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CFP: Crossing Rivers in Byzantium and Beyond (Vienna, 2-3 Nov 18) (Deadline 1 June 18)

Crossing Rivers in Byzantium and Beyond

Department of Art History, University of Vienna, 02. – 03.11.2018
Deadline: Jun 1, 2018

“It is always dramatic to cross a frontier, even though the frontier is only a brook”
(V. S. Pritchett, Geographical Magazine, December, 1942)

This workshop is organized as part of the project “Byzantine Stone Bridges: Material Evidence and Cultural Meaning,” managed by Dr. Galina Fingarova at the Department of Art History of the University of Vienna. It is generously funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Elise-Richter-Program. For further information, see http://bridges.univie.ac.at/.

This project focuses on a long-overlooked aspect of architectural and cultural history – Byzantine stone bridges. It investigates the particularities of this type of architectural monuments built from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries on territories under imperial Byzantine rule. It addresses the following enquiries: 1) reconstructing the
significance of Byzantine stone bridges in the context of architectural history by analyzing the structural and technical innovations that are evident in the preserved monuments; and 2) understanding the importance of bridges as sources for a Byzantine cultural and social history, in particular, on a political, symbolic, and metaphorical level.

This workshop will expand on the project’s research questions and methodological approaches by placing these in a broader context. The workshop encourages an interdisciplinary discourse on the unique characteristic of rivers to define territories and boundaries and on their crossing as a means of connection in a real and figurative sense. It seeks to transcend both the territorial and chronological limits of the Byzantine Empire.

Confirmed Keynote: Professor Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

Scholars working in the fields of Roman, Late Antique, Byzantine, Medieval, Ottoman, and Middle Eastern Studies
are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute papers connected with but not limited to the following topics:
• Riverine landscapes;
• River crossings as political, social, military, or commercial events;
• Urban and rural communities on and along rivers;
• Architectural and engineering achievements in hydrology;
• Ford and ferry;
• Pontoon, wooden, and stone bridges;
• Related structures such as aqueducts, mills, etc.;
• Mythological and religious aspects of river crossings;
• Emotional experiences at or traversing rivers.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, including a title and an abstract, together with a short CV to Dr. Galina Fingarova (galina.fingarova@univie.ac.at) by June 1, 2018.


BURSARIES Vernacular Architecture Group Spring Conference 3rd-7th April 2018 Application Deadline 3rd March 2018


The 2018 Spring Conference of the Vernacular Architecture Group will be held at Bangor
University in North Wales from Tuesday 3 April until Saturday 7 April 2018. During the day members will tour the locality, visiting and interpreting lesser traditional buildings; lecturesand discussions will be held in the evenings. The visits will cover Anglesey (Wednesday), the Denbighshire Clwyd and Upper Dee valleys (Thursday) and the Conwy valley (Friday). Evening speakers will include Andrew Davidson, David Gwyn, Richard Suggett and Richard Bebb.

The Vernacular Architecture Group is able to offer three bursaries to assist registered
students or professionals in the early years of their career to attend the Conference. The
Committee is aware that the cost often makes attendance difficult for students and others who might benefit from the lectures and discussions, and from the opportunity to meet people active in the field. There is no age limit, and both full-time and part-time students are welcome to apply.

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Books roundup: New Books by Brepols Publishers on Medieval Architecture

AMA_08Decorated Revisited
English Architectural Style in Context, 1250-1400

Edited by John Munns

 ISBN 978-2-503-55434-1

Thirty-Five years after the publication of Jean Bony’s seminal work on the so-called Decorated style of English architecture (The English Decorated Style: Gothic Architecture Transformed, 1979), this volume brings together a selection of groundbreaking essays by the most promising emerging scholars of English medieval architecture, together with contributions by two of the leading established authorities on the subject: Nicola Coldstream (The Decorated Style: Architecture and Ornament, 1240-1360, 1994) and Paul Binski (Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290–1350, 2014).

The contributors revisit Bony’s work and reassess the scholarly legacy of the past three-and-a-half decades. Drawing on a range of innovative methodologies, they then present exciting new insights into the nature and significance of English architecture in the period, focusing particularly on its broader European context. The essays are developed from papers delivered as part of a major seminar series at the University of Cambridge in 2013-14.

John Munns teaches the history of medieval art at the University of Cambridge since 2011, where he is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Magdalene College.

More info: http://bit.ly/2lfNQ8K


AMA_09Memory and Redemption
Public Monuments and the Making of Late Medieval Landscape

By Achim Timmerann

 ISBN 978-2-503-54652-0

Erected in large numbers from about 1200 onwards, and featuring increasingly sophisticated designs, wayside crosses and other edifices in the public sphere – such as fountains, pillories and boundary markers – constituted the largest network of images and monuments in the late medieval world. Not only were they everywhere, they were also seen by nearly everyone, because large sections of the populace were constantly on the move. Carrying an entire spectrum of religious, folkloric and judicial beliefs, these monuments were indeed at the very heart of late medieval life. This is the first critical study of these fascinating and rich structures written by a medievalist art historian. Focusing on the territories of the former Holy Roman Empire, this investigation considers such important edifices as the towering wayside crosses of Wiener Neustadt and Brno or the elaborate pillories of Kasteelbrakel and Wrocław, though less ostentatious works such as the Bildstöcke of Franconia and Carinthia or the high crosses of Westphalia and the Rhineland are equally examined. In addition, the study looks at the homiletic, literary, devotional and artistic imagination, in which wayside crosses and other such structures helped constitute a spiritual and allegorical landscape that very much complemented and put pressure on the physical landscapes traversed and inhabited by the contemporary public.

Achim Timmerann teaches medieval and northern Renaissance art and architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is author of Real Presence: Sacrament Houses and the Body of Christ, c. 1270-1600.

More Info: http://bit.ly/2xELbLf

Book Roundup:

reims1Patrick Demouy, La Cathédrale de Reims, Paris, Presses Universitaires Paris Sorbonne, 2017. 512 p. ISBN : 979-10-231-0514-8. Prix : 47 euros.

En 2011 a été célébré le huitième centenaire de la cathédrale de Reims, ou plus exactement de l’actuel édifice gothique qui a succédé à une basilique paléochrétienne puis carolingienne, agrandie au XIIe siècle. C’est dans le baptistère de Reims que Clovis a jeté les bases d’un royaume des Francs appuyé par l’Église, appelé à devenir une nouvelle nation. En mémoire de cet acte fondateur, pendant plus de mille ans, les rois sont venus à Reims renouer la chaîne des temps en recevant l’onction et la couronne sur les lieux du baptême du premier d’entre eux. Devenu par le hasard des opérations militaires une cathédrale du front, de septembre 1914 à octobre 1918, Notre-Dame a payé cher cette identification à l’histoire de France. La bombarder, c’était toucher le pays au cœur. Il a fallu tout le courage de Charles de Gaulle et de Konrad Adenauer, en 1962, pour en faire le lieu symbolique de la réconciliation franco-allemande, en assumant le passé tout en se tournant résolument vers un avenir à l’échelle de l’Europe. Dès lors, la cathédrale de Reims n’est pas une cathédrale comme les autres. La Grande Guerre, en la mutilant, a ravivé sa dimension nationale, tout en attirant les regards des historiens de l’art du monde entier. Outre la qualité de son architecture et de sa sculpture, il est clair que c’est l’auréole du martyre qui a développé l’intérêt des savants, partagés parfois entre la révérence et le remords. Huit cents ans après le début du chantier de Notre-Dame de Reims, le temps était venu de rassembler autour d’elle des spécialistes de tous horizons pour confronter leurs analyses et faire le point des connaissances.

Spécialiste universitaire et médiatique, Patrick Demouy consacre ses recherches à Reims et son histoire, à la cathédrale et au Palais de Tau en particulier. Il travaille également sur les cathédrales gothiques européennes et les sacres des rois. Son dernier ouvrage, Le sacre du roi : histoire, symbolique, cérémonial (Place Victoires/NuéeBleue, 2016), a reçu plusieurs prix.


reims2Jean Wirth, La sculpture de la cathédrale de Reims et sa place dans l’art du XIIIe siècle, Genève, Droz, 2017 (Ars Longa, 6). 224 pages, 128 ill. ISBN : 978-2-600-05819-3. Prix : 39,90 euros

Malgré l’abondance des travaux que la cathédrale de Reims a suscités, la chronologie de la construction et, par conséquent, celle de sa sculpture restent l’objet de controverses. Compte tenu de l’importance de ce chantier, cela affecte la connaissance de la sculpture du XIIIe siècle en général. La critique serrée des hypothèses existantes sur l’histoire de ce chantier et de ceux qui sont en relation directe, comme Chartres, Amiens, Strasbourg et Paris, permet à Jean Wirth de repartir sur de nouvelles bases. En s’attachant autant que possible à restituer l’individualité stylistique de sculpteurs anonymes et de saisir ainsi les interactions entre les chantiers, il propose une vision conséquente de la sculpture gothique à son apogée et de son évolution.


Call for Papers: Transmissions and Translations in the Medieval World


logo2 – 3 June 2018

Kings Manor, University of York

Keynote: Professor Roger Stalley

The Conference

The concepts of transmission and translation are central to the evolution of the pan-European multi-cultural nature of medieval society. Cross-cultural connections in the political arena, mercantile trade routes, the dissemination of Christianity and interactions with Islam and Judaism resulted in the appropriation and assimilation of practices, ideas and arts throughout the medieval world. These transactions were enabled by numerous factors and generated new fusions of style in architecture, art and iconography, literature and lifestyles which together importantly informed attitudes towards the self and others, senses of belonging and ownership, as well as conceptions of regionality. While these areas of enquiry have been much discussed in relation to contemporary society in sociological and anthropological scholarship, there remains much to explore about how they were articulated and achieved during the Middle Ages: what types of objects were transported and for what purpose(s); the impact of language on the transmission of ideas through manuscripts, literature and poetry; iconographic borrowings and theological impetus; processes of production; engagement with their societies of origin and those they infiltrated.

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Call for Participation – Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities

slide-image-1.jpgThe Cyprus Institute, with support through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research seminar project: Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities. Interested scholars at a formative stage of their careers are encouraged to apply for participation in the project’s three planned workshops in Nicosia, Cordoba/Granada and Thessaloniki/Rhodes.

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