Online Lecture: ‘Byzantine Pieces of an Umayyad Puzzle: A Basalt Platform in the Azraq Oasis’, Dr Alexander Brey, 1 October 2020, 4:00–5:00pm (ET)

In this lecture, Dr. Alexander Brey, Wellesley College, will discuss an Umayyad-era basalt reservoir platform built within the Azraq oasis in eastern Jordan and places its carved interlocking stones in conservation with early Byzantine zodiac and celestial diagrams.

Online Lecture: Hagia Sophia: The History of the Building and the Building in History, Dumbarton Oaks Webinar, 1 September 1 2020, 11–12:30 (EDT)

This webinar brings together scholars who have actively promoted research on the Hagia Sophia and will cover historical facts, Dumbarton Oaks’ involvement, and the issues related to the recent reconversion of the monument.

Online Lecture: Crossroads: Power and Piety at The Met

Insider Insights is a new online lecture series produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art that features recent exhibitions, singular artworks, and new scholarship in the field of art history. Crossroads is a new installation at The Met that rethinks how a museum displays artworks in its collection, and in this lecture curators in the department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters discuss themes of power and piety and take a closer look at artworks that challenge our traditional notions of the Middle Ages.

Online Lecture: The Maius Masterclass with Professor Susan Boynton, 31 July 2020 4pm

For our final event in the Maius Masterclass series, on Friday 31 July at 4pm, we are delighted to welcome Professor Susan Boynton (Columbia University). Susan’s research has focused on such topics as music in the Iberian peninsula, liturgy, manuscript studies, and intersections between music and the visual arts.

Online Lecture: The King, His Hall and a Scandal: Accounts of Eadwig in the Tenth Century, Katherine Weikert, (SAHGB Seminar) 23 July 2020 17:00-18:00

In 955, King Eadwig came to the West Saxon throne in a time of internal strife between delegates for the crown. Only fifteen at the time, his short-lived reign became synonymous with lechery, debouchery and ill-council. This paper will examine one of the stories that made this reputation: at his coronation feast, Eadwig left the celebrations in order to cavort with his consort, Ælfgifu (and, in some texts, her mother.)

Online Lecture: The Maius Masterclass with Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock, 24 July 2020 1.30pm

On Friday 24 July at 1.30pm, we will welcome Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock (University of Sheffield). Caroline is the only Aztec historian in the UK, and her research focuses on indigenous and Spanish American history and the Atlantic world, with a particular interest in issues of gender, violence, and cultural exchange.

Online Lecture: Tom Nickson, ‘Light and the Cult of St Thomas Becket’, 7 July 2020

Listen to the Lecture here. 7 July 2020 is the 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s death and 800th anniversary of his translation. Light and light imagery is prominent in the cult of St Thomas Becket, as it was and is in many pilgrimage cults across the world. In this short talk I briefly consider the role ofContinue reading “Online Lecture: Tom Nickson, ‘Light and the Cult of St Thomas Becket’, 7 July 2020”

Seminars: The Business of Saints, talk by Dr Emma J. Wells, The Churches Conservation Trust seminar series, Thursday 2nd July at 1pm

Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith…My scrip of joy…And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage. These lines used by John Bunyan in The Pilgrim’s Progress, reveal, quite clearly, the importance of pilgrimage and journeying to visit the relics of saints throughout history. Affecting all walks of life from the lowly peasant to gregariousContinue reading “Seminars: The Business of Saints, talk by Dr Emma J. Wells, The Churches Conservation Trust seminar series, Thursday 2nd July at 1pm”

Seminar: ‘The Patrons of the Percy Psalter-Hours’, Dr Eleanor Jackson

Tuesday 9 June 2020, 5.30pm Speaker(s): Dr Eleanor Jackson is Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. She completed her PhD at the History of Art Department at the University of York in 2017. In March 2019, the British Library acquired a late 13th-century book of hours of the Use of York known as theContinue reading “Seminar: ‘The Patrons of the Percy Psalter-Hours’, Dr Eleanor Jackson”