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Upcoming Events: British Archaeological Association Annual Lecture Series (London, Autumn 2014)

Upcoming events:
British Archaeological Association
Annual Lecture Series
London, Autumn 2014


London meetings are held in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE unless otherwise stated. Council meetings will precede the meetings on dates marked with an asterisk (*). Tea is served from 4.30pm and the Chair is taken at 5pm. Non-members are welcome to attend occasional lectures, please sign the visitors’ book on arrival. By reciprocal arrangement members of the Royal Archaeological Institute are invited to attend the lectures.

1 October 2014*
Friary biographies, urban fabric and the excavation legacy in England and Wales
Deirdre O’Sullivan, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

The lecture will be preceded by the Association’s Annual General Meeting. It will be followed by a reception to launch the latest publication in the BAA Conference Transactions series – Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Cracow and Lesser Poland.

5 November 2014
Please note: Teas will be served and the meeting will take place at the Linnean Society in Burlington House

Reginald Tayolor essay medal lecture
The Function and Iconography of the Minstrels’ Gallery at Exeter Cathedral
Dr Gabriel Byng, Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, Church of England

3 December 2014*
‘Barbarous rude things.’ Paintings in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London: some new observations
Bernard Nurse FSA, Dr Pamela Tudor-Craig FSA and Dr Jill A Franklin FSA

See also http://thebaa.org/meetings-events/lectures/annual-lecture-series/

Call for Papers: Emblems and Enigma: the Heraldic Imagination (London 2014)

Call for Papers:
Emblems and Enigma: the Heraldic Imagination
An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the Society of Antiquaries of London
London, Burlington House, April 26, 2014
Deadline: Jan 10, 2014
Conference website: http://heraldics2014.wordpress.com

‘Time has transfigured them into / Untruth’ (Philip Larkin)

CfP v5In his 1844 short story ‘Earth’s Holocaust’, Nathaniel Hawthorne sees heraldic signs reaching ‘like lines of light’ into the past, but also as encrypted and obsolete. Proliferating and arcane, unique, ubiquitous, and inscrutable, the heraldic has been a major presence across the arts since medieval times; yet it remains, culturally and
critically, enigmatic. The organisers of this interdisciplinary symposium, Professor Fiona Robertson (St Mary’s University College) and Dr Peter Lindfield (University of St Andrews) invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of the employment and perception of the heraldic in literature, history, art, architecture, design, fashion, and contemporary and historical practice. The programme will include a keynote address by Professor Vaughan Hart (University of Bath); a special session on the heraldry of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill and William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey; and papers on eighteenth-century antiquaries’ exploration of the heraldic, and on heraldry in nineteenth-century British and American literature.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

– the languages and grammar of heraldry
– armoiries parlantes, allusions and puns
– imaginary and fantastical heraldry
– decoration and display
– blazonry and identity: nations, groups, individuals
– mock- and sham-heraldics; parody and subversion
– practices of memory and memorialisation
– history, development, and modern practice
– blazon and the body
– heraldic revivalism; medievalism; romance
– enigma, error, and absence: the bar sinister and the blank shield
– individual designers, writers, and collectors
– gendered identity
– hierarchies of signs
– international and interdisciplinary perspectives

Proposals of 200 words should be sent to heraldics2014@gmail.com by 10
January 2014.

Fiona Robertson and Peter Lindfield plan to edit a collection of essays
arising from the symposium.