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Job: Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Heritage, University of Edinburgh

1200px-university_of_edinburgh_ceremonial_roundel.svg_Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Heritage
Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
Edinburgh College of Art

Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on 15 March 2019

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Applications are invited for a fixed-term 0.7 FTE (24.5 hours per week) Teaching Fellowship in Architectural History and Heritage. The successful applicant will work within a long-established, leading programme in the history and theory of architecture, and will have expertise and experience in teaching architectural history in the contexts of architecture, history of art, and heritage studies to a high quality. You will have the skills to conceive effective and creative pedagogies and deliver these to support courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in architectural history, theory, and heritage in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture [ESALA].

You will have good communication skills, augmented by a wide and deep knowledge of architectural history and its scholarly traditions. Applications that demonstrate established skillsets in the practical aspects of architectural history and heritage, including historic building analysis and assessment, surveying, digital capture, and CAD, are especially welcome. These will be evidenced by appropriate expertise and academic achievement, and through teaching and assessment experience. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to develop innovative teaching in classroom (lecture and seminar/tutorial) and field-research environments, including the preparation of online teaching support resources for students.

You will have a PhD-level degree in architectural history or related discipline, and have the ability to collaborate with a collegiate group committed to delivering innovative pedagogy and critical thinking through our School’s position in the University’s Edinburgh College of Art.

The post is part-time (0.7 FTE), fixed-term for 3 years.

This position is tenable from 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary Scale: Grade UE07, £33,199 – £39,609 per annum pro rata


Conference: Scaling the Middle Ages: Size and Scale in Medieval Art, The Courtauld Institute, London, 8 February 2019

image-1024x745The Courtauld Institute of Art 24th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium 

Scaling the Middle Ages: Size and scale in medieval art 

10:00–18:00 Friday 8 February 2019 (with registration from 9:30) 

Lecture Theatre 1, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW 

Size mattered in medieval art. Whether building a grand gothic cathedral or carving a minute boxwood prayer bead, precisely how big to make it was a principal concern for medieval artists, their patrons, and audiences. 

Examples of simple one-upmanship between the castles and palaces of lords and kings and the churches and cathedrals of abbots and bishops are numerous. How big to make it was a principal concern for both patrons and makers of medieval art. 

Scale could be manipulated to dramatic effect in the manufacture of manuscripts and the relative disposition of elements within their decorative programmes. Divine proportions – of the Temple of Solomon or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – were evoked in the specific measurements and configuration of contemporary buildings and decisions were made based on concern with numbers and number sequences. 

Left: North elevation (detail), Sainte Chapelle, Paris (1239-1248). Right: Reliquary of Saints Maxien, Lucien, and Julien (Paris, 1261-1262) Musée nationale du Moyen Âge, Paris. 

In our age of viewing through digital surrogates, the Courtauld Institute of Art’s 24th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium invites its speakers to consider new approaches to issues of size and relative scale in relation to the making, meanings, and study of medieval art. 

The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and promote their research. 

Organised by Teresa Lane (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Oliver Mitchell (The Courtauld Institute of Art) with the generous support of Michael Carter and the Consortium for Arts and Humanities in South-East England.

Programme: Scaling the Middle Ages: Size and scale in medieval art 

9:30-10:00 Registration – Front hall 

10:00-10:10 Welcome – Teresa Lane & Oliver Mitchell (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

SESSION 1: ARCHITECTURAL MINIATURES Chaired by Giosue Fabiano (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

10:10-10:30 Sylvia Alvares-Correa (University of Oxford): The use of architecture in a 15th century panorama of the Passion of Christ in Jerusalem: structuring composition or ideology? 

10:30-10:50 Niko Munz (University of York): Architectural ventriloquism in pre-Eyckian panel painting 

10:50-11:10 Antonella Ventura (Independent scholar) Playing with scales: Relationships between monumental architectures and reliquary structures in Umbria and Apulia in the fourteenth century 

11:10-11:30 Discussion 

11:30-12:00 Tea & coffee break (Research Forum Seminar Room, Floor 2) 

SESSION 2: SCALE MODELS Chaired by Bella Radenovic (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

12:00-12:20 Angela Websdale (University of Kent): Replication and Reproduction: Evoking the Cult of St Edward the Confessor and the Visual Culture of Westminster Abbey and Palace at St Mary’s Church, Faversham 

12:20-12:40 Francesco Capitummino (Independent scholar): The ambo of the Capella Palatina in Palermo, a reduced scale of the Cefalù prototype 

12:40-13:00 Discussion 

13:00-14:00 Lunch (provided for speakers and chairs – Seminar Room 9, Floor 2) 

SESSION 3: THE SCALE OF DEVOTION Chaired by Chloe Kellow (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

14:00-14:20 Sheridan Zabel Rawlings (University of Manchester): Scale matters: The intentional use of size to depict Christ in John Rylands Library’s Latin MS 344 

14:20-14:40 Matko Marušić (University of Zagreb): Medieval crosses: Scale, typology, materials 

14:40-15:00 Harry Prance (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Miniature materials/ concrete connections: The spaces of Byzantine liturgical objects 

15:00-15:20 Discussion 

15:20-15:50 Tea & coffee break 

SESSION 4: AMPLIFICATION & DISSEMINATION Chaired by Laura Melin (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

15:50-16:10 Charlotte Wytema (The Courtauld Institute of Art), From abstract idea to scaled-up image: The case of the Virgin with fifteen symbols 

16:10-16:30 Nicolas Flory (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Scaling Patronage in the Duchy of Burgundy: Isabella of Portugal and her Carthusian donations 

16:30-16:50 Discussion 

16:50-17:00 Closing remarks by Professor Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

17:00 Reception With special thanks to Michael Carter for his generous support 


Call for Applications: 9th Bern Research Camp for the Applied Arts (Bern, 16–18 May 2019)

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9th Bern Research Camp for the Applied Arts
16 May–18 May 2019, University of Bern, Institute of Art History, Department History of Textile Arts

From the 18th century onwards, the concept of the genius and a preference for the “autonomous” art work led to a separation of the so-called fine arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture) from the applied, decorative or minor arts (gold- and silversmiths’ work, ivories, ceramics, furniture, textiles). The distinction gravely affected the choice of subjects and themes for art-historical research, and crafted objects continue to receive only marginal attention in academic art history, although they were held in high esteem by contemporary patrons, often commanded extremely high prices and played important roles in the representation of both the nobility and wealthy citizens.

The term “treasure art” not only reflects the material value and the extraordinary skills, even virtuosity, manifest in these objects; they often were of particular importance in situations that recent historical research has addressed with a view to symbolical communication and to aspects of performance/performativity. Studies that take the situative and performative contexts into account for which these objects were intended and in which they took effect, have therefore achieved more differentiated evaluations. In recent years, aspects of material culture and materiality have been considered or reconsidered in many disciplines of the humanities; art history in particular has re-established its competence in the study of objects. Analyses of the material qualities of art works, their effects and functions, of specific techniques, the organization of processes and workshop practices substantiate this renewed interest.

Founded in 2009, the Abegg-Stiftung’s Chair for the History of Textile Arts (Prof. Dr. Birgitt Borkopp-Restle) aims at establishing and encouraging an academic discourse on the applied arts from the early middle ages to the present. Material and technical aspects of the applied arts as well as their specific uses, functions and meanings in artistic, historical and political contexts are at the core of the department’s research and teaching. We explicitly seek to contribute to current interdisciplinary discourses on material culture and cultural transfer in the humanities, to studies on the history and practice of collecting and presenting art works, on concepts of space and performativity.

The Bern Research Camp for the Applied Arts, held annually since 2010, invites young scholars whose MA and PhD projects focus on object-based research in the applied arts. The workshop offers them a unique opportunity to present current projects to an audience of young scholars, academics and curators. We propose intensive discussions both of individual projects and of overarching questions and methodological approaches relevant for our themes, and actively encourage networking among the participants and with experienced scholars in the field. The program of presentations and discussions will be complemented by a visit to the Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg.

Please send us your proposal for a 30-minute presentation containing a description of your project and your methodological approach (not exceeding 300 words) and a short CV as a pdf-file until 28 February 2019.

Funding will be provided for the participants’ accommodation in Bern; if possible, we will also contribute to your travelling costs.

Please address proposals and questions to:

Seminar and Book Launch: Speaking Sculptures, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art (Vernon Square), Wednesday 23 January 2019, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

2019.01.23_image-600x600Many statues and works of sculpture made in the late Gothic and Renaissance period are represented with mouth open, as if caught in a mid-utterance. These ‘speaking sculptures’ have received remarkably little comment from art historians. What are these speaking statues meant to be saying? And what, as viewers, are we meant to ‘hear’ and respond? The aim of this paper is to begin to unravel this illusion of speech and the agency it implies.

It would be a mistake to dismiss the phenomenon of the ‘speaking sculpture’ as just another virtuoso feature that enhanced the illusion of life and, with it, the persuasive character of a late Gothic art or Renaissance work of art. The illusion of speech creates a different level of engagement and interaction with the viewer: faced with such an image we not only look but ‘strain to hear’. Does this suggest a sort of animation that demands a living presence response? Or does the illusion of speech enhance the potential surrogacy of the statue, ‘enacting’ the hopes of the viewer? Or could it be that a speaking statue is actually ‘saying’ something quite specific that the viewer in some sense might have ‘heard’ as part of their viewing experience. If so, how do we recover the ‘period ear’ to listen in? These are some of the questions that will be addressed.k.-wood-book-cover

Kim Woods is a senior lecturer in Art History at the Open University, and a specialist in northern European late Gothic sculpture. She combines an object-based approach with an interest in materials and cultural exchange. Her single-authored book, Imported Images (Donington, 2007), focussed on wood sculpture. Since then she has been working on alabaster. Her Open University distance learning materials include the Renaissance Art Reconsidered volumes (Yale, 2007) and Medieval to Renaissance (Tate publishing, 2012).

The seminar will be followed by the launch of ‘Cut in Alabaster: a Material of Sculpture and its European Traditions 1330-1530′

Click here to book a free ticket for this seminar.

IX COLOQUIO ARS MEDIAEVALIS: Belleza, persuasión y retórica en el arte medieval (Aguilar de Campoo, Spain, 10 al 12 de mayo de 2019)

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En las últimas décadas, los estudios de historia del arte medieval han pasado de estudiar el significado de las obras a analizar su materialidad. Más recientemente, Mary Carruthers, Paul Binski y otros académicos han renovado el estudio sobre la experiencia estética medieval. Para desentrañar y razonar las nociones sobre belleza y fealdad durante la Edad Media, estos autores han tomado textos dispersos en Agustín, Guido de Arezzo, Alain de Lille, Pedro de Celle, Bonaventura, Robert Grosseteste, Tomás de Aquino… con los que han compensado la ausencia de un corpus documental y una filosofía articulada. ¿De qué modo se entendía que los artefactos generaban deleite, disgusto, miedo y otras emociones? El estudio de esta cuestión capital ha puesto el foco sobre cuestiones como estilo, humor, artificio, dificultad y engaño. Este giro analítico ha acarreado una provechosa consecuencia: el placer derivado de la contemplación del ornamento superficial merece tanta atención como la exégesis de las imágenes bíblicas. La reconciliación de sensaciones diversas llega a ser tan importante como la iconografía de la materia. Las imágenes se distribuían, también, para aliviar el aburrimiento y esta cuestión debe considerarse junto con la especulación teológica. Dicho de otro modo: los falsos mármoles merecen tanta atención como la piedra real, incluso tal vez más.

Basándose en trabajos recientes, y conforme a las investigaciones desarrolladas en el coloquio Ars Mediaevalisde 2018 en torno al papel de los sentidos y la memoria, este noveno coloquio considerará el poder del arte medieval en dos planos complementarios: persuadir y construir conocimiento. El objetivo del coloquio Belleza, persuasión y retórica en el arte medieval no es rechazar ni cuestionar la importancia de las ambiciones intelectuales del arte medieval. Se examinarán los modos en que ornamentos y efectos de superficie, orden y variedad, imágenes curiosas o repulsivas, el humor y el ilusionismo, los efectos armónicos y discordantes, y los sistemas de retórica visual activaron las emociones y se emplearon para fines diversos.




Gerardo Boto Varela (Universidad de Gerona) – Alejandro García Avilés (Universidad de Murcia) – Herbert L. Kessler (Johns Hopkins University)

TEMPLA – GERM Estudios Visuales – Red ARSMED


Viernes, 10 de mayo (Sede Fundación Sta. Mª la Real)

Presidencia de sesión: Javier MARTÍNEZ DE AGUIRRE / Universidad Complutense de Madrid

09.15 h.: Recepción de participantes y entrega del material

09.45 h.: Presentación e inauguración del Coloquio

10.00 h.: Mary CARRUTHERS / New York University

Ordinary Beauty and Human Sensibility*

10.45 h.: Comunicación

11.00 h.: Debate

11.20 h.: Pausa-café

11.45 h.: Paul BINSKI / University of Cambridge

Aesthetic Attitudes in Gothic Art: thoughts on Girona Cathedral*

12.30 h: Comunicaciones

13.00 h: Debate

Sesión de tarde

Presidencia de sesión: Mª Dolores TEIJEIRA PABLOS / Universidad de León

16.00 h.: Francisco PRADO VILAR / Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard

El despertar de Endimión: Belleza, tiempo y eternidad en la escultura románica y su devenir fotográfico

16.45 h.: José Miguel PUERTA VILCHEZ / Universidad de Granada

Fantasía, placer y existencia en la estética árabe clásica

17.30 h.: Debate

17.45 h.: Descanso

18.00 h.: Vincent DEBIAIS / CNRS-EHESS

El color como camino de abstracción. Aproximación lexical e iconográfica*

18.45 h.: Debate

19.00 h.: Mesa redonda: Ante la belleza en la Edad Media: persuadidos y antagonistas

Sábado, 11 de mayo (Palencia. Diputación Provincial)

Presidencia de sesión: Fernando GUTIÉRREZ BAÑOS / Universidad de Valladolid

09.45 h.: Aden KUMLER / Chicago University

Periculum and peritia: aesthetics and affects in the medievalars market”*

10.30 h.: Descanso

11.00 h.: Joan MOLINA / Universidad de Gerona

Belleza y memoria en los contextos de Alfonso V

11.45 h.: Rocío SÁNCHEZ AMEIJEIRAS / Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Lo sublime en la poética de lo visionario

12.30 h.: Debate

16.30 h.: Visita al monasterio de Santa María la Real de las Huelgas, Burgos. Gerardo BOTO / Universitad de Gerona

Domingo, 12 de mayo (Monasterio Sta. María la Real)

Presidencia de Sesión: Alejandro GARCÍA AVILÉS / Universidad de Murcia

09.30 h.: Herbert L. KESSLER / Johns Hopkins University

Eagle or Bear: Beauty as Restorative Sunlight or Spiritual Eclipse*

10.15 h..: Comunicaciones

10.45 h.: Debate

11.00 h.: Descanso

11.30 h.: Comunicación

11.45 h.: Jeffrey HAMBURGUER / Harvard University

Medieval Ut picture poesis: Beauty, Rhetoric and Monstrosity in a Twelfth-Century Illustrated Horace*

12:30 h.: Debate

13.00 h: Conclusiones y perspectivas

13.15 h.: Clausura y entrega de certificados a los asistentes

(*) Las conferencias serán impartidas en el idioma con el que se expresa su título. De las que se expongan en inglés se entregará a los asistentes el texto traducido al castellano


Este coloquio constituye una convocatoria abierta a aquellos investigadores que deseen presentar los resultados de sus análisis en esta materia. Los interesados deberán enviar un resumen del contenido de su comunicación, con una extensión máxima de 2 páginas DIN A4, a espacio sencillo (letra Times New Roman, de 12 puntos), además de una breve selección de las referencias bibliográficas fundamentales en las que se apoyará su discurso. Todo ello se enviará a la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico:

El plazo para la recepción de los resúmenes finalizará el 20 de marzo y se informará sobre la aceptación o no de la comunicación antes del 30 de marzo. En el caso de las admitidas se hará saber, igualmente, el tiempo disponible para su exposición en público (trámite obligatorio), la extensión requerida para su publicación en las actas y las normas de edición.


CFP: ‘Same Old Things? Re-Telling the Italian Renaissance’, London, 3 May 19


Marcello Maloberti, Trionfo dell’Aurora (2018), courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

Courtauld Institute of Art London, May 3, 2019

Deadline: Jan 28, 2019

Same Old Things? Re-Telling the Italian Renaissance

Even today, the history of art is largely dominated by narratives that are for the most part style-based. They tell a story that is teleological, ever-progressive, and structured around influential artistic centres. Within this framework, the role of individual objects shifts depending on how they fit into the broader narrative that they articulate visually. By focusing on the objects and their potential to fashion and dictate stories, a different narrative is likely to emerge.

This conference seeks to identify individual objects, or small sets of objects, which have the potential to destabilise canonical art-historical narratives of Italian art. We are not looking for an alternative Renaissance – instead, we want to ask whether a different story can be told for the same, old things. In the last few decades, art historians have reevaluated  the position of understudied works of works in an increasingly de-centred, non-linear history of art. Certain interpretative frameworks, such as queer or feminist approaches, that laudably seek to interrupt conventional readings of objects, have had modest consequences for their placement within a historical narrative, often because they seek to disrupt that narrative in the first place. Sometimes objects themselves show the insufficiency of traditional critical tools to do them justice. But seldom have newly-developed critical tools been used to renegotiate the historical framing of those objects that have long stood at the core of the Western canon.

Having long questioned the exceptionality granted Italian Renaissance art by the founding fathers of art history, academia has not yet modified radically the way we tell the story of the cornerstones of any Western museum. As a consequence, academic discourse has grown increasingly distant from museum spaces. On the whole, museums have not rejected the comforting principles of order inherent in traditional narratives, of which they are sometimes the unyielding outposts. Arguably, they also struggle to balance object-based displays with the disruption of narrative frameworks typical of recent academic discourse. As a result, celebratory, unwavering views of the Italian Renaissance have proved remarkably resilient among the general public.

Applicants are encouraged to shrug off the burden of prescribed narrative schemes; to use fresh critical tools to unravel celebrated artworks from the patchwork of narratives that stitch them together, at the same time as weaving them into new stories — stories that might be open-ended, interrogative, undetermined, and far distant from those previously told. Papers should be object-based, but not object-focused, in that their interpretation should not be confined to the inward-looking understanding of the object per se, but rather should look outwards towards their (potentially large) role in new narratives. The objects themselves should date to between the thirteenth to the early seventeenth century; they may be Italian or not, canonical or lesser-known.

Papers are sought from doctoral candidates, early career scholars and researchers. Preference will be given to candidates presenting unpublished material. Proposals of no more than 350 words should be submitted, together with a short C.V. to and by 5pm on Monday 28 January 2019. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. We hope to be able to provide subsidy for travel and accommodation. We particularly encourage candidates from the U.K. and Europe. Successful candidates will be notified by mid-February.