Gold Against the Body: Gold Surfaces and Their Limits, Medieval to Early Modern
Alison Wright, UCL
5:00pm, 43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD
For the last Murray Seminar of the year, Alison Wright of UCL presents a paper entitled Gold against the Body: gold surfaces and their limits, medieval to early modern.
The myth, famously invoked in Goldfinger, of the human body suffocated by being coated in gold exemplifies the fascination and danger attached to the idea of an ‘excess’ of gold, especially in respect to human skin. In this lecture the slippery boundaries of when, where and for whom gold surfaces might be deemed excessive will be explored in relation to European art, especially Italian, of the 14th to early 16th centuries. The discussion of gold in representation is generally dominated for this period by Alberti’s overturning of the value of gilding on the painted surface. This talk will argue rather for the multiple economies of gold in art with reference to broader visual and material traditions, and focus especially on gold’s complex relation to the human body.
Seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm. Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.
The Murray Seminar series will continue next autumn term.
Job: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History, Warburg Institute, London
Deadline: 26 November 2017
The Warburg Institute is recruiting for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer for teaching and research in Cultural and Intellectual History. In this role, you will contribute to teaching, supervising and mentoring the Institute’s postgraduate students whilst helping to develop both the taught MA and PhD programmes. You will also play an active part in the academic life of the Warburg, conducting research, publishing your work and actively identifying and pursuing external funding for research projects.
We are calling for applications from academically qualified candidates with a background in any aspect of Cultural and Intellectual History. All things being equal, preference will be given to candidates with research expertise in the history of philosophy and/or in languages and textual scholarship, including editing and translation studies. You will have combined experience of academic research and teaching, coupled with demonstrable experience of developing teaching modules and course programmes. Your proven high level written and verbal communication skills will suit a range of audiences, and these skills will also compliment your ability to work collaboratively with academic and professional services staff, and participate in academic networks. Superior organisational skills to plan a programme and schedule of work whilst completing complex tasks involving multiple contributors is critical.
Applications close midnight Sunday, 26 November 2017. Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing 11 December 2017 and applicants are expected to ensure their availability during that period.
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History of Liturgy Seminars 2017-2018
John S Cohen Room N203, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU
2 October 2017 Teresa Webber (University of Cambridge): The Chapter Office and Reading in Chapter: monastic practice c. 1000-1300
13 November 2017 Henry Parkes (Yale University): Matins Responsories and Narratives of Divine Encounter
5 February 2018 Isabelle Cochelin (University of Toronto): Decrypting Monastic Customaries
5 March 2018 Iris Shagrir (Open University of Israel): Liturgical Vision and Liturgical Practice in Crusader Jerusalem
This will be a joint session with the Crusades and the Latin East seminar
21 May 2018 Roundtable discussion: What roles did rubrics play in medieval liturgy?
11 June 2018 Arthur Westwell (University of Cambridge): Conquering by the Book: Did the Carolingians bring a New Liturgy to the Kingdom of Italy?
David Harrap (QMUL): Consecratio Navis: Maritime Liturgies in Medieval and Early Modern England
Convenors: Nicolas Bell, Matthew Champion, Helen Gittos, Sarah Hamilton, Kati Ihnat, Eyal Poleg, Matthew Cheung Salisbury, Elizabeth Solopova, Teresa Webber
Sponsored by: Henry Bradshaw Society, Institute of Historical Research, Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London
Islamic Art Circle @ SOAS, London: Lecture Programme, 2017/2018
All lectures begin at 7.00 p.m. in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre) – unless indicated otherwise – Philips Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
- 11 October 2017: The Palace of Pedro I in Seville, ‘very much like the residence of the Muslim kings,’ Dr Tom Nickson, Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
- 15 November 2017: Reviving Islamic Architecture in Khedivial Cairo, and Beyond: a Collector’s Passion, Dr Mercedes Volait, CRNS Research Professor at INHA, Paris
- 6 December 2017: Takht-e Soleyman/Iran – From Sasanian Fire Temple to Ilkhanid Summer Palace. New Evidence from Old Excavations, Dr Ute Franke, Deputy Director, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin
- 10 January 2018: The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture: The Calligrapher, the Painter, and the Patron: A New Perspective on the Freer Khusraw u Shirin, Dr Simon Rettig, Assistant Curator of Islamic Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- 21 February 2018: In the service of religion? The display of ‘science from the Islamic world’ in the museum, Dr Silke Ackermann, Director, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
- 14 March 2018: The Seventh Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture: Decagonal and Quasicrystalline Geometry in the Architecture of Medieval Persia and Its Influence in the Greater Islamic World, Dr Peter J. Lu, Department of Physics and SEAS, Harvard University, USA
- 25 April 2018: Islamic Textiles from Iberia: Re-evaluating Their Role in the Mediterranean Context, Dr Ana Cabrera-Lafuente, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- 9 May 2018: Ilse Sturkenboom
- 13 June 2018: Ahmet Ersoy
For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 07714087480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Job: Curator of Medieval Art and Design, V&A Museum, London
Deadline: 29 September 2017
The V&A is seeking to appoint a Curator of Medieval Art and Design to join the Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass.
The post-holder will be responsible for the development, care, research, display and interpretation of medieval art and design (excluding manuscripts, which are held in the National Art Library) in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department. The extensive European medieval collections are of national and international importance, and the post-holder will serve a wider role within the Department and the Museum as one of the medieval specialists, and will be expected to play an active role in the field of medieval studies and collecting, both nationally and internationally.
The successful candidate will have practical experience of collections management, excellent organisational, interpersonal and writing skills and experience in research and publication. They will be comfortable working across decorative arts collections, contributing to the V&A FuturePlan and exhibition projects, and cultivating and cementing good relations with external organisations and communities.
For further information on the post and to submit your application visit the V&A’s Recruitment Portal.
‘The Seal Makes the Man – or Woman: London in the Thirteenth Century ’
a talk by Dr John McEwan, Centre for Digital Humanities, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Monday 23 May 2016 at 6.30pm at
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield London EC1A 9DS
Free lecture All welcome