Category Archives: Call for Participants

Intensive course: ‘Rome as a Palimpsest,’ Rome, April 3-9, 2017

rome_colosseum_aerial_viewIntensive course: Rome as a Palimpsest, Rome, April 3-9, 2017.
Collaborative course organised by the Bibliotheca Hertziana –
Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, des Deutschen Archäologischen
Instituts und des Deutschen Historischen Instituts in Rom.
Deadline for Applications: October 15, 2016

Das Deutsche Archäologische Institut, Abteilung Rom, die Bibliotheca
Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, und das Deutsche
Historische Institut in Rom bieten vom 3. bis zum 9. April 2017 einen
Studienkurs an. Der Intensivkurs unter der Leitung von
WissenschaftlerInnen der beteiligten Institute richtet sich
insbesondere an fortgeschrittene Studierende der Klassischen
Archäologie, der Christlichen Archäologie, der historischen
Bauforschung, der Kunstgeschichte sowie der Geschichtswissenschaften
vom Mittelalter bis zur Zeitgeschichte.
Ausgangspunkt des Kurses ist das Bild von Rom als “Palimpsest”, d.h.
Rom als exemplarischer Ort des Umgangs mit Vergangenheit, des
Auslöschens und Vergessens, der Neuentdeckung, Wiederbelebung und
vielfachen Aneignung von Geschichte, der Überlagerung und des
Ineinandergreifens historischer Epochen. Diese Prozesse des Um- und
Überschreibens, der Inszenierung und Zitierung sollen mit
unterschiedlichen fachlichen Zugangsweisen an ausgewählten Orten und
baulichen Ensembles, vom Kapitol über das Forum Romanum bis hin zum
EUR-Viertel und dem Tiberufer mit dem in diesem Jahr angebrachten Fries
von William Kentridge von der römischen Kaiserzeit bis heute untersucht
werden.
Von den KursteilnehmerInnen wird eine intensive Einarbeitung sowie
aktive Mitarbeit – unter anderem die Übernahme eines Referates inkl.
der fristgerechten Vorbereitung von Themenpapieren und Unterlagen –
erwartet.
Die Zahl der Teilnehmenden ist auf fünfzehn Personen beschränkt. Für
die Gruppe der AltertumswissenschaftlerInnen (Archäologen und
historische Bauforscher) stehen ebenso wie für KunsthistorikerInnen und
HistorikerInnen jeweils 5 Plätze zur Verfügung. Die Kosten für die
Reise bis zu einem Betrag von 150 Euro und Übernachtung werden ebenso
wie Eintritte von den veranstaltenden Instituten übernommen. Die An-
und Abreise ist von den Kursteilnehmern selbst zu organisieren.

Requirements: Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme: abgeschlossener M.A. in einem der für
den Kurs relevanten Fächer bzw. M.A.-Studium in der Endphase.

How to apply: Bewerbungen mit kurzem Motivationsschreiben (max. eine Seite),
Lebenslauf, ggf. Kopie des letzten Studienabschlusses und Skizze eines
laufenden Forschungsvorhabens (bitte nur in elektronischer Form) an:
Rossi@biblhertz.it

Call for Contributions: Edited Volume ‘After the Carolingians: Manuscript Illumination in the Tenth–Eleventh Centuries’

salzburgpericopes001Call for Contributions: edited volume After the Carolingians: Manuscript Illumination in the Tenth–Eleventh Centuries
Deadline: Jun 1, 2016

A great deal of research remains to be done on the substantial and
wide-ranging corpus of illuminated manuscripts produced in continental
Europe between the late ninth and late eleventh centuries. Whether
tucked away in footnotes or relegated to the status of comparanda, the
extant manuscripts from this difficult period of history — particularly
from the regions of modern-day France and Flanders — rarely receive the
focused attention they deserve. Yet many manuscripts from the tenth and
eleventh centuries have the potential to challenge our understanding of
fundamental issues of historical inquiry, including the nature of
artistic originality, various processes of transmission, the working
relationships between artists, patrons and scribes; even the essential
character and functions of illumination.

We seek papers that offer new perspectives on the culture of
illuminated books produced between c. 900 and c. 1050 outside the
established centers of art-historical focus in Anglo-Saxon England and
the Ottonian Empire. Studies of manuscripts originating beyond the
traditional geographic boundaries of the Carolingian Empire are most
welcome, as are studies that coordinate manuscripts with their physical
environment or with works of art in other media, and studies that
reflect upon relationships of “center and periphery” or questions of
regionalism, problematize the issue of artistic quality, or investigate
connections between tenth–eleventh century manuscripts and illumination
of other periods.

Papers will be collected in a volume to be published in the series
“Sense, Matter and Medium: New Approaches to Medieval Culture” (De
Gruyter). We wish also to propose a session on the topic of the volume
at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Toronto,
April 6–8, 2017), which will double as a contributors’ meeting.

Submission: Please send an abstract of your proposed contribution (ca. 300 words) and let
us know whether you would be able to attend the MAA conference.
Deadline: June 1, 2016. Please contact us with any questions.

Beatrice Kitzinger (Princeton University, bkitzinger@princeton.edu)
Joshua O’Driscoll (The Morgan Library and Museum,
jodriscoll@themorgan.org)

Call for Applications: 12 posts in the research group “Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas”

deorbonovo_28129Call for Applications: 12 junior scholars to join the research group Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas, from  June 2016 to October 2017.
Deadline: March 31, 2016

A Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Project
co-directed by Michael Cole and Alessandra Russo,
Columbia University

The co-directors of the Connecting Art History project “Spanish Italy
and the Iberian Americas” seek twelve junior scholars to join the
research group during the period June 2016 to October 2017. Project
participants will collaborate to discern the common dynamics and study
the artistic ties that developed between these two regions in the early
modern period, especially during the sixteenth-century. Moving beyond
the concerns of national heritage and microhistory, the project depends
on scholars interested in changing their conceptions about their “home”
fields of “Renaissance” Italian or “Colonial” Latin American art. The
project will unfold in multiple stages, centered on travel and
conversation. Throughout the project, the junior scholars and a group
of senior faculty will collaborate and communicate regularly, sharing
bibliographies and contributing monthly to a research blog. As a group,
participants will travel to Italy in January 2017 to visit and discuss
works in historically Spanish regions of Italy. Each member will be
responsible for introducing a series of works, engaging information
across multiple fields. Six months after the visits in Italy, in a
second phase of the project, participants will convene in New York City
for a workshop. Each scholar will present a paper responding to the
conversation and insights elicited during the trip, and considering how
those ideas might provide prospects for the study of arts in Iberian
Americas. While in New York, the group will also visit archives and
museums in the city. The project will cover travel expenses to Italy
and New York.

Eligibility: Recent PhDs to junior faculty members working on early modern Italian
or Latin American art are eligible to apply though preference will be
given to those who did degrees or are working in Italian and Latin
American universities. Candidates should submit a statement (maximum
three pages) explaining their interest in participating; a description
(maximum two pages) of a current project; a CV; two letters of
recommendation; and a writing sample.

How to apply: Application materials should be sent as a single PDF, clearly labeled,
to : connectingarthistories@columbia.edu  by March 31st, 2016.

Call for Applications: Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia – II TEMPLA Summer School

catedralvistaaereaCall for Applications: Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia –
II TEMPLA Summer School,
“Nicolau d’Olwer i Pere i Joan Coromines” room,
Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme 47,  08001 Barcelona, July 14th-16th 2016
Deadline: May 29, 2016

TEMPLA, a permanent workshop of Medieval Studies composed of specialists from universities, museums and archives from different parts of Spain, Europe and in particular Catalonia, seeks applications for its second Summer School, Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia. National and international researchers into medieval art history and related disciplines are invited to to debate the concept and expression of “Cathedral Cities”, which have boosted in European episcopal sees during the medieval period. The studies of Cathedral City Landscapes could reveal the historical and living memory they  contain.
This call aims to understand how the fragile historical centers of cathedral cities have become the bearers of European’s identity, memory and their complex and plural intangible heritage. The medieval cathedral is widely seen as one of the most important contributions to European and global cultural history. Besides they often are the largest and oldest of all monuments in a city or town, cathedrals and their functioning influenced the way the city evolved. They are therefore essential to our understanding of local and regional history. Alongside their urban influence cathedrals are places for people – social congregation for secular and religious occurrence, where the memories of people and events were made and are now stored, where history and “invented traditions” intertwine.
The progress about knowledge of this European heritage is a necessary measure to protect its visibility and understanding as well as to justify the survival and sustainability of their uses. This living heritage, condenser and referential framework of social and cultural pan-European principles, is at risk of depletion and irrelevance. Therefore the results of the II TSS will be transferred to the academic community, but also to policy makers and citizens in general.

The School’s aims are:

1. To analyse the confluence of diverse resources and actors (institutional, economic, topographic, architectural…) activated to planning and building the place of cathedrals inside medieval cities and development of medieval cities around their cathedrals.
2. To propose new forms of contextualising historical building of European bishoprics in order to explain the results of artistic promotion underlining extra-artistic factors: e.g. liturgical, devotional, circulatory, … as well as convergence of actions by ecclesiastical and civil policies. For proper understanding of this issue it is necessary to emphasize the corresponding “framework for action”.
3- To evidence that the urban and architectural heritage of medieval cathedral cities is bearer of axiological meaning and transmitter of European identity, the validity of the collective memory and also builder of real and imaginary urban landscape.
4- To establish, on the basis of the results of the two previous objectives, new approaches and multidisciplinary research in the urban and social environments of European Cathedral Cities.

Organised by: Gerardo Boto, Marta Serrano, Vincent Debiais; TEMPLA. Institut de Recerca Històrica, Universidad de Girona.

How to Apply:  This scientific meeting is intended for a small number of participants; the application procedure allows for 10 researchers to be invited to present their research. Participants will be expected to take an active role in the debates that will follow each presentation. Every researcher must benefit from the contributions of the other specialists. The presentations and debates may take place in Spanish, French, Italian or English.
Format: The debates will take place on the first two days. On the third day there will be a visit to a Catalan Cathedral City to highlight in situ its particular specificities regarding episcopal and civil urbanism.
The workshop is principally aimed at young pre- and postdoctoral researchers in the areas of history of art, history and liturgical studies. Those who are interested in participating in the TEMPLA Summer School 2016 must submit:
• A letter of motivation that includes a description their current research,
• A CV (maximum one page)
• A presentation proposal (maximum 300 words).
These documents may be in Spanish, French, Italian or English.

The deadline for submitting this documentation is May 29 2016. It must be sent to (both): gerardo.boto@udg.edu and marta.serrano@urv.cat
Applicants will receive a response before June 13 2016. The successful candidates must provide the organizers with a description of the ideas they wish to present, any images relating to their presentation and a brief bibliography by June 26 2016. This documentation will be used to create a dossier a hand-out for the other attendees. The aim of this initiative is to encourage participants to submit proposals of direct interest to the planned debates.

Expenses for accomodation, lunch and other activities will be covered by the organisers. Participants must pay their travel expenses to the workshop.

 

 

 

Call for Applications: Dante and the Visual Arts: a Summer Symposium at UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Museum (August 22 – 24, 2016)

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The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) invites applications from graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to attend the Dante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium. The symposium, organized by CMRS and the journal Dante e l’Arte in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, will take place August 22–24, 2016 in Los Angeles with sessions at UCLA and at the Getty Center.

The symposium is part of the larger research project Envisioning the Word: Dante and the Visual Arts 1300-1500 which is an ongoing collaboration between the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Institut d’Estudis Medievals at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The project’s goal is to demonstrate and document how Dante’s imagery, particularly that associated with the Divine Comedy, draws upon the visual traditions of Dante’s own time and gives them a new form. It also examines the way that Dante’s Comedy influenced the visual arts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the culture of early modern print.

The Dante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium will consist of a day at the Getty Museum focusing on manuscripts and printed books of the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries, concentrating on the long visual tradition associated with Dante and his milieu. Participants will also learn how books and manuscripts were made, illuminated, and illustrated. The symposium will then move to UCLA for two days of presentations and discussions focusing on the most important editions of Dante’s Comedy analyzing such factors as the relationship between text and image, the hermeneutic importance of the image, and the criteria by which a particular description in the text has been selected to be represented visually. An exhibit of early books and manuscripts will be on display in UCLA Library Special Collections in conjunction with the symposium.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be graduate students or post-doctoral scholars who are doing research or specializing in some aspect of Dante studies. An ability to speak and to understand spoken Italian is preferred, but not required. Please note that applicants who are not US citizens will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa if required. If selected for the award, the UCLA-CMRS staff will assist with this process.

AWARD
A total of 12 applicants will be selected to attend the symposium. Six of these applicants will be chosen from the southern California region. An additional six from outside the greater Los Angeles area will be selected to receive funding in the form of roundtrip, economy class travel to/from Los Angeles (i.e., airfare and ground transportation) and 5 nights lodging.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
There is no application form. An application consists of these items:

1. A cover letter with the following information: Name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, affiliation and status (school you attend or graduated from; highest academic degree and date awarded), and citizenship status. Please address the cover letter to Professor Massimo Ciavolella.

2. A short description (500 words) of your academic or research interests and an explanation of how theDante and the Visual Arts Summer Symposium will help you achieve your academic goals. Please describe your fluency with the Italian language.

3. Curriculum vitae.

4. Transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended.

5. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or scholars familiar with your academic work.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Submit application items 1-4 as a PDF email attachment to cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu. Use the subject line “Dante Application.” Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the recommender to the same email address. All applications and letters will receive an email confirmation of receipt.

 
DEADLINE
April 15, 2016

If you need more information about the symposium or the application process, please contact Karen Burgess (UCLA-CMRS Assistant Director) at kburgess@ucla.edu.

For more information see: http://cmrs.ucla.edu/news/dante-and-the-visual-arts/

 

Application to join the ICMA Student Committee

Click here to apply to the ICMA Student Committee. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

About the Student Committee

The Student Committee of the International Center for Medieval Art advocates for all members with student status and facilitates communication between both between ICMA student members and between student members and the ICMA. Our group annually sponsors at least two sessions at academic conferences, most frequently at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, and at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK. As a committee that addresses the concerns of students, we see our sponsored sessions as forums for discussion and informal mentorship within our field. The Student Committee also contributes to the ICMA newsletter, which has recently been expanded to include submissions from all ICMA student members. Additionally, the Student Committee maintains various online presences in order to establish digital forums for student communication and to disseminate information regarding student conferences, sessions, and the ICMA Student Essay Prize.

Current Members (with end of term)

Jennifer Grayburn ’16 (Chair; University of Virginia)

Sanne Frequin ’17 (Vice-Chair, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Lehti Keelman ’16 (Newsletter Chair & Conference Chair; University of Michigan)

Kyle Sweeney ’16 (Digital Presence Chair; Rice University)

Ashley Paolozzi ’18 (Membership Chair, Queen’s University, Canada)

Ashley Laverock ’16 (Emory University)

Pablo Ordás ’16 (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Diana Olivares Martinez ’16 (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)

Meg Bernstein ’18 (University of California, Los Angeles)

Join the ICMA Student Committee

Student Committee (hereafter SC) members are generally appointed for three-year terms, but actual appointments often range from 2-4 years based on the student status of the SC member. Prospective SC members apply by submitting a brief questionnaire explaining their interests and past experiences.  Official appointments are extended by the ICMA President and conclude in spring after the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) in Kalamazoo.

At the annual SC Spring Meeting in Kalamazoo the Chair will go over the varied tasks for the upcoming year and will find agreement within the SC as to who will be responsible for each task. The responsibilities can be divided up however the group thinks best in order to best distribute the workload. Traditionally the tasks are divided as follows:

1) Chair

2) Public Relations (P.R.)

4) Newsletter

5) Digital Presence (D.P)

6) Events/Programs

History of the ICMA Student Committee

In spring 2005, a group of graduate students were recognized as a pilot committee – the Graduate Student Committee – aimed at advocating for and involving graduate student members within ICMA. In May 2008, Colum Hourihane (ICMA President 2008-2011) and Larry Nees (ICMA President 2011-2014) met with the ICMA Graduate Student Committee to announce that the GSC would be made an official ad hoc committee under its new designation, the Student Committee. The Student Committee mission widened from supporting graduate students to keeping all ICMA members informed about student statuses: graduates, undergraduates, interns, conservation trainees, etc. Along with its new designation, the Student Committee was asked to continue sponsoring annual sessions at Kalamazoo; to regularly submit an article to the ICMA newsletter; to participate in the development of the ICMA website; and to establish a listserv specifically geared to discussions regarding student opportunities, issues, and questions.

Contact Information

Jennifer Grayburn

ICMA Student Committee Chair

Ph.D. Candidate

History of Art and Architecture

McIntire Department of Art

University of Virginia

Email: studentcommittee@medievalart.org

Follow the ICMA Student Committee on Facebook.

HISTORIANS OF ISLAMIC ART ASSOCIATION 2016 Biennial Conference

The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
October 20-22, 2016
Regionality: looking for the local in the arts of Islam
The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Historians of Islamic Art Association will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, from October 20th to October 22nd, 2016. The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s preeminent centres for the study of art history and conservation. The introduction in 2013 of a dedicated teaching position for Islamic art history marks the enormous strides taken in our field in recent decades, and recognizes the fact that the study of the arts of Islam have become an integral part of the broader art historical discipline and have made important contributions to cross-cultural studies, trans-disciplinary approaches, and the general widening of the scope of art history.

The London venue celebrates the European ‘roots’ of the study of the arts that fall under the cultural umbrella of Islam, and the formation of the important early collections and exhibitions that launched its scholarship. Those early, mostly connoisseurial categories of regional types and styles – the “Moresque”, Persian painting, Turkish tiles, Indian decorative arts – formed the foundations from which universalizing narratives of “Islamic” arts emerged, especially in the period after the Second World War. Some fifty years later, we are witnessing a resurgence of the study of regional specificities, augmented with deeper research into the diverse facets of any given locality or artistic form, and a greater commitment to the linguistic and cultural particularities that shaped the arts, architecture and archaeology in a specific locale. Rigorous application of trans-disciplinary research strategies have contributed to the deepening of our understanding of the arts of Islam in local terms, and have allowed us to embrace broader historical trajectories to include the modern and contemporary in our field.

The conference organizers believe that this is a time to celebrate the diversity within HIAA’s specialist remit and to take stock of our field’s capacity for extending beyond nationalistic formulations of history, and for breaking out of Euro-centred identities and perspectives. As such we invite proposals for papers and pre-organized panels that take regionality as their principal theme, that complicate simplistic assumptions about ethno-national labels, and that highlight the local. Paper proposals from all parts of the field, from the late antique to the contemporary, from Spain to Southeast Asia, are welcome.

The conference program will feature guided object-handling sessions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, allowing direct access to a wide range of media from these two remarkable survey collections. On October 19th, there will be an opportunity to preview the exhibition Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural, at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford (travel to Oxford not provided). On October 23rd, the Sarikhani Collection of Persian Art in Oxfordshire has generously invited conference participants to a daylong visit to the collection (travel by coach will be provided).

Graduate students and early career scholars will be considered for travel and lodging grants. We urge our senior colleagues to seek funding in their home institutions. The conference schedule will be finalized by August 2016. There will be three keynote talks marking each day of the conference and a special dinner on October 22nd for all speakers, session chairs and discussants. Tea, coffee, and some lunches will be provided. The guided handling sessions – in small groups and focused by media – take place on the morning of Friday 21st October at the V&A and British Museum. Advance registration required. Details forthcoming.

Abstracts and Panel Proposals
Proposals may be submitted either for individual papers or for pre-arranged panels. Paper proposals should include your name, contact information, affiliated institution, professional/academic position, paper title, and the abstract.

Panel proposals should include a panel description of no more than 300 words and the names, contacts, and proposal abstracts of all participants.

The abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should indicate the original contribution of the paper and/or panel.

Proposals should be submitted by Monday 4th January 2016 to Sussan Babaie, HIAA President-elect, at HIAABiennial2016@gmail.com.

Selected speakers will be given 20 minutes for their presentation followed by a short Q&A. Time will be allotted for panel discussions at the end of each panel.

All Symposium participants must be HIAA members in good standing. To join or renew your membership in HIAA, please follow the instructions on the HIAA website: http://www.historiansofislamicart.org

Program Committee for HIAA Biennial 2016:
Mariam Rosser-Owen, Victoria and Albert Museum
Scott Redford, SOAS, University of London
Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 4 January 2016
Accepted papers and panels announced via email: 28 February 2016
Deadline for draft paper submission: 1 September 2016
Conference dates: 20-22 October 2016

For further details please contact Sussan Babaie at HIAABiennial2016@gmail.com