Publication en ligne – Annales de Janua, n° 5

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Editorial – Amélie Rigollet

Souverains et instruments de pouvoir

Les instruments de pouvoir : Excalibur, de la force du guerrier à la puissance du roi – Justine Breton
L’arc, la flèche et le carquois, symboles du pouvoir monarchique dans l’Antiquité – Benoît Lefebvre
Le pouvoir improvisé ? Pourpre impériale et diadème des usurpateurs dans l’Antiquité tardive – Maxime Emion
Nommer le pouvoir. La titulature seldjoukide (XIe-XIIe siècles) – Jean-David Richaud

Des arts aux registres en passant par le paysage urbain : les instruments de pouvoir et leurs multiples facettes

Les trépieds d’Apollon au sanctuaire du Ptoion : instruments religieux du pouvoir politique du Koinon Béotien à l’époque hellénistique ? – Anne-Charlotte Panissié
Communautés religieuses et pouvoirs laïques à Rouen (Xe-XVe siècle) : une histoire de l’appropriation des territoires – Lise Levieux
La domus et son décor de peintures murales : une pratique spatiale et décorative de la rhétorique au service du pouvoir des élites pompéiennes – Clémence Arnault
Les compilations d’archives, instruments du pouvoir ? L’exemple de l’échevinage de Reims au XVe siècle – Emmanuel Melin

CFP: Ars et Scientia (Cleveland, 27 Oct 17)

oresmeCase Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, October 27, 2017
Deadline: Jul 16, 2017

Ars et Scientia: Intersections of Science and the Visual Arts

October 27th, 2017

Despite the semantic divide that seems to separate art and science in modern culture, the boundaries between the two disciplines have always been fluid and permeable. From the earliest recorded botanical illustrations, painted on papyrus scrolls in Egypt in the 2nd century AD, to contemporary artist Josh Kline’s use of 3D printing in his work, art and science have long been used in tandem to make sense of the world and explore our place within it. The working notes of printers like Louis-Marin Bonnet as they experimented with the technique of chalk-manner engraving resemble nothing so much as a scientist recording data and observations for his experiments. Representations of the scientist at work in his laboratory also abound, from Pieter Bruegel’s Alchemist to Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, and serve as social commentaries on the role of the scientist in society. More recently, scientific technologies have proven to be invaluable tools for the modern art historian and museum curator, allowing us to better understand artists’ working methods and materials through the use of imaging technology and chemical analysis. This symposium seeks to foster a re-examination of the complex interactions between artistic and scientific disciplines that are more interdependent than they first appear.

We welcome innovative research papers from graduate students of all disciplines that challenge the divide between humanities and STEM fields. Papers may explore aspects of this topic across any time period, medium, or geographical region.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • depictions of scientists, doctors, astronomers, engineers, etc. at work
  • visual evidence for the transmission of scientific knowledge between cultures scientific diagrams: anatomical, botanical, astronomical, alchemical, etc.
  • technical art history
  • art that incorporates the use of novel technologies: for example early printing or photography, video art, 3D printing aestheticized technology, such as astrolabes and globes microphotography or photographs of patients/specimens
  • descriptions of artistic methodologies in terms of scientific

    For consideration, please submit a 350-word abstract and CV to by July 16, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by early August. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, and participants will be invited to author a blog post about their research to be published at

    Please direct all questions to Aimee Caya and Erin Hein at

CFP: The Image of the Multitude in Art and Philosophy (London, 10 Mar 18)

medieval peasant revolts.jpgThe Courtauld Institute of Art, London., March 10, 2018
Deadline: Sep 15, 2017

Imago Multitudinis. The Image of the Multitude in Art and Philosophy

An International Conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art London, on the 10th of March.

The Courtauld Institute of Art, The British Academy and the Collège International de Philosophie are pleased to announce a one-day interdisciplinary conference focusing on the philosophical representation and the artistic conceptualisation of the multitude and its associated concepts: the many, the masses, the crowd, the mob and the commonality.

A spectre is haunting our times: the spectre of the multitude. Uprisings, popular unrests, mass migrations, revolutions—the past ten years have been marked by unprecedented quests for freedom, embodied by unconventional political subjects pointing to the possibility of alternative outcomes of the crisis of both authoritarian regimes and representative democracies. Through the masterful drawing of Abraham Bosse, Hobbes attempted to tame the multitude forever. Constrained within the body politic of the monstrous Leviathan (1651), the multitude was transfigured into an obedient people and its potentia was (apparently) usurped. Yet, the multitude resisted—and still resists—this movement, challenging the predominant definitions of sovereignty. Following the collapse of modern master narratives, such as in the nascent seventeenth century, the multitude has returned.

Our investigation revolves around the political and aesthetic meanings of this omnipresent, if elusive, collective being. In particular, we would like to ask the following questions: how do philosophers represent the multitude and translate their concepts into cogent images? How do artists think about the multitude and its agency? This enquiry, which spans from the Middle Ages to the present, concentrates on the way in which images and iconographic motifs are elaborated in philosophy, as well as how political concepts are articulated in the visual arts. In order to understand the images pervading, and the concepts informing, recent collective political action (from Tahrir Square to the streets of Tunis, New York, Madrid, Ferguson via Rojava and Lampedusa), we intend to focus on their modern and contemporary genealogies. This is not only a historical enquiry. The history of the multitude can help us better understand the present. The aesthetic, agency and ambitions of this political subject do not only survive in books and museums, they also live on among us. The multitude resists, and if this is the conflict that characterises political modernity, then modernity has begun again.

Invited speakers: Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt-Universität); Claire Fontaine (artist); Sandro Mezzadra (Università di Bologna).

We invite submissions on the following topics including, but not limited to:
– Political iconography (from the Revolt of the Ciompi to the Arab Spring via the German Peasants’ War),
– Feminism and the multitude,
– The multitude in the USSR,
– The multitude and the English Civil Wars,
– Hobbes’ Behemoth,
– Spinoza’s, Machiavelli’s, Negri’s, Deleuze’s and Schmitt’s depictions of the multitude,
– The “popular hydra” in nineteenth-century Paris,
– Baroque and the multitude,
– The multitude and migrations in contemporary art.

Please send a title and an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a short CV to by the 15th of September. Successful candidates will be notified in early October. Papers should not exceed 25 minutes in length.

Lecture: The Library of Saint Thomas Becket

becketThe Library of Saint Thomas Becket Collection

Lecture by Fellow Christopher de Hamel

Archbishop Thomas Becket, martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, was among the earliest private book collectors in English history.    The richly-illustrated lecture looks at the manuscripts he owned and what happened to them, and it concludes with the unexpected and recent discovery of Becket’s Psalter, which was kept on his shrine in the Cathedral throughout the Middle Ages.

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In occasione di PISTOIA CAPITALE ITALIANA DELLA CULTURA 2017, il Gruppo di Ricerca NUME ha ottenuto la concessione dal Comune di Pistoia per l’organizzazione di una sessione di conferenze (con data da definirsi) che abbiano per oggetto la Pistoia medievale.


Pistoia fu già a partire dal V secolo sede vescovile, e vide avvicendarsi numerosi popoli conquistatori, tra Goti, Bizantini, Longobardi, Franchi. Da libero comune nel 1105 alla dominazione fiorentina e lucchese, secondo Villani proprio a Pistoia nacque la lotta tra guelfi e ghibellini. La sua storia e le sue testimonianze materiali sono l’oggetto della nostra indagine.

1. I temi accettati possono spaziare dalla pittura, all’architettura, all’urbanistica, alla storia medievale di Pistoia. Particolare attenzione sarà data ai contributi che affrontino il culto di San Jacopo, patrono della città, e di cui si conserva lo splendido Altare argenteo (1287-1456) nella cattedrale di San Zeno. Il tema può essere affrontato sotto molteplici sfaccettature, dalla questione iconografica a quella storica, dalla dimensione sociale e politica ai rapporti con le grandi vie di pellegrinaggio;

2. Si ricercano massimo n. 5 relatori;

3. Ogni intervento dovrà avere durata massima di 30 minuti;

4. Per partecipare, si prega di inviare un abstract di 300 parole, corredato di un CV, all’indirizzo di posta elettronica:

5. Il termine ultimo per l’invio di una proposta è il 10 MAGGIO 2017;

6. Entro il 15 MAGGIO sarà comunicato l’esito della valutazione. Il giudizio del Gruppo NUME è insindacabile;

7. Il Gruppo NUME si riserva l’utilizzo futuro (previa comunicazione all’autore) del materiale che gli perviene, in pubblicazioni cartacee o sul web.

Maggiori informazioni sul progetto PISTOIA CAPITALE ITALIANA DELLA CULTURA 2017 all’indirizzo web:

CONF: Streets, Routes, Methods I (Florence, 5-6 May 17)

Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, May 5 – 06, 2017

Streets, Routes, Methods I: Reflections on Paths, Spaces and Temporalities International Conference
A cooperation of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute and eikones – NCCR Iconic Criticism, University of Basel Organized by Hannah Baader, Adam Jasper, Stefan Neuner, Gerald Wildgruber and Gerhard Wolf

Paths can be serpentine, straight and anything in between; they might traverse barely accessible mountains, like the Inca Trail, or be straight, like desire lines. Paths come before roads, survive into the time of roads, or reappear in response to them. Paths tend to be overgrown, to disappear—in the desert sand—to be overbuilt or abandoned. They have their temporalities, seasons and spatialities, between proximity and distance. Paths are therefore not purely spatial affairs. Paths have a genuine temporal dimension beyond the duration of a traveler’s journey. Paths can be seen as chronotopoi, with literary, pictorial and cinematographic histories. Paths must be trodden in order to survive, exemplifying the Heraclitian formula μεταβάλλον ἀναπαύεται (‘it is in changing that things find repose’). The temporal dimension of paths ultimately allows us to overcome the sterile dichotomy between real and imagined paths (metaphors, allegories, models). They have a rich life in the world of metaphors, intrinsic to the notion of met-hodos, based on the Greek word for way, or path. This allies paths to language and, more specifically, writing, whose elements are also repetitions, tracks that are ‘inked in’. It is the remembered, the described, and thereby the reusable and transferable path. Paths within language can become ritual tools for the creation of new ones.

Beyond the above mentioned approaches to paths, the conference will explore their relationship to the environment, in line with the eco-art historical project at the KHI. How do paths, trails and routes shape or even create landscape? What is the interplay of geomorphology, flora and fauna, animal and human agency? Paths introduce directionalities, itineraries and nets into the environment, they are linked to technologies of transport and movement; they offer viewpoints, changing horizons or deep immersion into flora or architecture; experiencing them is a multisensorial endeavor. Under the hodological conditions of global urban environments and post/industrial landscapes, paths run across streets, they can be subversive, democratic or pragmatic. They can be reinstalled as nostalgic evocations of a lost or overcome past,
of rural or pastoral life, or serve mass tourism as well as new ecological approaches.

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CONF: Seeking Transparency (Florence, 19-20 May 17)

Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut,
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, May 19 – 20, 2017

Medieval Rock Crystals

Seeking Transparency: The Medieval Rock Crystals International Conference
organized by Avinoam Shalem (Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam, Department of art history and Archaeology, Columbia University, NYC) and Cynthia Hahn (Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College, NYC)

Like the sea, the history of the production of carved rock crystals during the Middle Ages has its ebb and flow. From Late Antiquity to the age of the great Portuguese expansion, centers of productions of rock crystal rose and fell, and yet the specific knowledge of carving the hard material was kept a closely guarded secret. Royal courts and wealthy churches were eager patrons for the luxurious objects produced by these centers because rock crystal was valued as one of the most desirable and precious of all materials, ascribed mysterious origins and powers, and renowned for both rarity and clarity. The conference Seeking Transparency: The Medieval Rock Crystals to be held on May 19-20 at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz aims at revealing the global and cross-cultural histories of rock-crystal production in and beyond the lands of the Mediterranean Sea. It investigates varied aspects such as the physical nature of the material, its manufacturing techniques, affiliations to other modus operandi of luxurious objects, like cut glasses and carved precious stones, legends and traditions associated with its aesthetic qualities, as well as issues concerning the historiography of rock crystal.

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