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CFP: Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts

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Deadline: December 1, 2017

Edited volume: Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts

Volume editors: Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing
Deadline for submitting a proposal (500 words) and brief bio: 1 December 2017

Notification of submission status: 15 December 2017
Anticipated submission of completed texts: 1 October 2018

Historians of Western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art are invited to contribute essays to a volume on the representation of precious metalwork in medieval manuscripts.

The makers of medieval manuscripts frequently placed special emphasis on the depiction of precious-metal objects, both sacred and secular, including chalices, reliquaries, crosses, tableware, and figural sculpture. Artists typically rendered these objects using gold, silver, and metal alloys, “medium-specific” materials that richly and pointedly contrasted with the surrounding color pigments. The visual characteristics of these depicted metal things—lustrous yet flat, almost anti-representational—could dazzle, but perhaps also disorient: they grab the eye while creating a fertile tension between the representation of an object and the presentation of a precious stuff, between the pictorial and the material. A gold-leaf chalice signals its referent both iconically, via its shape, and indexically, via its metal material—a semiotic duality unavailable to the remainder of the painted miniature—and such images might accrue additional complexities when intended to represent known real-world objects.

This volume of essays will take inventory of how manuscript illuminators chose to depict precious metalwork and how these depictions generated meaning. The prominent application of metal leaf is one of the most distinguishing features of medieval manuscript illumination (only those books thus decorated technically merit the designation “illuminated”), and yet, despite its hallmark status, it has rarely served as a central subject of scholarly scrutiny and critique. In addressing both the use of metal leaf and the representation of precious-metal objects (via metallic and non-metallic media alike), Illuminating Metalwork seeks to remedy this lacuna. This volume will enhance traditionally fruitful approaches to medieval manuscript illumination, such as those analyzing text/image dynamics, pictorial mimesis, or public vs. private reception, by considering issues of materiality, preciousness, and presence. By focusing on the representation of precious metalwork, these studies will introduce new paths of inquiry beyond the depiction of actual objects and incorporate analyses of the use and simulation of metallic preciousness more broadly.

We invite essays that represent the full temporal and geographic scope of medieval manuscript painting—from Late Antiquity into the early modern era, from the Latin West to the Byzantine and Islamic East—in order to foster trans-historical and cross-cultural analysis. Possible themes include: chronological/geographical specificities in the representation of metalwork in manuscript illuminations; depictions of precious-metal figural sculpture, including idols; artistic technique and technical analysis (e.g. pigment vs. leaf, and the alloys used therein); the semiotics of metal on parchment; the phenomenology of the encounter; and whether we can speak of “portraits” of particular objects and/or visual “inventories” of specific collections.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Joseph Ackley (jackley@barnard.edu) and/or Shannon Wearing (slwearing@gmail.com).

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Job: Post-Graduate Fellow, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

782d789e-a8f1-42c6-b71f-3400b47c1f83Job: Post-Graduate Fellow, Art of the Islamic Worlds, MFAH, Houston
Deadline: 19 November 2017
Title: Post-Graduate Fellow, Art of the Islamic Worlds
Reports To: Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds
Pay Type: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, 35 hrs/week
Salary: Commensurate with Experience and Education
Benefits: Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Plans, Paid Time Off, Reserve Time Off, Holiday Pay, Museum Membership and Discounts
Work Schedule: MondayFriday, 9am – 5pm; This Fellowship is from September 2017- July, 1 2018
Work Location: Beck Building, a non-smoking facility
Responsibilities:
∙ Provides curatorial assistance to Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds
∙ Collection management: on-going collection research; research of new acquisition proposals; creation and maintenance of collection files; label writing
∙ Exhibition and catalogue projects: research and documentation; creation and maintenance of checklists
∙ Performs other duties as necessary to support the curator with reports, scholarly articles, lectures, catalogue manuscripts, collection-based support and general office responsibilities
∙ Library: checks out books from Library for curator
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
∙ Broad knowledge of art history, particularly of Islamic art
∙ Sophisticated research and writing skills essential
∙ Writing sample required
∙ Excellent organizational and computer skills, including Microsoft Office, TMS (The Museum System)
∙ Strong verbal and written communication skills
∙ Foreign language skills: Persian, preferred, or Arabic
Education and Experience:
∙ Minimum of BA in Art History required
∙ MA or PhD in Art History with emphasis on Islamic Art, preferred
∙ Some museum experience and a demonstrated interest in developing a career in museum work
How to Apply:
Send resume to Human Resources, Job-18-041CUR, P.O. Box 6826, Houston TX 77265-6826; Fax 713-639-7508 or email:jobs@mfah.org.

CFP: Artistic Dialogue during the Middle Ages. Islamic Art – Mudéjar Art

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Call for Papers: Artistic Dialogue during the Middle Ages. Islamic Art – Mudéjar Art, Córdoba, Casa Arabe, November 18 – 20, 2016
Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

The research about Spain’s medieval cultural heritage has experienced a
great development in the last centuries. With the reassessment of the
legacy of al-Andalus and of the Reign of Castile and Aragon during the
nineteenth century, the historiography focusing especially on cultural
connections and disconnections has grown extensively. Concepts like
Reconquista, Convivencia and Mudéjar Art, are being interpreted as the
result of Spain’s nineteenth century’s particular socio-political
interests, related to the debate about national identity, religious
intolerance and to an evolutionist conception of history. The special
political and cultural reality of the Peninsula and its Middle Ages as

a geographical and temporal frame of cultural coexistence, pluralism
and heterogeneity has been controversially debated since that time.
At present, we assist to a critical revision and to an intense debate
on those inherited concepts. While the traditional historiography had
delineated several political, religious and artistic frontiers, new
conceptions of the medieval reality arise that interpret those
frontiers as being permeable and dynamic. This perspective leads to the
consideration of an artistic dialogue as the basis of shared
vocabularies. Such a dialogue will be the common thread of the present
conference: we intend to analyze, share and spread recent results and
new research projects on the Islamic and Mudéjar past of the Peninsula.
The conference will constitute a platform for novel lines of
investigation contributing to the debate on the artistic dialogue of
the

medieval Iberian Peninsula.

The following sections and themes are planned:

– Nineteenth century’s historiography: the reassessment of the Islamic
and Mudéjar past
– Islamic and Mudéjar urbanism
– Architectural reuse
– The twelfth century: dialogue or confrontation?
– The Iberian Peninsula and Europe: cultural connections
– Al-Andalus and the three cultures

Organized by: Prof. Dr. Alberto León (Universidad de Córdoba), Prof.
Dr. Francine Giese (Universität Zürich), Casa Arabe

Submission: Each presentation will be of 20 minutes, and may be given in Spanish or

English. Please submit a proposal of maximum 300 words and a brief
curriculum vitae by the 15th of April to the following e-mail address:
conference@transculturalstudies.ch

HISTORIANS OF ISLAMIC ART ASSOCIATION 2016 Biennial Conference

The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
October 20-22, 2016
Regionality: looking for the local in the arts of Islam
The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Historians of Islamic Art Association will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, from October 20th to October 22nd, 2016. The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s preeminent centres for the study of art history and conservation. The introduction in 2013 of a dedicated teaching position for Islamic art history marks the enormous strides taken in our field in recent decades, and recognizes the fact that the study of the arts of Islam have become an integral part of the broader art historical discipline and have made important contributions to cross-cultural studies, trans-disciplinary approaches, and the general widening of the scope of art history.

The London venue celebrates the European ‘roots’ of the study of the arts that fall under the cultural umbrella of Islam, and the formation of the important early collections and exhibitions that launched its scholarship. Those early, mostly connoisseurial categories of regional types and styles – the “Moresque”, Persian painting, Turkish tiles, Indian decorative arts – formed the foundations from which universalizing narratives of “Islamic” arts emerged, especially in the period after the Second World War. Some fifty years later, we are witnessing a resurgence of the study of regional specificities, augmented with deeper research into the diverse facets of any given locality or artistic form, and a greater commitment to the linguistic and cultural particularities that shaped the arts, architecture and archaeology in a specific locale. Rigorous application of trans-disciplinary research strategies have contributed to the deepening of our understanding of the arts of Islam in local terms, and have allowed us to embrace broader historical trajectories to include the modern and contemporary in our field.

The conference organizers believe that this is a time to celebrate the diversity within HIAA’s specialist remit and to take stock of our field’s capacity for extending beyond nationalistic formulations of history, and for breaking out of Euro-centred identities and perspectives. As such we invite proposals for papers and pre-organized panels that take regionality as their principal theme, that complicate simplistic assumptions about ethno-national labels, and that highlight the local. Paper proposals from all parts of the field, from the late antique to the contemporary, from Spain to Southeast Asia, are welcome.

The conference program will feature guided object-handling sessions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, allowing direct access to a wide range of media from these two remarkable survey collections. On October 19th, there will be an opportunity to preview the exhibition Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural, at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford (travel to Oxford not provided). On October 23rd, the Sarikhani Collection of Persian Art in Oxfordshire has generously invited conference participants to a daylong visit to the collection (travel by coach will be provided).

Graduate students and early career scholars will be considered for travel and lodging grants. We urge our senior colleagues to seek funding in their home institutions. The conference schedule will be finalized by August 2016. There will be three keynote talks marking each day of the conference and a special dinner on October 22nd for all speakers, session chairs and discussants. Tea, coffee, and some lunches will be provided. The guided handling sessions – in small groups and focused by media – take place on the morning of Friday 21st October at the V&A and British Museum. Advance registration required. Details forthcoming.

Abstracts and Panel Proposals
Proposals may be submitted either for individual papers or for pre-arranged panels. Paper proposals should include your name, contact information, affiliated institution, professional/academic position, paper title, and the abstract.

Panel proposals should include a panel description of no more than 300 words and the names, contacts, and proposal abstracts of all participants.

The abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should indicate the original contribution of the paper and/or panel.

Proposals should be submitted by Monday 4th January 2016 to Sussan Babaie, HIAA President-elect, at HIAABiennial2016@gmail.com.

Selected speakers will be given 20 minutes for their presentation followed by a short Q&A. Time will be allotted for panel discussions at the end of each panel.

All Symposium participants must be HIAA members in good standing. To join or renew your membership in HIAA, please follow the instructions on the HIAA website: http://www.historiansofislamicart.org

Program Committee for HIAA Biennial 2016:
Mariam Rosser-Owen, Victoria and Albert Museum
Scott Redford, SOAS, University of London
Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 4 January 2016
Accepted papers and panels announced via email: 28 February 2016
Deadline for draft paper submission: 1 September 2016
Conference dates: 20-22 October 2016

For further details please contact Sussan Babaie at HIAABiennial2016@gmail.com

Job: Visiting Position Middle Eastern /Islamic History, Claremont McKenna College

indexThe Department of History at Claremont McKenna College invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern/Islamic History. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach an introductory course on the history of Islam in the pre-1500 world and a continuing survey course that concludes with the dynamics of the modern Middle East. Two additional thematic seminars in the candidate’s area of expertise will complete the 2-2 course load for the appointment. CMC history classes generally contain fewer than twenty students and center on reading, writing and discussion. We invite applicants specializing in all areas, but preference will be given to candidates who specialize in the pre-1800 Islamicate world.

Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, a brief writing sample, sample syllabi for a survey and thematic seminar, teaching statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness (preferably from multiple courses). Please submit electronic copies of all materials to: https://webapps.cmc.edu/jobs/faculty/login.php.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Professor Heather Ferguson, hferguson@cmc.edu.

Job: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

University of Kansas, Kress Foundation Department of Art History
Assistant Professor, Tenure Track. Early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art

The Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas seeks a tenure- track Assistant Professor specializing in the history of the visual arts of the Middle Ages with strength in early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art, to begin as early as August 18, 2014. Ph.D. with specialization in early Medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art history is expected by the start date of the appointment.   The appointee will teach four courses per year, including undergraduate and graduate courses in Medieval art history, and participate in the two-semester introductory art history survey; advise undergraduate and graduate students; guide research of graduate students and supervise dissertations; maintain an active program of research disseminated through peer-review publications and public presentations; and provide service to the department and university, including membership on committees and participation in university governance. Candidates, who will contribute to the climate of diversity, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, are encouraged to apply.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu and click “Search Faculty Jobs,” then search openings by keyword.

A complete electronic application will include a letter of application, CV, a list of 3 references, copies of a publication and/or a writing sample.