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CFP: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait, 14th – 18th Cent. (1-2 Dec 17)

08c_boldCFP: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait, 14th – 18th
Cent. (1-2 Dec 17), Munich / München, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, 01. – 02.12.2017
Deadline: Apr 30, 2017
Applications for a lecture with an abstract of max. 3,000 characters
can be sent until April 30 2017 to the following address
Email: mattmuel@uni-mainz.de

Head and Body: Evidence of Power in the Ruler Portrait Between the 14th
and 18th Centuries

Kopf und Körper: Evidenzen der Macht im Herrscherporträt des 14.-18

What meanings do head and body convey in the medieval and early modern
ruler portrait? How do its mimetic schemes and visual projections of
power relate to each other? How are conceptually abstract norms and
values of rulership transposed to categories of looking, how do images
of bodies concretize these norms and values, and what modes of
representation do they cultivate? Research on the history of portraits
has relegated these questions to the margins; we presently lack a
systematic analysis. Nevertheless, head and body forged central
attributes and categories for physical manifestations of rulership in
the Middle Ages and early modern period. The specific conditions of
their visual portrayal is therefore of particular interest. Unlike in
republican or democratic political systems, where the presence and
legitimation of ruling power is supported by an elected government or a
constitution, in principalities and monarchies the prince or king
himself guaranteed the legitimacy of his own rule. He did this above
all else through his physical body, whose visually and haptically
experienced presence first lent the necessary evidence for his
The conference should comprehensively thematize the different
normative, material, medial, functional, and aesthetic aspects of the
corporeal and material presence of rulership in painted and printed
ruler portraits from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Scientific Management:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer (Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München),
Dr. Elke Anna Werner (Freie Universität Berlin)

Programme: IHR European history 1150-1550 Seminar, 2016–2017

Programme: IHR European history 1150-1550 Seminar, 2016–2017

Fortnightly Thursdays 17:30, IHR Wolfson II unless noted; free, all welcome

Winter Term
29th September ** Senate House South Block Room 349 (3rd Floor)**
Chris Wickham (Oxford): Jiangnan style: Doing global economic history in the medieval period

13th October
Giorgio Lizzul (KCL): The republic, commerce, and public debt in the forged orations of Doge Tommaso Mocenigo

Kenneth Duggan (KCL): The limits of strong government: Attempts to control criminality in thirteenth-century England

27th October (jointly with History of Liturgy seminar)
Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth & UCL): Liturgy and devotion in the aftermath of the FourthCrusade: Nivelon of Soissons, the relics of 1204, and the cathedral of Soissons

10th November
Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway): The image of the Greek: Western views of orthodox monks and monasteries, c.1000-1500

24th November
Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg): Military expatriation to Muslim lands: Aragonese Christian mercenaries as trans-imperial subjects in the Late Middle Ages

8th December (** Senate House Room 246 **)
Justine Firnhaber-Baker (St Andrews): Who were the Jacques and what did they want? Social networks and community mobilization in the Jacquerie of 1358

Spring Term 2017

18th January (jointly with Earlier Middle Ages Seminar, **time & venue to be confirmed**)
Roundtable discussion of Cathars in Question ed. Antonio Sennis (Boydell & Brewer, 2016)

19th January (** Senate House, The Court Room**)
Sylvain Piron (EHESS): An individual institutionalization: Opicino de Canestris (1296– c.1354)

2nd February
Nicholas Vincent (UEA): Henry II’s Irish colony: Truth and fiction

16th February
Dominique Iogna-Prat (CNRS/EHESS): A stone church? Visibility, monumentality and spatiality of the Medieval Church (500-1500)

2nd March
Ella Kilgallon (QMUL): Visualising castitas in the Franciscan tradition: An analysis of three frescoes from central Italy

Ella Williams (UCL): History and prophecy in Naples: The Faits des Romains at the court of KingRobert ‘the Wise’

16th March
Jonathan Lyon (Chicago): Offices, officials and bureaucracy in late medieval Europe: The view from Germany

Convenors: David Carpenter (KCL), Matthew Champion (Birkbeck), Johanna Dale (UCL), David d’Avray (UCL), Serena Ferente (KCL), Andrew Jotischky (RHUL), Patrick Lantschner (UCL), Cornelia Linde (German Historical Institute), Sophie Page (UCL), Eyal Poleg (QMUL), Miri Rubin (QMUL), John Sabapathy (UCL), Alex Sapoznik (KCL), Alice Taylor (KCL); IHR page http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/114.

Contact: John Sabapathy & Alice Taylor (j.sabapathy@ucl.ac.uk & alice.taylor@kcl.ac.uk).

CFP: Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Ioannou Centre, Oxford, 3 December 2016

corona ferreaCall for papers: Authority beyond the Law: Traditional and Charismatic Authority in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Ioannou Centre, Oxford, 3 December 2016.
Deadline: 16th September 2016.

In Economy and Society, Max Weber theorised three ideal types of authority: charismatic, traditional and legal. While legal authority has been well-explored in modern scholarship and most resembles the structures of authority in our own world, more recent work has indicated the importance of the charismatic and traditional ideal types as lenses for viewing Ancient and Medieval authority. Thus, in his 2016 monograph, Dynasties, Jeroen Duindam stresses the importance of charisma to royal power, exploring the pageantry of power, ritual actions undertaken to safeguard the harvest or control the weather, and the personal delivery of justice, while Kate Cooper, especially in The Fall of the Roman Household, has argued that power in the ancient world was inseparably linked to individual households in a way similar to Weber’s theorising of traditional authority, making the (late) Roman ‘state’ seem significantly smaller than it has tended to before.

By bringing together scholars of many different periods and contexts, we intend to explore the value of Weber’s traditional and charismatic types for understanding changes, continuities and complexities in the construction of authority across Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Submissions might consider the following themes:

  • The use of the irrational and supernatural as a basis of authority
  • Ways that charismatic authority perpetuated itself without the creation of legal authority
  • The interactions between charisma and tradition within individual contexts
  • The use of traditional and charismatic authority legitimise law and legal instruments (rather than vice versa)
  • Status groups’ use of appeals to time-honoured rights and the distant past to legitimate their authority
  • The use of tradition and charisma by heretics and rebels to construct their own authority and delegitimise that of their opponents
  • The applicability of Weber’s typology to non-political authority and to the authority of places and objects
  • The influence of ideas about the ancient and Medieval worlds on sociological thought about authority (and vice versa)

Publication of some or all of the papers may be sought as a themed journal issue.

Submission: We welcome graduate students and early career researchers in Classics, Medieval Studies and other disciplines to submit abstracts of 20 minute papers to authoritybeyondthelaw@gmail.com by the 16th September 2016.

CFP: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages (26-28 April 2016)

Deadline: 12 February 2016

imagesWe are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2016, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its eighth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s conference will have two keynote presentations by Dr Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Humfress (University of St Andrews). Other speakers include Dr Huw Grange, Dr Rachel Moss and Dr Liana Saif.

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. This year, the conference will prioritise comparative approaches to the themes of gender and transgression across different time periods and, in particular, different regions. Thus, we strongly encourage abstracts which focus not only on western Christendom, but also the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. We also welcome proposals which contain a strong comparative element.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

– Emotional history

– Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law making

– Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious ‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism

– Moral transgression

– Homosexuality and sexual deviancy

– Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their application within current historiography

– New approaches and theories: social network theory, use of the digital humanities

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 

words to genderandtransgression@st-andrews.ac.uk by 12 February 2016. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career.

Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Thursday 28 April. Further details can be found at http://genderandtransgression.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk as they become available.

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St Andrews

Conference Review: Seals and Status 800-1700 (British Museum)

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Seal matrix of Robert Fitzwalter, 1213-1219 AD, British Museum 1841,0624.1

From December 4-6, the British Museum was host to Seals and Status 800-1700. Though most topics were centered on the European Middle Ages, the program included speakers on Byzantium who broadened the European context and one each on Southeast Asia and China who provided global breadth. Likewise, the central focus temporally was medieval, but the early modern period was well represented with talks on sixteenth century Brussels, and the seals of female patrons in Renaissance Italy, among others. I was invited to attend on behalf of Medieval Art Research, and though unable to be present for the duration of the conference, was able to join for some exciting highlights (and still make time for plenty of jokes about the aquatic marine mammals of the same name—by the way, if that’s more your bag, here are some places they’ve been spotted in London.)

I joined the conference on Friday a complete novice to the field of seals. Fortunately the morning began with an enthusiastic introduction from Jonathan Williams, Deputy Director of the British Museum, who stressed the historical centrality of seals in the BM’s collections. He noted that matrices were some of the first objects in the collections thanks to Soane, and that records show strong interest in them: in the 18th century, one needed to apply weeks in advance to study the seals. This historical introduction the study of seals was incredibly useful for setting the scene about how these objects have been viewed and studied within the academy.

The conference officially began with a keynote delivered by Brigitte Bedos-Rezak of New York University, who provided an introduction to seals as status symbols, arguing that the processes of producing seals were imbued with potency and significance. She discussed the agency of seals, the ways that a victor might incorporate part of his opponent’s seal in his, and the lives of seal matrices after the death of their owner, since the device is capable of outliving their possessor. Bedos-Rezak also considered the forgery and theft of matrices, their use by people other than their owners, and the complexity of detecting this sort of replication. Finally, she addressed the concept of a person’s presence within a seal— in fingerprints found on the wax, but also more ephemerally in the heat given to wax by the human hand, and as a proxy for the individual, putting them comfortably within conversations about portraiture and representations of humans. While the majority of papers that followed examined a particular case study, Bedos-Rezak’s talk opened up some of the larger questions that would be discussed throughout the three days. Her talk was instrumental in aiding the non-specialist author to understand the wider applicability of these objects and practices, and relate them to territories more known.


Markus Späth with examples of city seals from the Upper Rhine region

Following Bedos-Rezak were papers that dealt with particular temporal, geographical, or iconographical cases, like Simon Keynes’ contribution on which examined style and use of Anglo-Saxon seal matrices, picked up on some of the themes of the first keynote. For examine, Keynes identified the personal seal of Adelphe, daughter of Edgar, as it was used in her lifetime, and how it was coopted after her death as the conventual seal of Wilton Abbey. There are many questions about these objects that haven’t yet been answered, including how prevalent they were; though there must have been many at one time, only about five survive. They were clearly significant, since Keynes cites an example of a king sending his seal matrix as a proxy for himself at a shire meeting. Laura Whatley considered seals in their capacities of transmitting visual information over long distances between the Latin Kingdom and Western Europe. Annabel Gallop picked up on the theme of transmission, arguing that the shape of Islamic seals in the Malay world in the 16th century come from the form of European heraldic shields. Markus Späth’s paper brought us to the Upper Rhine to compare city seals, and Jonathan Shea discussed seals in the context of Middle Byzantine government administration.

The final session of the day began with Mei Xin Wang’s fascinating talk about seals on Chinese paintings, where each successive owner of a work of art would stamp his personal seal on the painting itself, often in prominent places within the image field, and frequently many times. Tim Pestell discussed papal bullae found in Norfolk, and finally Marc Libert delivered a paper on 16th century matrix production in Brussels.

On the second day, I dropped in for TA Heslop’s evening keynote address, “English Medieval Seals as Works of Art.” Heslop’s publications on English art and architecture are amazingly diverse, making him an ideal candidate to discuss the art of these objects specifically, looking at questions of form and style, as opposed to many of the previous talks which focused on diplomatic sources, use, and archaeology. Woven into his discussion of the objects themselves was an interesting commentary on historiography and changing approaches to this material. In particular, he discussed his struggles with traditional stylistic analysis, which, as he showed, was unable to be used to date matrices in the way that the same techniques have been effective for other types of objects.


T.A. Heslop with conference organizer Lloyd de Beer

After Heslop’s keynote, the attendees celebrated recent publications of interest to the seals and sealing community. These are Susan Solway’s Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power (Brepols 2015), and Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England by Jessica Berenbeim (University of Toronto/PIMS 2015).

The conference, though primarily focused on medieval Europe, encompassed broad enough topics to suggest to its attendees the wide uses and characteristics of seals in diverse temporal and geographic climes. This is a welcome contribution, and is a noteworthy attempt to defy the rampant geographical limitations and periodization within the academy. Additionally, although the impressive program and erudite question and answer sessions made it clear that a great number of specialists were in attendance, there was much to be gained for the author, whose prior ignorance of seals has begun to be eroded.

Click here to access the full conference program.

Some free tickets available for Medieval and Early Modern Engagement day with Miri Rubin and others at Queen Mary, London (18 October 2014)

Research into the Medieval and Early Modern: Navigating Issues of Engagementlogo[1]

Due to some last minute cancellations, there are a few tickets available for this event.

Click here to book for free through eventbrite!

Room 3.20, Arts 2 Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS

Saturday, 18 October 2014 from 10:00 to 18:30 (BST)

10.00-10.30: Registration, tea and coffee
10.30-10.45: Welcome and Introduction from Organisers
10.45-12.15: Working with Museums: Cataloguing and Curating
Adrian Armstrong, Centenary Professor of French (QMUL)
Medieval Multiculturalism and Mancunian Monuments: Reviewing the Evolution of
a Library Exhibition
Kate Lowe, Professor of Renaissance History and Culture (QMUL)
Shaking hands with the devil: Reflections on encounters with four museums and
12.15-1.15: Lunch

1.15-2.45: Performative Engagement: Radio, TV and Theatre
Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History (QMUL)
The Middle ages: a Challenge to the Friendly Historian
Will Tosh, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Shakespeare’s Globe
Respondent: Tamara Atkin, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Drama and Literature

2.45-3.15: Coffee break

3.15-5.00: The Media Perspective: Collaborating and Working with
Clare Whistler, Leverhulme Artist in Residence at QMUL 2013/14
Vessels of Tears
Michael Caines, English Literature and Digital Editor, Times Literary Supplement
Mukti Jain Campion, independent radio producer and founder of Culture Wise
What’s the Story?

Wine reception and continuing conversations

Doctoral Workshop: “Neue Tendenzen der Italienforschung zu Mittelalter und Renaissance” (Florence, 13-15 November 2014)

Doctoral Workshop: 
Neue Tendenzen der Italienforschung zu Mittelalter und Renaissance
Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut – Max-Planck-Institut
13-15 November 2014

unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Ingrid Baumgärtner (Kassel), Prof. Dr. Klaus Herbers
(Erlangen-Nürnberg), Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova (Florenz/Frankfurt am Main) und Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf (Florenz/Berlin).

Giotto-CrucifixionVom 13. bis 15. November 2014 findet am Kunsthistorischen Institut (Max-Planck-Institut) in Florenz der interdisziplinäre und internationale Workshop „Neue Tendenzen der Italienforschung zu Mittelalter und Renaissance“ für Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen statt. Unter Leitung von vier im Bereich der Italienforschung ausgewiesenen Expert_innen sowie zwei eingeladenen Keynote-Speakers präsentieren fortgeschrittene Doktorand_innen und Post-Docs ihre Projekte aus der Geschichte des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit sowie aus der mittelalterlichen und frühneuzeitlichen Kunstgeschichte. Zur Diskussion stehen dabei sowohl inhaltliche Fragen als auch die theoretische und methodische Ebene. Zentrales Anliegen des Workshops ist es, die jüngeren Ansätze der Italienforschung in Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte zusammenzubringen, zu kommentieren, kritisch zu würdigen und vor allem dieses Themenfeld in Deutschland durch den Austausch der Forschenden zu stärken. 

Die Schwerpunktbereiche der Tagung sind in insgesamt vier Sektionen gebündelt. Thematische Ausrichtungen wie Kunsttheorie und Begriffsgeschichte, Kirchen- und Herrschaftsgeschichte, Raum- und Stadtgeschichte oder Formen von Sakralität und Objekten stehen mit verschiedenen Zeitschnitten in Korrelation, also dem Hoch- und Spätmittelalter, der Renaissance und der Gegenreformation. Ausgewählte Keynote-Speakers rahmen die Beiträge der Referent_innen ein; sie bieten Anregungen für übergreifende Einordnungen und stehen für die Diskussionen der unterschiedlichen Arbeitsschwerpunkte zur Verfügung. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen beider Epochen, beider Disziplinen sowie aller anschlussfähigen Nachbardisziplinen. 


Donnerstag 13. November 2014

14.30 Alessandro Nova und Gerhard Wolf: Begrüßung
Ingrid Baumgärtner und Klaus Herbers: Einführung

I. Text und Bild im Mittelalter
Diskussionsleitung: Gerhard Wolf (Florenz/Berlin)

14.50 Diana Nitzschke (Erlangen-Nürnberg): Frühchristliche Bodenmosaiken in Sakralbauten im Westen des Römischen Reichs unter besonderer Berücksichtigung Italiens

15.30 Armin Bergmeier (München): Vergrabene Reliquiare und göttliche Visionen. Unsichtbare Bilder im Frühmittelalter

16.40 Larissa Düchting (Erlangen-Nürnberg): Heiligkeit in Süditalien im frühen Mittelalter

17.20 Anselm Rau (Frankfurt am Main): Emotion und Bildgenese. Zur Affektsteuerung im Lignum vitae vor dem Hintergrund der monastischen Meditationskultur

18.30 Keynote-Sprecherin Daniela Bohde (Frankfurt am Main/Marburg): Maria Magdalena am Kreuzesfuß oder: Plädoyer für eine Ikonographie des Ortes

Freitag 14.11. 2014

II. Kirche, Frömmigkeit und Herrschaft im hohen und späten Mittelalter
Diskussionsleitung: Klaus Herbers (Erlangen-Nürnberg)

09.20 Katrin Getschmann (Tübingen): Mönche und Kanoniker im Streit: Ein
Mailänder Konflikt in der ersten Hälfte des zwölften Jahrhunderts

10.00 Viktoria Trenkle (Erlangen-Nürnberg): Expertise und Ehre: Kardinäle im hohen Mittelalter

10.40 Giuseppe Cusa (Frankfurt am Main): Die Laiengeschichtsschreibung in der Mark Verona-Treviso während des politischen Wandels von der Kommune zur Signorie

11.50 Mona Alina Kirsch (Heidelberg): Der Handel in Sizilien von der Machtergreifung Karls I. von Anjou 1266 bis zur Re-Affirmation der aragonesischen Herrschaft im Jahr 1396

12.30 Katharina Weiger (Berlin): Kunst im Königreich Neapel und Giotto: Kreuzigungsikonographie zwischen Tradition und Innovation

III. Signorie, Hofkultur und Gemeinschaft
Diskussionsleitung: Ingrid Baumgärtner (Kassel)

14.30 Vera-Simone Schulz (Berlin): Globale und lokale Nahtstellen zwischen den Künsten. Textile Ästhetik in der Toskana und in Florenz

15.10 Claudia Jentzsch (Berlin): Ordnung und Gemeinschaft. Die Ästhetik der Florentiner Augustinerkirche Santo Spirito

15.50 Gerda Brunnlechner (Hagen): Die ‚Genueser Weltkarte‘ von 1457 – Alternativen und Wandlungen von Raumdarstellungen in der Kartographie des 15. Jahrhunderts

17.00 Andreas Hermann Fischer (Kopenhagen/München): Aufschlag für Alfonso: Tennis im rinascimentalen Ferrara und die Spielkultur(en) des italienischen Cinquecento

17.40 Mauro Spina (Turin): Rapporti figurativi tra Germania del sud e Italia settentrionale nel primo Cinquecento

18.30 Keynote-Sprecherin Petra Schulte (Köln/Frankfurt am Main): Ungleichheit in den italienischen Städten des Hoch- und Spätmittelalters

Samstag 15.11.2014

IV. Religiosität und Affekt – Von der Renaissance bis ins Zeitalter der Gegenreformation
Diskussionsleitung: Alessandro Nova (Florenz/Frankfurt am Main)

9.00 Katharine Stahlbuhk (Hamburg): Der Einsatz von monochromer Monumentalmalerei innerhalb der Kirchenreformen nach dem Großen Schisma und der Observantenbewegung

9.40 Angela Tietze (Bochum): Tiefste Trauer und Angemessenheit – Affektmodellierungen in der bildenden Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit (1450-1750)

10.20 Maurice Saß (Hamburg): „Come cane e gatto” – Affektive Tierblicke als Momente künstlerischer Selbstvergewisserung

11.30 Filine Wagner (Zürich): „Pittore delicatissimo e molto vago“. Die Bedeutung Bernardino Luinis in der Lombardei der Gegenreformation

12.10 Steffen Zierholz (Bern): Räume des Selbst. Kunst und Spiritualität in der Gesellschaft Jesu (1580-1700)

12.50 Schlussdiskussion

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