Recent Speculum reviews of books on medieval art

RoweNew reviews in Speculum include those of:

Christine Sciacca , ed., Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012.

Sherry C. M. Lindquist , ed., The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2012.

Warwick Rodwell , The Archaeology of Churches. Stroud, UK: Amberley Publishing, 2012.

Nina Rowe , The Jew, the Cathedral, and the Medieval City: Synagoga and Ecclesia in the Thirteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Eléonore Fournié , L’iconographie de la “Bible historiale.” (Répertoire Iconographique de la Littérature du Moyen Âge 2.) Turnhout: Brepols, 2012

PhD Opportunity “Networks. Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective (4th-17th Centuries)”

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Application deadline: Nov 30, 2013

“Networks” is pleased to announce a call for application for 2 doctoral research fellows (third party funding) at Humboldt University Berlin for 36 months, starting at the earliest opportunity.
“Networks. Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective (4th-17th Centuries)”, directed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf, is a new research project situated at the Department of Art and Visual History at Humboldt University Berlin. Funded by the German research Foundation
(DFG), “Networks” is part of a joint research project with the University of Zurich (“An Iconology of the Textile in Art and Architecture”, directed by Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen). Its aim is to
study the migration of textiles, including raw materials, techniques and patterns, as well as their representation in other media, from China to the Mediterranean, from Late Antiquity to the early modern period. The project which can draw on the excellent collections in Berlin seeks to reconstruct the role of textiles as agents of cultural interaction and the transmission of knowledge: easily transported and of high esteem in Asian and Mediterranean societies, textiles were a privileged field for the elaboration of cross-cultural artistic languages. The project will study textiles in regard to materiality, ornaments and figuration, including notions of framing, fragmentation and seriality, as well as performativity or motility. It will concentrate on the intertwining of aesthetic dimensions with religious, political or domestic functions of  textiles, wrapping bodies and articulating spaces.

Apart from writing his/her dissertation, the appointee will be expected to contribute to the project, its publications and events in content, conception and organization.

Requirements: Academic degree in one of the following disciplines: art history, textile studies, cultural history, Islamic studies, East Asian studies, African studies. We are looking for an excellent candidate with a PhD project within thematic horizon of the project. We expect a good knowledge of languages relevant to the doctoral project (German is welcome but not a requirement) and an interest in transcultural research and methods, as well as in methodological and practical issues relating to textiles.

Applications in German or English language should include a letter of motivation, names and contact details of two referees; a doctoral research proposal (3-5 pages); cv with copies of diplomas and one writing sample (for ex.: publication, chapter of the MA thesis, or essay). Please send your electronic application (pdf file) by November 30, 2013 to Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf, Department of Art and Visual History, Faculty of Philosophy III, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

HU seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourage qualified female researchers to apply. Applications of researchers from abroad are welcome. Preference will be given to disabled persons with equal qualifications. Applicants with migration background are highly welcome.

Please visit, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.

Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies

michael-camille-colorThis special issue is fronted by the 2012 Michael Camille Essay Prize winners’ work, followed with a special cluster edited by Anna Kłosowska entitled ‘FAULT’. Originating in 2010 ICMS sessions co-organised by Anna and her colleague Nicola Masicandaro, these papers interrogate, as the introduction phrases it: “fault, error, parody and the absurd in medieval and early modern studies.”

Vol. 4, Issue 3 (Fall 2013)

PhD opportunity in polychrome sculpture

AHRC Doctoral Studentship (PhD)

Five Nuns from Burrell Collection, GlasgowMedieval Polychrome Sculpture in the Burrell Collection


circulation date : 10/10/2013

closing date : 11/11/2013

As part of an exciting partnership between Glasgow Life and The Open University, we are offering a three-year, full-time funded AHRC collaborative doctoral studentship on medieval polychrome sculpture. You will join a community of doctoral students in the Art History Department at The Open University. You will be based primarily in Scotland and will work closely with the Burrell Collection’s staff.

Proposals must focus on but need not be restricted to polychrome sculpture held by the Burrell Collection c.1300-c.1530. The proposal may include an element of cataloguing, but it must also demonstrate a sound intellectual agenda and framework.

Closing date for applications: 11 November 2013
Interviews scheduled: 19 November 2013

For more information:

CFP deadline: The Visual Arts and Music in Renaissance Europe c.1400-1650

image003-crop[1]Deadline 4 November 2013, for conference on Saturday 18 January 2014 at The Courtauld Institute of Art

The study (and experience) of music and art has occurred largely separately, however. Hence, the wariness of students of Renaissance art and music to explore the relationship between their own discipline and their close yet unfamiliar counterpart has resulted more in the appropriation rather than synthesis of diverse research skills. This symposium hopes to break down these historiographic boundaries and explore the numerous instances of interdisciplinarity that exist in Renaissance scholarship. We invite postgraduate and early career scholars of all disciplines to present instances of this relationship in their research, and to use this symposium as an opportunity for exploratory and open-minded discussion of aural and visual experience in Renaissance culture and historiography. We are particularly keen to encourage participants to consider ways of presenting interdisciplinary research in engaging and inventive ways.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • joint musical and commissions
  • patronage
  • devotional function
  • the relationship of art and music to physical space
  • audiences / congregations
  • relationships between the senses and the arts
  • -commemorative art and music
  • historiography (of interdisciplinary study)
  • mnemonics
  • curatorial, performative, and museological approaches to Renaissance culture
  • contemporary or modern relationships in hermeneutic interpretation

The Renaissance Symposium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities in the UK and abroad to present their research and receive feedback in a friendly and constructive environment. We cannot offer travel subsidies for speakers, and therefore students from outside London are encouraged to apply to their institutions for funding to attend the symposium.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words and your academic CV by 4 November 2013 to

Courtauld Tomb Raiders visit to the Temple church, 30th October

London TempleThe Courtauld’s medieval research group with a special interest in funerary monuments, Tomb Raiders, invite all to a visit to the Temple Church just off the Strand on the morning of the 30th October. The student rate will be £2. The church is open 11-1, so once everyone has arrived we shall gather about 11:15 in the Round nave to tour the church together.

The day will be most generously lead by Catherine Hundley, Kress Fellow at the Warburg, who is writing her dissertation on twelfth-century Round Churches.

The church, built for the order of the Knights Templar and now hidden away in the Inner Temple betwen the Strand and the Thames, was built in two stages, the mid-twelfth century and early thirteenth, resulting in two very important examples of English Gothic architecture. It is also famous for its array of knightly monuments. Since the supression of the Templar order in the fourteenth century, the church has gone through much change and restoration, not least the terrible incendiary bombs of 1941, all which add to its remarkable history. The morning will be geared towards open discussion, but I would be happy if anyone would like to volunteer to give introductions to the choir, the effigies or the nineteenth-century embellishment and post-war reconstruction.

Booking is not essential but please do email me at if you intend to come or would like to give an introduction to any feature. Also numbers are not limited so please feel free to invite anyone who you think may be interested.

Afterwards we shall return to the Courtauld for lunch in the cafe. At 3pm is the Student Work in Progress round-table seminar in the Research Forum. For more information on the latter, please contact

Scholarships and Grants: Upcoming Deadlines

Some upcoming deadlines for scholarships and grants (see also our page on Funding for further information):

AHGB: Awards for Publication and Research
The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britian offers a number of small grants, twice annually, to support research in architectural history, in either of the two categories of Publication and Education.
Next Deadline: 31 October 2013 

The Juan Facunda Riaño Essay Medal
ARTES, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain,  awards an annual essay medal to the author of the best art-historical essay on a Hispanic theme. The winner is awarded a cash prize of £400, a year’s free membership to ARTES, and the winning essays are considered for publication in the annual visual arts issue of Hispanic Research Journal.
Next Deadline: 1 November 2013

The John Fleming Travel Grant 2014
The Award is given by the Association of Art Historians and is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying art, art history or architecture. Its purpose is to enable students to travel as means of assisting or futhering their research.
Next Deadline: 1 December 2013

The Reginald Taylor and Lord Fletcher Essay Prize
This prize is awarded biennially by the British Archaeological Association, and is open to competition for the best essay submitted on any subject within the Association’s areas of interest. The winning essay may be read at a meeting and published in the journal.
Next Deadline: 1 December 2013

Postgraduate Student Bursary Fund: Conference
Through this fund, the Society for Italian studies facilitates attendence at UK and ROI conferences which are not directly funded by the Society for Italian Studies. Bursaries are normally available for students giving a conference paper, but individual circumstances will be considered.
Next Deadline: 15 December 2013

Ochs Scholarship
The British Archaeological Association awards this scholarship annually for research projects which are within the Association’s field of interest. Applications are invited from students who are completing theses for post-graduate degrees and who have no access to other sources of funding.
Next Deadline: 1 February 2014

The Anglo-Spanish Society Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to United Kingdom or Spanish nationals at postgraduate level that have some connection with bilateral links and relationships between the United Kingdom and Spain in any field of academic interest.
Next Deadline: 31 January 2013 

Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship
The Travel Fellowship, awarded by the British School at Rome, offers architects and architectural historians the opportunity to be immersed in Rome and Italy’s rich architectural heritage for three months.
Next Deadline: 15 February 2014

Il Circolo
The Italian Cultural Association in London grants financial support to several categories of undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers to pursue their studies.
Next Deadline: 28 February 2014

Cambridge Medieval Art Seminar Series

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2014 marks the 35th anniversary of Jean Bony’s “The English Decorated Style: Gothic Architecture Transformed” (Ithaca, 1979), and so the seminar series in 2013-14 will revisit the subject of English architectural style in the century ca. 1250-1350. During the Michaelmas Term the seminars take place fortnightly on Tuesdays in the Graduate Centre, 4A Trumpington Street. The presentations start at 5.30pm and are followed by discussion and refreshments. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

The schedule for the Michaelmas Term is:

22 October     Paul Binski (University of Cambridge)

Jean Bony and the Decorated Style

5 November    Maximilian Wemhöner (University of Heidelberg)

English Influences on Princely Building and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Germany

19 November   Andrew Budge (Birkbeck University of London)

Early 14th-Century Collegiate Churches: architectural change as a social process?

3 December      Jeffrey Miller (Independent Scholar, London)

Decorated Yorkshire Revisited: Experiment and Regionalism in English Gothic

The Courtauld 19th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium

Boundaries in Medieval Art and Architecture
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Deadline: 22 November 2013

Event to take place: Saturday 1 February 2014
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

This colloquium aims to question the assumption that medieval art was governed by categories and boundaries by highlighting the fluidity and flexibility that existed within art and architecture at the time. The colloquium will explore the issue of the creation and articulation of boundaries, and how art ventured to transgress visual, architectural, and cultural divisions. This can include conventions and their adaptations both within one specific medieval culture, such as Islamic or Byzantine, or in a wider, trans-regional context. Participants are invited to interpret boundaries in the wider sense of the word, encompassing geographical locations, artistic media, architectural spaces, or cultural traditions, and to examine their visual and spatial subversion. This theme can be expanded to include questions of in-betweenness and hybridity, where boundaries are kept intact or become blurred without being fully discarded.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • architectural boundaries and their significance or violation
  • geographical and cultural boundaries
  • transgression of artistic media
  • visual representations of boundaries
  • in-betweenness and hybridity
  • the visual articulation of liminality and marginality

The Medieval Colloquium offers the opportunity for Research Students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and promote their research. We cannot fund travel for speakers, and therefore students from outside London are encouraged to apply to their institutions for subsidies to attend the colloquium.
Please send proposals for 15 to 20-minute papers of no more than 250 words and a CV to and no later than Friday 22 November 2013.

Updates to the Courtauld Gothic Ivories Project

842c7f1b9abba1df88e72283c744c5b2ddfef182[1]The Gothic Ivories team is delighted to announce that 700 ‘new’ ivory carvings from over 60 different collections are now available online as part of the Gothic Ivories website! (

Highlights include the Musei Vaticani in Rome, the Schnütgen Museum in Cologne, The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, important collections in Madrid such as the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano and the Instituto Valencia de Don Juan, Scandinavian collections, from Copenhagen to Oslo, and from Stockholm to Lund, the Museo di Capodimonte and Museo di Duca di Martina in Naples, the Czartoryski Museum in Cracow, the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, the Musée de l’Hôtel Sandelin in Saint-Omer, as well as many smaller and unexpected collections in Brie-Comte-Robert, Capri, etc.!

The Project was launched in October 2008 at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
It consists of an online database of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca. 1530, as well as neo-Gothic pieces.