Tag Archives: Cultural exchange

Call for papers: Italia e Francia, Francia e Italia: Scambi culturali, 2018

Deadline: Jan 15, 2018
A dicembre 2018 RELIEF (www.revue-relief.org) e INCONTRI (www.rivista-incontri.nl), due riviste internazionali e peer reviewed che si occupano rispettivamente di cultura francese e italiana, pubblicheranno giuntamente due numeri collegati dallo stesso tema: gli scambi culturali tra l’Italia e la Francia dal Medioevo fino ad oggi. La religione, la politica, le scienze e le arti hanno gettato le basi per una relazione proficua e molto stretta tra i due paesi. Ci sono stati dei periodi di intensificazione di tali rapporti transnazionali tra le due lingue e culture: si pensi all’influenza della lirica dei trovatori provenzali alla corte siciliana nel Duecento, o al traffico intenso messo in moto dai regnanti amanti dell’arte nelle città-stato italiane durante il Rinascimento invitando artisti e musicisti francesi alle loro corti. Altri esempi di questi incontri culturali sono il ‘grand tour’ che portò gli aristocrati francesi a visitare il Bel Paese nel Settecento, il cosmopolitismo dell’Ottocento, le avanguardie, tra cui quelle italiane, concentratesi nella Parigi dell’inizio del Novecento. Non si dimentichino poi le ondate di migrazioni politiche, economiche e culturali e la crescente globalizzazione dei rapporti culturali a partire dal 1950.
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Symposium: ‘Cultural Encounters: Tensions and Polarities of Transmission from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment’, 17th November 2016

wolhandel1The Warburg Institute is hosting its first Postgraduate Symposium Cultural Encounters: Tensions and Polarities of Transmission from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment on 17 November 2016.
The Symposium explores the concept of cultural encounters, focusing particularly on their productive outcomes and on the dynamics of cultural changes across time and space.
This multidisciplinary encounter covers topics that fall into the unique classification system of the Warburg Library: Image, Word, Orientation and Action.
The aim of the Symposium is to map the diverse and intricate forces which have driven cultural encounters in the past and which also help define contemporary societies. The main topics it addresses are: the degree to which productive outcomes can be seen as a conscious reception and reformulation of external ideas and models; the resistances to exchange and in what form this happened; and the long-term implications of such encounters and their outcomes.
Attendance is free of charge.
Pre-registration required: http://bit.ly/2diH3HN
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CFP: The Virgin as Bridge: Cultural Exchange and Connection through Images of the Virgin Mary, ICMS, Kalamazoo, May 2017

CFP: The Virgin as Bridge: Cultural Exchange and Connection through Images of the Virgin Mary

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 2017

Organizers: Diliana Angelova (University of California, Berkeley) and
Amanda Luyster (College of the Holy Cross)

Across the medieval Mediterranean and beyond, people of many faiths and backgrounds sought the succor of the miraculous virgin and mother, Mary. Christians venerated Mary as the holiest figure of Christianity after Christ, the one thanks to whom the divine mystery of the Incarnation was fulfilled. The Koran also hailed her as chosen by Allah. Converts to Christianity from paganism or Islam were often said to be motivated by their great love of the Virgin. Byzantine churches were incomplete without her image in the holiest of holies, the apse of the sanctuary. In the West, the grandest Gothic cathedrals rose in her honor. Objects such as the thirteenth-century Freer canteen, as well as shared shrines, suggest that Marian images could be appreciated by audiences professing different faiths. Images of the Virgin acted as a shared touchpoint between people of many different backgrounds, socio-economic strata, and faiths.

This panel invites 15-20 minute papers that focus on the capacity of the Virgin to act as a bridge or cultural mediator: between regions, between genders, between political factions and cities, and between belief systems. Panel participants could focus on representations of the Virgin as well as references to religious practices associated with images of the Virgin. Icons, cult centers, personal objects such as jewelry, metalwork more broadly, manuscripts, monumental sculpture, wall-painting, architecture, as well as practices associated with all of these, might be considered.

The deadline for paper proposals is September 15, 2016.

Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV with current contact information, and completed Participant Information Form, available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions to the organizers, Diliana Angelova and Amanda Luyster, at angelova@berkeley.edu and aluyster@holycross.edu

All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions.

CFP: Mutual Imaginings of Europe and the Middle East 800-1700 (3rd December 2016)

Beyond Borders:
Mutual Imaginings of Europe and the Middle East (800-1700)
Barnard College’s 25th Biannual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Call for Papers
Recent scholarship is challenging the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800-1700.  Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, scholars are revealing the depth of their mutual influence. Trade, war, migration, and scholarly exchange connected Europe and the Middle East in ways both cooperative and adversarial. The distant world was not only an object of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing. Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures.  Bringing together art historians, literary scholars, historians, scholars of the history of science, and scholars of religious thought, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the real and imaginary cultural interchanges between Europe and the Middle East during their formative periods. The conference will feature plenary lectures by Professors Nancy Bisaha of Vassar College, and Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota.
This conference is being organized by Professors Rachel Eisendrath, Najam Haider, and Laurie Postlewate of Barnard College.
Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and CV to lpostlew@barnard.edu<mailto:lpostlew@barnard.edu>. Presentations should be 20 minutes. Deadline: April 10, 2016.

Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages (Harvard University and First Church in Cambridge, 16-17 April 2015)

The Mediterranean basin has long been a zone of cultural, economic, and artistic encounter and exchange. This was particularly true in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500 CE), as the three great religious traditions of Late Antiquity (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) battled, bartered with, and borrowed from one another in a variety of political and cultural contexts. Focusing on the centuries from 1200 to 1500, Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages will explore the Mediterranean world as a “trading place” between Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, and Western societies.
The symposium includes a keynote lecture by David Abulafia (Cambridge University), three multidisciplinary panels addressing the economic, artistic, and material contours of medieval cultural exchange, presentations on recent work in the digital humanities, a medieval coins and seals workshop, and a concert celebrating the rich musical heritage of the medieval Mediterranean world, with performances by Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Natasha Roule, and Voice of the Turtle.
All events are free and open to the public.
Please visit the conference website (http://tradingplacesconference.org/) for a full description of events and to RSVP.
Space for the workshops is limited. To reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello (dana_ciccotello@harvard.edu) by April 10.
Eurydice Georganteli, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Brandie Ratliff, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross; Nicholas Watson, Department of English and Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University; Sean Gilsdorf, Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; European Commission, Research & Innovation, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions; Harvard Art Museums; Harvard University Department of History of Art + Architecture; Harvard University Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities; Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross
For information about the event, please contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu).

Job: Assistant Professor of Renaissance/Early Modern Visual Culture in the Mediterranean world (University of California at Berkeley)

Assistant Professor of Renaissance/Early Modern Visual Culture in the Mediterranean world 
(tenure track), The University of California at Berkeley
Deadline: 15 September 2014

The University of California at Berkeley announces the following job search:
Assistant Professor of Renaissance/Early Modern Visual Culture in the Mediterranean world (tenure-track). Appointment effective July 1, 2015; candidates must have Ph.D. dissertation or equivalent underway at time of application.

sealThe Departments seek a specialist within the period (approx. 1300-1600) with strong interdisciplinary and/or comparative interests extending geographically beyond the boundaries of the Italian peninsula and the ability to contribute to the curricula and research profiles of both History of Art and Italian Studies. Areas of interest might include the relations between visual, verbal and material culture; travel studies; architectural history; cultural exchange between Europe and the East and/or Africa, or the New World.

Teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels is expected, including the ability to teach in the Italian language where relevant. Ph.D. or equivalent must be completed by July 1, 2015.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Deadline for application: 15 September 2014
For more information: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00475 https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00475

New Journal: Convivium. Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and Mediterranean

New Journal: Convivium. Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and Mediterranean (Seminarium Kondakovianum Series Nova)
Deadline for Article Submission: March and November each year

conviviumConvivium restarts and continues the glorious Seminarium Kondakovianum, the journal of the institute founded in memory of Nikodim Kondakov in 1927, which represented the desire to maintain and deepen Kondakov’s pioneering scholarly work in Byzantine and medieval studies, celebrated not only in the Russian and Czech worlds but also in western Europe. Convivium covers an extended chronological range, from the Early Christian period until the end of the Middle Ages, which in central Europe lasted well beyond the Renaissance in Italy. Equally vast is the range of subjects it will treat. Whereas its central concern remains art history, that is, whatever pertains to images, monuments, the forms of visual and aesthetic experience, it is also open to many disciplines tied to art history in the deepest sense: anthropology, liturgy, archaeology, historiography and, obviously, history itself. The goal is to ensure that the journal will provide a 360o opening onto the field and the research methods being deployed in it.

Two numbers of the journal will be issued every year; all articles will be approved by a blind peer-review process. The first will focus on a theme, and the second will be a miscellany. Each issue will comprise five to ten articles (in French, English, Italian, or German), between 40,000 and 60,000 strokes long and fifteen illustrations (some in color). Convivium will be published in paper and digital format and distributed by Brepols. To submit an article, contact : convivium@earlymedievalstudies.com.

For further information on editors, editorial board, advisory board and style guidelines, see: http://www.earlymedievalstudies.com/convivium.html

Upcoming thematic issues include:

2014: Circulation as Factor of Cultural Aggregation. Relics, Ideas, and Cities in the Middle Ages
Editors: Klara Benesovska, Ivan Foletti, Serena Romano

2015: The Three Romes (Rome, Constantinople, Moscow). Studies in Honour of Hans Belting.
Editors: Ivan Foletti, Herbert Kessler

2016: Facing and Forming the Tradition. Illustrated Texts on the Way from Late Antiquity until the Romanesque Time.
Editor: Anna Boreczky

2017: Inventing the Past: Medieval Studies as a Virtual Construction.
Editors: Xavier Barral i Altet, Ivan Foletti

2018: Multicultural Spaces in Southern Italy.
Editors: Elisabetta Scirocco, Gerhard Wolf