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Call for Applications to Attend: An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Christiane Gruber (Copenhagen, 27th March 2017)










An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan) Organized by the Centre for Medieval Literature and the David Collection

Copenhagen, David Collection, 27 March 2017

Deadline for applications:  Saturday 10 December 2016

A one-day workshop on medieval ascension narratives, from al-Sarai’s Nahj al-Faradis to the Liber Scale Machometi and Dante’s Commedia, will be held at the David Collection, Kronprinsessegade 30, Copenhagen, on Monday 27 March 2017. It will be followed by a public lecture on Tuesday 28 March 2017 by Prof. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan), who has written widely on Islamic book arts, ascension images and narratives, and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. This workshop—conducted by Prof. Gruber and an interdisciplinary team of art and literary historians from the Centre for Medieval Literature and the David Collection—will allow for a sustained analysis of the changing values conferred upon ascension texts and images in cross-cultural contexts. We will focus on their circulation in Islamic lands and Europe, since the notion of rising into the heavens was imagined in prose, verse, manuscript paintings, and wall frescoes from Ilkhanid Persia to Medieval Castile and Renaissance Italy. Ascension narratives served as a powerful tool for expressing and exploring theological, philosophical, spiritual, and soteriological concerns in literature and art, within both Christian and Muslim traditions. For these reasons, this workshop seeks to open new avenues and approaches, asking, in particular, how can we conceptualize narratives that travel and are adapted, reformed, and reimagined across various temporal and geographical domains. Additionally, how can we explore questions of world (or trans-imperial) literature through medieval ascension narratives? Is this possible through a sustained engagement with both text and image, positioning the artistic with the literary and vice versa?

Scholars from Denmark and abroad will have the unprecedented opportunity to examine some of the extraordinary manuscripts and precious objects preserved in the David Collection during a private visit led by the museum’s curators and Prof. Gruber.

The workshop is sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Literature in cooperation with the David Collection. Participation is free, and places available are limited to 15 in number. Participants will have to bear costs for travel and accommodation themselves.

Postgraduate students and early career scholars willing to become more familiar with questions of cross-cultural engagement, text and image issues, and medieval narratives are particularly encouraged to apply regardless of their disciplinary expertise. Please send motivation letters (max. 1000 words) explaining your research interests and reasons for applying, along with a brief CV, to either Shazia Jagot (jagot@sdu.dk) or Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto (rosa.rodriguezporto@york.ac.uk) by Saturday 10 December 2016. Applicants will be notified of the decision by Monday, 18 December 2016.

CFP: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages (26-28 April 2016)

Deadline: 12 February 2016

imagesWe are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2016, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its eighth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s conference will have two keynote presentations by Dr Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Humfress (University of St Andrews). Other speakers include Dr Huw Grange, Dr Rachel Moss and Dr Liana Saif.

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. This year, the conference will prioritise comparative approaches to the themes of gender and transgression across different time periods and, in particular, different regions. Thus, we strongly encourage abstracts which focus not only on western Christendom, but also the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. We also welcome proposals which contain a strong comparative element.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

– Emotional history

– Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law making

– Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious ‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism

– Moral transgression

– Homosexuality and sexual deviancy

– Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their application within current historiography

– New approaches and theories: social network theory, use of the digital humanities

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 

words to genderandtransgression@st-andrews.ac.uk by 12 February 2016. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career.

Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Thursday 28 April. Further details can be found at http://genderandtransgression.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk as they become available.

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Continuous Page. Scrolls and scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext (Courtauld Institute, deadline for applications, 17 April 2015)

Great roll of the pipe, National Archives

Great roll of the pipe, National Archives

Continuous Page.

Scrolls and scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext

UPDATE: Programme

Open to all, free admission, but advance booking required by 21 June:



09.30 – 10.00


10.00 – 10.10

Jack Hartnell (The Courtauld): Welcome

10.10 – 11.10


Rachel Warriner (University College, Cork): ‘This fragile thing – with bite’: Nancy Spero’s feminist scrolls

Luca Bochichio (University of Genoa): Scrolling the Ephemeral. The revenge of endless paintings in the post-World War II European avant-gardes

11.10 – 11.40

11.40 – 12.40


Yasmine Amaratunga (The Courtauld): The Post-Internet Scroll

Kristopher Kersey (Smithsonian/University of Richmond): The Paginated Scroll Discontinuity, Chronology, and Memory in the Eyeless Sūtras

12.40 – 13.40
LUNCH (provided)

13.40 – 14.40


Pika Ghosh (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Pleasures of Scrolling. Hand-scrolls, Temple Walls, Graphic Novels and Oil Paintings

Eva Michel (Albertina, Vienna): Scrolling the Emperor’s Life and Triumph

14:40 – 14:50

14.50 – 15.50


Michael Hrebeniak (Magdalene College, Cambridge): ‘Literally one damned thing after another with no salvation or cease’: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road as Textual Performance

Stacy Boldrick (Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh): Speaking Scrolls, Death and Remembering

15.50 – 16.20

16.20 – 17.20


Katherine Hindley (Yale University): Prayer Rolls, Birth Girdles, and Indulgences. Scrolls in Medieval Medicine and Religion

Helen Douglas (artist/ Camberwell College of Art) and Beth Williamson (independent scholar): From hand scroll to iPad app

17:20 – 17:50
Closing Discussion

17:50 onwards

Original call for participants

Scrolls encompass in one sweep the oldest and the most contemporary ideas about images and image-making. On the one hand, some of the most enduring artefacts of the ancient world adopt the scroll form, evoking long-standing associations with the Classical tradition, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, theatrical oration, and the word of the law. Yet today, scrolling is also the single most common interaction between people and their digital media: fingers routinely swipe across trackpads and touch-screens through reams of infinite hypertext. In between these two extremes too, we find a plethora of different artists and craftsmen turning and returning to the medium, from medieval medical treatises and Japanese emakimono to 19th-century wallpaper or Jack Kerouacs continuously-typewritten draft of On The Road.

Participants are sought to take part in a collaborative investigation into the intriguing format of the scroll and the act of scrolling across different cultures and periods, considering both the timeless material object and its infinite conceptual space. Participants are sought from any field or discipline, and are likely to be academics (at all stages of their careers), museum professionals, or practicing artists.

Meetings and Outputs

The project is formed of two parts. The first is a pair of two-day workshops based at The Courtauld Institute of Art, including keynote lectures, handling sessions in London museums, and fifteen-minute papers from participants on their research. Papers might consider – but are by no means limited to – the following ideas:

Workshop 1- Scroll as Object

(22-23 June, 2015)

  • Dead Sea Scrolls, Egyptian papyrus, Torah
  • Medieval genealogical rolls, legal rolls, medical rolls
  • Japanese Emakimono, Chinese handscrolls
  • Fabric rolls, wallpaper, other decorative rolls
  • Newspapers, type-written rolls, and other production line objects
  • Canvas rolls, 70s cut-to-order painting
  • Hypertext, online scrolling, Internet art


Workshop 2 – Scroll as Idea

(21-22 September, 2015)

  • Continuous page, continuous narrative, continuous text
  • History, law, authority
  • Papyrus, paper, pixel
  • Infinity, digital, touchscreen
  • Speech, theatre, oration
  • Mass creation, production lines, rolling type

The second element of the project will be the creation of an online exhibition to be launched in December 2015 entitled Continuous Page, presenting a series of digitised scrolls from a variety of places and periods. Drawing on the research and expertise of the workshop participants, the exhibition will be a critical online resource and lasting record of the project, showcasing the potential for combining new media practices and digital scrolling with the continuous page of the material scroll. Over the course of the workshops we will also be developing plans for a publication to coincide with the project.

Interested participants should send a short statement of interest in the project (no longer than one page) outlining your current research and the ways it aligns with the projects themes, workshops, and outcomes, as well as a full academic CV, to jack.hartnell@courtauld.ac.uk (Project convenor, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow) by Friday 17 April 2015.

Limited funds may be available to support participation from scholars based outside the UK.