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CFP: Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations, ICMS, Kalamazoo, May 2017

Call for Papers: Digital Reconstructions: Italian Buildings and their Decorations

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 2017

Organizers: Amy Gillette (Temple University) and Kaelin Jewell (Temple University)

Sponsored by the Italian Art Society

Historians of medieval architecture have productively used digital technologies to reimagine lost monuments or furnishings, reveal aspects of correspondence in pictorial and architectural iconography, decipher construction techniques, determine the nature and scope of collaboration between architects and decorators, and grapple with the ways in which medieval people experienced their three-dimensional, functional spaces. Digital reconstruction is also useful for bridging monuments and their modern publics—for instance, the Scuola San Marco in Venice has installed virtual “copies” of dispersed paintings in the Albergo, so that visitors can readily apprehend its original presentation. This panel seeks a program of digital reconstructions of medieval Italian architectural spaces, ranging from the 4th to the early 15th centuries CE, including chapels, refectories, churches, palace rooms, libraries, and/or villas. We welcome projects that digitally reconstruct vanished monuments, interiors of standing churches with reconstituted medieval screening systems, liturgical furnishings, and/or picture programs. We are particularly interested in projects that take a critical approach to these virtual spaces and address the choice of historical moment(s) and types of monuments, in addition to the reconstruction’s purpose and technological considerations. Speakers are encouraged to comment on the impact on the scholarly process, collaboration (including with non-art historians), teaching, museum practice, and conservation or preservation.

The deadline for 15-minute paper proposals is: September 15, 2016

Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV with current contact information, and completed Participant Information Form, available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions to the organizers: Amy Gillette (amy.gillette@temple.edu) and Kaelin Jewell (kaelin.jewell@temple.edu)


Medieval Reading Group, Courtauld Institute


6-8pm in Seminar Room 3 on Thursday 13 March at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

The principal text we’ve selected for the Reading Group is the introduction and first chapter of Joanna Cannon’s new book Religious Poverty, Visual Riches (London, 2013).

As this reading is somewhat focused, if the material is unfamiliar it might be helpful to think as much about how it is written/argued/illustrated as about what it contains.  Dr. Cannon will join us towards the end and has kindly offered to take part in the discussion from an author’s perspective. By way of contrast in terms of recent publications on architecture/liturgy/images and especially choir screens, you may like to read Jackie Jung, J. E., “Beyond the Barrier: The Unifying Role of the Choir Screen in Gothic Churches”, The Art Bulletin, 82/4 (2000) or her recent book, The gothic screen: space, sculpture, and community in the cathedrals of France and Germany, ca. 1200-1400 (Cambridge, 2013).

For further information and PDFs of the readings, please contact Dr. Tom Nickson at: Tom.Nickson@courtauld.ac.uk