The end of term is in sight and the days are getting longer. And that means we’re all daydreaming of summer. Whether your summer plans call for research or relaxation, take advantage of some stellar temporary exhibitions happening around the globe that are highlighting the production, context, and craftsmanship of medieval art. These exhibitions are pushing boundaries, considering new contexts, and boasting bold feats—several of these exhibitions present artworks on view in North America and Europe for the first time. Let us know your favourites by sharing your thoughts in the comments below. Happy Summer!
The ICMA is pleased to offer grants for graduate students to present their research at conferences. Two awards will be made this year, at $600 each, to help defray the cost of travel. Applicants must be ICMA members and currently enrolled in a graduate program. These funds are available only to students delivering papers.
Applicants must submit:
1) A abstract of the paper that will be delivered in 300 words or less.
2) A short statement outlining the importance of the conference for academic or professional development
3) A budget proposal
Applications are due by 1 February 2018. Please submit materials as PDF attachments to Ryan Frisinger at email@example.com.
The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Student Committee is currently seeking new members for two-year (renewable) terms. We welcome applications from current graduate students (MA, MPhil, PhD) who anticipate being in higher education for at least two more years. The Student Committee has a diverse portfolio that includes organizing panels at international conferences (Leeds and Kalamazoo), contributing to the ICMA Newsletter, promoting opportunities for students in our field, and creating fora for students in medieval art to meet colleagues, and share research (in person, through social media, and in print), and actively participate in the ICMA. Potential future initiatives include an oral history project, establishing a mentorship program, and creating a network and lists of resources for medieval art history students researching abroad.
Potential members should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for consideration by February 15: current c.v., and a cover letter detailing interest in participating, relevant experience, current and future initiatives of interest. Applicants are welcome (but not required to) include ideas for future ICMA SC activities.
CFP: Regionalism in Medieval Art and Architecture, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 10-13 May, 2018.
Deadline: 10 September 2017
Sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Student Committee
Organized by Mark H. Summers (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Andrew Sears (University of California, Berkeley/University of Bern)
In 2001, Eva Hoffman introduced the concept of portability, suggesting a style that transcended traditional geographic, cultural, and religious boundaries. Since then, studies of traveling objects, trade networks, and pluralistic communities have created a veritable new field of the “Global Middle Ages,” which has helped us to better understand the interconnected medieval past as well as its role in shaping our sense of place today.
Our panel seeks to consider how local identity was shaped by such global networks. Potential questions include: Are artistic or architectural styles connected to specific places for specific reasons? Were medieval artists conscious about their own regional styles and the social, political, and religious impact they had? How was art positioned to both create communities and delineate boundaries? What about the rise of the “International Gothic” towards the end of the Middle Ages? Our concerns are also temporal, such as how the use of historicizing motifs and spolia helped medieval artists to communicate something about the here and now.
We welcome submissions for 20-minute papers from graduate student ICMA members. To propose a paper, please send a title, abstract of 300 words, CV, and completed Congress Information form to Mark H. Summers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andrew Sears (email@example.com) by 10 September 2017.
The Student Committee of the International Center for Medieval Art involves and advocates for all members of the ICMA with student status and facilitates communication and mentorship between student and non-student members.
Call for Papers: Moving People, Shifting Frontiers: Re-contextualising the Thirteenth Century in the Wider Mediterranean, International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018
Deadline: 10 September 2017
Organizers: Katerina Ragkou (University of Cologne) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Every day we witness people moving, with them objects and skills, knowledge and experience; either forcibly or willingly; for work or for pleasure. The communities living along the shores of the Mediterranean and the hinterlands of the Balkans during the thirteenth century share many of the characteristics of our contemporary world: military campaigns and religious wars; the intensification of pilgrimage and the relocation of refugees; the shifting of frontiers and the transformation of socio-political orders.
The transformations of the thirteenth century span from east to west, from northern Europe to the Byzantine Empire and from the Balkans to the Levant. The geographic breadth is paralleled by crucial events including the fourth crusade, the fall of Acre, the empowerment of the Serbian Kingdom and the Republic of Venice, the loss and following restoration of the Byzantine Empire, and the creation of new political entities, such as the Kingdom of Naples and that of Cyprus, the Empire of Trebizond, and the Principality of Achaia. Eclectic scholarly tradition has either focused geographically or thematically, losing sight of the pan-Mediterranean perspective. These societies had multifaceted interactions, and comprised a variety of scales, from the small world of regional and inter-regional communities to the broader Mediterranean dynamics.
This session aims to address questions such as which are the various processes through which military campaigns and religious wars affected the urban landscape of these regions and their material production? Is there a difference in economic and artistic trends between “town” and “countryside” in the thirteenth-century wider Mediterranean? What observations can we make in regards to trade, diplomatic missions, artistic interaction and exchange of the regional, interregional and international contacts? How did these shape and transform cultural identities? How did different social, political and religious groups interact with each other?
This session welcomes papers focused on, but not limited to: the role played by economic activity and political power in thirteenth-century artistic production and the shaping of local and interregional identities; the production and consumption of artifacts and their meaning; the transformation of urban and rural landscapes; religious and domestic architecture and the relationship between the private and public use of space.
Proposals for 20 min papers should include an abstract (max.250 words) and brief CV. Proposals should be submitted by 10 September 2017 to the session organizers: Katerina Ragkou (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maria Alessia Rossi (email@example.com).
Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 ($1200 for transatlantic travel). If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.
Date: Sunday 20 November 2016 – Tuesday 22 November 2016
In collaboration with Gerhard Lutz and Forum Medieval Art from Germany, the ICMA is co-sponsoring study days in New York and Baltimore in connection with these two exhibitions:
Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven
New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Sense of Beauty: Medieval Art and the Five Senses
Baltimore: The Walters Art Museum
Each visit will consist of a guided tour to the exhibition with the curator(s) highlighting questions of concept and presentation, and particular objects. The second part will be a tour among ourselves with collaborative discussion of specific highlighted objects and questions.
We expect a great demand for this; only a maximum number of 35 participants can be accommodated. Although a participation in only one of the two days will be possible, preference will be given to those who would like to attend on both days.
Please see below for the full program. All expenses are to be covered by the individual participant.
To register, please email Ryan Frisinger at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Study Day Medieval Art” in the subject line and wait for confirmation
SUNDAY November 20 (evening):
New York City
MONDAY November 21
9.30 a.m. – ca. 4:00 p.m.
Jerusalem 1000 – 1400
New York: Metropolitan Museum (main building)
Travel to Baltimore
ca. 8:00 p.m.
TUESDAY November 22
ca. 9:00 a.m. – ca. 4:00 p.m.
Five Senses – Baltimore: Walter Art Museum
Click here to apply to the ICMA Student Committee. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.
About the Student Committee
The Student Committee of the International Center for Medieval Art advocates for all members with student status and facilitates communication between both between ICMA student members and between student members and the ICMA. Our group annually sponsors at least two sessions at academic conferences, most frequently at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, and at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK. As a committee that addresses the concerns of students, we see our sponsored sessions as forums for discussion and informal mentorship within our field. The Student Committee also contributes to the ICMA newsletter, which has recently been expanded to include submissions from all ICMA student members. Additionally, the Student Committee maintains various online presences in order to establish digital forums for student communication and to disseminate information regarding student conferences, sessions, and the ICMA Student Essay Prize.
Current Members (with end of term)
Jennifer Grayburn ’16 (Chair; University of Virginia)
Sanne Frequin ’17 (Vice-Chair, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Lehti Keelman ’16 (Newsletter Chair & Conference Chair; University of Michigan)
Kyle Sweeney ’16 (Digital Presence Chair; Rice University)
Ashley Paolozzi ’18 (Membership Chair, Queen’s University, Canada)
Ashley Laverock ’16 (Emory University)
Pablo Ordás ’16 (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Diana Olivares Martinez ’16 (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)
Meg Bernstein ’18 (University of California, Los Angeles)
Join the ICMA Student Committee
Student Committee (hereafter SC) members are generally appointed for three-year terms, but actual appointments often range from 2-4 years based on the student status of the SC member. Prospective SC members apply by submitting a brief questionnaire explaining their interests and past experiences. Official appointments are extended by the ICMA President and conclude in spring after the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) in Kalamazoo.
At the annual SC Spring Meeting in Kalamazoo the Chair will go over the varied tasks for the upcoming year and will find agreement within the SC as to who will be responsible for each task. The responsibilities can be divided up however the group thinks best in order to best distribute the workload. Traditionally the tasks are divided as follows:
2) Public Relations (P.R.)
5) Digital Presence (D.P)
History of the ICMA Student Committee
In spring 2005, a group of graduate students were recognized as a pilot committee – the Graduate Student Committee – aimed at advocating for and involving graduate student members within ICMA. In May 2008, Colum Hourihane (ICMA President 2008-2011) and Larry Nees (ICMA President 2011-2014) met with the ICMA Graduate Student Committee to announce that the GSC would be made an official ad hoc committee under its new designation, the Student Committee. The Student Committee mission widened from supporting graduate students to keeping all ICMA members informed about student statuses: graduates, undergraduates, interns, conservation trainees, etc. Along with its new designation, the Student Committee was asked to continue sponsoring annual sessions at Kalamazoo; to regularly submit an article to the ICMA newsletter; to participate in the development of the ICMA website; and to establish a listserv specifically geared to discussions regarding student opportunities, issues, and questions.
ICMA Student Committee Chair
History of Art and Architecture
McIntire Department of Art
University of Virginia