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CFP: 2 sessions at the AAH Annual Conference, Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, 5 – 7 April 2018

350px-hispanomoresqueCall for Papers: Medieval Eurabia: Religious Crosspollinations in Architecture, Art and Material Culture during the High and Late Middle Ages (1000-1600)
Deadline: November 1, 2017

The coexistence of Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean led to a transfer of knowledge in architecture and material culture which went well beyond religious and geographical boundaries. The use of Islamic objects in Christian contexts, the conversion of churches into mosques and the mobility of craftsmen are only some manifestations of this process. Although studies beginning with Avinoam Shalem’s Islam Christianized (1996), have dealt extensively with Islamic influence in the West and European influence in the Islamic Mediterranean, sacred objects, and material culture more generally, have been relatively neglected. From crosses found in Mosques, to European-Christian coins with pseudo/-shahada inscriptions, medieval material culture is rife with visual evidence of the two faiths co-existing in both individual objects and monuments.
This panel invites papers from scholars working on intercultural exchange in art, architecture and material culture. We particularly welcome contributions that focus on sacred objects that have been diverted or ‘converted’ to a new purpose, whether inside or outside an explicitly religious context.
Papers should present original research, which expands the boundaries of knowledge and which the scholars would like to be considered for publication. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words long. Panel organised by Sami De Giosa, Oxford University and Nikolaos Vryzidis, British School at Athens. Email: aahchristianmuslimpanel2018@gmail.com

maesta700CFP: Art and Law: Objects and Spaces as Legal Actors
DeadlineNovember 6, 2017

Art history has long investigated the role of the law, from issues of visual evidence and legal aesthetics to ideas of artistic originality and authorship. But recent scholarship has increasingly drawn attention to the ways in which art can participate in the law’s actual operation. This session aims to broaden these investigations by tracing the long history of artistic intrusions into legal life, focusing on moments when the objects and spaces of art and architecture, broadly defined, have functioned as legal actors in their own right.
The session promises to explore these ideas through interdisciplinary and cross-chronological case studies from researchers, artists, and practitioners both in art history and in parallel fields such as law, journalism, and the social sciences. How have aesthetic objects past and present actively shaped the production and execution of the law as witnesses or juridical subjects in themselves? How have artists approached the courtroom as a site of artistic production and intervention? And in what ways has aesthetic production sought to short-circuit legal structures or forward alternative, even utopian, legal systems? Such questions have taken on new urgency in light of recent political and constitutional crises worldwide.

Papers might address, amongst other topics:
– historical and contemporary objects that dispense justice
– signs, emblems, or inscriptions that enforced legal boundaries or enacted legal codes
– artworks framed as legal victims, or which have been tried in absentia of criminals
– objects and theories of legal proof
– architectural actors as part of the fabric of legal drama
– art historical or theoretical texts investigating legal production and evidence-gathering and witnessing as forms of aesthetic production and research

Proposals of 250 words, accompanied by a short academic CV, should be sent to the two session organisers no later than 6 November 2017:
Dr Jack Hartnell (University of East Anglia, UK)
Dr Kevin Lotery (Sarah Lawrence College, USA)

CFP FOR AN EDITED COLLECTION: Architectural Representation in the European Middle Ages

ramsey censerCFP FOR AN EDITED COLLECTION: Architectural Representation in the European Middle Ages, edited by Hannah Bailey, Karl Kinsella, and Daniel Thomas

Deadline: 1 November 2017

The architectural remnants of the Middle Ages—from castles and cathedrals to village churches—provide many people’s first point of contact with the medieval period and its culture. Such concrete survivals provide a direct link to the material experience of medieval people. At the same time, exploring the ways in which architecture was conceptualized and depicted can contribute to our understanding of the ideological and imaginative worldview of the period.

This volume seeks to investigate all aspects of architectural representation in the medieval period, encompassing actual, symbolic, or imaginary architectural features, whether still standing today, observable in the archaeological record, or surviving only through depiction in literature or art. Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to) the social and symbolic value of architecture, architectural metaphor or imagery, architecture in visual representations, architecture in the depiction of other spaces, memory and architecture, and architectural style.

The volume is interdisciplinary in outlook and we welcome contributions from across the spectrum of academic disciplines, including literature, history, art, theology, and archaeology.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, with a brief biographical blurb, to the editors at: architecturalrepresentations@gmail.com by 1st November, 2017.

Conference: Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, 23-25 September 2016

Relations between the Fatimid caliphate and its neighbour and opponent, the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus constitute a field of study that merits careful and extensive consideration. Scholarship has tended to study both dynasties separately and the existing entanglements between the two caliphates have been noted, albeit briefly, in a number of academic publications.

The project Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates endeavours to place both dynasties in context by creating an academic forum in which to reflect upon and illustrate the processes and mechanisms of interaction, and also to explore and problematise the existence of crosspollination. Various scenarios (historical, social, intellectual, economic, legal, theological, religious, cultural, technical, visual, and artistic) are considered in order to assess affinities, as well as discrepancies, connections and contrasts with regard to how these shaped the Fatimid impact on Umayyad dominions and vice versa.

Contact Info:

For more information, you may email Ms Naushin Shariff (assistant of Dr Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, Deputy Head, Dept. of Academic Research and Publications, IIS

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Call for Papers: Dialogue and Difference in the Middle Ages (Bristol 25-26 Feb 2016)

P2190348Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies – 22nd annual postgraduate

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th February 2016
Call for Papers

Dialogue and Difference is an interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars from all fields to explore the ways in which cultural, social, political, religious, scientific and intellectual exchange and interaction unfolded throughout the Middle Ages. Dialogues took place both across borderlines and within the heart of medieval societies, in monasteries, universities, courts and market places as well as on battlefields and high-roads. How did these dialogues shape the societies of the Middle Ages, and how did new ideas, people and cultures interact with old? Did difference lead to conflict, or to coexistence? This conference aims to explore these issues across societies from medieval Europe, Byzantium, the Near East and beyond, and spanning from Late Antiquity to the 16th century. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
⁃ societies built on cultural, political and religious borders
⁃ inter-religious dialogue and polemic
⁃ the emergence of the university
⁃ conquest and colonisation
⁃ heresy and reform
⁃ inter and intra-textual dialogues
⁃ gender and the body
⁃ technological or scientific developments
⁃ conversion and assimilation
⁃ material histories and the dialogue of artefacts

Postgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to submit abstracts of:
200-300 words for 20 minute papers

We are also accepting abstracts of:
100 words for 10 minute flash papers, or

100 words for poster presentations

All abstracts are to be submitted by Wednesday 25th November 2015 to Sophie and Teresa,
at: sophie.burton@bristol.ac.uk and teresa.witcombe@bristol.ac.uk

For all additional information, please contact: sophie.burton@bristol.ac.uk and

Call for Papers: The Senses and Visual Culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Bristol, 8-9 June 2015)

1920295_10101429075333985_729639212555295849_n[1]Where does the recent sensory turn in the Arts and Humanities leave the study of Visual Culture? Can the viewer/object model incorporate the full sensorium without imposing ocularcentrism? How has vision’s relation to the other senses been expressed and explored through the visual arts from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period? How have the senses and sensory experience been represented in art before the Modern era?

This conference will explore the complex relationship between the visual and the sensory in contemporary theory and ancient practice. It will investigate the ways that art, from icons to illuminated manuscripts, music to architecture, and poetry to theatre, acted as a space for thinking about sensory experience, and for representing sensory ideas and theories. It will bring together scholars from a range of fields, including Classics and Ancient History, Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Musicology, Museum Studies and the History of Art, to explore these questions in the context of different historical periods and cultures, and in terms of politics, religion, philosophy, and society in the pre-Modern era.

We invite abstracts of 300 words for papers including but not limited to the following themes:

  • The role of the visual;
  • The non-visual senses and the reception of visual culture;
  • Embodied interaction with apparently visual art;
  • The use of ancient sensory theory in later practice;
  • Representations of sensory experience;
  • The difference between Eastern and Western European traditions in terms of ideas about the senses and how they are represented;
  • Displaying historical sensory experiences in museum settings;
  • The future of visual culture studies of pre-modern Europe.

Papers will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion. The conference will be held 8th-9th June 2015 at the University of Bristol, UK. Please send abstracts and CVs to the organisers, Erica O’Brien and Heather Hunter-Crawley at sensesvisualculture@gmail.com, by 10th April 2015. For further information and updates, please see the conference website: sensesandvisualculture.wordpress.com

Call for Papers: Monastic Sciences: Medicina, Mechanica, Philosophia (Leeds University, 8-9 May 2015)

Personification of Geometry teaching students (BL Burney 275 f. 293r.)

Personification of Geometry teaching students (BL Burney 275 f. 293r.)

The religious of medieval Europe were in a privileged position for studying humanity’s interaction with the natural world, whether this was considering the nature of celestial bodies and the cosmos, or deepening their pharmaceutical knowledge to aid patients in the infirmary. This conference asks what unique contributions the religious made to the applied arts and learned disciplines, how their religious vocation coloured their observations, and how this knowledge was applied to their community and wider society. We seek papers on the following areas:

The place within religious life of medicine, technology, philosophy and natural philosophy

Development of medical theory and practical care in religious communities

The definition and legitimisation of learned arts, e.g. magic and alchemy

Material culture and archaeology of artes medicinae/mechanicae within religious life

Representation of activity pertaining to natural philosophy in religious manuscripts and art

Religious conception and expression of humanity’s relationship with the non-human world

Comparison of medieval religious and secular understanding of scientia, medicina, artes mechanicae, philosophia, philosophia naturalis, physica.

Encouragement and promotion to study artes of any kind within religious communities

Reception and diffusion of ars medicina/mechanica/magica/philosopha/physica within religious communities

Historiography of medicine, “sciences” and the natural world within medieval religious life

We are also delighted to announce our keynote speakers: Prof. Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway), who will discuss religious life and medicine, and Dr Sophie Page (UCL) who will explore magic as a learned discipline within monastic life.

This event will be held over two days at the University of Leeds. We welcome contributions from postgraduates and early-career researchers of all disciplinary backgrounds. Interested parties should send a 300 word abstract for a twenty minute paper to leeds.monasticism@gmail.com.

Alternative proposals for one-hour sessions, such as joint papers or panelled debates, are most welcome. Proposals should be submitted no later than 27th February 2015. For more information please see leedsmonasticismconference.wordpress.com.

Call for papers: Villes/Cities – 12th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris (25 -27 June 2015)

12th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris
Dates: 25 -27 June 2015, Paris, France

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 January 2015

UPDATE: Programme now available

Centre Malher, 9 rue Malher, 75004 Paris, France, June 25 – 27, 2015
Registration deadline: Jun 12, 2015


12th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society (Paris),
presented in conjunction with the Laboratoire de médiévistique
occidentale de Paris (LAMOP, Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Jeudi 25 Juin /Thursday June 25th

9:00-9:30 Welcome / Accueil et inscriptions

9:30-10:00 Introduction: Sarah Long and Fanny Madeline

Boris Bove,
“De l’histoire des villes à l’histoire urbaine : état des lieux du
champ historiographique”

11:30-12:00 Pause café

Session 1: Acteurs et morphologie urbaine / The Form of the City
Chair: Fanny Madeline
Kathryn E. Salzer, “Creating the Physical Localities of Medieval
Annarita Teodosio and Simona Talenti, “Salerne, capitale normande”
Catherine Barrett, “Concepts of urban development in town charters of
the counts of Toulouse and their Lieutenants”

Lunch/pause déjeuner

Session 2: La pensée politique de la ville / Political thought and the
Chair: Julian Führer
Nicole Hochner, “Nicole Oresme (c. 1320-1382) et la ville”
Daniele Dibello, “Aristotelian thought and governance of a medieval
city-state: the case of Venice”

16:00-16:30 Pause café

Session 3: La ville représentatée / The City in images
Chair: Anna Russakoff
Caroline Ziolko, “Ville, regard et imagerie médiatique”
Caroline Simonet, “Les villes sigillaires : topographies utopiques et
traces du réel”
Juliette Dumasy, “Plans et vues de villes en France à la fin du Moyen

18:00-19:00 Assemblée générale / IMS- Paris board meeting

19:30 Dîner/Dinner, remise du prix de l’IMS-Paris 2015

Vendredi 26 Juin/ Friday June 26th

Emma Dillon
“Listening to the medieval city: perspectives from musicology and sound

11-11.30 Pause café

Session 4: Les fonctions rituelles de l’espace urbain / Ritual
functions of urban spaces
Chair: Kristin Hoefener
Ewoud Waerniers, “Ritual use of the urban space in times of communal
unrest. Cambrai, c. 1150-1227”
Tova Leigh-Choate, “The Sacred Topography of Medieval Paris: Relics,
Routes, and Song in the City of Saint Denis”
Jeannette D. Jones, “La sainte épine: Ritual at the Bourbonnais Court
in Moulins”

Lunch/ pause déjeuner

Session 5: Les usages sociaux et symboliques de la ville / Social and
symbolic uses of the city
Chair: Sarah Long
Nathan A. Daniels, “ ‘Pour un vers de chanson’: Minstrels, Guilds, and
the Social Construction of Urban Space in the Fourteenth Century”
Troy J. Tice, “Penitential Paris: Thomas of Bailly and the Penitential
Anxieties of Medieval Parisians”
Margaret E. Hadley, “French Pilgrims’ Internal Paths through Jerusalem
via Arma Christi Miniatures”

16:00-18:00 Visite/visit – Medieval Paris

Samedi 27 juin/ Saturday June 27

Carol Symes
“L’espace public à Londres et Arras, 1086-1215: Cultures documentaires,
coutumes urbaines, et libertés civiques”

11:00-11:30 Pause café

Session 6: Comparer les villes / Comparing cities
Chair: Mary Franklin-Brown
Martin Schwarz, “Old Paris, New Athens: Translatio Studii in the Vie de
St Denis (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Ms fr 2090-2)”
Emerson S. F. Richards, “New Jerusalem and Old Manuscripts: Text and
Image Representations of New Jerusalem in 13th century French and
English Manuscripts”
Frans W. G. W. Camphuijsen, “Late medieval law courts and urban space:
the cases of Paris and Utrecht”

Lunch/ pause déjeuner

Session 7: Le développement urbain: les villes de Champagne/ Urban
development: the towns of Champagne
Chair: Raeleen Chai-Elsholz
Claire Bourguignon, “Approche de la fabrique d’une ville médiévale:
Troyes (Aube) au tournant du haut Moyen Âge et du Moyen Âge central”
Cléo Rager, “Aménagements municipaux et identité urbaine : voirie et
«voyeurs» à Troyes au XVe siècle”
Julien Briand, “Un théâtre du pouvoir : la ville de Reims en ses
registres (XIVe-XVe siècles)”

16:00-16.30 Conclusions

16.30-17:00 Final discussion

18:00 Closing apéritif

More information: http://www.ims-paris.org/

Keynote Speakers: Emma Dillon (King’s College, London), Carol Symes
(University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Boris Bove (Université
Paris VIII).

The International Medieval Society, Paris (IMS-Paris) invites abstracts and session proposals for our 2015 symposium on the theme of cities in Medieval France. After the decline of late-antique cities in the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, a revival of cities began in the course of the eleventh century. This phenomenon, which profoundly transformed the dynamics of the West to our day, is a field of research that has been enriched in pace with archeological discoveries and by new technologies that offer original perspectives and approaches. This symposium will approach new lines of investigation that will deepen our knowledge of medieval cities (11th – 15th centuries) not only in their cartographic and monumental dimensions, but also political and cultural ones.

The question of the construction of urban space could be explored in a
variety of ways:

– Through its material dimensions, consisting of different forms of cityscapes, its urbanism, and its architecture.
– Through uses of space and their performative function. For instance,the role of rituals and urban processions, how music and theater contribute to the establishment of urban space in its practical use and representations.

We also wish to explore urban culture, which consists of material, intellectual, or spiritual culture, including:

– The role of writing in the development of a literate, mercantile culture, and new modes of government
– The daily lives of city dwellers: their lifestyles and patterns of consumption, their culinary tastes, etc.
– The development of practices related to the rise of intellectual institutions (schools, universities, patronage, mendicants, etc.)

Finally, we wish to explore the question of visual representations of the city and in the city, notably:
– The ways in which cities were represented in the Middle Ages, and how medieval cities are represented now
– Models for cities and the role of imaginary cities in the construction of urban spaces

Proposals should focus on France between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, but do not need to be exclusively limited to this period and geographical area. We encourage proposals and papers from all areas of medieval studies, such as anthropology, archeology, history, economic and social history, art history, gender studies, literary studies, musicology, philosophy, etc.

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal
by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)
3) names and contact information of two academic references

The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international
travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com no later than 30 January 2015. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014.

Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS- Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study.
For more information about the IMS-Paris and the program of last year’s symposium, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org.