Job Opportunity: Project Curator – Art in Medieval England, Victoria & Albert Museum. August 2022 – July 2023 (Deadline: 11 July 2022)

The V&A seeks to enrich people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed and performed world. The V&A is planning a touring exhibition of singular masterpieces of art in Medieval England c.1000 – 1500 from its collection. The exhibition will showcase some of these unique works of art alongside workshop products such as English Medieval embroidery and alabaster carving that formed the two most prolific art export markets for England in a truly international age. This is an exciting opportunity to join the V&A as an Exhibition Project Curator, working within the Decorative Art and Sculpture department. The post holder will co-ordinate research and other activities associated with this touring exhibition, supporting the creative vision set out by the Lead Curator.

The close date for applications is 11 July 2022 at 17:00

For more information, or to apply, click here.

Online Lecture: “Exploring the Catacombs” with Dr. Norbert Zimmermann, The International Catacomb Society. 26 June 2022, 1 pm ET

The International Catacomb Society directors are pleased to invite you to a virtual lecture by Dr. Norbert Zimmermann (German Archaeological Institute, Rome) on Sunday, June 26 at 1:00 pm (ET) entitled “Exploring the Catacombs of Rome: Old and New Research in the Roman Underground.” The lecture is open to the public. 

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Conference: ‘From Global to Local: Conques as a Crossroads (9th–13th c.)’, In person and online, Hunter College, CUNY, 11-12 July 2022

This conference explores the expanded cultural context of medieval Conques through the work of internationally renowned scholars.

This conference explores the expanded cultural context that made Conques a major crossroads of premodern Europe. As one of the fundamental stops on the road to Compostela, Conques flourished during the 11th and 12th centuries and has maintained an important role for the region and for European culture ever since. Primarily, this conference attempts to frame the “Conques phenomenon” within a broad cultural horizon, with a focus on the constitutive elements that can be observed in Conques itself. The conference is financed by the MSCA-RISE Horizon 2020 project scheme of the European Union, Conques in the Global World.

Tickets are available for both in-person attendance and webinar format.

We would love to see you in person!

From Global to Local: Conques as a Crossroads (9th–13th c.) Schedule:

Conference, Hunter College (1527 North Building): 11th-12th July, 2022.

11th July

Introduction

10.00 → Ivan Foletti, Cynthia Hahn, Kristen N. Racaniello, Cécile Voyer

Session I. Chair: Ivan Foletti

10.20 AM → Kirk Ambrose (University of Colorado), The Tautological Inscriptions of the Conques Tympanum

11.00 AM → Kristen N. Racaniello (Graduate Center, City University of New York), The “Iron Man”: Islamic Materiality and Arabic Inscriptions in the Shrine of Sainte-Foy

Lunch break

Session II. Chair: Cécile Voyer

2.00 PM → Éric Sparhubert (University of Limoges, National Centre for Scientific Research CESCM-Poitiers), Sainte-Foy of Conques and Beyond: Making the Holy Body Visible and Promotional Strategies in Romanesque Architecture

2.40 PM → Martin F. Lešák (Masaryk University, Brno), Landscape, Liturgy, and Sainte-Foy: Rituals in and Around Medieval Conques

Coffee break

3.40 PM → Sabina Rosenbergová (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte): Conques’ Monastic Landscape: From Geological Reality to Hagiographic Imagination

4.20 PM → Michele Luigi Vescovi (University of Lincoln), Conques: Monastic Network, Artistic Practices

Reception on the Terrace, open to all conference attendants

12th July

Conques and Its Networks

Session III. Chair: Cynthia Hahn

10.00 AM → Vincent Debiais (Centre for Historical Research, EHESS/CNRS, Paris), Portals as Epigraphic Pages. Describing the Path of Light in Conques and Beyond

10.40 AM → Zuzana Frantová (Masaryk University, Brno), The Virgin of Beaulieu: The Engagement of Silver and Vermeil in the Liturgical Drama

11.20 AM → Bissera V. Pentcheva (Stanford University), Audiovision: Image and Chant at Sainte

Foy in Conques

Lunch break

Session IV. Chair: Herbert Kessler

2.00 PM → Lei Huang (HiCSA, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Memory Between Tradition and Modernity: Odolric’s Historicism and Bégon’s Promotion of Image in Romanesque Conques

2.40 PM → Adrien Palladino (Masaryk University, Brno), The Myth of Byzantium on the Way to Conques

Coffee break

3.40 PM → Janet T. Marquardt (Eastern Illinois University), Rouergue Roman: Zodiaque’s Conques

For more information, or to register, click here.

Call for Papers: The 19th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Arnamagnæanske Institut, University of Copenhagen, 19th to the 21st of April 2023. (Deadline: 31 August 2022)

The 19th International Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts will be held at the University of Copenhagen from the 19th to the 21st of April 2023.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on subjects relating to the care and conservation of manuscripts in the broadest sense, including conservation techniques and related matters as well as curatorial, codicological, philological and book historical subjects. Panels of three (or more) related papers may also be proposed.

Unlike the last seminar, which was held virtually, the next seminar will be a presential meeting, meaning that speakers will be expected to deliver their papers on location in Copenhagen. The entire seminar will also be livestreamed, in order  to reach a broader audience.

To submit a proposal, please send an email to ami@hum.ku.dk with “C&C19” in the subject line. Proposals should include a preliminary title and an abstract (250-500 words). When submitting proposals, please provide your full name, position and affiliation.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 August 2022.

Short Course: ‘Islam and Creativity in Popular Culture’, Online 12, 19 and 26 September 2022, 13:30 – 16:00 BST

This is a three-day online course that addresses the many new expressions of mass mediated creative arts that make reference to Islam. These expressions may be motivated by a wish to express an Islamic interpretation or spirituality, but they may also be for other reasons, such as from anti-racism or critical perspectives. Muslims, as well as non-Muslims, take part in this ongoing art making process. By looking into a number of exciting and intriguing case-studies, and by combining this with the latest theoretical ideas in the field, this course aims to enable participants to individually analyse and comprehend contemporary creativity in relation to Islam.

Read and download course structure: https://fal.cn/3pxq7 

Course Convenor: Professor Jonas Otterbeck is a specialist on contemporary Islam. He is Head of Research at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the current holder of the Rasul-Walker Chair in Popular Culture in Islam. The three main topics of his research are Islamic views on music, Muslims in Europe, and contemporary Islamic ideas. Theoretically, he has worked within gender, culture, and religious studies. In August 2021, Otterbeck’s new book The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music was published by Edinburgh University Press, and his current research is on creativity and Islam.

Date and Time: 12, 19 and 26 September 2022,13:30 – 16:00 London Time.

Tickets and Booking: £75 professionals | £45 students, AKU alumni and staff.

Book now: https://fal.cn/3pxqb 

Organiser: Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), London.

*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Readings and further details will be provided later upon registration.

Lecture: ‘Unimpressed: Livery Badge and Legal Tender in Late Medieval England’, The Courtauld Research Forum, London and Online, 22 June 2022, 5:00 BST

This event is hosted by The Research Forum at The Courtauld, and is organised by the Medieval and Renaissance Cluster.

About this event

Please note this event will be live streamed to allow those outside London access to the event. All those who wish to access the event via this online method should book a ‘Livestream’ ticket rather than ‘Lecture Theatre’ ticket.

Booking closes 30 minutes before the event start time.

At the center of this talk are two unimpressive objects: the livery badge and the coin. Cheap, lead alloy medallions, livery badges bear the insignias of members of the nobility who would distribute them as well as cash payment bearing the face of the king to individuals in their service. Both of these exchangeable objects—badges and coins—enacted social, political, and economic alliances in fifteenth-century England, a system known as maintenance, or, more controversially, “bastard feudalism.” Both objects are also a form of replicable portraiture. And both, over the course of the fifteenth century, underwent physical changes that caused their possessors to doubt their value. Taking seriously the formal and material properties of badges and coins, along with the conditions of their production and distribution, in the decades preceding and coinciding with the Wars of the Roses, I consider how they were essential to activating the perceptual regime that regulated how people envisioned themselves and their relationships to broader political communities, all while casting suspicion on the stability of those very relationships. Ultimately what this juxtaposition exposes is the value of and vexation posed by replicability to representation at this time.

Sonja Drimmer is Associate Professor of Medieval Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of English Literature, 1403-1476 (Penn, 2018). Her most recent publications include, “Connoisseurship, Art History, and the Paleographical Impasse in Middle English Studies,” Speculum (April 2022) and “The Shapes of History: Houghton Library, Richardson MS 35 and Chronicles of England in Codex and Roll,” in Beyond Words (2021). Currently she is at work on her second monograph, Political Visuality: Reproduction, Representation, and the Wars of the Roses.

Organised by Dr Tom Nickson (The Couratuld) and Dr Jessica Barker (The Courtauld).

For more information, or to register, click here.

Symposium:  Fragmented Illuminations, Victoria & Albert Museum, 7-8 July, 2022

 As a follow-up to the display Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (now extended to 26 June), a symposium will take place online on 7-8 July (pm). The Fragmented Illuminations Symposium will seek to make sense of these detached leaves, cut-out initials and other ornamented snippets. Day 1 will examine the practice of collecting pieces and leaves cut from illuminated manuscripts, with a particular focus on the 19th century. Day 2 will investigate the original context of some of these cuttings, the books they came from and the artists involved.

For more information, and to register, click here.

CFP: British Archaeological Association Post-Graduate Online Conference (23-24 November 2022), deadline 12 August 2022

The British Archaeological Association invites proposals by postgraduates and early career researchers in the field of medieval history of art, architecture, and archaeology.

Papers can be on any aspect of the medieval period, from antiquity to the later Middle Ages, across all geographical regions.

The BAA postgraduate conference offers an opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and discuss their research, and exchange ideas.

Proposals of around 250 words for a 20-minute paper, along with a CV, should be sent by Friday 12th August 2022 to postgradconf@thebaa.org.

Call for Papers: Medieval Ecologies, 2022 New England Medieval Conference (NEMC), Colby College, October 8, 2022 (Deadline: 20 June, 2022)

This conference will provide an opportunity for medievalists working across a range of disciplines and geographic areas to join in conversation about premodern ecologies and their literary historical representations, as well as their material and cultural entanglements. We interpret “ecologies” broadly as interaction and interrelation within and between human, animal, and material worlds. Accordingly, we invite papers that may ask such questions as: How can the textual and material evidence of the past inform our understanding of human interactions with the natural world, including anthropogenic impacts, practices of care, cultivation, environmental remediation, and the longue durée of environmental change? How can ecocritical approaches enrich our understanding of the Middle Ages? What do the philosophical and theoretical perspectives of premodern thinkers offer to the Environmental Humanities? How might medieval ways of knowing the world shape understandings of contemporary environmental crises? Might premodern epistemologies and ontologies disrupt contemporary understandings of biodiversity, practices of care, and our interconnectedness to animal, vegetal, and fungal critters?

We invite abstracts for twenty-minute papers, as well as pre-organized panels of three papers. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Megan Cook (mlcook@colby.edu) and Anita Savo (asavo@bu.edu) by Monday, June 20, 2022.

For more information, click here.

Symposium: The Public Curatorship of the Medieval Past. University of Lincoln, 15th September 2022

The symposium will explore how the medieval past is ‘curated’, that is, collected, interpreted, and communicated, across both professional and popular society. In addition, the symposium looks to question the ways in which medievalism impacts these acts of curatorship.  

Guided by the underlying principle that remembering and communicating the medieval past is a process shared in by individuals from all sections of society, the desire is for the symposium to facilitate much needed lines of communication within and beyond academic circles, thereby supporting greater cross-societal debate on how the medieval past can and should be communicated publicly.

As such, the symposium brings together a group of 5 keynote speakers from a variety of fields such as heritage, public archaeology, and reenactment to explore the variety of ways in which the medieval is publicly curated.

Keep up to date by following us on twitter @PublicPast

Keynote Speakers

Dr Fran Allfrey is a lecturer at the University of Reading and studies the afterlives of medieval texts, objects and histories.

Jeppe Christensen is the Head of Authenticity for the reenactment and living History group Vikings!

Dr Robert Houghton is a lecturer at the University of Winchester and explores representations of the Middle Ages in modern games.

Professor Carenza Lewis is professor for the public understanding of research within the college of arts at the University of Lincoln.

Dr Will Wyeth is a Properties Historian at English Heritage specializing in castles and their landscapes.

Call for Papers

We invite papers that explore themes or topics to do with the process of publicly curating the medieval past. This could also include any of the following:

The challenges that are present in communicating the medieval past through a variety of mediums, be that heritage, archaeology, digital media, or reenactment and living history (or a combination of these mediums), and, if applicable, the initiatives you feel could, or indeed have, implemented in order to tackle these challenges.
Impact (positive or negative) of medievalism on the process of communicating the medieval past
Community projects looking to curate the medieval past
Research into the public understanding and reception of the medieval past
We particularly encourage abstracts from researchers outside of academia.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Lynsey McLaughlin (lcoombs@lincoln.ac.uk), by Friday 8th July 2022.

For more information, click here.