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New Book Series: Monsters, Prodigies, and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity

This series is dedicated to the study of monstrosity and alterity in the medieval and early modern world, and to the investigation of cultural constructions of otherness, abnormality and difference from a wide range of perspectives. Submissions are welcome from scholars working within established disciplines, including—but not limited to—philosophy, critical theory, cultural history, history of science, history of art and architecture, literary studies, disability studies, and gender studies. Since much work in the field is necessarily pluridisciplinary in its methods and scope, the editors are particularly interested in proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries. The series publishes English-language, single-author volumes and collections of original essays. Topics might include hybridity and hermaphroditism; giants, dwarves, and wild-men; cannibalism and the New World; cultures of display and the carnivalesque; “monstrous” encounters in literature and travel; jurisprudence, law, and criminality; teratology and the “New Science”; the aesthetics of the grotesque; automata and self-moving machines; or witchcraft, demonology, and other occult themes.

Series Editors:

Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell University

Luke Morgan, Monash University

Advisory Board:

Elizabeth B. Bearden, University of Wisconsin Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University Surekha Davies, Western Connecticut State University Richard H. Godden, Louisiana State University Maria Fabricius Hansen, University of Copenhagen Virginia A. Krause, Brown University Jennifer Spinks, University of Melbourne Debra Higgs Strickland, University of Glasgow Wes Williams, University of Oxford

 Publisher: MIP, The University Press at Kalamazoo 

For more information, visit: https://mip-archumanitiespress.org/series/mip/monsters-prodigies-and-demons/

CFP: Early Netherlandish Art in the Long 19th Century (Ghent, 24 – 26 May 18)

N-0186-00-000118-wpuCFP: Early Netherlandish Art in the Long 19th Century (Ghent,
24 – 26 May 18), Ghent, May 24 – 26, 2018
Deadline: Jun 1, 2017
To submit a proposal for consideration, please send a 250 word
abstract, a 100 word bio, and a 1-2 page CV to rediscoveryhna@gmail.com
by June 1, 2017.

Francis Haskell famously argued that the “rediscovery” of early
Netherlandish painting in the nineteenth century was central to the
notions of history and culture that undergirded the rise of the modern
nation-states of Belgium and the Netherlands. This view has been
enriched by recent scholarship on the medieval and Renaissance
revivalist movements that took hold in both countries from about 1840
through the early years of the twentieth century. Yet the complex
relationship between artistic and literary practices of the period and
the emergence of a distinctly northern European history of art remains
largely unexamined, and its implications unacknowledged.

As Léon de Laborde, Camille Lemonnier, Émile Verhaeren, Hippolyte
Fierens-Gevaert, and, slightly later, Johan Huizinga published
pioneering investigations into the world of Van Eyck, Memling, and
Rubens, a similar retrospective spirit animated the artistic
imagination. Painters from Henri Leys to Fernand Khnopff and writers
from Charles De Coster to Maurice Maeterlinck embraced northern
precedents as a key source of inspiration for works that were at once
contemporary and rooted in a rich regional heritage.

This panel aims to explore the interplay between the visual arts and
the nascent field of art history in Belgium and the Netherlands. It
seeks twenty-minute papers which address how artists, critics,
historians, and others working in the Low Countries and abroad
developed diverse perspectives on their past that continue to shape our
understanding of the subject. Papers addressing specific instances of
revivalism and historicism are welcome, as are broader studies of
historiographical and literary trends, which offer insight into how one
era may mediate and even define our vision of another.

Papers must be based on ongoing research and
unpublished. Participants must be HNA members at the time of the

Panel Chairs: Edward Wouk, Assistant Professor, The University of
Manchester; Alison Hokanson, Assistant Curator, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art

Job: Assistant Professor, History of the Ancient Mediterranean World (to 1300), University of Utah

2000px-university_of_utah_horizontal_logo-svgJob: Assistant Professor, History of the Ancient Mediterranean World, History Department, University of Utah
Deadline: November 1, 2016

The Department of History at the University of Utah seeks to appoint a tenure-line Assistant Professor specializing in the history of the ancient Mediterranean world. We are particularly interested in scholars working on cross-cultural contact, material culture, archaeology, or who have contributed to digital humanities projects, but we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to research and to teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, including upper-division courses on the history of both the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, Western Civilization to 1300, as well as contributing to the teaching of an undergraduate course in historical methodology. PhD in hand by July 1st 2016 preferred.

How to Apply: Applications should include a letter indicating research and teaching interests, a c.v., three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample, and should be submitted online (http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/56675)  by November 1, 2016, attention Isabel Moreira, search committee chair.


Programme: IHR European history 1150-1550 Seminar, 2016–2017

Programme: IHR European history 1150-1550 Seminar, 2016–2017

Fortnightly Thursdays 17:30, IHR Wolfson II unless noted; free, all welcome

Winter Term
29th September ** Senate House South Block Room 349 (3rd Floor)**
Chris Wickham (Oxford): Jiangnan style: Doing global economic history in the medieval period

13th October
Giorgio Lizzul (KCL): The republic, commerce, and public debt in the forged orations of Doge Tommaso Mocenigo

Kenneth Duggan (KCL): The limits of strong government: Attempts to control criminality in thirteenth-century England

27th October (jointly with History of Liturgy seminar)
Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth & UCL): Liturgy and devotion in the aftermath of the FourthCrusade: Nivelon of Soissons, the relics of 1204, and the cathedral of Soissons

10th November
Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway): The image of the Greek: Western views of orthodox monks and monasteries, c.1000-1500

24th November
Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg): Military expatriation to Muslim lands: Aragonese Christian mercenaries as trans-imperial subjects in the Late Middle Ages

8th December (** Senate House Room 246 **)
Justine Firnhaber-Baker (St Andrews): Who were the Jacques and what did they want? Social networks and community mobilization in the Jacquerie of 1358

Spring Term 2017

18th January (jointly with Earlier Middle Ages Seminar, **time & venue to be confirmed**)
Roundtable discussion of Cathars in Question ed. Antonio Sennis (Boydell & Brewer, 2016)

19th January (** Senate House, The Court Room**)
Sylvain Piron (EHESS): An individual institutionalization: Opicino de Canestris (1296– c.1354)

2nd February
Nicholas Vincent (UEA): Henry II’s Irish colony: Truth and fiction

16th February
Dominique Iogna-Prat (CNRS/EHESS): A stone church? Visibility, monumentality and spatiality of the Medieval Church (500-1500)

2nd March
Ella Kilgallon (QMUL): Visualising castitas in the Franciscan tradition: An analysis of three frescoes from central Italy

Ella Williams (UCL): History and prophecy in Naples: The Faits des Romains at the court of KingRobert ‘the Wise’

16th March
Jonathan Lyon (Chicago): Offices, officials and bureaucracy in late medieval Europe: The view from Germany

Convenors: David Carpenter (KCL), Matthew Champion (Birkbeck), Johanna Dale (UCL), David d’Avray (UCL), Serena Ferente (KCL), Andrew Jotischky (RHUL), Patrick Lantschner (UCL), Cornelia Linde (German Historical Institute), Sophie Page (UCL), Eyal Poleg (QMUL), Miri Rubin (QMUL), John Sabapathy (UCL), Alex Sapoznik (KCL), Alice Taylor (KCL); IHR page http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/114.

Contact: John Sabapathy & Alice Taylor (j.sabapathy@ucl.ac.uk & alice.taylor@kcl.ac.uk).

CFP: Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Ioannou Centre, Oxford, 3 December 2016

corona ferreaCall for papers: Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Ioannou Centre, Oxford, 3 December 2016.
Deadline: 16th September 2016.

In Economy and Society, Max Weber theorised three ideal types of authority: charismatic, traditional and legal. While legal authority has been well-explored in modern scholarship and most resembles the structures of authority in our own world, more recent work has indicated the importance of the charismatic and traditional ideal types as lenses for viewing Ancient and Medieval authority. Thus, in his 2016 monograph, Dynasties, Jeroen Duindam stresses the importance of charisma to royal power, exploring the pageantry of power, ritual actions undertaken to safeguard the harvest or control the weather, and the personal delivery of justice, while Kate Cooper, especially in The Fall of the Roman Household, has argued that power in the ancient world was inseparably linked to individual households in a way similar to Weber’s theorising of traditional authority, making the (late) Roman ‘state’ seem significantly smaller than it has tended to before.

By bringing together scholars of many different periods and contexts, we intend to explore the value of Weber’s traditional and charismatic types for understanding changes, continuities and complexities in the construction of authority across Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Submissions might consider the following themes:

  • The use of the irrational and supernatural as a basis of authority
  • Ways that charismatic authority perpetuated itself without the creation of legal authority
  • The interactions between charisma and tradition within individual contexts
  • The use of traditional and charismatic authority legitimise law and legal instruments (rather than vice versa)
  • Status groups’ use of appeals to time-honoured rights and the distant past to legitimate their authority
  • The use of tradition and charisma by heretics and rebels to construct their own authority and delegitimise that of their opponents
  • The applicability of Weber’s typology to non-political authority and to the authority of places and objects
  • The influence of ideas about the ancient and Medieval worlds on sociological thought about authority (and vice versa)

Publication of some or all of the papers may be sought as a themed journal issue.

Submission: We welcome graduate students and early career researchers in Classics, Medieval Studies and other disciplines to submit abstracts of 20 minute papers to authoritybeyondthelaw@gmail.com by the 16th September 2016.

CFP: Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar @QMUL

2014-06-mhrc-colloq-gif1Call for papers: Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar @ the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London, June 23-24, 2016.
Deadline: 25 April 2016

Papers concerning any aspect of the literature, language, history and culture
of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages will be considered. They will be
delivered in either English or Spanish and will last a maximum of twenty
Submission: Proposals should be sent in the body of an email to mhrs-
colloquium@qmul.ac.uk by 25 April 2016. Please include name and institutional affiliation (as you wish them to appear on the programme), and a title and abstract of no more than 150 words.
Authors will receive confirmation of acceptance of proposals and details of registration via email after 6 May. Should you need a letter of confirmation please indicate this in your proposal email and provide full contact details. Accommodation is available for speakers in university halls of residence on campus.

Conference programme: Seals and Status 800-1700 (British Museum, 4-6 Dec 2015)

Silver seal matrix set with a red jasper Roman intaglio showing the emperor Antoninus Pius. Acquired with the assistance of Dr. John H. Rassweiler.

Silver seal matrix set with a red jasper Roman intaglio showing the emperor Antoninus Pius. Acquired with the assistance of Dr. John H. Rassweiler.

Programme for Seals and Status 800-1700, a major conference at the British Museum, 4-6 December 2015. Book tickets at the official site.

£50 (£25 students and concessions)

Friday 4 December

08.30      Coffee and registration

09.30      Introduction

Jonathan Williams, British Museum

09.45      Keynote 1

Status: an impression
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, New York University

10.45      Break

11.00      Session 1: Images and cultural history

Chair: Leslie Webster, British Museum

Seal matrices from Anglo-Saxon England
Simon Keynes, University of Cambridge

Sanctity and the impression of place: pilgrimage art and seals in the Latin Kingdom and the West
Laura Whatley, Auburn University at  Montgomery

European heraldic elements in Islamic seals from Southeast Asia
Annabel Gallop, British Library

12.30      Lunch (not provided)

13.30      Session 2: Politics, power and people

Chair: TBC

Image, eikon and authority: the Republican great seal and its visual context, 1649–1660  James Jago, University of York

Negotiating political status: alliance treaties and city seals in the late medieval Upper Rhine region
Markus Späth, Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen

Social structure (judicial) of 11th-century Constantinople
Jonathan Shea, Dumbarton Oaks

15.00      Tea and coffee break

15.30      Session 3: Life cycles of the seal

Chair: Alan Borthwick,
National Records of Scotland

Chinese seals: stamps of status on Chinese paintings and calligraphy
Mei Xin Wang, British Museum

Sealed in lead: archaeological finds of Papal bullae
Tim Pestell, Norwich Castle Museum

La production de matrices de sceaux chez les orfèvres Bruxellois au
XVIème siècle
Marc Libert, Archives générales du Royaume – Algemeen Rijksarchief

18:30       Speakers dinner

Saturday 5 December

10.00      Keynote 2

The seal as status object
David Crouch, University of Hull

11.00      Break

11.15      Session 1: Status and self-representation

Chair: Julian Gardner

The seal(s) of Robert fitz Walter, godfather of Magna Carta
Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia

The seals of Lucrezia Borgia and Isabella d’Este
Diane Ghirardo,
University of Southern California

Social status as established through familial ties on Byzantine lead seals
Angelina Volkoff, Lomonosov Moscow State University

12.45      Lunch (not provided)

14.00      Session 2: Size, perception and production

Chair: Naomi Speakman, British Museum

Does size matter? Social standing and seal dimensions in medieval Britain
John McEwan, Saint Louis University

Studies in the materiality of royal and governmental seals 1100–1300
Elke Cwiertina & Paul Dryburgh, The National Archives

Beyond the usual suspects: seal motifs as expressions of status in non-elite society
Elizabeth New, Aberystwyth University

15.30      Tea and coffee break

16.00      Keynote 3

English medieval seals as works of art
T A Heslop, University of East Anglia

17:00       Conference Reception and Book  Launch

Sunday 6 December

10.00      Keynote 4

Managing the message: royal and governmental seals 1100–1700
Adrian Ailes, The National Archives

11.00      Break

11.15      Session 1: Person and personality

Chair: James Robinson, The Burrell Collection

Sealing ‘on behalf’
Jessica Berenbeim, University of Oxford

Ancient and medieval intaglios in medieval seals: their nature, meaning and social status
John Cherry, British Museum & Martin Henig, University of Oxford

Du sceau au monument funéraire: la pratique de la commandite des prélats français à la fin du Moyen Âge, le cas de Tristan de Salazar
Ambre Vilain, Institut national d’histoire de l’art

12.45      Lunch (not provided)

14.00      Session 2: Ownership, authority and function

Chair: Elizabeth Danbury, University College London

Illustrious ladies: Seals and female authority in Sweden, c. 1300–1430
Louise Berglund, Örebro University

Baronial seals before 1125: how rare a phenomenon?
Jean-François Nieus, University of Namur

Héraldique sigillaire des femmes au Moyen Âge: usage et function
Marie Gregoire, École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris

15.30      Tea and coffee

16.00      Session 3: Category and corpus
Chair: P D A Harvey

Seals of English medieval queens: an introduction
Elizabeth Danbury, UCL

Names of occupation or office on medieval seal matrices recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme
Helen Geake, British Museum/University of Cambridge

Administrer le comté de Champagne au XIIIe siècle:le statut social et institutionnel des ‘petits officiers’ à travers leurs sceaux
Arnaud Baudin, LAMOP, UMR 8589

17.15      Closing remarks
P D A Harvey

Programme subject to change