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Conference: Pilgrimage and the Senses, University of Oxford, 7 June 2019


CONF: Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics

Conference & Poetry Reading: Remembering the Middle Ages?

April 5-6, 2019

2 Locations:

Bush House, Aldwych, King’s College London
The London Global Gateway, 1-4 Suffolk Street, University of Notre Dame

A partnership between the University of Notre Dame (London Global Gateway) and King’s College London, ‘Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics’ asks speakers and attendees to consider how the concept of a ‘cultural memory’ of the Middle Ages can be useful (or not) in understanding how and why scholars, artists, readers, and others have resourced or imagined the Middle Ages, in any post-medieval period. We ask participants to interrogate the linguistic, material, and social networks that have been created by medieval things over time. Haruko Momma (University of Toronto) and Sarah Salih (King’s College London) will give a keynote panel, and the event also includes a reading featuring poets Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig and chaired by Professor Clare Lees (Director of the Institute for English Studies). Further details are forthcoming at our website: http://sites.nd.edu/remembering-the-middle-ages.

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Call for Articles: MEMO – Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture Online

: Oct 31, 2018

Theme: Objekte der Erinnerung

Im kommenden Jahr 2019 jährt sich zum 500. Mal der Todestag Kaiser Maximilians I. Dieses Gedenken wird vielerorts genutzt, um die Person des habsburgischen Herrschers, seine Wirkung und Bedeutung für seine Zeit im musealen Rahmen in Szene zu setzen. Eine zentrale Rolle hierbei spielen Objekte: Objekte, die Maximilians Person, Vorstellungswelt, Politik, Handeln, seine Zeit und sein Fortleben in in der veranschaulichen, repräsentieren, wiederspiegeln. Als Herrscher, der zu seinen Lebzeiten sehr um sein ‚Gedechtnus‘ bemüht war und sein Andenken für künftige Generationen in materieller Form zu bewahren trachtete, hat Maximilian seinerseits Objekte bewusst für seine Memoria instrumentalisiert. Ein halbes Millennium später erscheinen sie möglicherweise in anderen Kontexten, sind neue Verbindungen eingegangen und haben für geänderte Akteure eine neue Signifikanz.
Die vierte Ausgabe von MEMO – Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture Online wird dieses Gedenkjahr zum Anlass nehmen, sich der Frage zu widmen, wie einzelne Objekte und Artefakte zu Zeichen für bestimmte Bedeutungen und Bedeutungszuschreibungen und insbesondere zu Objekten der Erinnerung werden. Wie entstehen solche Zuschreibungen und wie verändern sie sich im Laufe von Objektbiografien? Was leistet ein Objekt, wenn es zum Erinnerungsobjekt wird? Wie verhalten sich Objekte im Spannungsfeld zwischen individueller und kollektiver Erinnerung, wie und wann konstituieren sich durch sie Erinnerungskulturen? Und welche Rolle nehmen dabei Sammlungen und die an ihnen beteiligten Akteure im Laufe der Zeit ein?

Willkommen sind sowohl Arbeiten zu Maximilian als auch Beiträge, die sich allgemein mit den genannten Fragestellungen beschäftigen und das Thema „Objekte der Erinnerung“ entweder in theoretisch-methodischer Hinsicht aufrollen oder anhand konkreter Fallbeispiele und Untersuchungsgegenstände aus Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit behandeln.

Für unsere Vorauswahl erbitten wir Abstracts bis zum 31. Oktober 2018.
gabriele.schichta@sbg.ac.at oder elisabeth.gruber2@sbg.ac.at

Ausgabe 4 wird im Juni 2019 erscheinen, Deadline für die Einreichung der Beiträge
ist der 28. Februar 2019.

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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).

CFP: Imago & Mirabilia (Barcelona, 18-20 Oct 2018)

Extended deadline!

The Ways of Wonder in the Medieval Mediterranean

18-20 October 2018 | Museu Nacional d’Art de Cataluyna

The ways of wonder in the middle Ages were shaped by a variety of places, stories and beliefs with ancient sources reworked by the Christian tradition. Activated by the opening of the Mediterranean, religious, commercial and military travels spread Christian worship, accounts and prized objects throughout Christianity. The real and the imaginary adventures confronted their protagonists with fabulous characters and places. The cult of Eastern saints found anchor points in the Western world where they sometimes developed as strongly or even more, proving, therefore, their polycentric nature.

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VIII colloquium Ars Mediaevalis: Memory: Monument and Image in the Middle Ages

Conference programme: VIII colloquium Ars Mediaevalis: Memory: Monument and Image in the Middle Ages (Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia) May 4th-6th 2018)

Conference programme: VIII colloquium Ars Mediaevalis: Memory: Monument and Image in the Middle Ages

Date and Location: Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia), May 4th-6th 2018

Memory is a psychological faculty and an intellectual power that found its expression in the foundational and oft-repeated phrase of the Eucharistic celebration heard by all believers: “do this in remembrance of me”. Memory is projected onto ritual commemorations of the dead, funeral processions, anniversaries, liturgical celebrations and concerns all of the deceased, from the humblest to those who hold eminent institutional, religious or administrative positions, and, of course, the “special dead”, namely, the saints. It is not restricted to commemorating the deceased, whose presence is invoked by naming them in obituaries and in the objects associated with them. The latter were movable (liturgical vessels, manuscripts, ritual vestments, portable altars, trophies, objects associated with reliquaries and artistic patrons) or the fixed furnishings of buildings (reredoses, mural paintings, stained-glass windows, heraldic sculpture and, in particular, epigraphs and funerary monuments). By extension, the term memory was used in reference to the buildings or altars (e.g. cella memoriae) that sheltered these objects of such high sacred value.


Memory is at the heart of Augustinian epistemology, which believed that human reason is nourished by intelligence, love and memory. In the secular domain, memory played a central role in underpinning laws and institutions whose legitimacy depended on established customs. To establish the legal foundation of the present and future, lawmakers had to express the past and the certainty of the past.


This colloquium intends to analyze social memory as the process that enables society to renew and reform its understanding of the past so that it can be incorporated into the present, thus establishing a historical analogy in the narrative of the passing of time. Social memory includes liturgical memory, historiography, genealogy, oral tradition and other forms of cultural production and reproduction. Therefore, the colloquium’s aim, in particular, is to revisit the concept of cathedral memory, which includes all of those works, activities and uses of space that transmit over time the memory of important bishops, clerical dignitaries and laypeople and the origins and historical episodes in which they had played leading roles.


However, in each cathedral, the promotion of memory was incorporated into a communal setting in use over a long period of time and thus fostered diverse dynamics in terms of the interactions and intersections between the memory of the individual and/or the cooperative memory of social groups. Furthermore, mnemotechnic resources played a highly important role in adopting, storing, connecting, activating, modelling and reinventing the information and visual expressions received at a given moment in the past.


Memory, as contemporary psychology shows, is a dynamic process that transforms the past to such an extent that it creates new pasts. In fact, operative and dynamic memory is an exercise not so much in recognizing the past as an immutable reality but rather in reorganizing that past to the point of imagining it. Remembering always means connecting new stimuli (images, logical sequences, references, stories, etc.) that awaken this recollection with earlier information that has already been taken on board but stored away.Without the analogous links that adapt memories, it is impossible to integrate new events into a historical sequence. How did such assumptions affect the way in which images functioned during the Middle Ages? Where and when were architectural spaces composed to promote the gestation or remodelling of individual or institutional memories? This colloquium will provide a forum for analysis and debate regarding these fundamental questions of visual culture and medieval art.


May 4th Location: Fundacion Sta. Maria la Real
09.45 h.: Colloquium Ars Mediaevalis Opening
10.00 h.: Beat BRENK / UNIVERSIT€T BASEL, The Mosaics of Cefalù revisited: innovation and memory
10.45 h: Discussion
11.30 h.: César GARCÍA DE CASTRO VALDÉS / MUSEO ARQUEOLÓGICO DE ASTURIAS, Variaciones sobre el tema del Salvador y el colegio apostólico en la Catedral de Oviedo. Aventuras ydesventuras de una advocación
12.15 h.: Montserrat JORBA, Ritos funerarios en el arte románico catalàn: a propósito de la lápida sepulcralde Sant Miquel de Fontfreda (Maçanet de Cabrenys) 
12.30 h: Javier CASTIÑEIRAS, La memoria dumiense en las empresas escultóricas de Mondoñedo y Braga afinales del siglo XI 
12.45 h: Ma Teresa CHICOTE, Adaptar un Panteón a la Memoria del Linaje: La Colegiata de Belmonte y los Marqueses de Villena
13.00 h: Discussion
16.00 h.:
Marta CENDÓN FERNÁNDEZ / UNIVERSIDADE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Memoria y privilegio: las capillas funerarias episcopales en las catedrales castellanas bajomedievales 
Memoria per corporis sensum combibit anima. Relato hist—rico en la catedral de Tarragona: presencia ysecuencia de escenarios de memorias arzobispales
17.30 h.: Discussion
18.00 h.: Round table: Objects and Remembrance Objetos recuerdo
 – Herbert L. KESSLER
19.00 h.: Public presentation of the new book of editorial line “ARS MEDIAEVALIS. Estudios de arte medieval”

May 5th (Location: Palencia. Diputación Provincial)

09.45 h.: Ma Elvira MOCHOLÍ, La Virgen de la Seo y otros iconos reales en la ciudad de Valencia
10.00 h.: José Alberto MORAIS MORAN / UNIVERSIDAD DE LEÓN, Memento in mente habete: storiae y monumentos de memoria en el reino de León. De Magio (968) a Florencio (1138)
11.30 h.: Amadeo SERRA DESFILIS / UNIVERSIDAD DE VALENCIA, Memoria de reyes y memorias de la ciudad. Valencia entre la conquista cristiana y las Germanías
12.15 h.: Diana LUCÍA GÓMEZ-CHACÓN / CSDMM-UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID, Contemplar con la mirada del alma: arte, memoria y observancia a fines de la Edad Media
13.00 h.: Discussion
16.00 h.: Academic visit: Becerril de Campos and Paredes de Nava

May 6th (Location: Monasterio Sta. María la Real, Aguilar de Campoo)


09.30 h.: Cynthia HAHN / CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, Reliquaries and Commemoration: Saint, Patron, Artist
10.15 h.: María J. SÁNCHEZ, La métrica de la memoria en la ciudad Alto Medieval: consecratio, monumentum aedificationis y dedicatio en Hispania

10.30 h: Elena MUÑOZ, Memorias de una muerte esperada. Técnicas narrativas en el sepulcro del Doctor Grado

10.45 h: Sonia MORALES, La memoria póstuma del caballero en la diócesis de Sigüenza-Guadalajara

11.00h: Discussion

11.45 h.: Felipe PEREDA ESPEJO / HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Imagen y olvido. Imagen del lamento fúnebre entre la Antigüedad y la Reforma católica

12:30 h.: Discussion

13.00 h: Conclusions and perspectives

13.15 h.: Closing ceremony

PLACE: Fundación Santa María la Real – Aguilar de Campo (SPAIN) FEES: Regular 140 € / Reduced 95 € / Special (students) 60 € /

ENROLLMENT: Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico: Avda. Ronda, 1-3
34800 – Aguilar de Campoo (Spain)
Tel. (+34) 979 125 000 Fax: (+34) 979 125 680

Email: plhuerta@santamarialareal.org

Website: www.santamarialareal.org

CFP: Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session, 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018

mjc-logo-lrgCall for For Session Proposals, Mary Jaharis Center’s sponsored session, 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018
Deadline: September 1, 2017
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2018_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.
Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/25th-imc). The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Proposals should include:
**100-word session abstract
**Session moderator and academic affiliation
**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.