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Job: Cambridge University, Lecturer in Medieval Art & Architecture. Deadline 17 Jan 2019

CambridgeThe Department of History of Art wishes to appoint a University Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, and invites applications from candidates with a research focus on any aspect or area of medieval art and architecture in continental Europe and/or the British Isles, c. 1050 to c. 1450. Candidates will be expected to be engaged in high-level research, to publish in their specialist field, to seek opportunities to win external funding for that research, to teach and examine undergraduates, to supervise and examine MPhil and PhD postgraduate work, and to undertake appropriate administrative roles within the Department.

Candidates must have an excellent first degree and a doctorate in History of Art or in a closely-related field. We are seeking an individual with a rising academic trajectory and a strong record of research publications commensurate with their level of experience, who has the potential to become a key player in the Department’s teaching and research activities.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment on 1 September 2019.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload the following:

(a) a covering letter;

(b) a Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a full list of publications;

(c) a document describing (i) your main teaching and research interests, (ii) an indication of future research plans and directions, (iii) a description of the kind of teaching you would hope to offer, including a brief curriculum for 2 sample specialist courses (max. 2 pp. to include: aims, learning outcomes, and a schedule of up to 20 lectures/classes which would deliver the course material); and, if available,

(d) one recently-published research article.

Applicants are required to give contact details for three referees who may be contacted for a reference prior to interviews (In the final field for each referee ‘At what point in the recruitment process may we contact this referee?’ applicants should therefore select ‘At any point in the process’.)

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to the Head of the Department of History of Art (Professor R. P. Blakesley: rpg27@cam.ac.uk). Enquiries about the application process may be made to the Faculty Manager’s Assistant (recruitment@aha.cam.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on 17 January 2019.

Interviews are expected to take place in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd week of February 2019, in Cambridge.

Please quote reference GD17501 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further details: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/19659/ 


Job: Ass. teaching prof. in History of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, deadline January 15, 2019

Penn20State20Old20Main20tulipsThe Department of Art History at The Pennsylvania State University seeks to appoint a three-year fixed-term assistant teaching professor with a specialization in ancient or medieval architecture of any geography. The appointment will begin on August 1, 2019 and carry the possibility of renewal. We are particularly interested in candidates conversant in diverse methodologies, including those involving new technologies and/or technical art history. The department values dynamic teachers who are prepared to lead upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in their field, as well as teach large introductory classes in the history of Western architecture. Expectations include undergraduate advising, graduate mentoring, and departmental and university service. Preference will be given to candidates who have a Ph.D. in art history or a related discipline.

To apply go to https://psu.edu.jobs/ job #84579, candidates should upload a letter of application, an up-to-date CV, and the names and contact information for three references to the Penn State Electronic Job Management System.  Applications received by January 15 will be assured full consideration.  However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Medieval Touch: Handling session at the British Museum on scientific instruments in medieval and Renaissance Europe

On Weds 21st November 2018, Lloyd de Beer, Naomi Speakman, and Oliver Cooke kindly allowed students and staff from the Courtauld Institute of Art and elsewhere into the horological storerooms of the British Museum, the latest in a series of handling sessions organised by Medieval Touch. Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein of the University of York led the group in a joint examination of a series of mostly sixteenth-century scientific instruments, including replicas from her own collection.horology

We began by looking together at an astrolabe. Astrolabes were observational and calculating instruments and allowed users to tell the time through the position of the stars in relation to the astral map on the astrolabe itself, however your ability to do so was contingent upon any number of factors, not least the environmental conditions.


As well as explaining their purpose, Jeanne attempted to instruct us all in their use and as each of us tried and frequently failed to grasp the fundamentals of astrolabe reading, it became apparent that astrolabes are not intuitive instruments. Their use implies and demands significant technical experience and knowledge. We questioned whether this knowledge was simply more widespread in the early modern world or whether utility was not their only value. Even when we consider astrolabes purely in practical use, several limiting factors would have dictated how and by whom they were employed. Astrolabes are geographically specific instruments, each backplate designed for a set latitude – the mobile user would have required multiple plates. Moreover, larger instruments were more easily legible and produced more accurate readings.

Certain instruments that survive like this column shaped sundial were too elaborately shaped to be of any functional use. Their design seems to effect other concerns, perhaps commemorative (was this the model of a larger monumental sundial?) or aesthetic.


However, other instruments were clearly more useable. Ivory diptych sundials like these 16th-century examples from Nuremberg, appear to have been designed for the Early Modern traveller. Handy and conveniently pocket sized, they also offered a range of adjustable settings depending on location.


London to Naples, Portugal to Constantinople: the lists of cities on these objects, clustering around the cities of Mitteleuropa and Northern Italy, Bremen, Königsberg, Venice and Genoa, spoke to some of us of a now lost trading geography of Europe. However, made of ivory and not unelaborately decorated, these objects were demonstrably prestige items and must have elicited viewing as much as reading.

A glance at the range of sundials in the cabinets of the horological department reveals the complex interplay of aesthetic and practical motives at work in these objects.


Here’s what we saw, all visible on the British Museum’s website:

Sundial/horary quadrant, England 14th c., 1972,0104.1
Sundial etc., Hans Dorn 1492, 1894,0615.1
Astrolabe, Georg Hartmann 1532, 1871,1115.3
Crucifix polyhedral sundial, Georg Hartmann 1541, 1894,0722.1
Astronomical compendium/wind-vane, Christopher Schissler c. 1550, 1855,0904.1
Sundial in the form of dividers, Christopher Schissler 1558, 1888,1201.283
Universal equinoctial dial with case, Christopher Schissler c. 1570, 1922,0705.3
Regiomontanus-style sundial, Caspar Vopel 1551, 1895,0319.1
Crucifix sundial, Melchior Reichle 1569, 1874,0727.3
Standing cup in the form of a celestial globe, French, 1569, AF.3060
Pillar dial in the form of a Corinthian column, Germany, 1593, 1888,1201.282
Scaphe sundial, Germany late 16th c., 1922,0705.6
Sundial etc., Netherlands late 16th c.?, 1871,1115.5
European celestial globe from 1659, 1896,0322.1
17c armillary sphere, 1855,1201.221
Diptych dial, Hartmann, 1562, 1900,1017.1

Many thanks again to Jeanne for a fascinating session!

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