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CFP: The Saint Enshrined: European Tabernacle-altarpieces, c.1150-1400, Valladolid, June 7–8, 2019


 Tabernacle-shrine from Mule,
Iceland, now in the Nationalmuseet
in Conpenhagen; c.1250.
Photo: Justin Kroesen

Almost every Medieval church had one or more sculptures of saints, many of which were placed on altars, in wall niches or in so-called tabernacle-altarpieces. This last category refers to three-dimensional, canopied structures, embellished with bright colours and equipped with movable wings that housed cult images of the Virgin and Child or saints. This early type of altarpiece became widespread in Europe between c.1150 and 1400. Nowadays, examples are scarce and often fragmented, overpainted and reconstructed. Most of them come from the geographical periphery of Europe and almost all of them are now without their original context, as they hang on museum walls or in churches as isolated relics.

The purpose of this international symposium is to explore and discuss early tabernacle-altarpieces in different regions of Europe: their provenance, patronage, function, and role in popular piety. We invite speakers to submit proposals for 15-minute papers to be presented during the symposium. Proposals should go beyond case studies and look at such topics as the use and re-use of tabernacle-altarpieces, media involved in their creation, regional differences, etc.

How to Submit: Proposals of c.300 words should be submitted to Fernando Gutiérrez Baños, fbanos@fyl.uva.es.

Deadline: Friday 18th of January 2019.

All proposals will be examined by the Scientific Committee. It is hoped that an edited volume of the symposium proceedings will be published. Successful candidates will be offered free registration.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Fernando Gutiérrez Baños, Universidad de Valladolid; Justin Kroesen, Universitetsmuseet i Bergen; Elisabeth Andersen, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: These will include members of the Scientific Committee; Stephan Kemperdick, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie; Teresa Laguna Paúl, Universidad de Sevilla; Cristiana Pasqualetti, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila; and Alberto Velasco Gonzàlez, Museu de Lleida: diocesà i comarcal.

PROGRAM (PROVISIONAL): Friday 7th  of June, session held in the Universidad de Valladolid (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Sala de Juntas); Saturday 8th  of June, field trip to sites in the Diocese of Vitoria.


CFP: ‘Recovering the Ritual Object in Medieval and Early Modern Art,’ AAH Conference, Brighton, 4–6 Apr 2019

DjWmmKBXcAUB1yCDeadline: Nov 5, 2018

“Recovering the Ritual Object in Medieval and Early Modern Art”

Session Convenors: Dr Catriona Murray, University of Edinburgh, c.a.murray@ed.ac.uk; Dr Halle O’Neal, University of Edinburgh, halle.o’neal@ed.ac.uk

In the medieval and early modern worlds, ritual served as a legitimising process, a dynamic mechanism for mediating a transference or transformation of status. Objects played an essential part in this performative practice, charged with symbolism and invested with power. Distanced from their original contexts, however, these artefacts have often been studied for their material properties, disconnecting function from form and erasing layers of meaning. The relationships between ritual objects and ritual participants were identity-forming, reflecting and shaping belief structures. Understanding of how these objects were experienced as well as viewed, is key to revealing their significances.

DjWniZ5XsAAAiJ0This panel intends to relocate ritual objects at the centre of both religious and secular ceremonies, interrogating how they served as both signifiers and agents of change. The organisers specialise in early modern British art and medieval Japanese art, and so we invite proposals from a range of geographical perspectives, in order to investigate this subject from a cross-cultural perspective. We particularly encourage papers which discuss medieval and early modern ritual objects—broadly defined —as social mediators.

Issues for discussion include but are not limited to:
– Recovery of the everyday in ritual objects
– Embodiment
– Audiences and interactions
– Performativity
– Ritual object as emotional object
– Spatiality and temporality
– Re-use, recycling, removal
– Illusion and imagination
– Memory
– Thing theory

How to apply: Please email your paper proposal direct to the session convenors, details above. Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper, your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Conference: En route pour Compostelle, Montpellier/Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, September 28-29, 2018


Colloque international

Dans le cadre des manifestations du 20e anniversaire de l’inscription du bien « chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France » sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO

Président d’honneur
Xavier BARRAL I ALTET – Universités Rennes 2 et Ca’ Foscari de Venise


Montpellier – Médiathèque Émile Zola

9h – 9h30
Accueil des participants

9h30 – 9h45
Mot d’accueil
Géraldine MALLET – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM EA 4583
Sophie DUCRET – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM EA 4583
Sylvain DEMARTHE – Université de Bourgogne, UMR 6298 ArTeHis

Xavier BARRAL I ALTET – Universités Rennes 2 et Ca’ Foscari de Venise

9h45 – 10h05
La crypte de Saint-Gilles-du-Gard : archéologie d’un haut lieu de pèlerinage sur la ‘via Ægidiana’ vers Compostelle
Andreas HARTMANN-VIRNICH – Université d’Aix-Marseille
Heike HANSEN – Université d’Aix-Marseille, UMR LA3M

10h05 – 10h25
Culte des reliques, cadre monumental et prétention communautaire : réflexion sur la collégiale Notre-Dame-du-Port à Clermont
Denis HÉNAULT – Université Clermont Auvergne, MSH

10h25 – 10h45

10h45 – 11h05
Édifier un sanctuaire de pèlerinages : ambitions monumentales, concurrences et stratégies visuelles à Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Éric SPARHUBERT – Université de Limoges

11h05 – 11h25
La construcción como metáfora divina: el modelo de los Santos constructores en el Camino de Santiago
Carles SÁNCHEZ MÁRQUEZ – Université Autonome de Barcelone

11h25 – 11h45

12h – 14h

Manuel CASTIÑEIRAS – Université Autonome de Barcelone

14h – 14h20
Culto dei santi, medicina e pratiche magico-folkloriche nel pellegrinaggio a Santiago
Marco PAPASIDERO – Université de Messine

14h20 – 14h40
‘Là sont ellez près de la mer /Celles que Dieux voult tant amer’ : calamitare i pellegrini a Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Simone SARI – Université de Barcelone, Centre de documentation Ramon Llull

14h40 – 15h

15h – 15h20
L’image du pèlerin dans l’art gothique polonais
Arkadiusz ADAMCZUK – Université catholique de Lublin, Bibliothèque universitaire

15h20 – 15h40
Les reliques de saint Jacques le Majeur à Toulouse : une série d’énigmes
Michelle FOURNIÉ – Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès

15h40 – 16h

Conférence plénière
Saint Jacques et Charlemagne
Adeline RUCQUOI – CNRS, Centre de Recherches Historiques

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert – Musée de l’abbaye

Géraldine MALLET – Université Montpellier 3

9h – 9h30
Accueil des participants

9h30 – 9h50
Saint-Jacquème, étape lyonnaise du chemin de Compostelle
Nicolas REVEYRON – Université Lyon 2

9h50 – 10h10
Le passage à Saint-Antoine-en-Viennois : le sanctuaire dauphinois et les pèlerins en route vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle au XVe siècle
Julie DHONDT – Université Lyon 3, UMR Ciham

10h10 – 10h30
San Antón de Castrojeriz (Burgos, Castille-et-León) : une fondation hospitalière antonine sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques
Sylvain DEMARTHE – Université de Bourgogne, UMR ArTeHis

10h30 – 10h50

10h50 – 11h10
‘Marmora’ verso Santiago: strategie del decoro musivo tra Francia e Italia
Maddalena VACCARO – Université de Salerne

11h10 – 11h30
The Genesis of a Twin-Tower Façade: the West Towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Annette MÜNCHMEYER – Université technique brandebourgeoise de Cottbus

11h30 – 11h50
Plonger le pèlerin dans une expérience sensorielle totale : mise en scène de l’arrivée dans la cathédrale de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle
Manuel CASTIÑEIRAS – Université Autonome de Barcelone

11h50 – 12h10

12h15 – 13h30

Philippe MACHETEL – Maire de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

14h – 14h20
L’historiographie des églises de pèlerinage en Auvergne
Dominique ALLIOS – Université Rennes 2

14h20 – 14h40
Rêver le réseau compostellan : les chemins de Saint-Jacques dans le temps et l’espace
Robert MAXWELL – Université de New-York

14h40 – 15h

15h – 15h20
Dans la cour des grands : naissances et relances de pèlerinages en pays de Figeac au Moyen Âge
Benjamin PHILIP – Service du patrimoine de Figeac

15h20 – 15h40
La réactivation moderne des ‘Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle’ : le reflet de leurs origines au Moyen Âge
Manuel SECO LAMAS – Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, étudiant de Master 2

15h40 – 16h

16h – 17h30
Visite conférence de l’abbaye de Gellone à Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
Géraldine MALLET – Université Montpellier 3
Sophie DUCRET – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM

17h30 – 17h50
Xavier BARRAL I ALTET – Universités Rennes 2 et Ca’ Foscari de Venise

Concert de clôture (Horaires et lieu à préciser ultérieurement)

« Domine Deu devemps lauder… »
Chansons narratives, épiques et hagiographiques du Xe au XIIe siècle ; extraits de « La Cansò de santa Fides », « La Passion de Clermont », « La vie de saint Léger » et des « Chansons de Croisades »
Brice DUISIT – Voix et vièle à archet

Organisation : Gisèle CLÉMENT – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM EA 4583 & CIMM

How to apply: Ouvert à tous dans la limite des places disponibles. pelerinages.saint-guilhem@gmail.com

Conference: The Right Moment. A Symposium on Kairotic Energies, Brussels, 18-19 October 2018

church-of-the-holy-nativity-631The Greek term kairós expresses an idea of ‘grasping the right moment’, which travelled through art, literature, and philosophy. And even today, it is central to debates over, for example, time management. Combining perspectives from classical reception studies and iconology, this ongoing project at KU Leuven (2017-2021) is about the reception of kairós in the visual medium from antiquity to the Renaissance. How was the notion of kairós visualized in images throughout time, from antiquity to the early modern era? And more specifically, how did text and image work together to transform the notion of kairós in various contexts?

The attending speakers from Belgium, Germany, France, Israel, Croatia, The Netherlands, Romania, The United Kingdom, The United States, and Switzerland have not only been selected on the basis of their interdisciplinary skills in the field; but equally because of their distinctive contribution to the method of iconology and visual anthropology.

Many among them are key influencers on, among other things, the importance of the Humanities in terms of peace process work, ecology, and the relationship between Eastern and Western civilizations.

Barbara Baert – Kunstwetenschappen KU Leuven – www.illuminare.be


Thursday, 18 October

08.30-09.00 Registration

09.00-09.15 Welcome speech by Pierre Van Moerbeke,
Executive director of Francqui Foundation

09.15-09.30 Welcome speech by Luc Sels, Rector of KU

09.30-10.00 Introduction by Barbara Baert

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

Part I
10.30-11.30 Giotto, the Eye and the Gaze – Victor Stoichita
Respondent: Herman Parret

11.30-12.30 Time in the Context of Ecclesia/Synagoga – Miri Rubin
Respondent: Inigo Bocken

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Part II
14.00-15.00 Epochal Madness: Notes on the Present Moment – W. J. T. Mitchell
Respondent: Stéphane Symons

15.00-16.00 The Manic Moment – Davide Stimilli
Respondent: Hedwig Schwall

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 The Silence of Lifta – Avinoam Shalem
Respondent: Amr Ryad

17.30-18.15 Presentation of the new series Recollection: Experimental Reflections on Texts, Images and Ideas – Veerle De Laet (Leuven University Press) & Ellen Harlizius-Klück

Friday 19 October

08.30-09.00 Welcome & coffee

Part III
09.00-10.00 The Nativity Church in Bethlehem as Kairotic
Space – Bianca Kühnel
Respondent: Marina Vicelja-Matijašic

10.00-11.00 L’occasion de la grâce dans le martyre – Pierre Antoine Fabre
Respondent: Ralph Dekoninck

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 A Dialogue of Early Buddhism, Hinduism and
Jainism on the Varieties of Auspicious Moments – Eugen Ciurtin
Respondent: Reimund Bieringer

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Part IV
14.00-15.00 Generating Synchronicity: Bodily and Affective
Techniques – Elisabeth Hsu
Respondent: Philippe Van Cauteren

15.00-16.00 The Moment of the Dangerous Women – Catherine Harper
Respondent: Ann-Sophie Lehmann

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Concluding remarks – Han Lamers & Bart Verschaffel

17.30-18.00 Book presentations: Paul Peeters (Peeters Publishers) & Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art

18.00-19.30 Farewell drinks

Contact and registration: stephanie.heremans@kuleuven.be
Registration deadline: 30 September 2018

Job: Lectureship in Medieval History, UCL

UCL History is seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of  ‘Lectureship in Medieval History’. We welcome applications from scholars doing research of the highest quality and able to teach successfully at both undergraduate and taught graduate levels, and in due course to attract doctoral students. You will be expected to teach modules of your own devising, that relate to your area of specialism; in addition you will contribute to a ‘team taught’ first year undergraduate core course. You will convene the module ‘Manuscripts and Documents’ (MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies) as well as developing an MA module which relates to your own field of research.

We welcome applications from historians working on any aspect of medieval history (from c. 1100 on), in order to complement existing areas of strength within the department. The department seeks to build on its considerable strength in the field of medieval history, in terms of both range and depth. We are looking for demonstrable strength in palaeography and diplomatic, as well as strong working knowledge not just of medieval Latin but also of the key scholarly languages in the field, including French and German.
Click here for more information
Deadline: 7 Sep 2018 at 23:59

Call for Papers: ‘Light and darkness in pre-modern visual cultures’, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Friday 23rd November 2018


Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Deadline: 15 September 2018

Organisers: Stefania Gerevini and Tom Nickson

The staged lighting of modern galleries, heritage sites and publications has significantly altered understanding of the roles of light and darkness in the design and reception of pre-modern objects and spaces. Despite sophisticated systems to manage artificial and natural light, pre-modern experiences of the visual were shaped greatly by daily and seasonal rituals and contingencies. In turn, those experiences informed, and were informed by, diverse theories about vision, light and illumination.

This one-day workshop of lightning talks offers participants opportunities to explore their own encounters with issues of light and darkness in pre-modern cultures, and set them within broader scholarly frameworks. How did pre-modern cultures conceptualise, respond to, and manipulate light and darkness and their interactions in urban, domestic and religious settings? How were natural and artificial light managed? What role did they play in the design of individual artworks, architectural spaces, ephemera and rituals, and to what extent did different light levels affect perceptions of objects and spaces? What vocabulary was used to think about light and darkness, and how was this language transformed by the advent of new technologies of illumination? How did pre-modern cultures deploy light/dark, day/night, to cogitate on God and the cosmos, and to visualise them?

Lightning talks should be no more than 5 minutes and 5 slides, and will be ‘curated’ for maximum variety and visual interest. They may relate to any region or culture, and ‘pre-modern’ is here very broadly defined as the period before the adoption of gas or electric lighting. Papers might focus on single objects, rituals or spaces, or on groups thereof. All disciplinary perspectives are welcome, provided they focus predominantly on visual culture.

Papers might consider:

  • The language of light and darkness: science, theology, literature and daily life
  • Light, darkness and the senses
  • Rituals, objects and spaces by night
  • Science, technologies and visual culture
  • Theologies of light/darkness
  • Daily/annual cycles of light and dark
  • Street life and the experience of urban spaces and architectures by day and night
  • Natural ‘spotlights’ on objects or buildings
  • Provision for lighting of various kinds
  • The agency of patrons or creators in shaping lighting conditions
  • Reconstructions of original lighting conditions
  • Restaging of medieval objects in early modern contexts
  • Deliberate darkness or blinding light
  • Refraction and reflection
  • Materiality and immateriality

Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to lightanddarkness2311@gmail.com together with 100-word participant biographies. The deadline is Saturday 15th September 2018. Please note that given the brevity of papers and large number of participants, The Courtauld cannot cover travel or accommodation costs (though lunch, refreshments and a subsidised supper will be provided).

Organised by:

Stefania Gerevini (Bocconi University, Milan)

Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art, London)

Call for Papers: ‘Moving Images: the Badge in Medieval Christendom’, ICMS 2019 (Deadline: 15 September 2018)

collection.54th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, MI, May 9 – 12, 2019
Deadline: Sep 15, 2018

Organisers: Lloyd de Beer and Amy Jeffs

The phrase “moving images” invites applicants to apply ideas of motion and mobility to the medieval badge. These insignia helped define communities: they marked and traversed territorial boundaries; they were worn by religious devotees, military retainers and groups that shared the same jokes and stories. What do badges reveal about medieval visual culture? What is the impact of scale, variety and proliferation on our understanding of these emblems’ multifarious purposes?

The term “medieval badge” is ambiguous. Is it a pewter token worn on clothing, such as a livery badge or a pilgrim souvenir? Does it not also describe the prestigious Dunstable Swan Jewel at the British Museum or the image of the white hart worn by the figures of the Wilton Diptych? Likewise, it can mean an emblematic image, in any medium. These often appear in manuscripts, paintings, architecture, sculpture, and a host of more fragile objects, such as embroidered banners. Larger works of art could become miniature signs, such as the depiction of St Thomas Becket’s head reliquary reproduced on Canterbury pilgrim souvenirs. Inversely, emblematic metal badges appear as trompe-l’oeil in virtuosic paintings. Their geographical and material flexibility calls out for scholarly exploration.

This session invites proposals which will consider the medieval badge in its widest theoretical contexts, using ideas of motion and mobility as a starting point. Session participants will give a 20 minute paper discussing the “moving image” as it is manifest in the badges of medieval Christendom.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form (available via the Congress Submissions website: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) by September 15 to Lloyd de Beer (ldebeer@britishmuseum.org) and Amy Jeffs (aj383@cam.ac.uk). More information about the Congress can be found here: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress.