonoticia844– Urbanismo andalusí.

– Complejos fortificados urbanos

– Complejos palatinos

– Espacios domésticos urbanos

– Mezquitas urbanas

– Infraestructuras hidráulicas y/o de saneamiento urbano

– Necrópolis urbanas

Los interesados deberán mandar un resumen de su propuesta en español, indicando el título del trabajo en una extensión máxima de 2 páginas en formato A-4 y letra Times New Roman 12 puntos. El trabajo propuesto debe ser original y novedoso, no habiéndose publicado en ninguna otra obra o revista. Además, deberá adjuntarse en el mismo documento un breve curriculum vitae (máximo 15-20 líneas), indicándose entre otras cuestiones el nombre del autor/a y su afiliación institucional, si así procede. Si la autoría es colectiva, se indicarán los nombres de los distintos participantes y se detallarán los curricula de cada uno de ellos.

La fecha máxima para la recepción de propuestas será el día 10 de mayo de 2017.

Estas deberán ser enviadas en formado .doc a: (Ma Mercedes Delgado Pérez) y (Luis G. Pérez Aguilar).

CFP: Journal for Art Market Studies – Issue on “Translocations and the Art Market”

Deadline: Jun 15, 2017

Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik

Call for Papers

Deadline abstract (2,000 characters): 15 June 2017
Deadline article (30,000 characters): 31 October 2017


Journal for Art Market Studies – Issue on “Translocations and the Art Market”

Since 2017 the Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies at Technische Universität Berlin has been publishing the Open Access Journal for Art Market Studies (JAMS). As part of the Institute’s well established Centre for Art Market Studies, the publication presents interdisciplinary research results on the past and present art market. The Journal conforms to Open Access standards including website submission through and peer reviews. Articles are published both as pdf and in HTML format, they are DOI registered and usually subject to a CC BY-NC copyright license.

For January 2018 we are planning an issue on the subject of “Translocations and the Art Market”, guest-edited by Professor Bénédicte Savoy. It will focus on the role of the art market in territorial displacements of cultural assets since antiquity. The context for this issue of the journal will be the wide research area outlined in the Leibniz Project Cluster “Translocations”, which will explore different forms, consequences, directions and backgrounds of such translocations. However, contributions to this issue of the journal should focus specifically on art market research.

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CFP: Defense(less) city – Revista de Historia da Arte next issue

Revista de Historia da ArteDeadline: Apr 30, 2017

DEFENSE(LESS) CITY will be the special subject of next issue of the Revista de História da Arte from IHA-FCSH-NOVA.

The city is, by definition, alterity, difference. It is the human accomplishment par excellence, standing out from nature, isolating itself from it. The presumption of defense is inherent to the very idea of the urban. The rite of the city’s birth implies first tracing its symbolic defense precincts, followed by the effective building of its walls. In the Middle Ages, the very definition of a city requires a wall. But it is in Early Modernity that speculation about the city’s defenses reaches its zenith. Defenses are theorized in treatises and tested in fortifications. Throughout the Early Modern period, war becomes an exercise of extreme defense, of siege resistance. Until the time comes for the absolute inoperability of any kind of city walls. The Contemporary city stands literally fuori mura. And yet, cosmopolitan urbanity, supposedly open, is also potentially closed.

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