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CFP: 2 sessions at the AAH Annual Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, 5 – 7 April 2018

350px-hispanomoresqueCall for Papers: Medieval Eurabia: Religious Crosspollinations in Architecture, Art and Material Culture during the High and Late Middle Ages (1000-1600)
Deadline: November 1, 2017

The coexistence of Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean led to a transfer of knowledge in architecture and material culture which went well beyond religious and geographical boundaries. The use of Islamic objects in Christian contexts, the conversion of churches into mosques and the mobility of craftsmen are only some manifestations of this process. Although studies beginning with Avinoam Shalem’s Islam Christianized (1996), have dealt extensively with Islamic influence in the West and European influence in the Islamic Mediterranean, sacred objects, and material culture more generally, have been relatively neglected. From crosses found in Mosques, to European-Christian coins with pseudo/-shahada inscriptions, medieval material culture is rife with visual evidence of the two faiths co-existing in both individual objects and monuments.
This panel invites papers from scholars working on intercultural exchange in art, architecture and material culture. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on sacred objects that have been diverted or ‘converted’ to a new purpose, whether inside or outside an explicitly religious context.
Papers should present original research, which expands the boundaries of knowledge and which the scholars would like to be considered for publication. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words long. Panel organised by Sami De Giosa, Oxford University and Nikolaos Vryzidis, British School at Athens. Email: aahchristianmuslimpanel2018@gmail.com

maesta700CFP: Art and Law: Objects and Spaces as Legal Actors
DeadlineNovember 6, 2017

Art history has long investigated the role of the law, from issues of visual evidence and legal aesthetics to ideas of artistic originality and authorship. But recent scholarship has increasingly drawn attention to the ways in which art can participate in the law’s actual operation. This session aims to broaden these investigations by tracing the long history of artistic intrusions into legal life, focusing on moments when the objects and spaces of art and architecture, broadly defined, have functioned as legal actors in their own right.
The session promises to explore these ideas through interdisciplinary and cross-chronological case studies from researchers, artists, and practitioners both in art history and in parallel fields such as law, journalism, and the social sciences. How have aesthetic objects past and present actively shaped the production and execution of the law as witnesses or juridical subjects in themselves? How have artists approached the courtroom as a site of artistic production and intervention? And in what ways has aesthetic production sought to short-circuit legal structures or forward alternative, even utopian, legal systems? Such questions have taken on new urgency in light of recent political and constitutional crises worldwide.

Papers might address, amongst other topics:
– historical and contemporary objects that dispense justice
– signs, emblems, or inscriptions that enforced legal boundaries or enacted legal codes
– artworks framed as legal victims, or which have been tried in absentia of criminals
– objects and theories of legal proof
– architectural actors as part of the fabric of legal drama
– art historical or theoretical texts investigating legal production and evidence-gathering and witnessing as forms of aesthetic production and research

Proposals of 250 words, accompanied by a short academic CV, should be sent to the two session organisers no later than 6 November 2017:
Dr Jack Hartnell (University of East Anglia, UK)
j.hartnell@uea.ac.uk
Dr Kevin Lotery (Sarah Lawrence College, USA)
klotery@sarahlawrence.edu

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CFP: The manuscripts of Charlemagne’s Court School – Individual creation and European cultural heritage, Stadtbibliothek Trier, 11 – 13 October 2018

Call for Papers: The manuscripts of Charlemagne’s Court School – Individual creation and European cultural heritage, Stadtbibliothek Trier, 11 – 13 October 2018
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017

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Die Handschriften der Hofschule Kaiser Karls des Großen – individuelle Gestalt und europäisches Kulturerbe
International Conference
The manuscripts of Charlemagne’s Court School – Individual creation and European cultural heritage”

Informationen zum Thema der Tagung: Zur Zeit gibt es intensive Bemühungen, die Handschriften aus der Hofschule Kaiser Karls des Großen in die Liste des UNESCO-Weltdokumentenerbes (Memory of the World) eintragen zu lassen. Hierbei handelt es sich um ein Korpus von acht vollständigen Handschriften und einem Fragment, ergänzt durch das aus der Palastschule Karls des Großen stammende „Wiener Krönungsevangeliar“. Die Trierer Tagung verfolgt ein doppeltes Ziel: In den Vorträgen von Sektion I soll eine aktuelle Bestandsaufnahme der Hofschul-Handschriften erfolgen und die einzelnen Kodizes sollen, basierend auf dem neuesten Forschungsstand, in handbuchartiger Weise vorgestellt werden. Mit einbezogen sind die kunstvollen Einbände der Handschriften. In den Vorträgen von Sektion II sollen die geistigen und kulturellen Rahmenbedingungen der Hofschulproduktion thematisiert werden. Hierbei geht es u. a. um Fragen nach dem kultur-, literatur- und kunstgeschichtlichen Horizont, nach der Antikenauffa

ssung, der Bibelphilologie, den politischen Implikationen, den Auswirkungen des byzantinischen Bilderstreits und dem zugrundeliegenden Bildungsprogramm der Hofschulhandschriften. Die Herangehensweise der Tagung ist dezidiert transdisziplinär. Es können Vorträge aus den unterschiedlichsten involvierten Fachdisziplinen angeboten werden.

Sektion I: Dier Handschriften der karolingischen Hofschule (Impulsreferat 20 min + 10 min Diskussion)
1. Das Godescalc-Evangelistar (Paris, BN, Nouv. Acq. Lat. 1203)
2. Evangeliar aus St.-Martin des Champs (Paris, Bibl. de l’Arsenal, Ms 599)
3. Das Ada-Evangeliar (Trier, Stadtbibl., Hs 22)
4. Der Dagulf-Psalter (Wien ÖNB, Cod. 1861). Einband: Paris (Louvre, Dép. Des Objects d’Art, Iv. 9/10)
5. Ein Evangelien-Fragment mit der Verkündigung an Zacharias (London, BL, Cotton Claudius B. V.)
6. Das Evangeliar aus Centula [de Saint Riquier] (Abbeville, BM, Ms 4 [1])
7. Ein Evangeliar unbekannter Herkunft (London, BL, Cod. Harl. 2788)
8. Das Evangeliar aus St. Médard in Soissons (Paris, BN, Ms lat. 8850)
9. Das Lorscher Evangeliar (Alba Iulia, Rumänien, Bibl. Batthyáneum, Cod. II. [Matthäus und Markus] und Vatikan, BAV, Cod. Pal. Lat. 50 [Lukas und Johannes]. Elfenbeintafeln und Buchdeckel: Vatikanische Museen, und London, Victoria and Albert Museum)
10. Das Wiener Krönungsevangeliar (Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Welt. Schatzkammer, Inv. XIII 18)

Sektion II: Die geistigen und kulturellen Rahmenbedingungen der karolingischen Hofschule sowie deren Erschließung (Vortrag 30 min + 15 min Diskussion)
1. Literaturgeschichtliche Aspekte der karolingischen Epoche
2. Die Antikenauffassung der karolingischen Kunst
3. Bibelphilologie in der Zeit um 800
4. Der byzantinische Bilderstreit und die Stellung des karolingischen Hofes
5. Die Bedeutung der Abtei Tours für die Produktion der karolingischen Hofschule
6. Das Bildungsprogramm Alkuins
7. Die Stifterhandschriften aus der Zeit Karls des Großen
8. Paratexte in den Handschriften der Hofschule Karls des Großen
9. Die Soziographie der Künstler von Handschriften der Hofschule
10. Die politischen Implikationen der Hofschul-Handschriften
11. Die Handschriften der Hofschule Kaiser Karls des Großen – Digitale Rekonstruktion und Erschließung

How to apply: Einreichung eines schriftlichen Exposees (ca. 400-500 Wörter) sowie eines kurzen Lebenslaufs (max. 150 Wörter). Einsendeschluss ist der 31. Dezember 2017; eine Benachrichtigung der angenommenen Themenvorschläge erfolgt bis zum 01. Februar 2018. Ein Antrag auf Tagungsbeihilfe ist gestellt. Vorbehaltlich der erfolgreichen Bewilligung können die Reisekosten der Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen ganz oder teilweise übernommen werden. Es ist geplant, die Beiträge zu publizieren.
Für weitere Informationen richten Sie sich bitte an: Prof. Dr. Michael Embach, Stadtbibliothek Trier, michael.embach@trier.de
Prof. Dr. Claudine Moulin, Universität Trier, moulin@uni-trier.de

CFP: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium: Collecting (in) the Middle Ages, 16 February 2018

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Call for papers: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium: Collecting (in) the Middle Ages, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 16 February 2017
Deadline: 30 October 2017

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 23rd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to consider the nature of medieval collections, the context of their creation and fruition, and their legacy — or disappearance — in the present.

Inspired by objects such as a cedar box chest once kept in the Holy of Holies of the Lateran, this colloquium seeks to explore a diverse set of topics surrounding medieval practices of collecting. This wooden box may seem simple, but once opened it reveals a priceless collection: fragments of rock and wood from the Holy Land, each labelled with its precise place of origin by a sixth-century hand. Here and there, stones have fallen out, leaving imprints in the soil. The wooden relic chest is an object of small size and almost no material value, but has nevertheless been treasured for centuries by one of the largest and most powerful institutions of the medieval world.

The study of medieval collecting raises a variety of questions. How and why were objects collected, practically and conceptually? What was their expected time-span and what enabled their survival? How have medieval collections impacted modern scholarship, and how do modern collecting and display practices influence our interpretation of the past?

Applicants to the colloquium are encouraged to explore these issues from a diverse range of methodologies, analysing objects from the 6th to the 16th century and from a wide-ranging geographical span. Possible areas of discussion might include:

  • Collecting through time: How do we define the medieval collection/collector? How did medieval objects take on new meanings in medieval collections, ie. in the case of spolia? How has scholarship on medieval art been influenced by varying collecting practices and curatorial strategies across time?
  • Collecting in space: can the idea of the ‘collection’ be expanded to include objects, places and spaces spread across different geographical locales? Could objects or spaces communicate their commonality across a distance? How did pilgrimage routes, travel narratives and travel guides conceptualize their surroundings and weave a thread through geographical and historical difference?
  • Collectors, intermediaries, and craftsmen: how did institutions and single collectors acquire and expand their collections? For example, did they rely on a merchant network to acquire foreign objects or new relics? Did they collect newly commissioned objects, and display them in purpose-built spaces?
  • Collections and Legacies: how did inheritance impact the notion of collecting, looking forwards as well backwards? How did the meaning of objects change as they were passed down through families and dynasties? What happened to collections when familial lines ended? How did individuals link themselves to courts or dynasties through collections?
  • Accessibility: When, how and why were collections visible? Were there different levels of accessibility and interaction and who was allowed to ‘access all areas’? How were restricted collections advertised and open collections protected? And did objects themselves interact with each other, for example in specific displays or assemblages?
  • Organising Collections: What were the systems for assembling a collection, and for how they were curated? How did purpose-built spaces impact the growth of collections, and vice-versa? What were the roles of documents in collections, and how have medieval recording practices influenced modern views of the medieval collection?

The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers an opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present, discuss and promote their research. To apply, please send a proposal of up to 250 words for a 20 minute paper, together with a CV, to costanza.beltrami@courtauld.ac.uk and maggie.crosland@courtauld.ac.uk no later than 30 October 2017.

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Post-Doc: Post-doctoral researcher for the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origins, spread and development (Latin evidence), University of Warsaw

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Post-Doc: Post-doctoral researcher for the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide
study of its origins, spread and development (Latin evidence), University of Warsaw
Deadline: 31 October 2017
The Institute of History, University of Warsaw, is seeking to recruit a post-doctoral
researcher for a position in the project The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of
its origins, spread and development. The Project is supported by an Advanced Grant
from the European Research Council under Grant Agreement Number 340540 and is
based at the University of Oxford with a partnership at the University of Warsaw. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of seven post-doctoral researchers reporting to the Principal Investigator, Prof. Bryan Ward-Perkins (University of Oxford), but under direct supervision of Dr. hab. Robert Wiśniewski (University of Warsaw). The postholder will have responsibility for collecting Latin evidence consisting mostly of literary texts, within an electronic searchable database. The postholder is also expected to produce sole-authored articles on aspects of the cult of saints in the West.
This is a full-time time position for 12 months, starting on 1 November 2017 or soon
thereafter. The postholder will be offered the salary of about 2 700 Euros per month.
For more information about the Project see: http://cultofsaints.history.ox.ac.uk
If you have any questions about the project or the recruitment procedure, please
address them to Robert Wiśniewski (r.wisniewski@uw.edu.pl)

Conference: “Astronomy Across the Medieval World,” St Cross College, University of Oxford, Saturday 18th November 2017

astonomytodeleteConference: “Astronomy Across the Medieval World,” St Cross College, University of Oxford – Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Saturday 18th November 2017

10.30 am – 5.00 pm

The celestial sky has been a source of fascination since ancient times with astronomy being the oldest of the natural sciences. During the medieval period, astronomy flourished in many cultures across the world, some of which followed on from earlier models created by Ptolemy. The motions of the celestial bodies were investigated, early astronomical observatories were built and some cultures constructed remarkable monuments inspired by astronomical insights. This conference will draw together the different strands of medieval astronomy from across the world and will examine how they interfaced and paved the way for the scientific developments later in the Renaissance.

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the Conference booking form by midday on Friday 10th November 2017.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Giles Gasper (Durham University) – `The Service of Astronomy’ – European Star-Gazing and Its Implications in the Middle Ages

Professor Christopher Cullen (University of Cambridge) – Chinese Astronomy in a World Context

Dr Josep Casulleras (University of Barcelona) – From Ancient to Modern: Astronomy in Medieval Islam

Professor Ivan Šprajc (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) – Mayan and Aztec Astronomy: Skywatching in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Dr Benno van Dalen (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) – Ptolemaic Astronomy and Its Dissemination in the Islamic World, Europe and Asia

There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Dr Valerie Shrimplin (Gresham College) on the influence of astronomy and the cosmos on medieval art. Although the conference itself is free of charge, the dinner carries a cost of £35 to attend – booking a place for dinner can be done here.

For more information see the website: https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ/events/astronomy-across-medieval-world-one-day-conference

 

Job: Assistant Professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean History, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, USA

kh2012_stackcenter_1cJob: Assistant Professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean History
Deadline: Open until filled/October 16, 2017

The Department of History at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Medieval or Early Modern Mediterranean history, to begin in September 2018. As the sole member of the department responsible for this period, the successful candidate will be expected to offer introductory and upper-division undergraduate courses on the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Islamic world or Colonial Latin America. These classes should reflect their specific expertise and the broader geographic and conceptual scope of the field. We also seek applicants willing and able to help reimagine the department’s current curriculum. We are especially interested in transnational approaches to Mediterranean history focusing on issues such as (but not limited to) ethnicity, migration, majority/minority relations, gender, and the interaction between the different religious and imperial entities of the region. The successful applicant will also teach within the College’s Shared Passages Program of first-year and sophomore seminars and senior capstone courses. The teaching load is six courses per year on a quarter system (2/2/2), with additional duties including directing senior theses and academic advising.

Ph.D. or evidence of imminent completion is required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, a commitment to the liberal arts, and a promise of scholarly excellence.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective nationally known liberal arts college offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations.

Completed applications received by October 16, 2017 will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Upload cover letter, CV, detailed statement of teaching philosophy and goals, description of scholarly interests, statement on experience working with underrepresented students and engaging issues of diversity and inclusion in the curriculum and pedagogical approaches, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable) in PDF format below. Please have three confidential letters of recommendation sent in PDF format to HistorySearch@kzoo.edu with a subject line in the format lastname_firstname. Please send all inquiries to Dr. Joseph J. Bangura, Chair of the Search Committee.