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CFP: Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts

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Deadline: December 1, 2017

Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts

Volume editors: Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing
Deadline for submitting a proposal (500 words) and brief bio: 1 December 2017

Notification of submission status: 15 December 2017
Anticipated submission of completed texts: 1 October 2018

Historians of Western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art are invited to contribute essays to a volume on the representation of precious metalwork in medieval manuscripts.

The makers of medieval manuscripts frequently placed special emphasis on the depiction of precious-metal objects, both sacred and secular, including chalices, reliquaries, crosses, tableware, and figural sculpture. Artists typically rendered these objects using gold, silver, and metal alloys, “medium-specific” materials that richly and pointedly contrasted with the surrounding color pigments. The visual characteristics of these depicted metal things—lustrous yet flat, almost anti-representational—could dazzle, but perhaps also disorient: they grab the eye while creating a fertile tension between the representation of an object and the presentation of a precious stuff, between the pictorial and the material. A gold-leaf chalice signals its referent both iconically, via its shape, and indexically, via its metal material—a semiotic duality unavailable to the remainder of the painted miniature—and such images might accrue additional complexities when intended to represent known real-world objects.

This volume of essays will take inventory of how manuscript illuminators chose to depict precious metalwork and how these depictions generated meaning. The prominent application of metal leaf is one of the most distinguishing features of medieval manuscript illumination (only those books thus decorated technically merit the designation “illuminated”), and yet, despite its hallmark status, it has rarely served as a central subject of scholarly scrutiny and critique. In addressing both the use of metal leaf and the representation of precious-metal objects (via metallic and non-metallic media alike), Illuminating Metalwork seeks to remedy this lacuna. This volume will enhance traditionally fruitful approaches to medieval manuscript illumination, such as those analyzing text/image dynamics, pictorial mimesis, or public vs. private reception, by considering issues of materiality, preciousness, and presence. By focusing on the representation of precious metalwork, these studies will introduce new paths of inquiry beyond the depiction of actual objects and incorporate analyses of the use and simulation of metallic preciousness more broadly.

We invite essays that represent the full temporal and geographic scope of medieval manuscript painting—from Late Antiquity into the early modern era, from the Latin West to the Byzantine and Islamic East—in order to foster trans-historical and cross-cultural analysis. Possible themes include: chronological/geographical specificities in the representation of metalwork in manuscript illuminations; depictions of precious-metal figural sculpture, including idols; artistic technique and technical analysis (e.g. pigment vs. leaf, and the alloys used therein); the semiotics of metal on parchment; the phenomenology of the encounter; and whether we can speak of “portraits” of particular objects and/or visual “inventories” of specific collections.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Joseph Ackley (jackley@barnard.edu) and/or Shannon Wearing (slwearing@gmail.com).

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CFP: Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art, Graduate Conference, Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, November 15 – 16, 2018

longform-original-10978-1418143091-9Call for Papers: Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art, Graduate Conference, Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, November 15 – 16, 2018
Deadline: January 31, 2018.

Advanced students currently enrolled in a Doctoral (Ph.D.) program are invited to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented at “Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art;” this international workshop will be held on 15-16 November 2018 at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. The event is organized by Diletta Gamberini (Italian Literature, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Jonathan Nelson (Art History, Syracuse University in Florence), and Alessandro Nova (Art History, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut).

For the first time, “Bad Reception” sets out to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary fields to discuss the phenomenon of the negative reception of Italian art and architecture, as expressed across a broad spectrum of responses written during the long Cinquecento (late 15th to early 17th century). Scholarly literature has generally focused on individual case studies, or else on the specific inflections of negative criticism in codified literary writings, such as vituperative poems on art. The present workshop seeks to advance the current state of scholarship by exploring the intersections of different genres of texts that were used to criticize paintings, sculptures, and architectures (e.g. artistic literature, epistolography, poetry, memorialistic, and archival documents), and by seeing the impact these discourses had on the afterlife of the art under discussion.

We ask participants to consider one or more of the following points, ideally in reference to several different examples:

– What were the conventions used for criticizing works of art? What were their literary and art-historical sources and models? And how did such conventions evolve over the period under examination?
– How did the criticism articulated by one type of textual discourse (e.g. vituperative poetry) interfere with the form, contents and scope of negative comments to artworks made in different genres?
– On what aspects of the works of art did the critic mostly focus (e.g. lack of decorum, verisimilitude, iconography, technical skill, beauty)?
– What were the consequences of the negative evaluations for the artistic product itself and/or for its author (e.g. revision, rejection, removal, or destruction of the artwork; reduced status of the artist; different forms of reply to the comments)?

The workshop will consist of a series of 25-minutes papers, either in English or Italian, given by senior and junior scholars. Publication of the contributions to the “Bad Reception” workshop will be decided after the event. The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz will provide funding toward the cost of travelling and accommodation for accepted speakers.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Doctoral program; dissertation topics need to have been formally accepted. Proposals, written in English or Italian, must include the following information:
1. Academic Summary (university level only): a) name and address of current institution, b) short description of PhD dissertation (200-300 words), c) expected date of completion, d) name and email address of advisor(s).
2. Professional Summary: a list of relevant work experience and/or publications.
3. Proposal: title, and short description (200-300 words).

Interested applicants should send their proposal, in a single file (PDF),
to sekr_nova@khi.fi.it by January 31, 2018.

Funding: Shohet Scholars Grant Program 2018/19, International Catacomb Society

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Various Locations, July 01, 2018
Application deadline: January 15, 2018

The Shohet Scholars Grant Program of the International Catacomb Society is now accepting applications to the Shohet Scholars cohort of 2018-2019. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

This annual grant program funds research on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Hellenistic Era to the Early Middle Ages. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within and shortly after the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program. A complete history of past and present Shohet Scholars awards is available on the ICS webpage, www.catacombsociety.org.

Eligibility
Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline of January 15, 2018 and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline).

Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative and credited leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly.

Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

Reporting Requirements
Shohet Scholar grant recipients are expected to: 1. acknowledge the Shohet Scholars Program of the International Catacomb Society in all publications and activities that are funded in part or in whole with the award with direct notification to the Society when these events occur and 2. provide the Shohet Scholarship Committee no later than three months after the end of the fellowship year with a brief, illustrated report of the work carried out or in course, suitable for publication on the ICS website.

Deadlines and Decisions
The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is January 15, 2018. The award announcement for the 2018-2019 academic year will be made by May 1, 2018, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2018. Please note: starting in 2018, all funding is awarded directly to the USA-based awardee, for distribution among project co-applicants and collaborators. The ICS will no longer wire or transfer money to bank accounts outside of the USA.

Questions ?
If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at shohetscholars@catacombsociety.org.

Job: Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art in Italy, Dartmouth College, starting July 1, 2018

1024px-dartmouth_college_shield-svgJob: Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art in Italy, Dartmouth College, starting July 1, 2018
Deadline: 30 November 2017

The Department of Art History at Dartmouth College invites applications for a scholar of early modern art in Italy (c. 1400 – 1700) for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in candidates who situate early modern Italy within broader European and global contexts, such as cultural exchanges with the Americas, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and/or Asia. We seek a scholar-teacher who is committed to innovative research and undergraduate education. In addition to specialized courses, the successful candidate will also participate in our general survey sequence, our foreign study program in Rome, and our advanced seminar in Art Historical Theories and Methods. A PhD in Art History or a related field is required at the point of hire (July 1, 2018).

The Art History Department has eight and one-half tenure line faculty and regularly sponsors post-doctoral fellows. While the number of majors is small, our courses enjoy strong enrollments from a broad constituency of students and we have a strong record of placing students in top PhD programs and related professional fields. Many of our courses are cross-listed with other programs such as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies; Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages; and Comparative Literature. Current Art History faculty members participate in a variety of campus research and pedagogical initiatives such as digital humanities and experiential learning.  We welcome applicants interested in forging research and curricular links with other campus units.

Students at Dartmouth College are diverse by many measures. We particularly seek applicants with an interest in teaching and mentoring of students from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ, etc.). We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to Dartmouth’s diversity initiatives that focus on undergraduate research. Notably, four recent Art History majors have been awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

To apply, please provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching experience, a dissertation abstract, and a chapter of the dissertation or a published article. All materials should be submitted through Interfolio apply.interfolio.com/44946 .

Application review will begin December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will take place at the CAA conference in February 2018 and by Skype for those unable to attend the conference. Inquiries can be directed to Samantha S. B. Potter, Department of Art History, 6033 Carpenter Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, 03755-3570.  email: Samantha.SB.Potter@Dartmouth.edu

 

Fellowships at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

220px-villa_i_tatti2c_ext-2c_giardino_05Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Deadline: November 15

Wallace Fellowship (four or six months; deadline November 15) for post-doctoral scholars who explore the historiography and impact of the Italian Renaissance in the Modern Era (19th–21st centuries).

Berenson Fellowship (four or six months; deadline November 15) for post-doctoral scholars who explore “Italy in the World”. Projects should address the transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian, etc.) during the Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century.

Digital Humanities Fellowship (four or six months; deadline November 15) for projects that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and actively employ digital technology. Applicants can be scholars in the humanities or social sciences, librarians, archivists, and data science professionals. Projects should apply digital technologies such as mapping, textual analysis, visualization, or the semantic web to topics on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance.

Villa I Tatti – Boğaziçi University Joint Fellowship (one year; deadline November 15) for post-doctoral research focusing on the interaction between Italy and the Byzantine Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Scholars will spend a semester at Villa I Tatti and a semester at the Byzantine Studies Research Center of Boğaziçi University.

Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowship (four or six months; deadline November 15) for curators and conservators. Projects can address any aspect of the Italian Renaissance art or architecture, including landscape architecture.

David and Julie Tobey Fellowship (four or six months; deadline November 15) for research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance, and especially the role that these works played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, and questions of connoisseurship.

For more information on all fellowships at Villa I Tatti please visit http://itatti.harvard.edu/fellowships

Job: tenure-track position in History of Art (Visual Culture and Cultural Studies), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

logo_upfJob: Tenure-track position in History of Art (Visual Culture and Cultural Studies), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Application deadline: Nov 17, 2017

The Department of Humanities at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona has opened a call for a tenure-track position in History of Art (Visual Culture and Cultural Studies).

Vacancy description
The postdoctoral tenure track position in History of Art (Visual Culture and Cultural Studies) is a combined research and teaching position. This announcement is part of the UPF-Department of Humanities strategy to recruit talented researchers in high priority research disciplines.
The candidate must hold a Ph.D. qualification in the field of History of Art. He or she will need to have developed research within the spheres of cultural studies and visual culture without being limited to a specific historical period, though it would be desirable for the candidate to have explored a contemporary perspective. A track record of publications with a reflective interest in the History of Art will be appreciated, along with interdisciplinary methodological openness and an ability to work within more than one historical context. An interest on the part of the candidate in debates that critically analyse the social, cultural and political dimensions of art will be viewed in a highly positive light.
The candidate will need to meet the following requirements: having taken part in research projects within the framework of national or international programmes; having published papers internationally; and being prepared to embark on new research projects, ideally as lead researcher.
The following shall be expected from the candidate: to join the Faculty team in the area of the History of Art; to teach in the sphere of Humanities and Global Studies; to take part in the Department’s research activities; and to ultimately hold management positions.
A command of English and Spanish or Catalan is essential and knowledge of other languages would be an asset.
In terms of additional distinctions: professional expertise in museums and experience as curator for exhibitions or social projects involving practices associated with art and its disciplines would be an advantage.

Specific requirements
– To hold a Ph.D. qualification in the field of History of Art
– If the Ph.D. qualification was issued by UPF, the candidate will need to have been contractually separated from the institution for at least two years since securing the Ph.D. qualification
– Three years’ post-doctoral research activity
– Languages: Catalan and/or Spanish and English

Advantages
Salary: up to 60,000 euros. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
The position involves a fixed-term contract for six years. One year before the contract expires, the candidate will be assessed by the Department’s Teaching Staff Committee. The outcome will determine whether the candidate is recommended to stay in the position as a permanent researcher or whether the contract will be terminated at the end of the year.

For more information see: https://www.euraxess.org.cy/jobs/220155

In order to apply to this call for applications, you will need to send the following documentation by email to seleccio.humanitats@upf.edu quoting reference number 2017-HUMA/TT01:
– Ph.D. qualification, or a receipt confirming it has been applied for
– Full CV
– Document specifying the applicant’s 5 foremost contributions in the field of research (journal articles, books, book chapters, etc.)
– Descriptive report on the applicant’s background as a teacher based on the following format:
– Teaching activity report
– Teaching activity assessment: results of student surveys charting their satisfaction with teaching given (or positive assessment certificate issued by the teaching institution)
– Professional development
– Training activities followed and taught
– Teaching innovation activities
– Experience in teaching coordination

Descriptive report on the applicant’s background as a researcher based on the following format:
– Publications and dissemination of research results (participation in conferences, seminars, etc.)
– Supervision and/or participation in research projects and resulting scientific output
– Dissertation supervision (completed and in progress)
– Other merits: awards and prizes, research stays, positions of scientific responsibility, etc.
– A summarised statement of the applicant’s teaching and research interests in keeping with the specific field to which the six-year vacancy contract pertains (no more than 5,000 characters including spaces)
– Five recommendation letters (at least one of which must be by an academic representative)
– A teaching project relating to the specific field to which the six-year contract vacancy pertains (no more than 100 pages)
– A research project relating to the specific field to which the six-year contract vacancy pertains (no more than 50 pages)

Schedule
– Submission of applications: the application needs to be submitted no later than 17/11/2017 (before midnight Spanish time)
– Results on candidates chosen in the first distance stage: second half of January 2018
– Live interview stage and results: January and February 2018
– Results of live interview stage: February-March 2018
– Incorporation of successful candidate: September 2018
– Results of the selection process

The list of candidates chosen in each stage will be published on the website https://www.upf.edu/web/humanitats/convocatoria-de-places

Job: Post-Graduate Fellow, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

782d789e-a8f1-42c6-b71f-3400b47c1f83Job: Post-Graduate Fellow, Art of the Islamic Worlds, MFAH, Houston
Deadline: 19 November 2017
Title: Post-Graduate Fellow, Art of the Islamic Worlds
Reports To: Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds
Pay Type: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, 35 hrs/week
Salary: Commensurate with Experience and Education
Benefits: Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Plans, Paid Time Off, Reserve Time Off, Holiday Pay, Museum Membership and Discounts
Work Schedule: MondayFriday, 9am – 5pm; This Fellowship is from September 2017- July, 1 2018
Work Location: Beck Building, a non-smoking facility
Responsibilities:
∙ Provides curatorial assistance to Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds
∙ Collection management: on-going collection research; research of new acquisition proposals; creation and maintenance of collection files; label writing
∙ Exhibition and catalogue projects: research and documentation; creation and maintenance of checklists
∙ Performs other duties as necessary to support the curator with reports, scholarly articles, lectures, catalogue manuscripts, collection-based support and general office responsibilities
∙ Library: checks out books from Library for curator
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
∙ Broad knowledge of art history, particularly of Islamic art
∙ Sophisticated research and writing skills essential
∙ Writing sample required
∙ Excellent organizational and computer skills, including Microsoft Office, TMS (The Museum System)
∙ Strong verbal and written communication skills
∙ Foreign language skills: Persian, preferred, or Arabic
Education and Experience:
∙ Minimum of BA in Art History required
∙ MA or PhD in Art History with emphasis on Islamic Art, preferred
∙ Some museum experience and a demonstrated interest in developing a career in museum work
How to Apply:
Send resume to Human Resources, Job-18-041CUR, P.O. Box 6826, Houston TX 77265-6826; Fax 713-639-7508 or email:jobs@mfah.org.