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ICMA: Graduate Student Essay Awards

E070014_for_TwitterThe International Center of Medieval Art wishes to announce its annual Graduate Student Essay Award for the best essay by a student member of the ICMA.  The theme or subject of the essay may be any aspect of medieval art, and can be drawn from current research.  The work must be original and should not have been published elsewhere.  The winner will receive a prize of $400.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, we are now be able to offer a second prize as well, of $200.  The donor of this prize has suggested that “special consideration be given to those papers that incorporate some discussion of the interconnections among medieval science, technology, and art.”  Although the prize will by no means be restricted to papers that address this theme, papers that do so will be given special attention by the selection committee.

The deadline for submission is 1 March 2016.

The winners will be announced at the ICMA meeting in Kalamazoo in May.

Applicants must submit:

  1.  An article-length paper (maximum 30 pages, not including footnotes) following the editorial guidelines of our journal Gesta.
  2.  Each submission must also include a 250-word abstract written in English regardless of the language of the rest of the paper.
  3.   A curriculum vitae

 Students must be current members of the ICMA for their essays to be considered.

All submissions are to be sent as PDF attachments to Ryan Frisinger at awards@medievalart.org with “Student Essay Award” in the subject line..

The winning essay will be chosen by members of the ICMA Grants and Awards Committee, which is chaired by our Vice-President.

 

Call for Papers: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology (London, 10-12 July 2015)

Call for Papers:
Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology
London, Senate House, Institute of English Studies, 10-12 July 2015
Deadline: 1 September 2014

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Papers are sought on all aspects of ‘Science, Magic and Technology’ in late medieval literature and culture and particularly within Chaucer studies. Approaches might include:

  • The presentation of scientific ideas in myth and poetry
  • Observation and naturalism in literature and art
  • Experiment and experience in science and literature
  • The occult sciences (astrology, magic, alchemy) and their relationship to literature
  • Technology as magic, magic as a technology
  • Scientific literatures and the literariness of science
  • Epistemology and taxonomy in late medieval writing
  • Technologies of writing, parchment making and codicology
  • Concepts of the material and immaterial worlds, the environment, astrology, astronomy and cosmology
  • Cartography; deep-sea and space exploration
  • The science of the senses, optics, sound or scent
  • The representation of medicine in literature or the literary modes of medical writing
  • Trade technologies in literature
  • Science, magic and technology in medievalism

Papers are welcomed on the work of Geoffrey Chaucer or, more broadly, on late medieval writing and culture.

Please send 250 word abstracts to Dr Isabel Davis; Birkbeck, University of London. i.davis@bbk.ac.uk by 1st September 2014.

The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science Lecture

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Dr. Michael Fleming, of the University of Huddersfield, and Chairman of the Viola da Gamba Society will be giving a talk on “Musical Instrument Making in Early Modern England”.  The talk will be presented on Saturday, 8 March at 2:00 pm at The Warburg Institute (University of London), Woburn Square, London.  The venue is a convenient walk from Euston, Euston Square, and Russell Square stations.

See here for flyer: SHMTS-poster-March2014