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CONF: Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics

Conference & Poetry Reading: Remembering the Middle Ages?

April 5-6, 2019

2 Locations:

Bush House, Aldwych, King’s College London
The London Global Gateway, 1-4 Suffolk Street, University of Notre Dame

A partnership between the University of Notre Dame (London Global Gateway) and King’s College London, ‘Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics’ asks speakers and attendees to consider how the concept of a ‘cultural memory’ of the Middle Ages can be useful (or not) in understanding how and why scholars, artists, readers, and others have resourced or imagined the Middle Ages, in any post-medieval period. We ask participants to interrogate the linguistic, material, and social networks that have been created by medieval things over time. Haruko Momma (University of Toronto) and Sarah Salih (King’s College London) will give a keynote panel, and the event also includes a reading featuring poets Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig and chaired by Professor Clare Lees (Director of the Institute for English Studies). Further details are forthcoming at our website: http://sites.nd.edu/remembering-the-middle-ages.

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CFP: Early Career Workshop in Medieval Intellectual History, All Soul’s College, Oxford, 22 March 2018

38df198add37e18fb750927fc44ef630CfP: Early Career Workshop in Medieval Intellectual History, All Soul’s College, Oxford, 22 March 2018
Deadline: 30 November 2017

Early career scholars, including current and recent PhD students, are warmly invited to submit a proposal for a brief presentation on their research of 10-15 minutes. The workshop will be held in the Old Library at All Soul’s College, Oxford and is organized by Dr Lydia Schumacher, Visiting Fellow at the College, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Philosophy and Theology at King’s College London, and Principal Investigator of a European Research Council project titled, ‘Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought.’ A certain number of spaces will be reserved for participants from Oxford University and King’s College London, but submissions are welcome from members of any other university. To propose a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 200 words by 30 November 2017 to Tom J. Savage (thomas.savage@kcl.ac.uk)


CFP: Association for Art History Annual Conference 2018 (London, 5-7 Apr 2018)

London, The Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London
Deadline: May 1, 2017
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Association for Art History Annual Conference 2018, Call for Sessions

‘LOOK OUT!’ is the theme of the Association for Art History’s Annual Conference , co-hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, from April 5 – April 7 2018.

•    Incorporating a whole range of outlooks – of educators, curators and heritage partners, of university and other teachers and researchers in art history and other disciplines, and of artists themselves.
•    Challenging you to think about art history’s global reach and connections with other affiliated subjects in the arts, humanities and sciences.
•    Inviting new perspectives on international collaborations within the field in the context of current political events.
•    Encompassing examination of the histories and futures of art historical practices, and the opportunities and challenges of broader political and public engagement.
•    Other creative and innovative ways of interpreting the theme are enthusiastically encouraged!

We aim to include contributions from those engaged in all aspects of research involving art history and visual culture.

DEADLINE for academic and alternative session proposals: May 1st 2017
to aahsessions2018@gmail.com

Upcoming Event: Art and Attention: Alabaster and Ivory Sculpture in the Middle Ages

Seminar at the Anatomy Museum, King’s College, London.
24.03.2014, 18.30-20.30.


A Seminar Series and Cross-Period Investigation

Attention is an intense concentration enacted in the body and mind. It is something to be attracted or something we give, generously and with due consideration. In theatre and performance, it is that which unites an audience, who are, with PA Skantze, ‘bound in their attention’ (2003) even as it drifts and returns or might ignite dissent. Our attention can be selective, divided; it occupies space and time; it has breadth and span. We draw attention, and desire it. We, and our productions, are attention-seeking, attention-grabbing. We suffer from an attention deficit.

FAO brings together thinkers from across the fields of theatre and performance studies, literary history, psychotherapy and essay writing to give attention to attention in all its forms. We will ask how attention is cultivated and distributed in criticism and performance. For critics such as Frank Kermode (1985) and Jonathan Crary (1999) and historians like Lorraine Daston (2010) its various conditions powerfully index their historical times: attention determines value and the forms through which we ‘attend’ to works of art and the social world.

Art and Attention: Alabaster and Ivory sculpture in the Middle Ages

This talk will investigate the common ground between two materials widely employed as luxury goods in the later Middle Ages. Focusing on periods of manufacture from the 14th to 16th century, these materials were coveted, fought over, and used for objects which would aid their owners in the most private of devotions, or the most public of spectacles. This talk will address the carving of sculpture, the painting of sculpture and the location, or lack of location for sculpture.

Lloyd de Beer is jointly responsible for the late medieval collections (alongside lead curator Naomi Speakman). His academic background is in English art and literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and he is currently working on the museum’s collection of alabaster sculptures, pilgrim badges and seal matrices. He has a particular interest in medieval architecture, and the role it plays in framing the visual reception of objects and ritual. Prior to joining the department Lloyd held a curatorial internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a curatorial fellowship at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. He has recently published on English alabaster sculpture, and has a forthcoming book on the Lacock Cup, co-authored with Naomi Speakman out in 2013.

Naomi Speakman is the curator for Late Medieval Europe at the British Museum. Her current research interests are gothic ivory carving, late medieval metalwork and collecting history. Prior to joining the British Museum Naomi has worked at Bonhams and the V&A, and is currently undertaking a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on the British Museum’s Gothic Ivory collection. She has contributed to the catalogue for the British Museum exhibition, ‘Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in medieval Europe’ and has a forthcoming publication on the Lacock Cup jco-authored authored with Lloyd de Beer.

Hosted by the Performance Research Group.  FAO is convened by Georgina Guy, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies, and David Russell, Lecturer in English Literature.

Call for Papers: The Art of Ritual

The Art of Ritual: Object, Image and Space in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Saturday 17 May 2014, Senate House, London, UK

This conference is organized by three Junior Fellows of the Institute of Historical Research from diverse scholarly backgrounds: Dhwani Patel (KCL), Wendy Sepponen (University of Michigan) and Jo Edge (RHUL). It will bring together two fields of research – the material and the ceremonial – that are intimately connected but rarely explored together in a conference setting.

The Art of Ritual aims to bring focus to how material culture and art (broadly defined) fits into and shapes ritual, and will be organized into three principal thematic strands. The first is art that influenced ritual, for example space and site specificity, or the importance and history of a particular place, site or space in connection with ritual. The second is art that reflected ritual, for example representations of processions. The final strand concerns objects and images that functioned as an integral part of ritual, for example relics and magical diagrams.

This conference will have a broad chronological, disciplinary and geographic scope, drawing from art historians, historians, and archaeologists from the late antique to early modern periods. Speakers including Achim Timmermann (University of Michigan), Sophie Page (UCL), Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck), Tom Nickson (The Courtauld Institute) and Natalia Petrovskaia (University of Cambridge) are already confirmed to speak. They will share approaches and experiences that will allow postgraduates in attendance to develop skills in the examination of a wide range of evidence relating to material culture and ritual practice.

There is space for two PhD presenters to give 30 minute papers on any aspect of art, in its broadest definition, and its connection to ritual in the medieval or early modern period. An abstract of no more than 200 words should be sent to artofritualconference@gmail.com by31 March 2014.

King’s College 9th Annual Medieval Latin Play

by Albertino Mussatokuings college

Performed in the original Latin, with English surtitles

7 pm, Friday 28th March, in the King’s College Chapel, Strand, London WC2R 2LS.

The Ecerinis is a landmark in western European literature, the first tragedy to be written since antiquity. As such, it is the first step on the path that would lead to Shakespeare and Racine. In form, it is based closely on the tragedies of Seneca, but its subject is modern, the downfall of Ezzelino III da Romano (1194-1259), a northern Italian tyrant of ill repute. Written in Padua, the play is one of the first fruits of the Italian Renaissance, not to mention a fine piece of bloodthirsty drama in its own right.

All are welcome, and admission is free (suggested donation: £5). For more information, see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/eventrecords/2013-14/latinplay.aspx


Debate at King’s College, London, Department of Greek and Latin Office

The King’s Classics Department and Institute of Classical Studies are delighted to announce a lecture by Prof. Luca Giuliani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), with response by Prof. Dyfri Williams (Université libre de Bruxelles):

The Warren Cup: A piece of mimetic craftsmanship around 1900?
The ‘Warren Cup’ – a small, silver drinking cup decorated in low relief with scenes of homosexual intercourse – was purchased by the British Museum for £1.8m in 1999; today, it is one of the most cherished pieces in the British Museum’s Roman Galleries (and a highlight of Neil MacGregor’s History of the World in 100 Objects). In this lecture, Prof. Luca Giuliani re-examines the cup’s modern reception since its initial purchase by Edward Perry Warren in 1911. Rather than date the cup to the first century AD, however, Prof. Giuliani suggests that the object is in fact a modern forgery, its imagery specially designed for its first, eponymous owner.

Luca Giuliani’s research on the ‘Warren Cup’ has attracted much media attention in Germany. This will be the first time that Prof. Giuliani addresses a British audience on the subject: to enrich discussion, the British Museum has nominated Prof. Dyfri Williams (author of The Warren Cup, published by the British Museum Press in 2006) to act as respondent. The collaborative event marks the close of this year’s lectures on Medium and Mimesis in Classical Art, and will be followed by a reception at ‘Chambers’ on the King’s College London Strand campus (sponsored by the Department of Classics).

This is an open public event, and all are warmly invited.

S-1.27 Strand Campus
12/03/2014 (17:15-18:30)
For more information, please contact Michael Squire (michael.squire@kcl.ac.uk) or Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (alexia.petsalis-diomidis@kcl.ac.uk)