Online Lecture: The Drawing Compass as a Tool of Creation in Premodern Europe, The Warburg Institute, 10th-11th June 2021, 5:30-7pm (BST)

 ‘Circular Thinking’ is an online lecture, short papers and panel discussion devoted to the drawing compass, an essential tool of premodern makers that came to represent divine Creation. Although now associated primarily with architecture, the compass was a transmedial instrument, integral to a range of artisanal operations, yet evidence of its use is relatively thin.Continue reading “Online Lecture: The Drawing Compass as a Tool of Creation in Premodern Europe, The Warburg Institute, 10th-11th June 2021, 5:30-7pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: Representing Dante’s Steps in Illuminated Manuscripts of the Divine Comedy, Lucy Donkin, Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, 30th June 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)

In the Divine Comedy, at the entrance to Purgatory, Dante encounters three steps made from stone of different colours and textures. These have attracted attention since the earliest commentaries on the poem, and are often seen as alluding to interior states, especially associated with penance. This paper understands the steps and their interpretation to reflect theContinue reading “Online Lecture: Representing Dante’s Steps in Illuminated Manuscripts of the Divine Comedy, Lucy Donkin, Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, 30th June 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: Salvation and the Apocalypse in Santa Caterina, Galatina – eschatological narratives and Greek identity in the Salento, Maria Harvey, 26th April, 18.00–19.30 (CET)

This event will take place via Zoom and requires advance registration. Please click here to reserve your place. As she returned to the Salento in 1415/6, dowager queen of Naples and Countess of Lecce Maria d’Enghien commissioned an extensive fresco cycle in the Franciscan church of Santa Caterina, founded by her first husband three decades earlier inContinue reading “Online Lecture: Salvation and the Apocalypse in Santa Caterina, Galatina – eschatological narratives and Greek identity in the Salento, Maria Harvey, 26th April, 18.00–19.30 (CET)”

Call for Papers: Conference, Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe (c. 1300–1500), St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, 9th-10th September 2021, Deadline: 7th June 2021

Historical research has witnessed a rapidly growing interest in ‘networks’ since the turn of the twenty-first century. This is due not only to the utility of networks in describing interrelations between historical actors, but also to the adoption of the concepts and methodologies associated with social network analysis (SNA).  Our conference, which will take placeContinue reading “Call for Papers: Conference, Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe (c. 1300–1500), St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, 9th-10th September 2021, Deadline: 7th June 2021”

Online Lecture: Water Blood and Wine – Iconography of the Old Testament on Medieval Portable Altars, Sarah Luginbill, University of Colorado Boulder, April 22nd 2021 4pm PST/7pm EST

Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Sarah Luginbill will deliver a lecture online from the University of Colorado Boulder on the iconography of the Old Testament on medieval portable altars. They will present their dissertation research on iconography of Abraham, Abel and Melchisedech that feature on the lids of several portable altars madeContinue reading “Online Lecture: Water Blood and Wine – Iconography of the Old Testament on Medieval Portable Altars, Sarah Luginbill, University of Colorado Boulder, April 22nd 2021 4pm PST/7pm EST”

New Publication: Machines of the Mind: Personification in Medieval Literature, by Katharine Breen

In Machines of the Mind, Katharine Breen proposes that medieval personifications should be understood neither as failed novelistic characters nor as instruments of heavy-handed didacticism. She argues that personifications are instead powerful tools for thought that help us to remember andmanipulate complex ideas, testing them against existing moral and political paradigms. Specifically, different types of medievalContinue reading “New Publication: Machines of the Mind: Personification in Medieval Literature, by Katharine Breen”

Online Lecture: Art in Cathedrals: Norwich Cathedral – New Perspectives in Medieval Sculpture, Rob Hawkins (Zoom, 15th April 2021 7pm)

This is the first in a new series of online lectures, Art in Cathedrals, organised by Art+Christianity. Please follow this link to book your tickets. All talks are fully illustrated and begin at 7pm fortnightly on Thursday evenings, beginning on April 15th. A full programme of events is listed below. Rob Hawkin’s will discuss theContinue reading “Online Lecture: Art in Cathedrals: Norwich Cathedral – New Perspectives in Medieval Sculpture, Rob Hawkins (Zoom, 15th April 2021 7pm)”

Online Conference: ‘Until Death do us Part: Historical Perspectives on Death and those Left Behind, c.1300-c.1900’, Royal Holloway, 15-16 April 2021

Royal Holloway, University of London, will host an online conference on the theme of historical perspectives on the impact death and dying had on those left behind. The keynote speakers for ‘Until Death’ are Professor Julie Marie-Strange (Durham University) and Dr Jessica Barker (Courtauld Institute of Art). The conference will take place on MS TeamsContinue reading “Online Conference: ‘Until Death do us Part: Historical Perspectives on Death and those Left Behind, c.1300-c.1900’, Royal Holloway, 15-16 April 2021”

Virtual Book Launch: County Durham Pevsner, a new revision by Martin Roberts, 31 March 2021

The Paul Mellon Centre at Yale University present an online launch of Martin Roberts’ new revision of the County Durham volume of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. The event will take place on 31st March 2021, 6-7.30pm, via Zoom. The author will discuss the project in conversation with Simon Bradley, joint editor of the Pevsner ArchitecturalContinue reading “Virtual Book Launch: County Durham Pevsner, a new revision by Martin Roberts, 31 March 2021”

Online Conference: ‘Reviving the Trinity: New Perspectives on 15th-Century Scottish Culture’, University of Edinburgh, 27 March 2021

This Virtual Symposium comprises a full day of papers presenting new research on all aspects of the Trinity Altarpiece and Collegiate Church.