Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time (Kalamazoo 2016)

Armin Bergmeier (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich) Andrew Griebeler (University of California, Berkeley) “What then is time?” asks Augustine, the fourth-century bishop of Hippo, “If no one asks me, I know, but if I wish to explain it, I do not know.”  Although intimately familiar, time eludes simple description. For Augustine, it is a single, ever-moving point ofContinue reading “Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time (Kalamazoo 2016)”

New Perspectives on Medieval Rome (2 sessions at Kalamazoo 2016)

Digital, environmental, material, Mediterranean, sensory, spatial: these are among the recent “turns” taken by the medieval humanities, including art history. The new perspectives on the past opened by these approaches, many of which are informed by interdisciplinary research and contemporary cultural interests in the natural and built world, are fundamentally reshaping how we conceive ofContinue reading “New Perspectives on Medieval Rome (2 sessions at Kalamazoo 2016)”

The Challenges and Opportunities of Medieval Difficulty (Kalamazoo 2016 session)

Session at International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016) University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 12 – 15, 2016 Organizer: Beth Williamson, University of Bristol Deadline: Sep 15, 2015 “What is sought with more difficulty is discovered with more pleasure.” (On Christian Doctrine 2.6.8). In praising difficulty, Augustine reminds us of its roleContinue reading “The Challenges and Opportunities of Medieval Difficulty (Kalamazoo 2016 session)”

Spectacular Songs and Private Performances: Images in Musical Books (Kalamazoo 2016 session)

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies May 12-15, 2016 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI DEADLINE: September 15, 2015 A wide variety of medieval manuscripts contain visual imagery that coexists with texts originally intended for oral or musical performance. From sacred Latin missals and choirbooks to the vernacular songbooks of the later Middle Ages, the interplay betweenContinue reading “Spectacular Songs and Private Performances: Images in Musical Books (Kalamazoo 2016 session)”

CFP: Defining Otherness in Medieval Maps, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2016, deadline 18 September 2015

Medieval maps – from mappaemundi to elaborately decorated nautical charts – provide abundant and rich evidence for the ways in which European cartographers viewed, framed and represented other peoples. This panel seeks papers that bring new materials and new insights to this field of study. We hope for papers exploring depictions of otherness, including foreignersContinue reading “CFP: Defining Otherness in Medieval Maps, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2016, deadline 18 September 2015”

CFP: Speaking Sculpture: Images and Their Potency (ICM Kalamazoo 2016), deadline 15 September 2015

Do sculptures speak? Can they listen? Are they able to read, sing, and engage with other sculptures, or the architecture of their surroundings? If so, is this connected to their context and placement? How do these questions affect the way in which we view sculpture and its performativity?

Kalamazoo 2016: Gendered Spaces (sponsored by Hortulus)

CFP, ICMS (“Kalamazoo”) 2016: Gendered Spaces Hortulus-sponsored session Session organizer and presider: Melissa Ridley Elmes, co-editor of Hortulus The concept of gendered spaces—areas in which particular genders and types of gender expression are considered welcome or appropriate while other gender types are unwelcome or inappropriate—is a key element in the study of human geography. GenderingContinue reading “Kalamazoo 2016: Gendered Spaces (sponsored by Hortulus)”

CFP: Imagery in Medieval Herbals (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers Imagery in Medieval Herbals International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 14-17 May 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Medieval herbals have attracted interesting investigations in the last decades, but are a still scarcely analyzed topic. However, investigations focused on printed herbals produced at the end of the 15th century and onwards (The interesting herbals catalogue by Minta Collins,Continue reading “CFP: Imagery in Medieval Herbals (Kalamazoo 2015)”

CFP: Nunneries in Medieval Europe: New Historiographical and Methodological Approaches (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers: Nunneries in Medieval Europe: New Historiographical and Methodological Approaches  Special Sessions at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo,Michigan, 14-17 May 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Although in the last two decades a large amount of research has pointed out different significant issues regarding female monasticism in Europe, partly overcoming the previousContinue reading “CFP: Nunneries in Medieval Europe: New Historiographical and Methodological Approaches (Kalamazoo 2015)”

CFP: Pilgrimage, Exploration, and Travel (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers:Pilgrimage, Exploration, and TravelSession sponsored by Hortulus at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14-17, 2015Deadline: 15 September 2015 Hortulus will sponsor a session on “Pilgrimage, Exploration, and Travel,” a theme selected by our readers, at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo,Continue reading “CFP: Pilgrimage, Exploration, and Travel (Kalamazoo 2015)”