Online lecture: ‘The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 Years On’ by Professor Penny Roberts, The Twelfth Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History, 17 January 2022, 6pm (GMT)

The Society for the Study of French History (SSFH) and The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) presents the twelfth annual Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History. Professor Penny Roberts (University of Warwick) will give a paper entitled ‘The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 years on’. Professor Roberts is Vice-ProvostContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘The Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacres 450 Years On’ by Professor Penny Roberts, The Twelfth Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture in French History, 17 January 2022, 6pm (GMT)”

Online lecture: ‘The Limits of Alterity in Ashkenazic Manuscripts’, Professor Elina Gertsman, 26 January 2022, 5pm (GMT)

The Research Forum at The Courtauld is delighted to host the online lecture ‘The Limits of Alterity in Ashkenazic Manuscripts’, presented by Professor Elina Gertsman, on 26 January 2022 between 5pm and 6.30pm GMT. Professor Gertsman’s paper focuses on the woefully understudied Hammelburg Mahzor (Darmstadt, HLH Cod. Or. 13), a Jewish festival book completed inContinue reading “Online lecture: ‘The Limits of Alterity in Ashkenazic Manuscripts’, Professor Elina Gertsman, 26 January 2022, 5pm (GMT)”

Online Lecture: ‘The Martial Maid’: Armored Women in the European Imaginary’, 8 Jan 2022 @ 2PM EST

‘The Martial Maid’: Armored Women in the European Imaginary – online lecture by Dr. Chassica (Chaz) Kirchhoff, Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm EST Armor is a category of material and visual culture that was inextricably linked to constructions and performances of masculinityContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘The Martial Maid’: Armored Women in the European Imaginary’, 8 Jan 2022 @ 2PM EST”

Lecture: Leah R. Clark, Fit for the Gods: Chinese Porcelain in Duke Alfonso d’Este’s camerini (The Murray Seminars, Birkbeck) 12 Jan 2022

Wed 12th January 2022, 5:00 PM, GMT A research paper exploring the intersections between Renaissance ‘fine art’ and material culture. Giovanni Bellini’s Feast of the Gods is well known as one of the earliest representations of Chinese porcelain in Italy. Painted for one of the famed camerini of Duke Alfonso d’Este of Ferrara and later repainted by a compatriot,Continue reading “Lecture: Leah R. Clark, Fit for the Gods: Chinese Porcelain in Duke Alfonso d’Este’s camerini (The Murray Seminars, Birkbeck) 12 Jan 2022”

Online Lecture: ‘Medieval Fabergé: African Ostrich Eggs, Global Currency’, with Krisztina Ilko, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 14 December 2021 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)

This talk examines the ostrich eggs suspended above Duccio’s Maestà at the late medieval main altar of Siena cathedral, through the lens of cultural exchange. In doing so, it sheds new light on such eggs, which it suggests were a material currency from Africa which served ritual purposes and which traversed expanding global arenas. ByContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Medieval Fabergé: African Ostrich Eggs, Global Currency’, with Krisztina Ilko, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, 14 December 2021 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)”

Hybrid Joint Seminar: ‘Cities of the Living and the Dead: Sultanic and Royal Burial in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared’, Caitlin John, and ‘Trade of Devotional Objects in Later Medieval London: Evidence from the City Customs Accounts, c. 1380-1530’, Eliot Benbow, Thursday 18 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM (GMT)

This year, most of our seminars will be held in a hybrid format, with an in-person audience and a zoom room online. The seminar will take place in UCL’s Cruciform LT2. Anyone who wishes to attend in person is welcome to, but you must register online. The online form will ask you to specify whether youContinue reading “Hybrid Joint Seminar: ‘Cities of the Living and the Dead: Sultanic and Royal Burial in Late Medieval Cairo and Paris Compared’, Caitlin John, and ‘Trade of Devotional Objects in Later Medieval London: Evidence from the City Customs Accounts, c. 1380-1530’, Eliot Benbow, Thursday 18 November 2021, 5:30PM – 7:30PM (GMT)”

Online/In Person Lecture: The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects, Dr. Iliana Kasarska, American University of Paris, 18 November 2021

For those of you who are based in Paris, you are welcome to come to a lecture by Dr. Iliana Kasarska on The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects. It will take place at the American University of Paris at 6 rue du Colonel Combes (75007) on Thurs. Nov. 18 at 6pm in room C-104. There isContinue reading “Online/In Person Lecture: The Gothic Sculpted Portal: Technical Aspects, Dr. Iliana Kasarska, American University of Paris, 18 November 2021”

Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D., Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Monday 15 November, 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

The last three decades ‘Silk Road’ studies have seen an unprecedented boom. As one of the consequences of this boom, Sogdiana and its traders were brought into the view of the broader academic and non-academic audience. Unfortunately (as is often the case with popular labels attached to research) the ‘Silk Road’ label has a tendencyContinue reading “Online Lecture: East of Byzantium: Eternal ‘Silk Road’? The Rise of Sogdiana during the 3rd–4th Centuries A.D., Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Monday 15 November, 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)”

Online Lecture: Jeffrey Hamburger: ‘Colour in Cusanus’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Wednesday 17 November 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)

This research paper considers how Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, sought to convey higher truths in diagrammatic form For Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, diagrams comprised the perfect medium with which to represent the highest truths. No less important, they were the ideal vehicle for attaining such truths in the first place. InContinue reading “Online Lecture: Jeffrey Hamburger: ‘Colour in Cusanus’, The Murray Seminars at Birkbeck, Wednesday 17 November 5:00-6:30pm (GMT)”

Online Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt, November 30, 2021, 2:00–3:30 pm (EST)

Looking at the interplay between chant, architecture, and manuscript illumination, this talk considers the ways in which notions of salvation were sonically articulated in the Divine Liturgy during the Middle Byzantine period. Tracing the Gospel lectionary from text to illustration to recitation, this lecture looks at how Byzantine artists produced a unified experience that tookContinue reading “Online Lecture: The Sound of the Lectionary: Chant, Architecture, and Salvation in Byzantium, Roland Betancourt, November 30, 2021, 2:00–3:30 pm (EST)”