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CFP: CAA session, Buildings in Bloom: Foliage and Architecture in the Global Middle Ages (sponsored by the ICMA)

Buildings in Bloom: Foliage and Architecture in the Global Middle Ages

College Art Association Annual Conference
Chicago, February 12-15, 2020

Session sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art

CFP Deadline: July 23, 2019

This panel seeks to explore foliate forms in a cross-cultural context across geographies and cultural traditions from roughly 300 to 1500 CE. Foliate forms can be found in many types of buildings from the medieval period, displayed in prominent locations or hidden from the casual viewer’s gaze. From the Gothic cathedrals of western Europe to the Hindu temples of south Asia, builders and artisans filled their structures with flowers, leaves, fruits, and vines. These organic interventions took many forms and adorned architectonic elements in sometimes unexpected ways. They were also executed in a variety of media: sculpture, glass, mosaic, ceramics, and painting. The study of foliate forms has the potential to enliven discussions of artistic production and authorship in medieval architecture. A generation of new scholarship has richly re-integrated the decorative into architectural discourse; vegetal forms need not be filed neatly under “architecture” or “decoration,” as foliage often occupies a liminal space that defies such categorization. Furthermore, the ecological turn has reinvigorated debates concerning liveliness, between-ness, and nature in art, and this research presents a promising opportunity to apply new thinking to previously overlooked aspects of medieval monuments on a global scale while examining one of the most fundamental relationships in the history of architecture, that of nature and the built environment.

We seek papers from scholars working in any cultural context (including Western Medieval, Pre-Columbian, Byzantine, Islamic, African, South Asian, East Asian, etc.) and any building typology (sacred architecture, palace architecture, commemorative monuments, vernacular architecture). Potential questions may include but are not limited to:

-What role or roles do vegetal motifs play in articulating space, creating meaning, or mitigating identity?
-How do these forms connect to the broader cultural context?
-As historians of medieval art, how should we approach this aniconic imagery methodologically?
-What new methodologies or technologies can be employed in studying a large corpus of foliate decoration?
-What lessons might be learned from examining foliate forms across traditional cultural boundaries?

We invite interested applicants to submit a 250 word abstract and c.v. to Emogene Cataldo (emogene.cataldo@columbia.edu) and Meg Bernstein (megbernstein@ucla.edu) by July 23, 2019.

Accepted speakers may be eligible to apply for ICMA Kress Travel Grants to support travel to and from Chicago. For more information, see: http://www.medievalart.org/kress-travel-grant.

Scholarship: British Archeological Association Shrewsbury Conference 2019

Student Scholarships available for the British Archeological Association’s Shrewsbury Conference, 15-19 July, 2019

BAAThe 2019 BAA Conference will explore the art, architecture and archaeology of medieval Shrewsbury and north Shropshire. Lectures will include papers on subjects as varied as late Roman Shropshire, Shrewsbury’s medieval topography, the patronage, art, architecture and archaeology of medieval churches in and around Shrewsbury, stone sculpture, alabasters, roof bosses, seals, and nineteenth-century antiquarianism.

Site visits will include St Mary’s, St Alkmund, Bear Steps, the Town Walls and Shrewsbury Abbey, while there will be two coach excursions (one full & one half-day) outside Shrewsbury. These will encompass Acton Burnell (church and castle), Wenlock Priory, Buildwas Abbey, Haughmond Abbey, Atcham, Shifnal, and Tong.

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CONF: SAH 2019 Annual International Conference (Providence, 24-28 Apr 19)

Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference, 2019

Providence, RI, April 24 – 28, 2019

Architectural and art historians, architects, preservationists and museum professionals from around the world will meet in Providence, R.I., April 24–28, 2019, for the 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. Over 600 SAH members will convene at the Rhode Island Convention Center to share new research on the history of the built environment and address current issues in the field in paper sessions, roundtables, workshops, and panel discussions.

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Job: Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Heritage, University of Edinburgh

1200px-university_of_edinburgh_ceremonial_roundel.svg_Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Heritage
Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
Edinburgh College of Art

Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on 15 March 2019

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Applications are invited for a fixed-term 0.7 FTE (24.5 hours per week) Teaching Fellowship in Architectural History and Heritage. The successful applicant will work within a long-established, leading programme in the history and theory of architecture, and will have expertise and experience in teaching architectural history in the contexts of architecture, history of art, and heritage studies to a high quality. You will have the skills to conceive effective and creative pedagogies and deliver these to support courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in architectural history, theory, and heritage in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture [ESALA].

You will have good communication skills, augmented by a wide and deep knowledge of architectural history and its scholarly traditions. Applications that demonstrate established skillsets in the practical aspects of architectural history and heritage, including historic building analysis and assessment, surveying, digital capture, and CAD, are especially welcome. These will be evidenced by appropriate expertise and academic achievement, and through teaching and assessment experience. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to develop innovative teaching in classroom (lecture and seminar/tutorial) and field-research environments, including the preparation of online teaching support resources for students.

You will have a PhD-level degree in architectural history or related discipline, and have the ability to collaborate with a collegiate group committed to delivering innovative pedagogy and critical thinking through our School’s position in the University’s Edinburgh College of Art.

The post is part-time (0.7 FTE), fixed-term for 3 years.

This position is tenable from 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary Scale: Grade UE07, £33,199 – £39,609 per annum pro rata


Still open! Vacancy, Assistant Professor of the History of European Architecture, ca. 500-1500, at Columbia University, NYC


Columbia is still accepting applications for the following position:

Job Requisition Number 0000210
Field(s) of Specialization History of European Architecture, ca. 500-1500
Position Title Assistant Professor
Department A&S Art History & Archaeology
Location Morningside
Summary Description Department of Art History and Archaeology, Assistant Professor, tenure-track, History of European Architecture, ca. 500-1500.

We seek a colleague whose research focuses on any aspect of medieval architecture from late antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages and whose interests connect to other subfields of art and architectural history within the department and the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

Teaching responsibilities include regularly covering the history of medieval architecture in Western and Central Europe, participating in a team effort to teach a survey course in the History of Architecture, teaching advanced courses in the field of specialization, and teaching regularly in Columbia’s Core Curriculum.

The department is particularly interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The PhD must be completed by the time of the appointment (July 1, 2019).

Screening will begin by January 1, 2019.

Minimum Degree Required Ph.D
Minimum Qualifications A PhD must be completed by the time of the appointment (July 1, 2019).
RAPS posting date 11/21/2018
Search Closing Date
Special Instructions to the Applicant All applications must be made through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). On the RAPSsite, applicants should upload the following required materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and one published article or article-length writing sample. Applicants should also enter the information and arrange for a minimum of three letters of reference to be sent on their behalf. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size per document.

Before uploading documents, applicants first will be asked to input a name and valid email address for each reference provider. The application to this position must include a minimum of three reference letters. The applicant may enable RAPS to generate an automatic email to the reference provider, politely requesting a letter of reference and offering a secure link to the RAPS website where a letter can be uploaded quickly and easily. Wherever possible, letters should be uploaded in the online system. If this is not possible, the applicant should refer the reference provider or dossier service to the following address:

Attn: Medieval History Search Committee
Department of Art History and Archaeology
826 Schermerhorn Hall
Mail Code 5517
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

After completing the “Provide References” screens, the applicant will come to the “Attach Documents” screen and will be asked to upload into RAPS the required application materials listed above. The completion of the application process in RAPS is indicated by a confirmation number, which the applicant should retain.

Proposed Start Date 07/01/2019
EEO Statement Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer —Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.
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Job: Ass. teaching prof. in History of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, deadline January 15, 2019

Penn20State20Old20Main20tulipsThe Department of Art History at The Pennsylvania State University seeks to appoint a three-year fixed-term assistant teaching professor with a specialization in ancient or medieval architecture of any geography. The appointment will begin on August 1, 2019 and carry the possibility of renewal. We are particularly interested in candidates conversant in diverse methodologies, including those involving new technologies and/or technical art history. The department values dynamic teachers who are prepared to lead upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in their field, as well as teach large introductory classes in the history of Western architecture. Expectations include undergraduate advising, graduate mentoring, and departmental and university service. Preference will be given to candidates who have a Ph.D. in art history or a related discipline.

To apply go to https://psu.edu.jobs/ job #84579, candidates should upload a letter of application, an up-to-date CV, and the names and contact information for three references to the Penn State Electronic Job Management System.  Applications received by January 15 will be assured full consideration.  However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Conference: La pierre et l’image. Les disciplines en synergie pour mieux dater les édifices du Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVe s.), Université de Lausanne, October 25–27, 2018

irregular-medieval-stone-wallDepuis quelques décennies l’archéométrie et l’archéologie du bâti connaissent un développement conjoint remarquable. Appliquées aux édifices médiévaux, ces disciplines aident de manière substantielle à leur compréhension : si l’étude des élévations permet de restituer la progression, l’économie et l’organisation du chantier, les méthodes de l’archéométrie permettent, lorsque les matériaux chronologiquement significatifs sont conservés, d’obtenir une datation absolue.
Dans les efforts déployés pour la compréhension de l’édifice et l’établissement de datations scientifiquement argumentées, l’apport de l’image tend à être sous-estimé, voire négligé: de nature interprétative, le style et l’iconographie apparaissent parfois comme des indices de moindre valeur objective. Forts de l’idée que les « savoir-faire » et les « vouloir-dire » sont tout autant révélateurs de l’histoire des édifices, nous nous proposons ici de démontrer que sa pleine et juste compréhension ne peut être obtenue que par le croisement des indices, dans une approche multi- et pluri-disciplinaire.
Dans le cadre de ce colloque les différents acteurs de la recherche sur le monument sont appelés à partager leurs expériences, acquises autour d’un ensemble de monuments ou d’un cas particulier dont la complexité rend nécessaire le croisement des regards. L’intervention concertée des historiens de l’art et de l’architecture, archéologues du bâti, épigraphistes, spécialistes des techniques et des matériaux démontrera la nécessité d’une synergie des disciplines pour mieux comprendre les monuments et obtenir des datations fiables, contribuant ainsi au renouvellement de la recherche dans notre domaine.

Université de Lausanne, bâtiment Extranef, salle 125

Jeudi 25 octobre 2018


Accueil des participants

Président de séances: Mathieu Piavaux

Nicolas Reveyron: introduction et historiographie / le cas de Cluny III

Jean Wirth : Pour une approche multidisciplinaire du monument

Pause café (salle 221)

Barbara Franzé : Saint-Gilles-du-Gard

Discussion sur les présentations de la matinée



Président de séances: Nicolas Reveyron

Lei Huang et Térence Le Deschault de Monredon : Sainte-Foy de Conques

Elodie Leschot: la façade sculptée de Charlieu

Pause café

La cathédrale de Strasbourg (bras sud du transept) et le passage du roman au gothique
Marc C. Schurr et Ilona Dudzinski

Discussions sur les présentations de l’après-midi

Vendredi 26 octobre

Matin. Présidence de séances: Marc C. Schurr

Pour un croisement des regards. La datation des collégiales du diocèse de Liège (XIIe-XVe s.)
Equipe dirigée par Mathieu Piavaux (Namur)
Antoine Baudry, Frans Doperé, Patrick Hoffsummer, Aline Wilmet

11.00-11h30: Pause café

Approches pluridisciplinaires des monastères aquitains
Equipe dirigée par Christian Gensbeitel
Philippe Lanos, Jean-Baptiste Javel

13h00-15h00 Pause de midi
Après-midi. Président de séance: Barbara Franzé

La tour-porche de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe
Laura Acosta Jacob

Dal sepolcro alla basilica : culti e monumenti nell’Abruzzo medievale
Equipe dirigée par Gaetano Curzi
Maria Carla Somma, Carlo Tedeschi.

17.00-17.30 Pause café

Discussion sur la session de l’après-midi/de la journée

Samedi 27 octobre

Table ronde
Avec la participation de Laurence Terrier Aliferis, Jacques Bujard et Michel Fuchs.