PhD Funding: UCLA Department of Art History Establishes the Diane C. Brouillette Graduate Fellowship

The UCLA Department of Art History has established the Diane C. Brouillette Graduate Fellowship in Art History, thanks to a $250,000 tribute gift in memory of the late UCLA alumna Diane Brouillette. The gift qualified for an additional $125,000 in matching funds from the UCLA Humanities Centennial Matching Gift Fund.

The fellowship will help fund tuition, travel costs and research awards for Ph.D. students of French Medieval Art and Architecture, and reflects Diane’s lifelong passions for medieval art history and French culture.

Department Chair Miwon Kwon, said, “The Brouillette Fellowship will leave a lasting legacy by providing crucial support for generations of talented UCLA graduate students seeking to advance knowledge of this rich and historically important field.”

Born in Providence, RI, Diane Cynthia Brouillette graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1970 with a B.A. in Art, and was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. She earned masters and Ph.D. degrees in art history from UC Berkeley in 1973 and 1981, respectively.

At UC Berkeley, Diane studied under Jean Bony, one of the most highly regarded historians of medieval architecture, and Walter Horn, who was the first-ever professor of art history in the UC system.

Bony praised Diane’s thesis “The Early Gothic Sculpture of Senlis Cathedral” as “the basic tool of reference for mid-12th century Gothic.” While working on her dissertation, Diane received financial support from the dean’s fellowship program, the French government, as well as the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. It was her gratitude for this support and her wish to give back that led to the establishment of the Brouillette Fellowship at UCLA.

Diane Brouillette taught at Oberlin College and Vassar College, and later left academia for a career in business. She passed away in September 2018.

Call for Submissions: Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies

The Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS) is a leading interdisciplinary journal for innovative scholarship on the multiple languages, cultures, and historical processes of the Iberian Peninsula, and the zones with which it was in contact. We encourage submission of all innovative scholarship of interest to the community of medievalists and Iberianists, and welcome informal inquiries.

JMIS, which aims to bring theoretically informed approaches into creative contact with more empirically minded scholarship, encompasses archaeology, art and architecture, music, philosophy and religious studies, as well as history, codicology, manuscript studies and the multiple Arabic, Latin, Romance, and Hebrew linguistic and literary traditions of Iberia. We welcome work that engages peninsular Iberia in relation to other parts of the medieval world addressing links of with the Maghreb, Iberia’s presence in the Mediterranean, or adopting an Atlantic frame. 

Why publish in Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies?

  • Make a significant impact. JMIS is a well-established and highly respected journal.
  • Grow your readership. The journal has wide international readership.
  • Raise your profile in your field. Essays published in JMIS are indexed in Humanities Index; International Humanities Index; Scopus, Arts and Humanities Citation Index®; Current Contents®/Arts & Humanities.
  • Broaden your reach. Interdisciplinary in scope, JMIS engages with cutting-edge debates in multiple scholarly fields.

More information here.

Online Workshops: University of Cambridge Virtual Summer Festival of Learning, 6-24th July 2020

For centuries the University has helped to shape and change the world through visionary ideas and ground-breaking discoveries. This contribution has never been so important as it is now, in these rapidly-changing and uncertain times, when countries, institutions and businesses are discovering new ways of working together and sharing knowledge for the common good. For nearly a century, the University’s International Summer Programmes have brought people together, face-to-face, to hear our scholars talk about ideas and discoveries. This year we have had to find new ways to share inspirational learning with our global community of adult students. The Virtual Summer Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. Students aged 16-18 are welcome to join our virtual Pre-University Summer Programme.

We are proud to launch our first Virtual Summer Festival of Learning. Please join us.

Online courses as part of the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning:

Over 80 online courses offered as part of the Festival, covering a range of disciplines, will be taught by leading Cambridge academics and our panel of subject specialists. Each course is normally capped at 40 participants and costs £75.

Click here to see the full list of available courses to book.

The courses will run during the following dates:

  • Week 1: 6 July – 10 July 2020
  • Week 2: 13 July – 17 July 2020
  • Week 3: 20 July – 24 July 2020

Courses of interest which are available in Week 1: 6 – 10 July 2020:

Courses of interest which are available in Week 2: 13 – 17 July 2020:

Courses of interest which are available in Week 3: 20 – 24 July 2020:


Free open talks:

A wide variety of free open-access pre-recorded talks will be posted online during the Festival. These talks will showcase the subjects on offer at the University, as well as current research. Proposed topics range from Animal Rights LawMachiavelli and the virus, and Tudor neuroscience to Jane Austen and her modern collaboratorsDigital productivity and digital wellbeing and The beauty of silk.

Click here to see the full list of proposed talks, register your interest and find out more.

Register your interest

Once you have registered your interest you will receive a link from us shortly before the start of the Summer Festival which will allow access to any of the following talks. Talks will go live at the rate of 4-5 per day, and will remain accessible to you until the end of the Summer Festival.  You can listen to them at any time during this period.  Please enjoy these short talks and taster sessions.

Please note:  these are proposed titles and speakers.  We reserve the right to make additions and alterations to this list, and changes to the release date.

Here are some talks we think you might be interested in:

Week 1: 6 July – 10 July:

The Middle Ages illuminated Dr Rowena E Archer 
Lecturer in Medieval History at Christ Church and Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Colour and vibrancy are synonymous with medieval culture, never more so than in its surviving manuscripts and paintings. In this select mini series there will be a focus on three of the great treasures of the later period which will be first set in their context and then examined in some detail.

  • The Wilton Diptych

The Wilton Diptych c.1395 is a folding altarpiece that was almost certainly commissioned by King Richard II (1377-99). Richly executed with expensive pigments it is most obviously of religious significance but less obvious is its commentary on Christian kingship and the king’s ideas about his role.

  • The Très Riches Heures

The Très Riches Heures is a Book of Hours made for the wealthy Jean duke of Berry (d.1416). It is of the type of prayer book that was owned and used by laymen and women but its exquisite high quality images makes it probably the most famous and richest to survive, and combines both the sacred and the secular worlds

  • The Beauchamp Pageant

The Beauchamp Pageant c.1480 is a unique series of 50 uncoloured images recording the life of Richard Beauchamp earl of Warwick (d.1439), one of the greatest soldiers of the Hundred Years’ War. It was probably commissioned by his daughter Anne Neville, as an exemplar of knighthood for her young son, which raises questions about the reliability of the portrayal.

Week 2: 13 July – 17 July:

Illustrating Britain’s mythic origins Dr Amy Jeffs

In this talk, author and artist, Dr Amy Jeffs, will introduce word and image in relation to the mythic origins of Britain. Focusing largely on one 12th-century narrative, while travelling from manuscripts, through printed books and Stonehenge to her own artistic practice, she will ask how its illustrations have worked and what we might learn from them today. As an academic with an impulse to create (and in the knowledge that in this, she is far from alone), she will consider the compatibility of academic research and artistic creativity.  

Courts and Palaces of the Renaissance Dr Sarah Pearson

The Courts and Palaces of Northern Italy provide a fascinating glimpse into the spread of Renaissance Art and Architecture, and of the huge variety in the tastes of patrons. When leading families commissioned artworks, it was to demonstrate their discrimination, erudition and also to distinguish themselves from their neighbours. This lecture examines the Courts of Mantua, Ferrara, Rimini and Urbino and considers how they employed art and architecture to promote their identity.

The riches of English medieval funerary art Professor Nigel Saul
Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, Royal Holloway, University of London

Among the many treasures to have come down to us from the Middle Ages are the tombs and brasses in our churches: the knights in their armour, the ladies in their fancy dresses. These monuments are often under-rated masterpieces, tributes to the sculptor’s art.  They can be appreciated for their aesthetic and artistic merit; but they can also be interrogated for their historical interest.  For the historian, they open a remarkable and perhaps unexpected window onto the medieval past.

  • Tombs and tomb-makers

Medieval craftsmen are often anonymous, unlike their more attention-seeking counterparts in the Renaissance.  Are there any documentary sources that allow us to identify them by name?  What can we learn about their trade, and how and where they operated?

  • Status and prayer

Why were these monuments commissioned?  It is easy to say they are all about the preservation of memory. But what did memory mean in the Middle Ages? A clue is afforded by the wording of so many of the inscriptions on them – pray for me: prayers for the soul.  But, as we will see, considerations of status were involved too.

  • Design and meaning

Some monuments were big and elaborate, others simple and small. All, however, were constructed so as to convey meaning. All were expected to evoke a response. How, then, are we to interpret them? Can we begin to understand the responses of people at the time?

CFP: The Nordic Association of Conservators XXII Congress, deadline 1 July 2020

The Nordic Association of Conservators (NKF) was founded in 1950 and functions as a regional group in The International Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works (IIC), and is known as IIC Nordic Group.

NKF XXII Congress is an international congress held every three years and is the main event for heritage conservation professionals in the Nordic countries.

In 2021 the congress will be held over two days in Stockholm from October 21-22nd, hosted by the Swedish NKF-S group.

Since the NKF-S celebrates 70 years as the major organization for Swedish conservators, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the development in the conservation field, as well as look ahead into a possible future. The congress will illustrate how the conservation discipline has changed and developed over the decades. Research, analytical methods, documentation, conservation treatments, and material choices, as well as working conditions have progressed. The congress focuses on what conservators have learned, how the experiences have been used and spread, and how we see the profession in the future.  
 
The NKF XXII Congress is open for conservators, curators, and all professionals working within fields related to conservation. 
 
You are welcome to submit abstracts for presentations on the above theme or topics. You may submit several abstracts. The resulting presentation we have in mind is no longer than 20 minutes including time for questions. The presentation can be held in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. 
 
All submitted abstracts will be reviewed, and papers will be peer-reviewed. Abstracts can be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, accompanied by a biography of no more than 100 words. Make sure you include your name, title, and other contact details at the end of the abstract. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail in Word or PDF before July 1st 2020 to: nkfcongress2021@gmail.com 

  • 1st of July 2020: Deadline submission of abstracts
  • 1st of August 2020: Accepted abstracts will be notified
  • 1st of November 2020:  Papers ready for peer review
  • 1st of January 2021: Deadline submission of poster abstract
  • 1st of May 2021: Deadline final papers 

More information can be found here.

New Publication: Byzantine Intersectionality: Sexuality, Gender, and Race in the Middle Ages, by Roland Betancourt

While the term “intersectionality” was coined in 1989, the existence of marginalized identities extends back over millennia. Byzantine Intersectionality reveals the fascinating, little-examined conversations in medieval thought and visual culture around matters of sexual and reproductive consent, bullying and slut-shaming, homosocial and homoerotic relationships, trans and nonbinary gender identities, and the depiction of racialized minorities. Roland Betancourt explores these issues in the context of the Byzantine Empire, using sources from late antiquity and early Christianity up to the early modern period. Highlighting nuanced and strikingly modern approaches by medieval writers, philosophers, theologians, and doctors, Betancourt offers a new history of gender, sexuality, and race.

Betancourt weaves together art, literature, and an impressive array of texts to investigate depictions of sexual consent in images of the Virgin Mary, tactics of sexual shaming in the story of Empress Theodora, narratives of transgender monks, portrayals of same-gender desire in images of the Doubting Thomas, and stereotypes of gender and ethnicity in representations of the Ethiopian Eunuch. He also gathers evidence from medical manuals detailing everything from surgical practices for late terminations of pregnancy to save a mother’s life to a host of procedures used to affirm a person’s gender.

Showing how understandings of gender, sexuality, and race have long been enmeshed, Byzantine Intersectionality offers a groundbreaking look at the culture of the medieval world.

Roland Betancourt is associate professor of art history and chancellor’s fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Sight, Touch, and Imagination in Byzantium.

You can pre-order here.

New Publication: Medieval Monster Hunter, by Damien Kempf

A beautifully designed book, Dr Damien Kempf‘s Medieval Monster Hunter brings medieval illuminations to life through his humours captions.

  • 120 Pages
  • 10 x 15 cm
  • Soft cover
  • Secondo edition of 1000 copies
  • Designed by Paolo Berra
  • Published in June 2020
  • ISBN 978-88-944340-7-1
  • €20
  • Shipping for the second edition start from end of June.

Purchase the book here.

Damien Kempf joined the University of Liverpool in January 2020 where he is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Liverpool.

Google Arts & Culture: Our Favourite Online Exhibitions

We’ve scoured Google Arts & Culture for some of our favourite online exhibitions. Whether you’re interested in illuminated manuscripts, sculpture or architecture, there are a number of virtual exhibitions that we think you’ll enjoy.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Art of Three Faiths: Torah, Bible, Qur’an

Copies of the Torah, Christian Bible, and Qur’an are among the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, illustrated here by three remarkable examples from the Getty Museum’s collections.

(Rothschild Pentateuch, 1296, Tempera colors, gold, and (Rothschild Pentateuch, 1296, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 116)

Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages

This online exhibition complements Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages, an exhibition organized by the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (May 29–August 12, 2012).

(Denise Poncher before a Vision of Death, about 1500,The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 109, fol. 156)

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

This presentation complements Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, an exhibition organized by the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (October 13, 2015–January 3, 2016).

(The Feast of Dives, about 1510–1520, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 18, fol. 21v, detail.)


The British Museum

Sicily: culture and conquest

Based on an exhibition at the British Museum. Sponsored by Julius Baer

(Map of Sicily made by an Arab cartographer, The Bodleian Libraries, 1553, detail)

Celtic life in Iron Age Britain

A British Museum exhibition of Iron Age objects from collections across the UK

(The Battersea Shield (351 BC – 51 BC), British Museum)


Library of Trinity College Dublin

Illuminating the Middle Ages

A treasure trove of medieval Latin manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

(Dublin Apocalypse, folio 4v, detail, Early 14th century, England, The Library of Trinity College Dublin)

The Book of Durrow

Learn all about the a 1,300 year old masterpiece in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. The Book of Durrow dates to c. AD650-700 and is one of the earliest intact gospel books to survive in Western Europe.

(The Book of Durrow f.85v, Late 7th Century, The Library of Trinity College Dublin)

Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

The Library is home to a significant collection of over 200 medieval and early modern manuscripts written in the Irish language (Gaeilge); Irish is the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe. The Library’s collection ranks as one of the most important in the world in its range and in its quality. Some of these manuscripts capture the earliest evidence of the Irish language and so their linguistic, as well as their historic value, is considerable.

(The Book of Mulling, 2nd half of the 8th century, Trinity College Dublin MS 60, f. 81, detail.)


English Heritage

Hailes Abbey: Place of Pilgrimage: Holy blood, royal blood and the transformation of Hailes Abbey

The royal gift of a holy relic transformed Hailes Abbey in Gloucestershire into one of the most important pilgrimage sites in medieval England. Occupying a tranquil spot in the Cotswold Hills, its museum now hosts a stunning collection of monastic objects and architectural fragments from the abbey’s heyday. Learn more about this historic site.

(Canopy Fitting, 14th century, Hailes Abbey)

The Rediscovery of Rievaulx Abbey

Founded in the 12th century, Rievaulx Abbey quickly became one of the most powerful and spiritually renowned centres of monasticism in Britain. At its peak in the 1160s it housed a 650-strong community of monks under its most famous abbot, Aelred. The monastery was suppressed by Henry VIII in 1538 and fell into disrepair.  Discover how these medieval ruins were saved for the public.

Whitby Abbey: Bombardment and Restoration

The ruins of Whitby Abbey are among the most celebrated sights of North Yorkshire. Perched high on a cliff, the first monastery here – founded in about 657 – was one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world. But visitors may not realise that the abbey ruins came under threat again only a century ago, when they fell victim to the ravages of the First World War. Learn more about the Rebuilding Whitby’s west front after First World War bomb damage.


Staatsbibliothek Bamberg

Colours Between Covers

German book illumination of the 15th and early 16th centuries. An exhibition in the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg.

(Staatsbibliothek Bamberg Msc.Lit.112, 1428)

The Bamberg Psalter

The Bamberg Psalter was created around 1220/30 probably in Regensburg or in the Regensburg area. The codex is one of several surviving manuscripts of illuminated psalters from the 13th century, a time when many ladies from the aristocracy ordered such a book for themselves.

(Bamberger Psalter, Staatsbibliothek Msc.Bibl.48, fol.61v-62r, 1220-30, Regensburg, Germany)

The Bamberg Apocalypse

All miniatures from the manuscript Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Bibl.140 

(The Bamberg Apocalypse, Staatsbibliothek Msc.Bibl.140, fol.31v, 1010)


Church Conservation Trust

Saints, Sinners and Socks

Exploring 700 year old wall paintings in Buckinghamshire.

(Medieval wall painting of St George and the Dragon, 1410/1470, St Lawrence, Broughton, Buckinghamshire)


Sakıp Sabancı Museum

The Arts of the Book and Calligraphy

Sakıp Sabancı Museum Collection of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy consists of illuminated Korans, prayer books, calligraphic compositions, albums and panels written by well-known calligraphers, illuminated official documents bearing the imperial cipher of the Ottoman sultans as well as calligrapher’s tools, all produced during a period extending from the end of the 14th century to the 20th century.

(Qur’an Unknown scribe, 1600s, Sakıp Sabancı Museum)


National and University Library of Slovenia

The Elaborate Details in a Medieval Manuscript

The collection of Medieval Latin manuscripts is undoubtedly among the library’s most valuable holdings. It comprises 85 codices, most of which were acquired by the National and University Library’s predecessor, the Lyceum Library from its establishment in 1774 to the end of the 18th century. Explore the Treasures of the National and University Library of Slovenia.

(The City of God (De civitate Dei), Aurelius Augustinus, 1347, National and University Library of Slovenia)


Victoria and Albert Museum

Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

Latin for ‘English work’, the phrase ‘opus anglicanum’ was first coined in the 13th century to describe the highly-prized and luxurious embroideries made in England of silk and gold and silver thread, teeming with elaborate imagery. The V&A holds the largest collection of these works in the world –­ incredible survivals from a celebrated period of English artistic production.

(King David, detail from an orphrey panel depicting the Tree of Jesse, England, circa 1310-25. MTMAD, Lyons)


Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba

Corduba and Qurtuba

The city of Córdoba saw significant changes to its appearance with the spread of Christianity. Learn about the relationship between Visigoth and Muslim Córdoba.

(Ataurique board, Unknown, 900 – 1000, Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba)


St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent

Inside the Ghent Altarpiece 

Wonders of the Ghent Altarpiece’s inside panels

The Ghent Altarpiece, painted in 1432 by the Van Eyck brothers, is a very large and complex painted piece with wing panels, allowing to either display it closed or opened. The masterpiece used to be opened only on Holy days. The rest of the time, the wings would be closed, so that only the Annunciation would be visible. Once opened, the Altarpiece would reveal vivid colors, deliberately brighter and more festive than those of the closed shutters.

(The Ghent Altarpiece, Jan van Eyck, 1432, Saint Bavo’s cathedral Ghent (detail))


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

The Human Image in Panel Painting in the Mediterranean

Today, the panel painting characterizes our understanding of the medium of painting, with the representation of human beings being one of its most important tasks. The technical requirements, conditions and the limiting factors that led to the start of panel painting and its further development are the subjects of this interdisciplinary and epoch-spanning research project. The history of the development of the panel painting will be scrutinized by examining representative examples from antiquity, the early and high Middle Ages. The project focuses on the execution of flesh tones: Which techniques were chosen in order to achieve certain effects at particular times? How was traditional knowledge from antiquity adapted? Is there any correlation between technique and either the function or the original location of a painting? How are social changes and ideological shifts reflected?

(Hagiosoritissa in Santa Maria del Rosario und Detail, 7th–9th century, Rome, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario)

Podcast: New student-run medieval podcast, “Knight School: taking a stab at the Middle Ages”

This new student-run podcast brings you weekly doses of the medieval world and features scholars who share their research and serve as episode “experts.” We hope to make Medieval Studies more accessible to students and anyone else who wants to know more about the Middle Ages.

We regularly incorporate medieval art into each topic. If you want your research featured on an episode, message us on Twitter @knightschool_ and check out our website knightschoolmedieval.wordpress.com.


About the creators:

Claire Crow is an undergraduate student at Sewanee: University of the South and studies English and Medieval Studies.

Rebecca Leppert studies religion, focusing on medieval Christianity at George Washington University.

PhD Funding: PhD Fellowship History of the Book, University of Turin, deadline 26 June 2020

A special fellowship is being given to a student holding a university degree from outside Italy who is willing to pursue a PhD program in History of the Book conceived as part of a research program on Legal Texts and/or Law books produced between Medieval and Early Modern age. All kind of perspectives can form the focus of the research: any aspects relating to the book as object or any author/texts. The student will be provided with a special tool for the recording of the data collected during the research. Training in the use of the tool is part of the program. The original deadline for applying (June 4th) has been extended to June 26th.

For information: https://en.unito.it/postdegree/phd/archaeological-historical-and-historical-artistic-sciences

Or write to: mariaalessandra.panzanellifratoni@unito.it.

Job: Teaching Associate in the History of England Before the Norman Conquest (Fixed Term), University of Cambridge, deadline 21 July 2020

Department/ Location: Faculty of English, CAMBRIDGE
Salary: £30,942-£40,322
Published: 22 June 2020
Closing Date: 21 July 2020

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic wishes to appoint a Teaching Associate in the History of England Before the Norman Conquest from 1 September 2020.

The Teaching Associate will be expected to teach, examine, and supervise dissertations on topics related to the History of England Before the Norman Conquest, at both undergraduate and MPhil levels, and to contribute to other departmental teaching and examining as appropriate. Applicants should have a good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area. It is expected that applicants will have experience of successfully delivering and developing teaching at University level, including lectures, seminars and small group teaching, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Two references are required, and applicants should ask their referees to send their reports to appointments@english.cam.ac.uk by the closing date.

Informal enquiries about the post may be directed to Dr Richard Dance, Head of Department (hod@asnc.cam.ac.uk). Enquiries concerning the appointments procedure and related matters may be made to Vicky Aldred (appointments@english.cam.ac.uk).

The closing date is midnight GMT on Tuesday 21 July and Interviews are planned for late July/early August 2020. It is expected that the interview will be conducted virtually either by Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference GG23238 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information