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CFP: ‘Peaks-Passages-Ponti’, Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft (deadline 1 June 2018)

5. Forum Medieval Art: Peaks-Passages-Ponti

The fifth Forum Medieval Art will take place in Bern on 18th-21st September 2019. Bern – looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building – embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.

Many mountain regions, and especially the Alps, have a long history as sites of transfers and interferences. Today, mountains and glaciers are the locations revealing most rapidly the consequences of climate change. They raise our awareness of similar changes in the past. Mountain regions were and are traversed by several ecological networks, connecting cities, regions, and countries, as well as different cultures, languages, and artistic traditions. Mountains, with their difficult passages and bridges, structured the ways through which materials and people were in touch. Bridges were strategic targets in conduct of war, evidence of applied knowledge, expression of civic representation, and custom points—both blockades and gates to the world.

Peaks in the historiography of Art History mark moments of radical change within artistic developments, the pinnacles of artistic careers, and high moments in the encounters of different traditions. Since the unfinished project of Walter Benjamin, who obtained his PhD in Bern, the passage has also been introduced as a figure of thought in historiography. The passage describes historical layers as spatial constellations, in which works of art, everyday culture, religious ideas, definitions of periods and theories of history encounter.

Please send your submission until June 1, 2018, to
mail@mittelalterkongress.de

Find more information here: http://mittelalterkongress.de/mittelalterkongress/wb/pages/startseite.php

German call for papers:

In Bern – mit Blick auf Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau, als Passage zur Westschweiz und mit einer langen Tradition im Brückenbau – wird das fünfte Forum Kunst des Mittelalters die Schnittstellen, Transfer-, Entanglement- und Überlagerungsprozesse selbst ins Zentrum stellen. Es thematisiert die Formen und Wege des Austauschs, die Infrastruktur, die Verbindungen der politischen und religiösen Kontexte, die konkreten Reflexionen dieser Beziehungen in den Objekten und die methodische Herausforderung, die Geschichte von Begegnungen von Künstlern, Werken, Materialien und Traditionen zu schreiben.

Viele Gebirgsregionen, und insbesondere der Alpenraum, haben als Transfer- und Überlagerungsraum eine lange Geschichte. Zugleich sind Berge und Gletscher in der Gegenwart Orte, an denen die Folgen von Klimaveränderungen besonders rasch sichtbar werden. Sie sensibilisieren daher auch für ähnliche Veränderungsphänomene vergangener Zeitschichten. Bergregionen waren und sind durchzogen von verschiedenen Netzwerken, in denen herausfordernde Passagen, oft mit Pässen und Brücken, Städte, Regionen, Länder, und damit verschiedene Kulturen, Sprachen und ihre künstlerischen Traditionen verbanden. Sie strukturierten die Wege, über die Materialien, Menschen, Regionen miteinander im Austausch standen. Brücken waren strategische Ziele in der Kriegsführung, Zeugnis angewendeten Wissens, Ausdruck städtischer Repräsentation, Zollstellen, und Tore zur Welt.

Gipfel markieren in der Kunsthistoriographie Momente des Umbruchs einer längeren Entwicklung, Höhepunkte in künstlerischen Karrieren und zentrale Momente in der Begegnung von verschiedenen Traditionen. Seit dem unvollendetem Projekt Walter Benjamins, der in Bern promoviert wurde, ist die Passage auch als Figur der Geschichtsschreibung eingeführt, die historische Schichten von Räumen als Konstellation begreift, an der sich Kunstwerke, Alltagskultur, religiöse Vorstellungen, Definitionen von Epochen und Geschichtstheorie begegnen.

Ihre Vorschläge für Sektionen richten Sie bitte bis spätestens 1. Juni 2018 an
mail@mittelalterkongress.de

French call for papers:

5. Forum Medieval Art
Peaks-Passages-Ponti

Face aux sommets de l’Eiger, du Mönch et de la Jungfrau, représentant un lieu de passage entre Suisse allemande et romande et héritière d’une longue tradition de la construction de ponts la ville de Berne va accueillir le cinquième “Forum d’art médiéval” pour discuter les processus de transfert, d’échange et d’interférences culturels au Moyen Âge. Il abordera les problématiques des formes et voies d’échange, de l’infrastructure, des liens politiques et religieux qui sont reflétés dans les œuvres et lancera le défi méthodologique d’écrire une nouvelle histoire de l’art comme histoire des rencontres entre les hommes, les œuvres, les matériaux et les traditions.

Beaucoup de régions montagnardes, et notamment l’arc alpin, ont une longue tradition d’espaces d’échange et de transfert. En même temps, les montagnes et les glaciers représentent des lieux où le changement climatique se manifeste très vite. Ils sensibilisent à l’étude de changements comparables qui eurent lieu dans le passé. Les montagnes sont depuis toujours traversées d’un réseau de chemins et de routes intégrant des passages difficiles, souvent par des cols et des ponts. Ce réseau établit le lien entre villes, régions et pays, mettant en relation les diverses cultures avec leurs langues et leurs pratiques artistiques différentes. Les régions montagnardes comprennent les voies de transport et d’échange de matériaux et d’hommes entre régions. Les ponts devinrent souvent la cible pendant les guerres, représentaient une démonstration du savoir-faire et symbolisaient la barrière douanière tout comme la porte qui s’ouvre au monde.

Dans l’historiographie de l’histoire de l’art ce sont les apogées qui désignent un changement profond dans une évolution en cours, un sommet d’une carrière d’artiste ou un moment crucial d’une rencontre entre traditions différentes. Depuis le projet inachevé de Walter Benjamin, qui a soutenu sa thèse à l’université de Berne, le terme de “passage” fait partie de la pensée d’historiens qui cherchent à comprendre les stratifications historiques d’un espace comme des lieux de rencontre entre objets d’art, culture du quotidien, idées religieuses, définitions d’époques et théories d’histoire.

Les propositions de séance sont à soumettre jusqu’au 1er juin 2018 par
e-mail à l’adresse suivante :
mail@mittelalterkongress.de

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Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference


mjc-logo-lrgAs part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, October 4–7, 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/44th-annual-annual-byzantine-studies-conference). The deadline for submission is February 5, 2018. Proposals should include:
—Proposed session title
—CV of session organizer
—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.
Session organizers may present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.
Applicants will be notified by February 9, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by February 15, 2018. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (http://www.bsana.net/conference/2018_BSANA_CFP.pdf).
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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CFP: Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session, 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018

mjc-logo-lrgCall for For Session Proposals, Mary Jaharis Center’s sponsored session, 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018
Deadline: September 1, 2017
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2018_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.
Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/25th-imc). The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Proposals should include:
**Title
**100-word session abstract
**Session moderator and academic affiliation
**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
**CV
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

CFP: Association for Art History Annual Conference 2018 (London, 5-7 Apr 2018)

London, The Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London
Deadline: May 1, 2017
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Association for Art History Annual Conference 2018, Call for Sessions

‘LOOK OUT!’ is the theme of the Association for Art History’s Annual Conference , co-hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, from April 5 – April 7 2018.

•    Incorporating a whole range of outlooks – of educators, curators and heritage partners, of university and other teachers and researchers in art history and other disciplines, and of artists themselves.
•    Challenging you to think about art history’s global reach and connections with other affiliated subjects in the arts, humanities and sciences.
•    Inviting new perspectives on international collaborations within the field in the context of current political events.
•    Encompassing examination of the histories and futures of art historical practices, and the opportunities and challenges of broader political and public engagement.
•    Other creative and innovative ways of interpreting the theme are enthusiastically encouraged!

We aim to include contributions from those engaged in all aspects of research involving art history and visual culture.

DEADLINE for academic and alternative session proposals: May 1st 2017
to aahsessions2018@gmail.com

CFP: Female Agency in the Arts (New York, 26-27 Jun 2018)

Christie’s Education New York, June 26 – 27, 2018
Deadline: Jul 15, 2017

Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts
Call for Sessions

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Christie’s Education

Following the success of the 250-anniversary conference held in London
in July 2016, Christie’s Education is organizing its second academic
conference on the theme of women in the arts. The Conference will take
place at Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York on Tuesday June
26th and Wednesday June 27th 2018.

From Antiquity to today, women have always played a significant role in
the arts and their markets.  With this call for sessions, we welcome
proposals coming from a wide range of disciplines that would consider
women’s diverse contributions to the arts from a transnational and
transhistorical perspective. We hope that the sessions will reflect the
global and historical diversity of the issues at stake.

This conference is not advocating for a separate history nor an
alternative history of art and its markets, but rather we want to look
at the central role played by women in the creation, development,
support and preservation of the arts and, also how their contribution
has changed over time.

Sessions should consider globally and throughout history women as
artists, patrons and collectors of art and architecture, dealers and
brokers, art historians and art critics as well as curators and
preservers of culture. From the presence of women in emerging and
established art centers to historical aristocratic patronage and back
in time to the medieval period and antiquity we hope that the sessions
will investigate a diverse range of topics.

Deadline for Session Proposals:
We encourage academics across disciplines and art professionals to
submit proposals for individual sessions. Sessions will be 115 (4 x 20
minute papers) or 90 minutes (3 x 20 minute papers) in length. Please
send a 250/300-word abstract to Dr. Cecily Hennessy
(chennessy@christies.com) and Dr. Véronique Chagnon-Burke
(vchagnon-burke@christies.edu) by July 15th 2017.

Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

hosios-loukas-experiorAs part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, October 5–8, 2017. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/43rd-annual-byzantine-studies-conference). The deadline for submission is February 15, 2017. Proposals should include:
—Proposed session title
—CV of session organizer
—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session
—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing
Session organizers may present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.
Applicants will be notified by February 20, 2017. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by March 1, 2017. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (https://maryjahariscenter.org/assets/sponsored-sessions/2017_BSANA_Call_for_Papers_FINAL.pdf).
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

CFP: Special thematic strand: ‘Otherness,’ IMC Leeds 2017

imc_postcard_2017_front_1Call for Papers: Special thematic strand: ‘Otherness,’ International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 3–6 July 2017
Deadline for paper proposals: 31 August 2016.
Deadline for session proposals:
30 September 2016

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome.

However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.

‘Others’ can be found everywhere: outside one’s own community (from foreigners to non-human monsters) and inside it (for example, religious and social minorities, or individual newcomers in towns, villages, or at court).

One could encounter the ‘Others’ while travelling, in writing, reading and thinking about them, by assessing and judging them, by ‘feelings’ ranging from curiosity to contempt, and behaviour towards them which, in turn, can lead to integration or exclusion, friendship or hostility, and support or persecution.

The demarcation of the ‘Self’ from ‘Others’ applies to all areas of life, to concepts of thinking and mentalité as well as to social ‘reality’, social intercourse and transmission of knowledge and opinions. Forms and concepts of the ‘Other’, and attitudes towards ‘Others’, imply and reveal concepts of ‘Self’, self-awareness and identity, whether expressed explicitly or implicitly. There is no ‘Other’ without ‘Self’. A classification as ‘Others’ results from a comparison with oneself and one’s own identity groups.

Thus, attitudes towards ‘Others’ oscillate between admiring and detesting, and invite questioning into when the ‘Other’ becomes the ‘Strange’.

The aim of the IMC is to cover the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’ through multi-disciplinary approaches, on a geographical, ethnic, political, social, legal, intellectual and even personal level, to analyse sources from all genres, areas, and regions.

Possible entities to research for ‘Otherness’ could include (but are not limited to):
•       Peoples, kingdoms, languages, towns, villages, migrants, refugees, bishoprics, trades, guilds, or seigneurial systems

  • Faiths and religions, religious groups (including deviation from the ‘true’ faith) and religious orders
    •       Different social classes, minorities, or marginal groups
    •       The spectrum from ‘Strange’ to ‘Familiar’.
    •       Individuals or ‘strangers’ of any kind, newcomers as well as people exhibiting strange behaviour
    •       Otherness related to art, musics, liturgical practices, or forms of worship
    •       Any further specific determinations of ‘alterity’

Methodologies and Approaches to ‘Otherness’ (not necessarily distinct, but overlapping) could include:
•       Definitions, concepts, and constructions of ‘Otherness’
•       Indicators of, criteria and reasons for demarcation
•       Relation(s) between ‘Otherness’ and concepts of ‘Self’
•       Communication, encounters, and social intercourse with ‘Others’ (in embassies, travels, writings, quarrels, conflicts, and persecution)

  • Knowledge, perception, and assessment of the ‘Others’
    •       Attitudes and behaviour towards ‘Others’
    •       Deviation from any ‘norms’ of life and thought (from the superficial to the fundamental)
    •       Gender and transgender perspectives
    •       Co-existence and segregation
    •       Methodological problems when inquiring into ‘Otherness’
    •       The Middle Ages as the ‘Other’ compared with contemporary times (‘Othering’ the Middle Ages).

    How to Submit: The IMC online proposal form is now available.
    Proposals should be submitted online at: www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2017_call.html
    The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages.