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Online Exhibition: ‘Visions of the End: A Virtual Exhibition’, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies presents a virtual exhibition, ‘Visions of the End’, curated by Jay Rubenstein and Gregor Kalas. Visitors can view pre-modern art and objects relating to ideas of the apocalypse, salvation and revelation. The exhibition features illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, and enamelwork amongst other media. The artefacts are organised under three headings: The Culture of the Apocalypse, Conflict and Hope, and The Era of Peace.

Pictures of the artworks are accompanied by a description of their provenance, subject matter, and relevance to the exhibition’s key themes and ideas. You can even take a virtual tour of the physical exhibition, which was on temporary display at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, with commentary from Curator of Academic Programs Katy Malone.

This exhibition was an important part of a broader array of classes and events at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville during the spring of 2020. “Apocalypse Semester,” as it came to be known, included courses in departments across the humanities on themes such as hell, climate change, zombies, visions of the end in early English literature, and apocalypticism in Medieval and Reformation Europe.

‘Visions of the End’ brings together artefacts from:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Glencairn Museum
  • The Morgan Library and Museum
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • The Walters Art Museum
  • National Gallery of Art

Explore the exhibition now via this link.

News: Paul Mellon Centre Public Study Room is open

The Public Study Room at the Paul Mellon Centre in Bedford Square is delighted to announce it is open again. The study room will be open by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, between 10.30-12.45 and 13.15-15.30. The rest of the Centre (PMC) will be open by invitation only on these same days of the week.

All readers will be required to leave the building during the lunch time closure of 12.45-13.15.

The PMC has put in place a number of measures to protect visitors and staff. The following measures have been put in place to protect researchers and staff while accessing materials in our Public Study Room, and will be subject to continual review and revision.

All readers who wish to view any Archives & Library material in person must book an appointment by writing to collections@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk by midnight on the Tuesday of the week before their visit. Appointments, with set arrival times, will be made in consultation with Archives & Library staff.

In order to practice safe social distancing, there will be a limit of four readers a day in the Public Study Room (one reader per desk). Each reader will be assigned a desk for the day and arrival times will be staggered.

For more information, visit their website here and here.

Call for Journal Submissions: Fenestella, Open Access Journal, Issue 2/2021

The journal FENESTELLA: Inside Medieval Art is accepting scientific contributions in view of the publication of the second issue in 2021.

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Online Conference: Amassing Perspectives: Recent Trends in Syriac Iconography (Princeton University, 17-18 September 2021)

Registration is open for Amassing Perspectives: Recent Trends in Syriac Iconography, a virtual conference on medieval Syriac iconography and visual culture.

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CFP: Identity Abroad in Central and Late Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (deadline 12 September 2021)

Life in the central and late Middle Ages was characterised by high levels of mobility and migration. Shifts in political, economic, cultural and religious life encouraged and sometimes forced individuals and groups to move ‘abroad’ permanently or temporarily, to places nearby or further afield.

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CFP: ICMA Sponsored Sessions for Kalamazoo 2022 (deadline 15 September 2021)

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) will sponsor two sessions at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI (9-14 May, 2022).

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Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at International Medieval Congress 2022

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 2022 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

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CFP: The Virgin and the City: Urban Marian Spaces in Late Medieval Europe (Kalamazoo 2022, deadline 1 September 2021)

How was the Mother of God accommodated and exhibited in civic space?

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CFP: The Multimedia Craft of Wonder: Forming and Performing Marvels in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, 1200-1600 (University of Cambridge, deadline 1 August 2021)

This conference, funded by the interdisciplinary Cambridge centre CRASSH and the Faculty of English, will explore the relationship between wonder, translation, and multimodality in medieval and early modern worlds.

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CFP: “L’Architettura normanna e il Mediterraneo. Dinamiche dell’interazione culturale” (Humboldt University, Berlin, due 31 July 2021)

The expansion of the Normans in medieval Europe and beyond is proving to be a wide and very rewarding field for research into the complex phenomenon of transcultural exchange processes.

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New Publication: Monumental Sounds: Art and Listening Before Dante by Matthew G. Shoaf

Hearing is a far-reaching concern, to judge by printed and online efforts to improve it in business, law, medicine, higher education, and other areas. American democracy itself has been jeopardized by failures to listen, some have recently argued. Centuries ago, when anxieties ran high about people not hearing what they were ‘supposed’ to hear, remedies took unexpected forms.

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