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CFP: 2 sessions at the AAH Annual Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, 5 – 7 April 2018

350px-hispanomoresqueCall for Papers: Medieval Eurabia: Religious Crosspollinations in Architecture, Art and Material Culture during the High and Late Middle Ages (1000-1600)
Deadline: November 1, 2017

The coexistence of Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean led to a transfer of knowledge in architecture and material culture which went well beyond religious and geographical boundaries. The use of Islamic objects in Christian contexts, the conversion of churches into mosques and the mobility of craftsmen are only some manifestations of this process. Although studies beginning with Avinoam Shalem’s Islam Christianized (1996), have dealt extensively with Islamic influence in the West and European influence in the Islamic Mediterranean, sacred objects, and material culture more generally, have been relatively neglected. From crosses found in Mosques, to European-Christian coins with pseudo/-shahada inscriptions, medieval material culture is rife with visual evidence of the two faiths co-existing in both individual objects and monuments.
This panel invites papers from scholars working on intercultural exchange in art, architecture and material culture. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on sacred objects that have been diverted or ‘converted’ to a new purpose, whether inside or outside an explicitly religious context.
Papers should present original research, which expands the boundaries of knowledge and which the scholars would like to be considered for publication. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words long. Panel organised by Sami De Giosa, Oxford University and Nikolaos Vryzidis, British School at Athens. Email:

maesta700CFP: Art and Law: Objects and Spaces as Legal Actors
DeadlineNovember 6, 2017

Art history has long investigated the role of the law, from issues of visual evidence and legal aesthetics to ideas of artistic originality and authorship. But recent scholarship has increasingly drawn attention to the ways in which art can participate in the law’s actual operation. This session aims to broaden these investigations by tracing the long history of artistic intrusions into legal life, focusing on moments when the objects and spaces of art and architecture, broadly defined, have functioned as legal actors in their own right.
The session promises to explore these ideas through interdisciplinary and cross-chronological case studies from researchers, artists, and practitioners both in art history and in parallel fields such as law, journalism, and the social sciences. How have aesthetic objects past and present actively shaped the production and execution of the law as witnesses or juridical subjects in themselves? How have artists approached the courtroom as a site of artistic production and intervention? And in what ways has aesthetic production sought to short-circuit legal structures or forward alternative, even utopian, legal systems? Such questions have taken on new urgency in light of recent political and constitutional crises worldwide.

Papers might address, amongst other topics:
– historical and contemporary objects that dispense justice
– signs, emblems, or inscriptions that enforced legal boundaries or enacted legal codes
– artworks framed as legal victims, or which have been tried in absentia of criminals
– objects and theories of legal proof
– architectural actors as part of the fabric of legal drama
– art historical or theoretical texts investigating legal production and evidence-gathering and witnessing as forms of aesthetic production and research

Proposals of 250 words, accompanied by a short academic CV, should be sent to the two session organisers no later than 6 November 2017:
Dr Jack Hartnell (University of East Anglia, UK)
Dr Kevin Lotery (Sarah Lawrence College, USA)

Call for Papers

CFP: AAH Session, Ritual and Sensory Experience in Medieval Sculpture

AAH 2017
43rd Annual Conference & Art Book Fair
Loughborough University
6th to 8th April 2017

Call for Papers: Ritual and Sensory Experience in Medieval Sculpture

Fixed to the facades of great buildings, or nestled within an elaborate architectural surround, medieval sculpture has a reputation as being static, immovable and durable. This session seeks to challenge these assumptions by examining the sensory environment of medieval sculpture and its relationship to ritual and performative practices.

Medieval rituals utilised a variety of objects and materials, and stimulated multiple senses through visual, musical and physical aspects of devotion. As incense burned and music filled the air, sculpture often provided a visual and tactile complement to these sensory experiences. The interactive role of sculpture is paramount for understanding the social qualities of medieval ritual and its bodily–kinaesthetic relationship to sacred space. Sculpture provides a tangible link to the study of ritual performance and a means of accessing the ephemeral activities central to medieval life. This session sets out to provide stimulating conversations on the study of medieval sculpture beyond the visible qualities of the medium.

Paper topics in this session might include examinations of the ritual context of funerary monuments, liturgical props, processional sculpture, reliquaries, cult statues and devotional objects, among others. We are also interested in papers that consider pedagogical approaches to ritual and offer new methodologies for their study. To supplement this session, we would like to propose a visit on the following day to Loughborough’s All Saints with Holy Trinity parish church to continue this conversation in a medieval space.

This session is facilitated by the Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture. It will incorporate the expertise of medieval sculpture scholars, including Dr Peter Dent (Bristol University and co-editor of Sculpture Journal) and Dr Stacy Boldrick (University of Leicester), who will serve as respondents to this session.

Session Convenors:
Elisa A Foster, Henry Moore Institute,
Jessica Barker, The Courtauld Institute of Art,

Please email your paper proposals straight  to the session convenor(s). Provide a title and abstract for a 25 minute paper (max 250 words). Include your name, affiliation and email. Your paper title should be concise and accurately reflect what the paper is about (it should ‘say what it does on the tin’) because the title is what appears most first and foremost online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeksDo not send proposals to the Conference Administrator or the Conference Convenor.

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 7 November 2016


Funding and scholarships

AAH Student Dissertation Prizes 2012-13

AAHAAH Student Dissertation Prizes 2012-2013
The Association of Art Historians’ Dissertation Prize (formerly known at the Essay Prize) is awarded in association with Thames & Hudson. As well as a cash prize, the AAH Student Dissertation Prize consists of book prizes to the value of £150 generously provided by Thames & Hudson. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding BA and MA dissertations.
Deadline for Postgraduate Dissertations: 1 December 2013