Call for Papers

CFP: Revealing Records VII (Friday, May 6th, 2016)

Sealed Record.axdDeadline:   Friday, 19 February 2016

Now in its seventh year, the Revealing Records conference series brings together postgraduate researchers working with a wide range of sources from across the medieval world to share challenges and approaches through the presentation of their research.  This year marks the first year of Revealing Records as a combined effort of King’s College London and University College London History Departments. The conference will be held in the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, on Friday, May 6th, 2016.

Keynotes will be delivered by Dr Rory Naismith (KCL) and Dr Sergei Bogatyrev (UCL)

We encourage applications from students working with a wide variety of records – from the written word to objects, buildings and more. Papers that employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon palaeography, archaeology or other related disciplines are particularly welcome.

Abstracts (300 words max.) are welcome from students wishing to present a 20-minute paper.

Please send abstracts to: by Friday, 19 February 2016

Visit our webpage for more information:

King’s College London – Revealing Records VII


Workshop: ‘The world comes to Sinai: Saint Catherine’s monastery as a cultural magnet’ (London 6 February 2016)

St. Catherine's Monastery SinaiThe World Comes to Sinai:
St Catherine’s Monastery and its Library
as a Cultural Magnet
A Workshop-Conference of the Saint Catherine Foundation
Saturday, 6 February 2015, 10.00 to 13.00
Bridgewater House
14 Cleveland Row, SW1A 1DP, London


10.00 Welcoming Remarks
Jenny Richardson, Treasurer, Saint Catherine Foundation
10.10 How Did Syriac Manuscripts Get to Sinai?
Sebastian Brock, Department of Oriental Studies, Oxford
10.35 Visitors from Christian Orient and the Palimpsested Manuscripts
Claudia Rapp, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek
Studies, Vienna University
11.00 Break
11.30 Sinai and the Market for Printed Books
Nicholas Pickwoad, Ligatus Centre, University of the Arts,
11.55 A View to the Future: The New Library Wing
Petros Koufopoulos, Department of Architecture,
University of Patras, Greece
12.20 Discussion, followed by Coffee and Conversation
+44 (0) 20 7396 5420
Admission free


Conference: History Books in the Anglo-Norman World (Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 May 2015)

22-23 May 2015
Trinity College Dublin
Synge Theatre, Arts Building

Cost: €25.00 (€15.00 concessions and/or one-day attendance; TCD staff and students free).
Please register by contacting Laura Cleaver (

22nd May 2015
From 13.00: registration
13.30 welcome and introduction to the History Books in the Anglo-Norman World
Project (Laura Cleaver)
14.00-15.30 session 1:
Anne Lawrence-Mathers (University of Reading), Computus, Chronology and the Calculation of Time in English Twelfth-Century Chronicles.
Michael Staunton (University College Dublin), Did the Purpose of English History Change During the Twelfth Century?
Mark Zumbuhl, [tbc]

15.30-16.00 tea

16.00-17.30 session 2:
Andrea Worm (University of Graz), England’s Place Within Salvation History in a Thirteenth-Century Copy of Peter of Poitiers’ Compendium historiae (British Library, Cotton MS Faustina B VII).
Diarmuid Scully (University College Cork), The Vision of History in a Manuscript of Gerald of Wales’ Topographia Hibernica and Expugnatio Hibernica (National Library of Ireland, MS 700).
Caoimhe Whelan (Trinity College Dublin), A New Version of an Old Story: Reading the Past in Late Medieval Ireland.

18.00 wine reception

23rd May
9.30-11.00 session 3:
Gleb Schmidt (University College, Saint Petersburg), The Circulation of
Manuscripts Containing Excerptum Roberti Herefordensis de Chronica Mariani
Scotti in the Anglo-Norman World.
Laura Pani (University of Udine), Paul the Deacon’s Historia Langobardum in
Anglo-Norman England.
Jaakko Tahkokallio (King’s College London), The Twelfth-Century Audience of
William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon and Geoffrey of Monmouth in the
Light of the Codicological Evidence.

11.00-11.30 coffee

11.30-12.30 session 4:
Charlie Rozier (Durham University), Durham Cathedral Priory and its Library of History, c.1090-c.1130.
Stephen Church (University of East Anglia), King John’s Books.

12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-15.00 session 5:
Benjamin Pohl (Ghent University), An Illustrated Chronicle from Early Eleventh-
Century Normandy: Dudo of St. Quentin’s Historia Normannorum.
Laura Slater (University of York), Picturing the Past in Matthew Paris’ Vie de
Seint Auban.
Jane Gilbert (University College London), Translating History: British Library,
Royal MS 20 A ii.

15.00-15.30 tea

15.30-16.30 session 6:
Kathryn Gerry (Memphis College of Art), Artists, Abbots and Saints: Visual and Material Approaches to Cult at St Albans Abbey in the Long Twelfth Century.
Diarmuid O Riain, Marginally Wrong: The Canterbury Tale Behind the Confusion of Two Irish Saints in Marsh’s Library MS Z 3.1.5.
16.30 closing remarks


Reading, Scholarship and the Art of the Book at Reading Abbey (Reading University, 17 April 2015)

K151514[1]Reading University, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, Room G10

17 April 2015, from 10am
Cost: £15 (including coffee, lunch, tea and wine); £10 for students and unwaged. Please register by contacting


10.00 registration and welcome

10.15-11.15 – Session 1:

Lindy Grant (Reading); ‘Reading Abbey in a cultural and intellectual, international context’.

Tessa Webber (Cambridge); ‘Reading in the Refectory at Reading Abbey’.

11.15-11.45 – coffee

11.45-13.15 – Session 2:

Michael Gullick (independent scholar); ‘Reflections on the Reading Abbey Romanesque Book

Collections and Documents’.

Laura Cleaver (Dublin); ‘History Books at Reading and Bec’.

Anne Lawrence (Reading); ‘The Reading Abbey computus manuscript and its context’.

13.15-14.30 – lunch

14.30-15.30 – Session 3:

Nigel Morgan (Cambridge); ‘The Calendar and Litany of Reading Abbey’.

Cyndy Johnston (London); ‘“In the custom of this country”: The Transmigration of Bolognese

Decorative Style in Thirteenth-Century Oxford and Reading Abbey Manuscripts’.

15.30-16.00 – tea

16.00-17.00 – Session 4:

Catherine Leglu (Reading); ‘An Anglo-Norman translation of the Bible at Reading Abbey: London BL Royal 1 C III’.

Brian Kemp (Reading); ‘The Reading Abbey Formulary’.

17.00 – closing remarks and update on the Reading Abbey ruins; followed by wine reception.

Funding and scholarships

PhD Studentship: Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent: the manuscript evidence

lindisf1[1]The British Library and The University of Leicester

The British Library and the University of Leicester are pleased to invite applications for a three-year AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, available from 1 October 2015. The project will be supervised by Professor Joanna Story, professor of Early Medieval History at Leicester, and by Dr Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts, at the British Library.

The successful candidate will undertake a thesis on Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent centred on the rich manuscript resources at the British Library. The culture of Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman conquest is highly distinctive, not least through the use of the Old English vernacular as a language of written record; but Anglo-Saxon political, religious, economic, linguistic, literary and artistic history cannot be properly understood without reference to contemporary connections with Europe. These cross-Channel connections were always significant, and are manifest in many different ways in manuscripts preserved at the British Library.

Applicants may propose projects that respond to this theme, and which are centred on British Library manuscripts. Potential projects include: ‘Anglo-Saxon England and Rome’; ‘Networks of Knowledge’; ‘Letters to the English’; Perceptions of the Past in Anglo-Saxon England: continental kinship’; ‘Methods of making’.

This studentship coincides with the three-year period of research and preparation for a major British Library exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons that opens in October 2018, and which explores the history, art, and culture of this period through the medium of extant manuscripts. This offers the student an exceptional opportunity to participate in the development of an international exhibition and the Library expects the student to contribute to related publications (in print and online), public events, and academic conferences.

Person specification

We are seeking a highly promising student who will relish the opportunity of combining academic research with the experience of working as part of a professional team of curators and researchers. This studentship is likely to appeal to individuals with a background in early medieval history, book history, literature, language, or interdisciplinary methods for  understanding early medieval material culture. Prior experience of research using early medieval manuscripts will be an advantage, and the successful applicant will demonstrate commensurate skills in relevant languages and palaeography. A commitment to communicating the results of research to a wider public audience is key in the context of the British Library’s exhibition.

Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) and meet the University’s standard English Language entry requirements. It is expected that applicants will have a related Master’s degree with merit or distinction, or be able to show evidence that they will achieve this by September 2015.

The studentship is available for full-time study only, and applicants must be able to commence their studies in October 2015.

How to apply

To apply you need to complete the standard University of Leicester online application form here: .In place of the research proposal requested on this form, you should provide a statement of up to 1,000 words on:

  1. How you propose to develop the project theme using the British Library collections
  2. How your education and experience to date has prepared you for this research position, and how you will develop the opportunities offered by the 2018 exhibition.

Applicants should also submit:

  1. A 4-5,000 word sample of their written work


The successful candidate must meet Research Council eligibility criteria based on UK residency. See paragraphs 42-44 on pp. 11-12 of the RCUK Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate training grants:

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries relating to potential research projects or eligibility should be sent to Professor Jo Story:

Closing Date:                       Friday 10 April 2015, 17:00 (London time)

Interview Date:   5/6 May 2015, at The British Library

For details of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme at the British Library please visit

For more information about the research project offered here and the collaboration with the British Library please consult the Further Particulars, here [].

Conference Upcoming Events

Myths of Medieval Spain. Symposium, Courtauld Institute, 11 March

Detail of the Portico de la Gloria, Santiago de Compostela, late twelfth century


Myths of Medieval Spain. Symposium, Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2-6.30, Weds 11 March 2015.

Four papers offer new ideas on a group of well-known sculptures and manuscripts from twelfth- and thirteenth-century Spain, exploring tensions between local and international concerns.

2: Introductory remarks, Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

2.10: Rose Walker (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Beatus manuscripts during the reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor of England: a response to the fall of Jerusalem?

2.40: Rosa Rodríguez Porto (University of York)

Tvrpinus Domini gratia archiepiscopus: Notes on the Codex Calixtinus

3.10: James D’Emilio (University of South Florida)

The West Portals at Compostela and the Book of St. James: Artistic Eclecticism at a Cosmopolitan Shrine

3.40: discussion

4.15-5.15: tea


Javier Martínez de Aguirre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

The voices and the echoes: Saint James, Gregory the Great and Diego Gelmírez in Santiago de Compostela’s Puerta de Platerías

6.30: drinks reception


Detail of the Portico de la Gloria, Santiago de Compostela, late twelfth centuryMyths of Medieval Spain. Symposium, Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2-6.30, Weds 11 March 2015.

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited so you must register

Four papers offer new ideas on a group of well-known sculptures and manuscripts from twelfth- and thirteenth-century Spain, exploring tensions between local and international concerns.

2: Introductory remarks, Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

2.10: Rose Walker (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Beatus manuscripts during the reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor of England: a response to the fall of Jerusalem?

2.40: Rosa Rodríguez Porto (University of York)

Tvrpinus Domini gratia archiepiscopus: Notes on the Codex Calixtinus

3.10: James D’Emilio (University of South Florida)

The West Portals at Compostela and the Book of St. James: Artistic Eclecticism at a Cosmopolitan Shrine

3.40: discussion

4.15-5.15: tea


Javier Martínez de Aguirre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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Conference Uncategorized Upcoming Events Workshops

Workshop: The Iconicity of Script in Manuscripts from  Asia, Africa, America and Europe (Hamburg, 31 October – 1 November 2014)

The Iconicity of Script in Manuscripts from  Asia, Africa, America and Europe
Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
31 October -1 November 2014

Scripts and writing systems are more than neutral transmitters of the words that are encoded by them. When words that were previously spoken and transmitted orally are written down, they gain a new, visual and material dimension. The iconic component with which the script can be endowed in this process has a hermeneutic, as well as an aesthetic, potential. Recognising and decoding it is as much part of the process of reading as is the deciphering of the written text. In manuscript cultures all over the world, script is adorned with or transformed by ornamental and figurative elements. The aim of this workshop is to explore how the visual and iconic potential of script has been used in manuscript cultures in Asia, Africa, America, and Europe. Its approach is a comparative one, exploring similarities as well as differences and the possible reasons behind them.

Relevant phenomena include:

The semantic potential of particular styles of scripts and of writing systems.
In many manuscript cultures, scribes and illuminators have a range of different writing styles, and sometimes even different writing systems, at their disposal. These can be used, separately or in combination, for various different purposes. As complex visual patterns, they can encourage or control the way in which a text is read and interpreted. Often, sacred or revered texts are written in a particularly elaborate script, hereby both emphasizing and affirming their outstanding dignity and authority. In other cases, calligraphy can be part of an artistic, philosophical or political statement. On a more (but by no means exclusively) pragmatic level, different scripts can be used to indicate hierarchical relationships between different texts (e.g. a treatise and its commentary) or the structure of a text (e.g. by highlighting chapter breaks) within a manuscript. In some cases, which would be of particular interest to our workshop, calligraphic shapes, techniques and practices are subject to intercultural transfers, by means of quotation, adaptation or assimilation.

Script constituting figures and images
Calligrams, carmina figurate, text ‘labyrinths’ and other instances in which script is arranged in figural shapes, or in which such figures are revealed to the reader in the process of reading a text, are found in many manuscript cultures, and in many different variations. Some of these variations may be due to different writing systems that are current in different manuscript cultures; others, to varying notions of the status of script, of writing and reading within a culture. In some, e.g. Islamic and Jewish cultures that restrict the use of images, script can perform some functions that pictures do in others, perhaps taking on some of the aesthetic and even figurative characteristics that are elsewhere attributed mainly to images.

Figures and bodies constituting script
While figurative forms can be constituted by script, script in turn can also be formed by figurative elements. For instance, so-called anthropomorphic and zoomorphic initials in European manuscripts consist of the painted or drawn bodies of humans and animals, and in Arabic calligraphy, script can bloom and sprout leaves. In other cases, script in a manuscript can be written or painted in a way that conjures up a specific material, such as textile or stone.

Diagrams and schemata consisting of or incorporating script
A different kind of iconicity lies at the heart of diagrams and schemata. Here, too, the written and the figural form an inextricable whole. Their overall visual structure, however, serves first and foremost as a matrix which represents not things or concepts themselves, but relationships of concepts and/or things to one another, making diagrams and schemata unique instruments for transmitting and even generating knowledge.

Hanna Wimmer, Rostislav Tumanov and Lena Sommer

For the full workshop programme, and to register, see here:

Uncategorized Upcoming Events

Lecture Series: The Giant Bibles of Twelfth-Century England (London, October – November 2014)

Lecture Series:
2014 Panuzzi Lectures at The British Library
The Giant Bibles of Twelfth-Century England
London, The British Library, October – November 2014

A series of three lectlambethures by Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

The great Latin Bibles, in huge multiple volumes, are by far the largest and most spectacular manuscripts commissioned in England in the twelfth century, decorated with magnificent illuminated pictures.  The lectures will consider the purpose of such books and why they were suddenly so fashionable and also why they passed out of fashion in England during the second half of the twelfth century.

Lecture 1: Monday, 27 October 2014 18.15-19.30

The Bury Bible
The first lecture will look principally at the Bible of Bury St Edmunds Abbey, now in the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The manuscript, commissioned in the time of Anselm, abbot of Bury 1121-48, is usually dated to around 1130.  It was decorated by the hand of Master Hugo, the earliest professional artist in England whose name is known. The lecture will also examine the larger questions of where exemplars and materials were found for the Bible, and at the phenomenal expense of such undertakings.

Lecture 2: Thursday, 30 October 2014 18.15-19.30

The Winchester Bible
The Winchester Bible is still in the cathedral where it was commissioned, doubtless by Henry of Blois, bishop of Winchester 1129-71.  It too was illuminated by professional painters, who apparently also worked on frescoes in Spain.  The lecture will take advantage of the recent disbinding of the manuscript to make new observations about its production, and to suggest new dates for the different phases of the work, undertaken in parallel with a second (but lesser) giant Bible from Winchester, now in the Bodleian Library.

Lecture 3: Monday, 3 November 2014 18.15-19.30

The Lambeth Bible
Despite its fame and quality of illumination, nothing has been hitherto known about the Lambeth Bible’s original owner or patron.  The lecture will propose that it was commissioned around 1148 for Faversham Abbey by King Stephen, king of England 1135-54. The lecture will end with observations of why giant Bibles passed out of fashion in England during the second half of the twelfth century.


18.15 in the Conference Centre
British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Please note that these events are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on the night on a first come, first served basis.

Uncategorized Upcoming Events

Study Days: “Merveilleux, marges et marginalité dans la littérature et l’enluminure profanes en France et dans les régions septentrionales (XIIe-XVe siècles)” (Lille, October 2014 ; Rennes, November 2014)

Study Days:
Merveilleux, marges et marginalité dans la littérature et l’enluminure profanes en France et dans les régions septentrionales (XIIe-XVe siècles)
Lille, Université de Lille 3, 16 October 2014
Rennes, Université de Rennes, 27 November 2014

La représentation du merveilleux est peu étudiée car les travaux portant sur ce sujet émanent principalement de chercheurs en littérature. Pourtant, celui-ci étant par essence indicible et fondamentalement lié à la vue, une approche iconographique s’avère nécessaire : dans quelle mesure et par quels moyens figuratifs et conceptuels le merveilleux est-il représentable ?
L’objectif des journées est, d’une part, d’étudier la figuration des lieux, des personnages et des objets merveilleux dans les miniatures et initiales enluminées, et la façon dont leur caractère marginal est signifié dans l’image. D’autre part, nous nous intéresserons au développement de thèmes et motifs merveilleux dans les marges des manuscrits profanes, les recherches s’étant concentrées jusqu’à présent sur les manuscrits sacrés. Il semble également important d’étudier conjointement les évolutions de la représentation du merveilleux dans la littérature et dans l’iconographie ainsi que l’influence de l’histoire des mentalités sur le travail des enlumineurs et les auteurs. Ces journées d’études entrent dans une démarche interdisciplinaire, réunissant autour d’un axe de recherche commun littéraires, historiens et historiens de l’art.


Journée de Lille, 16 octobre 2014
Université de Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle, laboratoire IRHiS -3 Rue du Barreau
Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Institut de recherches historiques du Septentrion, salle de séminaire A1-152.

09h : Accueil
09h15 : Introduction

Président de séance : Christian HECK (Professeur en Histoire de l’art médiéval, Université de Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle, IRHiS).

09h30-12h30 : Matinée d’étude
Hybridité et métamorphose de la merveille

09h30 : Irène FABRY-TEHRANCHI (Lecturer in French Studies, Université de Reading) : Les transformations de Merlin et l’illustration marginale du manuscrit BnF fr. 95 (1290).

10h05 : Aude-Lise BARRAUD (Master en Histoire de l’art médiéval, Université de Bordeaux 3 Michel de Montaigne) : Mélusine. Étude des représentations de la fée dans le manuscrit français 24383 de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France (XVe siècle).

10h40 : Pause

11h : Lucie BLANCHARD (Master en Histoire de l’art médiéval, Université de Bordeaux 3 Michel de Montaigne) : Hybridité et merveilleux dans les marginalia des manuscrits profanes (fin du XIIIe-première moitié du XIVe siècle).

11h35 : Jacqueline LECLERCQ-MARX (Professeur d’Histoire de l’art médiéval, Université Libre de Bruxelles) : Chevaliers marins et poissons-chevaliers. Origine et représentations d’une « merveille » dans et hors des marges (régions septentrionales du monde occidental, XIIe-XIVsiècles).

12h10 : Discussion

12h30 : Pause

14h-17h30 : Après-midi

Territoires de la merveille

14h : Jeff RIDER (Professeur de Langue et littérature françaises, Université de Wesleyenne, Connecticut) : Le merveilleux, le pseudo-merveilleux et l’énigme.

14h35 : Quentin VINCENOT (Doctorant en Littérature médiévale, Université de Rennes 2 Haute-Bretagne, CELLAM) : Cynocéphale et loup-garou : deux anthropophages aux marges de l’humanité.

15h10 : Pause

15h30 : Florent POUVREAU (Docteur en Histoire médiévale, Université de Grenoble 2) : Le corps velu et les merveilles de l’Orient dans la littérature et l’iconographie de la fin du Moyen Âge.

16h05: Maud PÉREZ-SIMON (Maître de Conférences en Littérature médiévale, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3) et Pierre-Olivier DITTMAR (Ingénieur d’études à l’EHESS, Paris) : « Les monstres des hommes ».

Communication de clôture:

16h40 : Alison STONES (Professeur émérite d’Histoire de l’art médiéval, Université de Pittsburgh) : Les motifs du cerf, du lion et du Graal dans l’iconographie des manuscrits du Lancelot-Graal.

17h15-17h30 : Discussion et fin de la journée

Journée de Rennes, 27 novembre 2014
Université de Rennes 2 Haute-Bretagne, CELLAM / CETM -Rue du Recteur Paul Henry, salle de séminaire de l’espace recherche ALC, Bât. B. Rennes.

09h30 : Accueil

09h45 : Introduction

Présidentes de séance : matin : Adeline LATIMIER et Joanna PAVLEVSKI (Doctorantes en Littérature médiévale, Université de Rennes 2 Haute-Bretagne, CELLAM/CETM) ; après-midi : Christine FERLAMPIN-ACHER (Professeur de Langue et littérature françaises médiévales, Université de Rennes 2 Haute-Bretagne, CELLAM/CETM).

10h-12h : matinée d’études
Merveilles arthuriennes

10h : Christine FERLAMPIN-ACHER (Professeur de Langue et littérature françaises médiévales, Université de Rennes 2 Haute-Bretagne, CELLAM/CETM) : Imager et imaginer la merveille dans Artus de Bretagne (manuscrit BnF fr. 761, Carpentras BM 104 et New York Spencer 34).

10h35 : Juliette THIBAULT (Master en Histoire et Littérature médiévale, Université de Poitiers, CESCM) : Une danse merveilleuse et un danseur marginal : la carole magique et le fou dans les enluminures arthuriennes.

11h10 : Alicia SERVIER (Doctorante en Histoire de l’art médiéval, Université de Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle, IRHiS) : La Dame du lac dans les images enluminées du roman de Lancelot du Lac (XIIIe-XVe siècles).

11h45 : Discussion

12h : Pause

14h-17h30 : après-midi

Frontières herméneutiques : Perméabilité des genres dans le traitement textuel et iconographique du phénomène merveilleux.

14h : Martina DI FEBO (Université de Gênes) : Les enluminures des manuscrits de l’Ovide moralisé entre réalisme et allégorie.

14h35 : Lucile JAECK (Doctorante en Histoire médiévale, Université de Limoges, CRIHAM) : Le merveilleux dans un récit en marge de la littérature profane : narration et iconographie du Voyage de saint Brandan.

15h10 : Pause

15h30 : Pierre LEVRON (Docteur en Littérature médiévale, Université de Paris 4) : Le cierge et l’épée, ou le miracle à répétition : étude d’un motif narratif.

16h05 : Sonia Maura BARILLARI (Professeur de Philologie romane, Université de Gênes) : Arbre de vie, arbre de vits : à rebours à partir du ms. Paris, BnF, fr. 25526.

Communication de clôture:

16h40 : Myriam WHITE-LE GOFF (Maître de Conférences en Langue et littérature médiévales, Université d’Artois) : De quelques images de merveilles dans les Romans d’Alexandre médiévaux : déplacement des marges.

17h15-17h30 : Discussion et fin de la journée



Uncategorized Upcoming Events

Conference: Clothing Sacred Scripture (Zurich, 9-11 October 2014)

International Conference:
Clothing Sacred Scripture: Book Art and Book Religions in the Middle Ages
9-11 October 2014 
Universitaet Zuerich, Raemistrasse 71, KOL-G-217

clothingsacredscriptureflyerIn a traditional perspective, book religions are seen as agents of logocentrism, establishing a sharp dichotomy between scripture and aesthetics, religion and art. The conference aims to broaden this perspective by a comparative and transcultural approach to religious
book culture exploring the specific »aesthetics of inlibration« of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Ages. The conference will reflect upon the different strategies of »clothing« sacred texts with precious materials and ornate forms in pretypographic cultures to create a close relation between the divine words and their human
audience. Conducted by an art historical focus the conference contributes to the nexus between sacred scripture and art by exploring how art shapes the religious practice of books, and how the central importance of religious books shapes the evolution of artistic practices.


Thursday 9 October 2014

10:00-10:30 David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich)
Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)

10:30-11:15 Bruno Reudenbach (Universitaet Hamburg)
Liturgical Reading and/or Presence. Observations on Early Medieval 
Gospel Books

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Sarit Shalev-Eyni (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Aural and Performing Aspects of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts for 
Liturgical and Ritual Use

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Sophie Schweinfurth (Universitaet Zuerich)

14:00-14:45 Vera Beyer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
When Writers Dream of Mental Sight… Images of Dreams as Mediators 
between Material and Immaterial Aspects of Persian and French 

14:45-15:30 Finnbarr Barry Flood (New York University)
Bodies, Books and Buildings: Economies of Ornament in Juridical Islam

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Anna Buecheler (Universitaet Zuerich)

16:00-16:45 Michelle Brown (University of London)
Concealed yet Revealed: Empowering Unseen Text by Iconic External 
Visualisation, from the Freer Gospels to the Lough Kinale Bookshrine

16:45-17:30 Karin Krause (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
Divine Tablets, Heavenly Scrolls. Images and Metaphors of Sacred 
Scripture in Byzantium

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-18:45 Robert S. Nelson (Yale University)
Dressing and Undressing Greek Lectionaries in Florence

18:45 Apéro

Friday 10 October 2014

Chair: Silke Tammen (Universitaet Giessen)

9:00-9:45 Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)
Holy Scripture as Body of Christ. The Book in the Byzantine Liturgy

9:45-10:30 Vladimir Ivanovici (Università della Svizzera Italiana
The Ritual Display of Jewelled Bibles in Late Antiquity: Aesthetic and 
Typological Implications

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11.00-11.45 Carsten Juwig (Universitaet Hamburg)
Clothing the Corruptible with Incorruption. Views of Book and Baptism

11:45-12:30 Lindsey Smith (University of York)
Glorious Bookends: The Performance of Ivory Embellishing Sacred Text 
and the Connection between Consumer, Image and the Word of God

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Vera Beyer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)

14:00-14:45 Silke Tammen/Romina Ebenhoech (Universitaet Giessen)
“Wearing Devotional Books”: Book-shaped Miniature Pendants (15th–16th 

14:45-15:30 Rostislav Tumanov (Universitaet Hamburg)
Devotional Experience in a Jewellery Case: The Peculiar Layouts of two 
Late Medieval Books of Hours

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:45 Thomas Rainer (Bayerische Schloesserverwaltung Muenchen)
Adoring God’s Name: Images of the Torah Case (Tik) and its Erasure in 
Medieval Jewish and Christian Manuscripts (13th–15th Century)

16:45-17:30 Maria Portmann (Universitaet Muenchen)
Jewish Writings and Holy Scripture in Christian Paintings in Spain 
during the Late Medieval Period

Saturday 11 October 2014

Chair: Tobias Frese (Universitaet Heidelberg)

9:00-9:45 David Ganz (The Medieval Institute, The University of Notre
Performativity and Punctuation: Reflections on Carolingian Passion 
Narratives and their Liturgical Role

9:45-10:30 Beatrice Kitzinger (Stanford University)
The Mantle of History: Carolingian-era Gospel Illumination in Narrative 

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Anna Buecheler (Universitaet Zuerich)
Clothing the Saints: Two Textile-Ornamented Lives of Saints from the 
11th century

11:45-12:30 Tina Bawden (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Clothing the Page: Topological Functions of Colour in Early Medieval 
Illuminated Manuscripts

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich)

14:00-14:45 Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary College, University of London)
A Text without a Book, in the Middle Gilt and Ornate with Gems: The 
Bible in Liturgy and Courts of Law

14:45-15:30 Gia Toussaint (Universitaet Hamburg)
Two are Better than One: An Essay on Relics in Medieval Book Covers

15:30-16:00 Final Discussion

Organizers: Prof. Dr. David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich), Prof. Dr.
Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)

Information: Sophie Schweinfurth (

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