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CFP: Archaising/Classicising/Medievalising (Oxford, 17 Jun 17)

downloadCentre for Classical Studies, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, June 17, 2017
Deadline: May 2, 2017

Call for Papers:
Archaising/Classicising /Medievalising:
Self-Historicisation and its Discontents

Saturday June 17,
Centre for Classical Studies,
Corpus Christi College,

Texts, songs, buildings, or objects that consciously refer to themselves using the visual, aural, or architectural vocabulary of a previous era present both interesting historical and critical, as well as historiographic, questions. This one-day symposium intends to ask what self-historicising means in the widest possible variety of contexts and media, and to address some the of theoretical gaps in the study of objects that are aware of their own temporality. Medievalising tendencies in the text style or decoration of Early Modern printed books, for instance, raise questions about what constitutes ‘humanist’ or ‘Renaissance’ content, and the geographic assumptions of Italianate origin often associated with classicising and not medievalising. Other possible topics include seventeenth through nineteenth century classicisms and their implications for the Grand Tour, classicisms and colonialisms, Protestant and Catholic classicisms during the Reformation, the association between materiality and archaising in general, as well as archaising tendencies (Roman to Greek, Imperial Roman to Republican &c) in classical text and art itself. Participants from across the humanities and social sciences are invited to submit an approximately 250 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper on any related
topic, with the goal of mutual discussion across disciplinary and period lines in common. Provisions for slides, audio, or other media display, will be made ahead of time, and lunch is included with the £15 conference fee.  Abstracts should be submitted by 2 May to Alexandra Marraccini at: avmarraccini@uchicago.edu.

CFP: Singular Acts (London, 16 Nov 17)

The Warburg Institute LibraryLondon, The Warburg Institute, November 16, 2017
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Singular Acts: The Role of the Individual in the Transformation of Collective Culture

The Warburg Institute will host its second Postgraduate Symposium on 16 November 2017. This year’s Symposium focuses on particular personalities who acted for or against historical and cultural change.

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Revisiting the Transcultural Paradigm in Art History (Berlin, 19-20 May 17)

Freie Universität Berlin HolzlaubeBerlin, Freie Universität, May 19 – 20, 2017

Revisiting the Transcultural Paradigm in Art and Art History

Over the last six years, the Research Unit “Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art“ has analysed the production of art and its discourses in transcultural contexts brought about by trade, travel, migration, or globalization. The research group served as a framework for projects which share aspects of approach and methodology, but differ in their regional and historical focus.
One of our central concerns was that “transcultural” should not be understood and employed as a descriptive term, as this results in an essentialist view of objects and cultural diversity. We addressed this by focusing on processes of negotiation in situations of contact which include works of art or artefacts as well as agents. As mediators or as the object of negotiations, works of art form part of the negotiation process. The paradigms translation, mobility, and decentering proved particularly fruitful with regard to this process-oriented approach. These models will be discussed with recourse to concrete case studies in the three respective panels of our final conference.

Veranstaltungsort: Freie Universität Berlin, “Holzlaube”, Fabeckstraße 23–25, 14195 Berlin, room 2.2058/2.2059

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Conference: Le don mis en scene (Louvain, 20-21 Apr 17)

Université catholique de Louvain

The Gifts of the three sages

Gifs broght by the three sages

April 20 – 21, 2017
Le don mis en scène. Représentations visuelles et textuelles de l’acte
de donation dans les arts de la première modernité
Colloque organisée par le GEMCA (Université catholique de Louvain)

Cette rencontre ambitionne d’étudier l’acte de donation au cours de la
première modernité, un acte que l’on envisagera comme forme de
communication et comme acteur du lien social. C’est plus précisément la
mise en scène du don d’œuvres d’art et d’objets que l’on souhaite
interroger. Car pour pouvoir participer pleinement de l’affirmation
d’un statut ou d’un pouvoir, cet acte suppose un espace de visibilité
et de représentation, assurant sa publicité au sein d’une communauté.
Deux axes de réflexion complémentaires seront privilégiés : celui des
mécanismes visuels, rhétoriques et littéraires qui participent de la
mise en scène du don ; et celui de ses effets au sein des dynamiques
relationnelles qu’il institue.
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CFP: Final Conference of the BMBF Project “Portals as Places of Transformation” Bamberg, January 11 – 14, 2018

dp300044CFP: Final Conference of the BMBF Project “Portals as Places of Transformation” Bamberg, January 11 – 14, 2018
Deadline: 15 June 2017.

The medieval church portal is in many respects a place of
transformation. At the threshold of a church, various spheres converge
and meet: secular – ecclesiastic, corporeal – spiritual, earthly –
divine. Iconography and formal design offer ample evidence of this
unique situation. At the same time, church portals themselves are
objects of change: their appearances are constantly shifting due to
modification, chromatic reworking and restorative endeavours. After
all, modernism declared portals works of art, and this change of status
was accompanied by a further metamorphosis: The medieval portal became
an aesthetic object and thereby an exhibit with alternative forms of

The international final conference of the BMBF Project “Portals as
Places of Transformation” (University of Bamberg, Chair in Medieval Art
History, Professorship in Building Preservation Sciences, Professorship
in Building History and Building Archaeology) will provide various
conference sections focusing on central issues of continuity and change
as they pertain to medieval portals:

Section 1: Conceptual design of medieval portals. The interplay of
architecture and sculpture (building design, design methods,
proportions, room arrangement)

Section 2: Construction of medieval portals. Structural analyses for
the documentation of transformation processes (footing, interlinking of
constructive units, masonry technique, types of stone, structural
analysis, construction process)

Section 3: Iconographic programmes. The portal as a place of spiritual
transformation in the Middle Ages (Iconography, text and image,
eschatological themes, cosmos/cardinal directions)

Section 4: Medieval bronze and wood doors (doors, hinges, mountings,
closing and latching mechanisms)

Section 5: Changing portals. Secular and liturgical use (medieval
procession liturgies, user hierarchy, liturgical dramas and legal acts)

Section 6: Adaptations, alterations and modifications of portals
(restoration layers, renovation measures, surface treatments,
maintenance, supplementation using copies, copying techniques in stone,
plaster und synthetic materials)

Section 7: The portal as a work of art (museum displays, illuminations,
repurposing, virtual presentations and representations)

The conference languages are German, English and French. Please send
your abstract (max. 1500-2000 characters, including spaces) to
Katja.Schroeck@uni-bamberg.de no later than 15 June 2017.

Conference: Collections and Collecting Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Art Conference, Christie’s Education London, 23 March 2017

Collecting400crop.jpegConference: Collections and Collecting Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Art Conference, Christie’s Education London, 23 March 2017

Collecting Ancient and Medieval art attracts both academic and public curiosity because the objects (and structures) in question are not only often extremely rare, but also have fascinating histories. The ability to possess a piece of our past has allowed collectors throughout the centuries to create a continuity between that past and their present. This conference will explore the history of Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval collections, how they were originally formed, how objects survive and in what contexts, and how certain collections themselves live on. It will also address how the collections of the past may be reflected in the way that we approach collecting today, the theoretical and the historical framework of collections, how they are currently presented, as well as some of the controversies in the field. Equally, the problems and issues underlying the collecting of Ancient and Medieval art, and the knowledge required to authenticate them will be discussed.


9:30 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
SECTION I: Ancient and Medieval Collections

(Chair: Cecily Hennessy, Christie’s Education)

10:15 – 10:40 Collecting liturgical objects in thirteenth and fourteenth-century Castile

Maeve O’Donnell-Morales (Courtauld Institute of Art)

10:40 – 11:05 The saint-king’s collection: The treasure of grande châsse in the Sainte-Chapelle

Emily Guerry (University of Kent)

11:05 – 11:30 ‘Through me rulers rule’: A Curious History of Imperial Coronation Regalia

Zoë Opačić (Birkbeck, University of London)

11:30 – 11:55 E.P. Warren, Greek art and the Pan Painter

Amy Smith (University of Reading)

11:55 – 12:10 Discussion
12:10 – 13:40 LUNCH
SECTION II: New Approaches to Collections

(Chair: Sadie Pickup, Christie’s Education) 

13:45 – 14:10 The Digital Pilgrim Project: approaching large collections of miniature art

Amy Jeffs (University of Cambridge)

14:10 – 14:35 From Monastic Libraries to Computer Screens: Collecting Late Antique Illumination through the Centuries

Peter Toth (British Library)

14:35 – 15:00 Collections, Controversies and the Copts: Deciphering the Late Antique Textiles of Egypt

Anna Kelley (University of Birmingham)

15:00 – 15:15 Discussion
15:15 – 15:45 COFFEE & TEA
SECTION III: Private and Public Collections

(Chair: Jana Gajdošová, Christie’s Education)

15:50 – 16:15 The intersection between collecting and scholarship: some personal experience

Michael Carter (English Heritage)

16:15 – 16:40 Exploring the Collection of George R Harding

Naomi Speakman (British Museum)

16:40 – 17:05 Title to be Confirmed

Claudio Corsi (Christie’s, London)

17:05 – 17:15 Discussion
17:15 – 17:30 Closing Remarks
18:00 Drinks Reception

Conference: The Courtauld’s 22nd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium: Medieval Collaborations

cfp-imageSaturday 4 February 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Kenneth Clark Lecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN,

The traditional art-historical concern of attribution of works of art to specific masters has given way to more nuanced approaches to the artistic production of the Middle Ages that focus on collaborative working practices. Collaborations like that of Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi, the illuminators of the Winchester Bible, or the creators of Opus Anglicanum reveal a complex picture of artistic co-operation. Notions of the single commanding master have been replaced with collaborative artisan activity across disparate media, from the early-medieval cloister to the increasing specialisation of the late-medieval shop.

The Courtauld Institute’s 22nd Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to consider new approaches to artistic collaborations of the Middle Ages, and how conceptions of collaboration have impacted on the study of these works.

The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and promote their research.

Organised by Meg Bernstein (The Courtauld Institute of Art Kress Fellow 2015-7 / University of California, Los Angeles) and Imogen Tedbury (The Courtauld Institute of Art / National Gallery) with the generous support of The Sackler Research Forum.

09.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome

Session 1: Networks in collaboration. Chaired by Sophie Kelly (University of Kent)

10.10 – 10.30
Maeve O’Donnell-Morales, The Courtauld Institute of Art
It Took a Village: Collaborations at the Medieval Altar between Donors, Artists and Clerics

10.30 – 10.50
Aude Chevalier, Paris Nanterre Université
Collaborations in medieval copperware craftsmanship: the case study of French copper alloy censers (11th-17th centuries)

10.50 – 11.10
Maggie S. Crosland, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Commission as Collaboration: Untangling Agency in the Book of Hours of Philip the Bold

11.10 – 11.30

11.30 – 12.00

Session 2: Artists in collaboration. Chaired by Lydia Hansell

12.00 – 12.20
Eowyn Kerr-Di Carlo, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Santa Maria degli Angeli or not? Considering Florentine artistic networks and the painter-illuminators of Fitzwilliam MS 30

12.20 – 12.40
Eleonora Cagol, Technische Universität Dresden
The workshop of Jörg Arzt and Jörg Feiss: winged altarpieces as evidence of artistic collaboration in South Tyrol at the end of the Middle Ages

12.40 – 13.00
Bryan C. Keene, The J. Paul Getty Museum / The Courtauld Institute of Art
Pacino / Pacinesque: Collaborative Choir Book Commissions in Early Trecento Florence

13.00 – 13.20


13.20 – 14.30

LUNCH (speakers only)

Session 3: Collaborating across media. Chaired by Teresa Lane

14.30 – 14.50
Ella Beaucamp, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
A joint venture from Venice: Medieval rock-crystal miniatures

14.50 – 15.10
Marie Quillent, University of Picardy Jules Verne
Artistic Collaboration in Medieval Funeral Sculpture in the North of France: the Tomb of Adrien de Hénencourt in the Cathedral of Amiens

15.10 – 15.30
Amanda Hilliam, National Gallery / Oxford Brookes University
Carlo Crivelli and the Goldsmith’s Art: shared aesthetics and technologies

15.30 – 15.50


15.50 – 16.20


Session 4: Collaborating across time. Chaired by Miguel Ayres DeCampos

16.20 – 16.40
Esther Dorado-Ladera, Independent Scholar
Reuse of Hispanic Muslim architecture during the Middle Ages: Christian interventions in the Aljaferia Palace

16.40 – 17.00
Oliver Mitchell, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Collaboration and conflict in Hugo de Folieto’s Liber de rotae religionis et simulationis

17.00 – 17.20
Costanza Beltrami, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Building and rebuilding the cloister of Segovia Cathedral (1436-1530): collaborations across space and time

17.20 – 17.50


17.50 – 18.00
Closing remarks: Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


View conference programme here.