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Conference: ‘Imago & Mirabilia. The forms of the prodigy in the Medieval Mediterranean’, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, 18-20 October 2018

imago_cat_x1500International Symposium on the forms of the prodigy in the Medieval Mediterranean. It will bring together scholars from all areas of medieval history around the marvelous and its image in the Middle Ages.

The symposium will talk about how on an ancient substrate, reworked by the Christian tradition, a diversity of places, stories and beliefs were shaping the profiles of the prodigy to the Middle Ages. Reactivated by the opening of the Mediterranean, religious, commercial or military trips extended cults, stories and precious objects through Christianity. The real and imaginary adventure confronts the protagonists with fabulous characters and places. The cult of Eastern saints will find anchor points in the West where, on occasions, they will develop with as much or more intensity than in their place of origin, an evident symptom of their polycentric character.

The symposium will take place from October 18th to October 20th, 2018, in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. More information can be found on the museum’s website.

CFP: Imago & Mirabilia (Barcelona, 18-20 Oct 2018)

Extended deadline!

The Ways of Wonder in the Medieval Mediterranean

18-20 October 2018 | Museu Nacional d’Art de Cataluyna

The ways of wonder in the middle Ages were shaped by a variety of places, stories and beliefs with ancient sources reworked by the Christian tradition. Activated by the opening of the Mediterranean, religious, commercial and military travels spread Christian worship, accounts and prized objects throughout Christianity. The real and the imaginary adventures confronted their protagonists with fabulous characters and places. The cult of Eastern saints found anchor points in the Western world where they sometimes developed as strongly or even more, proving, therefore, their polycentric nature.

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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

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)

– 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

Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck, Spring Term 2017

0067_allegory_of_justice_-_injustice-144a8d98631489020fe18th Jan Zsofia Buda ‘The Lady with the book and the closed curtain: iconographical peculiarities in a 15th-century Jewish service book for Passover’ discusses some unusual illustrations in a South German Jewish service book for Passover, finding among other things some surprising similarities with Christian iconography

22 Feb Laura Jacobus ‘”Mea culpa?” Penitence, Enrico Scrovegni and me’ The Arena Chapel in Padua was until very recently thought to be commissioned as an act of restitution for usury, and its frescoes by Giotto as an expression of penitence on the part of the patron Enrico Scrovegni. That view has now been challenged by Laura Jacobus and others. But two of her recent discoveries have the potential to reinforce the established view and undermine her own. What happens when a researcher uncovers inconvenient truths, and what is to be done?

15th March Péter Bokody ‘The Politicization of Rape: Giotto’s Allegory of Injustice in Padua’ suggests that the allegory of Injustice in the Arena Chapel (Padua) by Giotto and the allegory of War in the Palazzo Pubblico (Siena) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti are key allegorical images of rape which can offer critical and politicized representations of sexual violence without sanitizing or eroticizing the act. Their unparalleled representations of sexual violence have implications for a general history of rape and the visual culture of late-medieval Italy.

All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm. Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments. We hope to see you there.

Call for Applications: Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia – II TEMPLA Summer School

catedralvistaaereaCall for Applications: Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia –
II TEMPLA Summer School,
“Nicolau d’Olwer i Pere i Joan Coromines” room,
Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme 47,  08001 Barcelona, July 14th-16th 2016
Deadline: May 29, 2016

TEMPLA, a permanent workshop of Medieval Studies composed of specialists from universities, museums and archives from different parts of Spain, Europe and in particular Catalonia, seeks applications for its second Summer School, Cathedral Cities. Planning and Building a Medieval Utopia. National and international researchers into medieval art history and related disciplines are invited to to debate the concept and expression of “Cathedral Cities”, which have boosted in European episcopal sees during the medieval period. The studies of Cathedral City Landscapes could reveal the historical and living memory they  contain.
This call aims to understand how the fragile historical centers of cathedral cities have become the bearers of European’s identity, memory and their complex and plural intangible heritage. The medieval cathedral is widely seen as one of the most important contributions to European and global cultural history. Besides they often are the largest and oldest of all monuments in a city or town, cathedrals and their functioning influenced the way the city evolved. They are therefore essential to our understanding of local and regional history. Alongside their urban influence cathedrals are places for people – social congregation for secular and religious occurrence, where the memories of people and events were made and are now stored, where history and “invented traditions” intertwine.
The progress about knowledge of this European heritage is a necessary measure to protect its visibility and understanding as well as to justify the survival and sustainability of their uses. This living heritage, condenser and referential framework of social and cultural pan-European principles, is at risk of depletion and irrelevance. Therefore the results of the II TSS will be transferred to the academic community, but also to policy makers and citizens in general.

The School’s aims are:

1. To analyse the confluence of diverse resources and actors (institutional, economic, topographic, architectural…) activated to planning and building the place of cathedrals inside medieval cities and development of medieval cities around their cathedrals.
2. To propose new forms of contextualising historical building of European bishoprics in order to explain the results of artistic promotion underlining extra-artistic factors: e.g. liturgical, devotional, circulatory, … as well as convergence of actions by ecclesiastical and civil policies. For proper understanding of this issue it is necessary to emphasize the corresponding “framework for action”.
3- To evidence that the urban and architectural heritage of medieval cathedral cities is bearer of axiological meaning and transmitter of European identity, the validity of the collective memory and also builder of real and imaginary urban landscape.
4- To establish, on the basis of the results of the two previous objectives, new approaches and multidisciplinary research in the urban and social environments of European Cathedral Cities.

Organised by: Gerardo Boto, Marta Serrano, Vincent Debiais; TEMPLA. Institut de Recerca Històrica, Universidad de Girona.

How to Apply:  This scientific meeting is intended for a small number of participants; the application procedure allows for 10 researchers to be invited to present their research. Participants will be expected to take an active role in the debates that will follow each presentation. Every researcher must benefit from the contributions of the other specialists. The presentations and debates may take place in Spanish, French, Italian or English.
Format: The debates will take place on the first two days. On the third day there will be a visit to a Catalan Cathedral City to highlight in situ its particular specificities regarding episcopal and civil urbanism.
The workshop is principally aimed at young pre- and postdoctoral researchers in the areas of history of art, history and liturgical studies. Those who are interested in participating in the TEMPLA Summer School 2016 must submit:
• A letter of motivation that includes a description their current research,
• A CV (maximum one page)
• A presentation proposal (maximum 300 words).
These documents may be in Spanish, French, Italian or English.

The deadline for submitting this documentation is May 29 2016. It must be sent to (both): gerardo.boto@udg.edu and marta.serrano@urv.cat
Applicants will receive a response before June 13 2016. The successful candidates must provide the organizers with a description of the ideas they wish to present, any images relating to their presentation and a brief bibliography by June 26 2016. This documentation will be used to create a dossier a hand-out for the other attendees. The aim of this initiative is to encourage participants to submit proposals of direct interest to the planned debates.

Expenses for accomodation, lunch and other activities will be covered by the organisers. Participants must pay their travel expenses to the workshop.




International Symposium: La Sibil·la. So. Imatge. Litúrgia. Escena (Barcelona, 20-21 November 2014)

International Symposium:
La Sibil·la. So. Imatge. Litúrgia. Escena
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Facultat de Lletres, Sala d’actes
20-21 November 2014

180px-SibylCumaeD’ençà que l’any 2010 la interpretació del Cant de la Sibil·la a l’Illa de Mallorca esdevingué part del Patrimoni intangible de la UNESCO, la Sibil·la s’ha posat d’actualitat. Existeix, no obstant això, una certa confusió sobre el que signifiquen la Sibil·la i el seu cant, sobre quins són els seus orígens, sobre el nombre de Sibil·les i el seu simbolisme, sobre la seva representació en les arts plàstiques, sobre la seva posada en escena i sobre molts altres aspectes “sibil·lins” que busquem clarificar en un Simposi interdisciplinar que pretén ampliar el nostre coneixement sobre un patrimoni cultural que és únic i al mateix temps universal.

Desde que en el año 2010 la interpretación del Canto de la Sibila en la isla de Mallorca pasó a formar parte del Patrimonio intangible de la UNESCO, la Sibila se ha puesto de actualidad. Existe, no obstante, cierta confusión sobre lo que significan la Sibila y su canto, sobre cuáles son sus orígenes, sobre el número de Sibilas y su simbolismo, sobre su representación en las artes plásticas, sobre su puesta en escena y sobre otros muchos aspectos “sibilinos” que buscamos clarificar en un Simposio interdisciplinar que pretende ampliar nuestro conocimiento sobre un patrimonio cultural que es único y a la vez universal.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

9:00 Presentació

Moderador: Eduardo Carrero

Daniel Rico (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): ¿La Sibila, patrimonio inmaterial?

Eva Castro (Universidad de Santigo de Compostela): El sermón Contra Iudaeos de Quodvultdeus y los Oráculos Sibilinos

11:30-12:00 Pausa / Café

Moderador: Eva Castro

12:00-12:45 Manuel Castiñeiras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): El trasfondo mítico de la Sibila y sus metamorfosis (ss. XI-XIII): Sant’Angelo in Formis, Belén y Santiago de Compostela

13:00-13:45 Francesc Massip (Universitat Rovira i Virgili): La Sibil·la Tiburtina i l’escenotècnia medieval

14:00-16:00 Descans

Moderador: Daniel Rico

16:00-16:45 Eduardo Carrero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Entre el transepto, el púlpito y el coro. El espacio conmemorativo de la Sibila

17:00-17:45 Gabriel Seguí (Universitat de les Illes Balears): Elementos litúrgico-rituales del Canto de la Sibila en las consuetas medievales de la catedral de Mallorca (ss. XIV-XVI)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Moderador: Carlos Villanueva

9:30-10:15 Manuel Pedro Ferreira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): Notas sibilinas: de Braga a Sevilla

10:30-11:15 Francesc Vicens (Universitat de les Illes Balears, CESAG): El Canto de la Sibila en la actualidad: modelos de tradición oral

11:30-12:00 Pausa / Café

Moderador: Francesc Massip

12:00-12:45 Maricarmen Gómez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Pasado y presente del Canto de la Sibila: el caso de la catedral de Barcelona

13:00-13:30 Conclusions

13:30 Eulàlia Fantova (soprano): Cant de la Sibil·la

14:00-16:00 Descans

16:00-18:00 Reunió de treball del equip del projecte d’investigació (MEC. HAR2012-32289) El patrimonio artístico y cultural como motor de desarrollo social y económico: El Canto de la Sibila

Organització y direcció científica
Prof. Maricarmen Gómez (UAB) / Prof. Eduardo Carrero (UAB)

eduardo.carrero@uab.cat / carmen.gomez@uab.cat

Computable com activitat pròpia del Departament d’Art i Musicologia al programa de doctorat, el Simposi és d’assitència obligatòria pels alumnes del mòdul Metodologies de la recerca en musicología històrica del Màster oficial en Musicologia. És d’assitència opcional pels alumnes del mòdul Art, història i pensament del Màster oficial d’Anàlisi del patrimoni artístic.

L’assistència al Simposi és gratuïta pels interessats. Cal inscripció previa (oberta del 13 d’octubre fins al 15 de novembre). Places limitades.

Lloc de celebració: Campus UAB / Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres Edifici B / Sala d’Actes, 08193- Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)

Source: https://www.academia.edu/t/Q50k1/8542490

BAA Conference, Barcelona: Romanesque Art: Patrons and Processes

BAA Barcelona

Romanesque Art: Patrons and Processes

7-9 April 2014, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Following earlier conferences on Romanesque and the Past (London, 2010), and Romanesque and the Mediterranean (Palermo, 2012), the British Archaeological Association is collaborating with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Research project Magistri Cataloniae to stage the third in a biennial series of international conferences concerned with Romanesque art and architecture. This conference, Romanesque: Patrons and Processes, is concerned with patronage – and agency – in their broadest senses during the Romanesque period. Thus, in addition to more traditional prosopographical approaches, and examinations of individual patrons, there will be papers on various forms of institutional patronage. The conference will also address the processes involved in commissioning buildings or works of art – the mechanics of design – authorship – intermediaries and agents – and the extent to which patrons are designers. Are there limits to patronal influence?

Speakers include: Claude Andrault-Schmitt (Centre d’Etudes supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale CNRS/Université de Poitiers), Maria Bonet (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona), Eduardo Carrero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Manuel Castiñeiras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Magistri Cataloniae), Hugh Doherty (Jesus College, Oxford), Eric Fernie (Courtauld Institute of Art), Alexandra Gajewski and Stephanie Seeberg

The conference will open at 9:30 on Monday, 7 April with lectures at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona). Teas, coffees and lunch will be provided on all three days, in addition to dinners on two evenings and a drinks reception on the third. The conference will also include a late afternoon visit to the Romanesque collections at Museu Nacional, and a visit to the complex of early medieval and Romanesque churches at Terrassa. More information will be provided on the website.