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CFP: ‘Recovering the Ritual Object in Medieval and Early Modern Art,’ AAH Conference, Brighton, 4–6 Apr 2019

DjWmmKBXcAUB1yCDeadline: Nov 5, 2018

“Recovering the Ritual Object in Medieval and Early Modern Art”

Session Convenors: Dr Catriona Murray, University of Edinburgh, c.a.murray@ed.ac.uk; Dr Halle O’Neal, University of Edinburgh, halle.o’neal@ed.ac.uk

In the medieval and early modern worlds, ritual served as a legitimising process, a dynamic mechanism for mediating a transference or transformation of status. Objects played an essential part in this performative practice, charged with symbolism and invested with power. Distanced from their original contexts, however, these artefacts have often been studied for their material properties, disconnecting function from form and erasing layers of meaning. The relationships between ritual objects and ritual participants were identity-forming, reflecting and shaping belief structures. Understanding of how these objects were experienced as well as viewed, is key to revealing their significances.

DjWniZ5XsAAAiJ0This panel intends to relocate ritual objects at the centre of both religious and secular ceremonies, interrogating how they served as both signifiers and agents of change. The organisers specialise in early modern British art and medieval Japanese art, and so we invite proposals from a range of geographical perspectives, in order to investigate this subject from a cross-cultural perspective. We particularly encourage papers which discuss medieval and early modern ritual objects—broadly defined —as social mediators.

Issues for discussion include but are not limited to:
– Recovery of the everyday in ritual objects
– Embodiment
– Audiences and interactions
– Performativity
– Ritual object as emotional object
– Spatiality and temporality
– Re-use, recycling, removal
– Illusion and imagination
– Memory
– Thing theory

How to apply: Please email your paper proposal direct to the session convenors, details above. Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper, your name and institutional affiliation (if any).


New publication: Monumentos singulares del románico: nuevas lecturas sobre formas y usos. Actas XIII Curso de Iniciación al Románico (Aguilar de Campoo), Fundación Santa María la Real, 2012

Monumentos-singulares-del-romanicoMonumentos singulares del románico: nuevas lecturas sobre formas y usos. Actas XIII Curso de Iniciación al Románico (Aguilar de Campoo), Fundación Santa María la Real, 2012, 244 p.

El románico español es uno de los más ricos de Europa, tanto por la cantidad de testimonios como por la calidad de muchos de ellos. En el extenso y variado catálogo de obras conservadas sobresalen algunos edificios relevantes que presentan particularidades propias y específicas que los hacen singulares dentro del panorama general del estilo. En esta publicación se recoge una pequeña selección con algunos monumentos emblemáticos que están siendo objeto, o lo han sido recientemente, de nuevas investigaciones basadas en metodologías y enfoques actualizados. A través de estas líneas de estudio se está cambiando la visión tradicional que hasta ahora se tenía sobre estos edificios, contribuyendo de esta manera a  un mejor conocimiento de nuestro románico.

En la mayor parte de los casos elegidos se trata de soluciones estructurales poco comunes que están en perfecta sintonía con la función litúrgica o ceremonial que tenía lugar en ellos. La cripta de la catedral de Palencia es un buen ejemplo de ello…. apoyada en ocasiones por un ideario decorativo de gran relevancia, bien en forma de pintura mural, como San Baudelio de Berlanga y San Isidoro de León, o de escultura monumental, como ocurre con la Cámara Santa de la catedral de Oviedo.

En el libro se analizan obras como la cripta de San Antoín de Palencia, cuyo estudio corre a cargo de Rafael Martínez González, director del Departamento de Cultura de la Diputación de Palencia y académico de la Institución Tello Tellez de Meneses.  César García de Castro Valdés, arqueólogo de la Consejería de Cultura del Principado de Asturias  trata la Cámara Santa de la Catedral de Oviedo. Gerardo Boto Varela de la Universitat de Girona y Esther Lozano López de la Universitat Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona analizan, respectivamente, el panteón regio de San Isidoro de León y  la iglesia de San Pedro de Siresa en Huesca.  Milagros Guardia Pons, catedrática de la Universitat de Barcelona comenta la estructura arquitectónica y los usos litúrgicos de  la ermita de San Baudelio de Berlanga en Soria y, finalmente, Javier Martínez de Aguirre, catedrático de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, escribe sobre La Santa Cruz y el Calvario: formas y espacios románicos.


RAFAEL MARTÍNEZ: La cripta de la Catedral de Palencia: nuevas respuestas a viejas cuestiones.
ESTHER LOZANO LÓPEZ: San Pedro de Siresa: Nuevas perspectivas sobre un monumento emblemático.
CÉSAR GARCÍA DE CASTRO VALDÉS: La reforma románica de la Cámara Santa de la Catedral de Oviedo.
GERARDO BOTO VARELA: In Legionenssy regum cimiterio. La monumentalización del panteón regio de San Isidoro de León.
MILAGROS GUARDIA PONS: San Baudelio de Berlanga: estructura arquitectónica y usos litúrgicos.
JAVIER MARTÍNEZ DE AGUIRRE: La Santa Cruz y el Calvario: formas y espacios románicos.

Call for papers: International Postgraduate Workshop on Religious Architecture (Leifers, 4-8 June 2015)

Agia Irene in Constantinople

Agia Irene in Constantinople

The workshop addresses postgraduate students, who are preparing a thesis on any topic related to medieval church architecture between the 9th and 14th century. It aims to be a platform for the discussion of individual research projects and current results. The circle of participants is intended to include art historians and building researchers as well as theologians, historians, archeologists
and architects, in order to enable an interdisciplinary exchange.

At present, new research on medieval church architecture is hardly imaginable without an interdisciplinary approach. In recent years, a multitude of new technological resources were made useful for building research and an increasing number of new methodologies, especially concerning questions of liturgy and spatial use, came to the center of attention – all leading to a wide range of new discoveries. Even if the importance of including diverse approaches has long been recognized, an according platform for young researchers dealing with medieval churches has not been established yet. In consequence, this workshop wants to create a possibility for a free, institutionally independent discourse on current issues of the individual research, in which all participants will contribute their own experience. In addition to the evaluation of research contents, enough space will be given to discuss matter of organization and future career possibilities.

The workshop, which will take place from 4th till 8th of June 2015, is laid-out for the participation of up to fifteen postgraduate students, who will present their PhD projects – or new results, specific questions from these – for discussion. As the workshop is generally open to all interested researchers on postgraduate level, applications in German or English are possible and welcome.

We would kindly ask for the submission of applications until the 15th of February 2015. Applications should comprise of a short curriculum vitae and an abstract/paper proposal including the following:
– PhD topic, a short summary of the main research question, applied methodology
– supervisor and scheduled deadline for the completion
– current progress and issues to be presented/ discussed during the workshop

In order to prepare a fruitful exchange of ideas, all participants will receive the abstracts of the other contributions before the workshop. The final program will be fixed, as soon as the participants are selected. Each contributor will dispose of one hour of time, which can be allocated to the presentation of the topic and the subsequent discussion at his/her own discretion.

Thanks to the generous support of the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation, the workshop will be held at their conference house Buchnerhof. The estate is located in the mountains of Alto-Adige/Südtirol, 50 minutes walking distance from Leifers in the Etsch valley. The foundation will organize a transport of the luggage from the train station in Leifers and ensures the highest possible independence of the event through covering the expenses of accommodation and meals. Further information on the foundation can be found here: http://eh-uhl-stiftung.org/.

The organizers will be glad to support participants in organizing their journey (e.g. through carsharing). Travel grants will presumably be available. After the workshop, a field-trip of several day´s duration to the medieval churches of the surroundings (Etsch valley, Vinschgau) is intended, during which the discussion and exchange can be continued and intensified. Expenses for this field trip will have to be covered by the participants and will amount to approx. 35 € per night. Applicants are kindly asked to state in their application, if interested in participating in the field-trip.

Applications should be sent by 15 February 2015 to:

Organizing committee:
Pascal Hess (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Thomas Kaffenberger (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz / King´s College London)
Mareike Liedmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Verena Smit (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)