TOC: Art History and the Global Challenge. Artl@s Bulletin vol. 6,1

journalWe are pleased to announce the publication of the new issue of the Artl@s Bulletin devoted to Art History and the Global Challenge.

For this special issue of the Artl@s Bulletin, we asked a diverse group of scholars to share with us their perspectives on the “Global turn” and the ways the “Digital turn” is affecting it.

This survey must be regarded as a dialogue in progress: other conversations will follow and will contribute to widening the range of critical perspectives on art history and the Global challenge gathered in this issue.

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#DAHRG keynote seminar: Transforming Art History in the Digital Revolution

Monday 12 June, 5:30 pm

#DAHRG keynote seminar

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

Prof. Caroline Bruzelius (Duke University)

Transforming Art History in the Digital Revolution


The Courtauld’s new Digital Art History Research Group (#DAHRG) is pleased to welcome Professor Caroline Bruzelius to give the second of the group’s keynote seminar.

The History of Art is a discipline uniquely well-suited to digital technologies.  We can now, for example, create provenance databases, map the trajectories of objects, model changes to buildings and cities, recreate lost monuments and reconstruct the setting of an altarpiece. Above all, digital technologies have the capacity to democratize the discipline, engaging the public in narratives about works of art, buildings, and cities in a way that was previously not possible.


This potential offers the potential of new roles for art historians as mediators between the mute object (or building, or city) and the public, expanding our role as teachers and scholars into the community.  In this talk, Bruzelius will engage with several public-facing projects that she has been engaged in (Visualizing Venice, The Kingdom of Sicily Image Database; the Sarlat Âpostles Color Project) to reflect upon the ways in which technology can transform experiences of seeing and being in the world.

Caroline Bruzelius is a scholar of medieval architecture in France and Italy, publishing books and articles on French Gothic architecture (the Cistercians; St.-Denis; Notre-Dame in Paris), the medieval churches of Naples, and the architecture of women religious orders and the mendicant orders.  Her most recent book, Preaching, Building and Burying.  Friars in the Medieval City (Yale University Press, 2014), focuses on how the mendicant practices of outdoor preaching, visiting homes, and burying laymen in convents affected the design, construction, and urban impact of massive convents such as Sta. Croce in Florence, St. Anthony’s in Padua, and the Frari in Venice.

Bruzelius is also a pioneer in exploring how digital technologies can communicate narratives about works of art and the built environment.  She is a founding member of the Wired! laboratory at Duke University, a group of faculty and graduate students who integrate visualization technologies with teaching and multi-year research initiatives, such as Visualizing Venice.

From 1994 to 1998 Bruzelius was Director of the American Academy in Rome.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Antiquaries, the Medieval Academy of America, and has received numerous research fellowships in the United States and abroad.

This is the second of #DAHRG’s keynote seminars. You can watch the group’s first, given by Prof. Martin Eve (Birkbeck), here

A drinks reception shall follow this seminar. 

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The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) 2017 Conference in The Vatican (7-9 June 2017)

worlds imagesThe International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) 2017 Conference in The Vatican is intended for a wide range of participants and interested parties, including digital image repository managers, content curators, software developers, scholars, and administrators at libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, software firms, and other organizations working with digital images and audio/visual materials. The conference will consist of two events with separate registration:

Registration info and more: 

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Digital library of liturgical sources

Ecclesiastical Map of Western Europe in the Middle Ages
Ecclesiastical Map of Western Europe in the Middle Ages

Digital library of liturgical sources is a new research tool developed by the Research Group of Liturgical History. The Calendar-Project is a comprehensive database of almost 200 representative European liturgical Calendars and Sanctorals. Through browsing Saints and Feasts or Dates respectively, one can gain a statistically relevant sample of where, when and which feasts were celebrated within the medieval territory of the Roman Rite. Methodically, our research is based on the same principles as the whole of USUARIUM, namely that diverse sources based on their undoubted origin provide the best way to study the range of variability of liturgical Uses. Proofreading, corrections, new sources and facilities will follow in the coming weeks.

Digital library of liturgical sources (PASSWORD NEEDED)
CONTACT FOR PASSWORD: foldvary.miklos[at]
 dr. Miklós Földváry, H-1088 Budapest,
Múzeum krt. 4/F. 222.
Call for Journal Submissions

CFP: Visual Resources, issue: Digital Art History

Deadline: Jul 1, 2017

untitledDigital Art History – Where Are We Now?
Special issue of Visual Resources

In 2013, Visual Resources published a special issue devoted to Digital Art History. We recognize that since that date considerable activity has taken place in this area, which was then still in a phase of relative infancy. We feel that now is an opportune moment to assess what has been accomplished in the last half decade. To do so, we invite
papers for another special issue dedicated to Digital Art History, to be published in 2018.


Conference: Zur Typologie liturgischer Bücher des westlichen Mittelalters – Interdisziplinäres Symposium

7–9 July 2016

Large-scale digitization has lent urgency to an old and persistent question: the typology of liturgical books. The inadequacy of both medieval and modern labels to describe complex liturgical book types has rendered their succinct and accurate description in printed and online catalogues and repertories difficult, and this in turn has impeded systematic analysis and comparison of manuscript sources. The problem is not only a matter of scientific nomenclature however:

Focused studies of particular types of content in liturgical books (cycles of readings, calendars, prayer formulae, chant texts, musical notation) have borrowed and developed typologies with little attention to the relationships between different textual elements in single codicological units. Theories regarding the relationship between book types and changes in liturgical performance or ecclesiology have been developed that at times seem to lack a clearly articulated relationship to the material evidence itself, and have rested upon too simple an understanding of the relationship between book design and book use. A lack of clarity (or the imposition of an artificial clarity) about the typology of diverse sources has made it difficult to describe accurately chronological and regional developments in the organization and use of liturgical books as found in extant witnesses. While liturgical books are a fundamental source for the study of liturgical history, we have at times struggled to describe accurately what these books are.

It is to these questions that that the proposed Symposium is addressed. Liturgical scholars and musicologists have been asked to identify problems and questions in the typology of liturgical sources, and to propose new directions in their particular areas of research. Special attention will be paid to composite sources and to the relationship between liturgical and literary tradition.

Donnerstag, 7. 7. 2016

ab 12.30 Uhr
Mittagsimbiss; 14.00 Uhr Eröffnung
Chair: David Hiley

Eröffnungs-Keynote: Susan Rankin, Antiphonarium
Chair: David Ganz

Daniel DiCenso, Karolingische Sakramentar-Antiphonare

Monika Wenz, Hand(liche) Bücher – Liturgische Bücher? Gedanken zu einer möglichen Kategorisierung von karolingischen Priester-Handbüchern

Christopher Lazowski, Merowingische Sakramentare

Diskussion: Frühmittelalterliche Vorsteherbücher

Freitag, 8. 7. 2016

Chair: Harald Buchinger

Peter Jeffery, “Living Literature” in Three Dimensions: The Ordines Romani of the Mass

Reinhard Meßner, Ordines Romani

Hélène Bricout, Amalaire et le commentaire des célébrations selon les sources liturgiques. L‘exemple des jours saints

Jürgen Bärsch, Von den Ordines Romani zu den Libri Ordinarii. Beobachtungen am Beispiel einzelner Elemente der Karfreitagsliturgie.

Chair: Andrew Irving
Diskussion: Ordines

Henry Parkes, What was the Pontifical Romano-Germanique?

Martin Klöckener, Das Pontificale romano-germanicum, eine herausragende Quelle mittelalterlicher Liturgie in neuem Licht. Beobachtungen vor dem Hintergrund des Forschungsbeitrags von Henry Parkes

Hanna Zühlke, Angehängt, integriert oder separiert – Zum Buchtyp des Prozessionale im 10. Jahrhundert

Diskussion: Pontifikalien und verwandte Quellen,
eingeleitet durch Kurzstatements von Harald Buchinger und Christoph Winterer

Samstag, 9. 7. 2016
Chair: Katelijne Schiltz

Andreas Pfisterer, Das Cantatorium im Kontext der liturgischen Gesangbücher

Andreas Haug und Lori Kruckenberg, Tropar/Sequentiar

Diskussion: Gesangsquellen, eingeleitet durch Kurzstatement von Alexander Zerfaß

Chair: Reinhard Meßner
Andrew Irving, Missale

Patrizia Carmassi, Mess-Lektionar

Andreas Odenthal, Liturgische Buchkultur im frühen Protestantismus

Diskussion: Komposite Quellen für die Messe

Weiterführende Perspektiven

For more information, see conference website


Call for Papers Conference

CFP: Modelling Medieval Vaults symposium at the University of Liverpool in London, 14 July 2016.

Chester-capture1-672x372Call for Papers: Modelling Medieval Vaults symposium
University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square,  July 14, 2016.
Deadline: 30 April 2016

The use of digital surveying and analysis techniques, such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, 3D reconstructions or reverse engineering offers the opportunity to re-examine historic works of architecture. In the context of medieval vaults, this has enabled new research into three-dimensional design processes, construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and relationships between buildings.

Recent research on Continental European and Central American vaults has established the significance of these techniques, however, as yet there has been little exploitation of digital technologies in the context of medieval vaults in the British Isles. This is despite international recognition of the importance of thirteenth and fourteenth-century English vault design to the history of Gothic architecture in an international context.

The aims of the present symposium are to present new research in this emerging field in order to establish appropriate methodologies using digital tools and identify significant questions for future research in the area.

Conference organisers: Dr Alex Buchanan and Dr Nick Webb.

Abstracts (500 words maximum) are invited for 20 minute papers on the following subjects:

  • Representation and analysis of medieval vaults using digital technologies.
  • Investigations of British tierceron, lierne or fan vaults.
  • Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of architecture applicable to gothic vaulted buildings.

Submission: Abstracts (500 words maximum) to be addressed to Nick Webb by email.

Our intention is that proceedings will be published in a suitable journal.

Symposium cost: £40 for listeners and £25 for students/speakers.

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Visualizing Temporality: Modelling Time from the Textual Record


Visualizing Temporality: Modelling Time from the Textual Record

Tuesday 25 March 2014, 6.30, Queen Mary University

ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre,

ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus

What does time look like? We are all familiar with the standard timeline that measures out events with neat tick-marks, like the divisions on a ruler. Yet whilst very few of us really think about the past in this sort of methodical way, the tools we use in the digital realm impose an artificial sense of order and regularity to the unfolding of events. Taking an eighteenth-century reference work, Edmund Fry’s Pantographia, as her case study, Professor Drucker will examine the various overlapping frameworks that authors use when assembling and organizing historical events. Her lecture will argue that the development of digital tools must be guided by humanities scholars if we are to represent the human past faithfully.

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition late 2012). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King’s College London, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. A collaboratively written work, Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick is forthcoming from MIT Press.

Please see the attached flyer: 18_14 Digital Humanities Poster v1 18_14 Digital Humanities public lecture E INVITE

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