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Workshop: Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology (Rome, January 2015)

Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology
Rome, The American Academy in Rome and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 5-16 January 2015
Deadline: 15 October 2014

 In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

chis_548Palaeography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology. 

January 5-16 2015

Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:
Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks
Single room: 770 euro for two weeks
Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to paleography@aarome.org by October 15, 2014

Source: http://www.aarome.org

CFP: Rethinking Medieval Maps I and II (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers
Rethinking Medieval Maps I and II
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 14-17 May 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2015

Rethinking Medieval Maps I: The Unmapped, Marginalized and Fictitious

medieval-map-770This panel is devoted to the cartography of spaces that are far—either geographically or conceptually—from the umbilicus terrae at Jerusalem and the seemingly well-known confines of Europe. Proposals are invited for papers that explore the less privileged aspects of medieval maps: the mapping of the unknown, negative space, and things omitted from maps; the inhabitants of the margins, monsters, and marginalized peoples; and the cartography of the fictitious or counterfactual. While we seek papers that engage closely with the details of the maps themselves, we welcome proposals that highlight new approaches to maps across time and space.

Papers are expected to be amply illustrated with high-quality images of the maps discussed.

Please send your title and abstract (250 words), together with a short CV, to chet.van.duzer@gmail.com and LauraWhatley@ferris.edu by September 15, 2014.

Rethinking Medieval Maps II: Evidence for the Use and Re-Use of Maps

P.D.A. Harvey has written that “Medieval Europe was a society that functioned largely without maps”—and we take this statement as a call for a closer look at how medieval Europeans engaged with maps when they did resort to them. What evidence do we have, either from maps themselves, their contexts, or from textual sources, about how medieval maps were used? What about cases in which maps were designed for one purpose, but employed for another? What do these uses and re-uses tell us about the place of maps in medieval society, and their connection with broader developments in visual or material culture?

Papers are expected to be amply illustrated with high-quality images of the maps discussed.

Please send your title and abstract (250 words), together with a short CV, to chet.van.duzer@gmail.com and LauraWhatley@ferris.edu by September 15, 2014.

CFP: Aby Warburg and Nature (Hamburg, 15-16 Jan 15)

Workshop, University of Hamburg, Warburg-Haus, 15 – 16 January 2015
Deadline: 31 August 2014

Organizers: Frank Fehrenbach and Cornelia Zumbusch (University of Hamburg)

WarburgAby Warburg’s references to enlivenment, life forces, and the afterlife of images are evidence for the paradigmatic meaning of the natural for his conceptualization of the emergence and re-emergence of pictorial formulas. From wind and the bewegtes Beiwerk (‘accessory in motion’) in his dissertation on Botticelli, to stars in his studies on astrology, to lightning in his lecture on snake rituals, nature surfaces again and again in his work as an image-generating entity. Warburg himself systematically addressed the connections between art and nature; it is thus all the more surprising that this aspect of Warburg’s work has been the subject of so little research. Warburg’s ‘pathos formulas’ anchor images to motor functions and the kinetics of the human body. His studies of expression, as well as his notion of a collective pictorial memory that nourished the visual arts from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, are clearly oriented towards anthropological, physiological and psychological models of human nature. Warburg thus identifies the basis of human image-making as an attempt to grasp the ‘moved life’ of the natural, against the background of conceptions and descriptive means drawn from natural magic, natural philosophy, and the natural sciences.

Warburg’s basic project to link the study of the visual arts with cultural studies is itself strongly related to natural scientific models of his time. This can be seen in his idiosyncratic, often tentative adoptions of such terms and contaminations as mneme (mnemonic traces that operate in the life of images); Erbgut and Erbmasse (‘inheritance’; ‘hereditary mass’); kinetic and potential energy; dynamogram (a kind of ‘energetic sign’); engram (‘energetic’ mnemonic traces); and Energiekonserve (‘canned energy’). It is to these areas that our workshop wishes to apply itself – not simply to plumb the capacity and range of Warburg’s vocabulary, but rather to take a closer look at his intersecting of cultural studies and the natural sciences. What methodological status do genetics, evolutionary biology, social psychology, affect psychology, or even physics or mathematics have for Warburg’s understanding of images? What role do Warburg’s own systems of record, his sketches and formulas, play in all this? Is the importing of abstract concepts and models from the natural sciences just a matter of ‘nice analogies’, as Saxl would have us believe – or can we lay bare an epistemology of transfer between cultural studies and the natural sciences which could also be illuminating for current fluctuations between the two?

Please submit your proposal of no more than 300 words and a short CV to
naturbilder@uni-hamburg.de by August 31, 2014.

CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities (Hamburg, 27-29 Nov 14)

CFP: Visual Narratives – Cultural Identities. A trans- and interdisciplinary conference at the University of Hamburg
Hamburg, 27-29 November 2014
Deadline: 31 July 2014

Increasingly, cultural studies focus on stories and the narration of stories as important catalysts for the constitution, confirmation, and modification of cultural identities. Not only in times of what seems like floods of images but since images are made a large part of these stories and narratives is communicated by visual media. Constantly it can be observed that elaborate iconographic programs are developed to establish specific meanings more or less successfully as essential elements of cultural identities.

To analyse and interpret visual media from such a perspective it is, on the one hand, necessary to develop categories to describe their narrative aspect. The current state of research is heterogeneous: On narratology of film and graphic literature there are rich discussions and developed methods and theories whilst research in the field of single and static images is quite fragmentary. On the other hand methods have to be explored which facilitate cultural interpretations of visual narratives and which may decode the deeper meanings transmitted – also from times and epochs long gone. Finally, it has to be considered how narrative contents participate in the construction of cultural identities.

Basic questions for the conference could be:

– By which means may the narrative aspects of visual media be described?
– Which are the methods to decode the transmitted messages?
– Which strategies are used to construct cultural identities visually?
– Do, in turn, changed or modified identities lead to different patterns of stories and narrations?- What can be gained from a comparison of visual-narrative communication with other forms, for example literary ones?

The conference is organised by students of archaeology, art history, and cultural anthropology. It will contain lectures and workshops on the main topics and provide opportunities for detailed discussion. We are especially looking for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions which deal with the analysis and interpretation of narratives and narrations in visual media from narratological and (visual) culture studies perspectives. There is no limitation to certain times or cultures. The contributions are going to be published after the conference. Proposals for lectures (30 min) or workshops (60 min) in German or English may be sent to mail@kulturkundetagung.de (contact persons: Jacobus Bracker, Clara Doose-Grünefeld, Tim Jegodzinski and Kirsten Maack) until 31 July 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Further we would be grateful to receive a short academic CV. We encourage establiched scholars and especially young scholars and students of all levels to contribute. Funding of speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses can currently not be guaranteed.  However, participation in the conference is free of any charge.

For further information, see the conference website.

CFP: Memorializing the Middle Classes (Edited volume)

CFP: Memorializing the Middle Classes (Edited volume)
Deadline: 30 June 2014

Building on the session “Memorials for Merchants: The Funerary Culture of Late Medieval Europe’s New Elite” (College Art Association Annual Meeting, 2014), this edited volume offers papers that investigate the habits and strategies of patrons of commemorative art ca. 1300-1700, while considering what relationship, if any, existed between patronal strategies and choices and location in societal hierarchy. The rising fortunes of merchants, lawyers, and other professionals allowed middle-class patrons to commission private tombs in numbers not seen since Roman times.

While historians and anthropologists have looked broadly at European commemorative practices of the later Middles Ages and Renaissance, art historians have tended to focus on individual patrons, monuments, artists, or institutions. Memorializing the Middle Classes begins with an overview of Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine precedent, offering a long view of continental commemorative culture. Essays by an international group of scholars follow to provide comparative analysis of the socio-cultural significance of memorialization both within particular cities and regions and across Europe. Papers that explore issues of social networks, the privatization of communal spaces, individual and corporate identities, personal and public memories, the relationships between the living and the dead, and other questions regarding commemoration, the use of space, and the patronage and reception of tombs and other memorials.

To submit a proposal, please send the following to
annecleader@gmail.com no later than 30 June 2014:

  • author’s name/affiliation
  • chapter title (15 words max.)
  • abstract (300 words max.)
  • selected bibliography
  • estimated number of illustrations and type (photo, chart/graph, map)
  • or a working list of illustrations
  • scholars (including contact information) who could serve as a peer reviewer for the book proposal
  • list of books that complement/compete with proposed volume and the target audience for your essay
  • cv
  • short biography in prose (100 words max.)

Please direct all questions to the editor, Anne Leader, at annecleader@gmail.com