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Fellowship: The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme

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The Rijksmuseum operates a Fellowship Programme for outstanding candidates working on the art and history of the Low Countries whose principal concern is object-based research. The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of museum professionals: inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of art and history for the future. The focus of research should relate to the Rijksmuseum’s collection, and may encompass any of its varied holdings, including Netherlandish paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography and historical artefacts. The purpose of the programme is to enable applicants to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, to strengthen the bonds between the universities and the Rijksmuseum, and to encourage the understanding of Netherlandish art and history. The programme offers students and academic scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories and curatorial expertise.

Eligibility
The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme provides opportunities for recent graduates (at the Master’s level), as well as doctoral and post-doctoral candidates. The programme is open to candidates of all nationalities and with varied specialisms. They may include art historians, curators, conservators, historians and scientists. Candidates should have proven research capabilities, academic credentials and excellent written and spoken knowledge of two languages (English and preferably Dutch or German). Fellowships will be awarded for a duration ranging from 6-24 months, starting in the academic year 2017-2018. Please review the Rijksmuseum website for detailed information on each individual Fellowship position.

Funding
Fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment. The stipend amount varies by funding source and Fellowship period. Visit the Rijksmuseum website for further information.

Application and procedure
Please review the eligibility, funding and application requirements by visiting the Rijksmuseum website. For the 2017-2018 academic year, candidates can apply for:
• The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research
• The Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research
• The Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation research
• The Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship for photo-historical research

The closing date for all applications is 12 March 2017, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted.

Selection will be made by an international committee in April 2017. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from European universities and institutions, and members of the curatorial and conservation staff of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 1 May 2017. All Fellowships will start in September 2017.

Further information

www.rijksmuseum.nl/fellowships

For questions concerning the application procedure, contact Marije Spek, Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme (m.spek@rijksmuseum.nl), +31 (0)20-6747395.

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Exhibition: Communities in Communication: Languages and Cultures in the Low Countries 1450-1530 (John Rylands Library)

P1930063The John Rylands Library is an extraordinary neo-Gothic building to which no tourist visit to Manchester is complete without. The architectural experience is supplemented by many fine exhibitions making use of its special collections, although due to their small, studious nature, they can often be overlooked. Communities in Communication is one such exhibition taking place in its cloistral vaulted corridors. Drawing on the Rylands’ large collection of books from the late medieval Netherlands, this small show forms part of a larger AHRC-funded project to understand the interplay of literary cultures in the late medieval Low Countries.

P1930065Guided by the excellent little exhibition booklet, the cases are grouped by themes that elucidate how the objects represent a window into the intellectual and linguistic cultures of their age. Trilingual phrase books show that individuals from urban burghers to the nobility were keen to improve their vocabularies. The new technology of printing had begun make written culture more accessible to a world burgeoning with literacy and an appetite for the word, and the majority of books here are printed rather than manuscripts written by hand. The books are beautifully displayed in shallow cases that allow you to appreciate the clarity of the printed text by actually reading the words, appreciating them as works of art and craft in themselves rather than simply vehicles for illumination. Perhaps the most significant object on show here is William Caxton’s Recuyell of the historyes of Troye, the first book printed in English.

P1930097I was fortunate enough to visit the exhibition on the occasion of a study day led by the exhibition curator, Adrian Armstrong. Our group was assigned a wonderful copy of Caxton’s English translation of the Golden Legend. First we studied the book as a physical object: assessing how the paper had been folded into bifolios and bound into quires. A copy that appears mint at first belies a fascinating object history: on close inspection showed how pages had been bookmarked by a neat reader. After a short break we looked at the book in a different way: how we might consider transcribing the text for a modern critical edition. Does one insert modern punctuation and expand contractions, or go the whole way and modernise the often archaic spelling? These are no doubt issues Caxton himself faced when sitting down with English, Latin and French versions of the Legenda Aurea back in Westminster in the 1480s.

The prologue from Caxton''s Golden Legend: the largest woodcut he ever produced

The prologue from Caxton”s Golden Legend: the largest woodcut he ever produced

These dual themes of material codicology and the linguistics of the text helped illuminate the texts on display outside, be it historical writing, poetry or phrasebooks. All these texts are material artefacts that can make manifest the essentially ephemeral speech of daily life in the late medieval Northern Europe: be it in diplomacy, trade, or leisure. This is certainly an exhibition to see if you are interested in the future aims of the project to unravel the interplay of literary cultures in this dynamic environment: both the autumn of the Middle Ages and the springtime of the Northern Renaissance.

Communities in the Communication: Languages and Cultures in the Late Medieval Low Countries is on at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester until 21 December 2014. Admission is free.

British Archaeological Association March Lecture

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Professor Thomas Coomans will give a lecture entitled ‘Late Medieval Beguinages in the Low Countries: A ‘Poor’ Architecture for Semi-Religious Women’ at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 5 March at the Society of Antiquaries (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London).
Tea is available from 4.30 pm. The lecture forms a part of the British Archaeological Association’s 2013-14 lecture series, and is open to all.

http://thebaa.org/

Call for Participants: Summer School: Court Residences as Places of Exchange (Utrecht 2014)

Call for Participants:
Summer School: Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (III)
Utrecht, 30 June – 9 July 2014
Deadline: 1 March 2014

The call for participation is now open. Applications are invited by 1 March 2014.

middachten_palatiumThe summer school will focus on the late medieval and early modern European court residence or ‘palace’ in an interdisciplinary perspective. Participation in the summer school is free and open to students from all nationalities. It is specifically aimed at Research Master students and PhD students in history, architectural history, art history, archaeology and related disciplines. The school offers lectures by an international and interdisciplinary group of experts, as well as field trips to various castles and residences in the Netherlands. The lectures will deal with residences from all over Europe; the field trips will focus on the most relevant examples in the Low Countries.

For more information see the PALATIUM website (www.courtresidences.eu)