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CFP: Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places: Experiencing the Court,Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, April 3 – 04, 2019

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Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places: Experiencing the Court, 2019

The early modern court adopted and developed exemplary cultural practices where objects and spaces became central to propagating power as well as places for exchange with other powers. This combination of images, objects, and sounds confronted the senses, making a powerful and distinctive impression of the resident family and the region they represented: flickering candlelight on glass and gold vessels adorned credenze (sideboards); musical instruments announced royal entries or provided entertainment; brightly coloured tapestries covered the palace walls along with paintings of biblical or mythological stories; cabinets displayed antiquities or rarities; perfume burners permeated the air; while the smells and tastes of rare delicacies at the centre of dining tables made for a multi-sensory spectacle.

This year the Open University’s Spaces & Places conference will address the theme of ‘Experiencing the Court’ by exploring the senses and the lived experiences of courtly life, whether based in a particular residence or defined by the travels of an itinerant ruler. This annual conference is fundamentally interdisciplinary: literary, musical, architectural, artistic and religious spaces will be the subjects of enquiry, not as discrete or separate entities, but ones which overlapped, came into contact with one another, and at times were in conflict.

The conference will examine life at court and will consider the following questions:

–    How can approaching the court in terms of the senses provide new methodologies for understanding each institution?
–    How were medieval and early modern courtly spaces adapted and transformed through the movement of material and immaterial things?
–    Which particular aspects of political, social and economic infrastructures enabled the exchange of objects and ideas?

Papers that address new methodologies, the digital humanities, object-centred enquiries, cross-cultural comparisons, or new theoretical perspectives are particularly welcome.

Please send a 150 word abstract along with a short biography to Leah Clark ( and Helen Coffey ( by 15 November 2018.

The conference will take place at the Open University’s partner institution Trinity Laban Conservatoire on 3 and 4 April 2019.  As Trinity Laban’s King Charles Court was once the site of Greenwich Palace, it is a fitting venue for a conference exploring court life.

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Conference: Representations of Prince-bishops in the late Middle Ages and early modern times (Fürstbischöfliche Repräsentation im Spätmittelalter und der Frühen Neuzeit), Heilig-Geist-Kirche, Passau, October 05–06, 2018

kathFriday 5 October 2018
Veste Oberhaus, Tagungsraum

12:30 – 13:00 Uhr Get together

13:00 – 13:30 Uhr
Begrüßung durch Oberbürgermeister Jürgen Dupper (Stadt Passau)

Sektion 1: Fürstbischöfliche Herrschaftsinszenierung im Schlossbau
Sektionsleitung: Herbert W. Wurster (Verein für Ostbairische Heimatforschung e.V.)

13:30 – 14:00 Uhr
Verena Friedrich (Universität Würzburg): “…weilen derselbe die neüe haubdtstiegen herauff geführet worden…” – Zum Empfangszeremoniell am fürstbischöflichen Hof zu Würzburg

14:00 – 14:30 Uhr
Sebastian Karnatz (Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, München): Götterhimmel und Kaiserporträts – das gemalte Regierungsprogramm der Bamberger Fürstbischöfe

14:30 – 15:00 Uhr
Angelika Dreyer (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München): Erratne Erath? Fürstbischof Johann Philipp von Lamberg, Augustin Erath und die Freskomalerei am Passauer Hofe

15:00 – 15:30 Uhr Kaffeepause

Sektion 2: Innenausstattung als Medium der Herrschaftsinszenierung
Sektionsleitung: Jörg Trempler (Universität Passau)

15:30 – 16:00 Uhr
Wolfgang Wüst (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): Repräsentation im Inneren – Inventare als Schlüssel zum fürstbischöflichen Lifestyle. Studien zum Hochstift Augsburg

16:00 – 16:30 Uhr
Raphael Beuing (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, München): Prunkharnische und ihre Verwendung an fürstbischöflichen Höfen. Das Beispiel der Harnischgarnitur des Salzburger Fürsterzbischofs Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau

16:30 – 17:00 Uhr
Florentina Johanna Woschitz, Vera Ulrike Palm (Salzburg): Macht, Pracht – neu gemacht? Restaurierung im Spannungsfeld zwischen Vermittlung ursprünglicher Intention und Erhaltung eines stark überarbeiteten Zustandes

17:00 – 17:30 Uhr
Heiko Laß (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München): Die Jagdschlösser der Fürstbischöfe im Alten Reich

Veranstaltungsort: Heilig Geist Kirche
19:00 – 20:00 Uhr
Malte Rehbein (Universität Passau): Vom Kulturraum zum vernetzten Wissen: Museum und Universität im Projekt ViSIT
Saturday, 6 October 2018
Veranstaltungsort: Veste Oberhaus, Tagungsraum

Sektion 3: Die geistlichen Kurfürsten – Repräsentation und Inszenierung
Sektionsleitung: Ludger Drost (Universität Passau)

9:00 – 9:30 Uhr
Jens Fachbach (Trier/Koblenz): „Schönheit ohne Ziererei“ und „Pracht ohne Prunk“ – Das Koblenzer Schloss als Residenz des aufgeklärten geistlichen Kurfürsten Clemens Wenzeslaus von Sachsen (1739-1812)

9:30 – 10:00 Uhr
Marc Jumpers (Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, München): Die Baupolitik der wittelsbachischen Kurfürsten in Kurköln anhand der Quellen

10:00 – 10:30 Uhr
Georg Peter Karn (Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, Direktion Landesdenkmalpflege): Martinsburg und Kurfürstliches Schloss – die Mainzer Residenz zwischen Konzept und Kontinuität

10:30 – 11:00 Uhr Kaffeepause

Sektion 4: Das Hochstift Passau – Repräsentation und Inszenierung des Fürstbischofs
Sektionsleitung: Matthias Koopmann (Universität Passau)

11:00 – 11:30 Uhr
Stephan Hoppe (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München): Die europäischen Dimensionen des Schlossbaus als Medium der fürstbischöflichen Selbstdarstellung im 15. Jahrhundert

11:30 – 12:00 Uhr
Marina Beck (Oberhausmuseum Passau / Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): Die Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der Veste Oberhaus. Neue Forschungsergebnisse aus dem EU-Projekt ViSIT

12:00 – 12:30 Uhr
Nicole Riegel (Universität Würzburg): Funktionale Struktur und Raumausstattung der Passauer Veste Oberhaus um 1500. Fragen und Hypothesen

12:30 – 13:00 Uhr

13:00 – 14:00 Uhr Mittagessen

14:00 – 15:00 Uhr optional: Führung durch die Veste Oberhaus mit Marina Beck

How to book: Eine verbindliche Anmeldung zur Tagung bzw. zum Abendvortrag wird unter oder +49 851 396800 erbeten. Die Teilnahme an der Tagung und des Abendvortrags ist kostenfrei.

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CfP: (Im)mobility: Dialectics of Movement, Power & Resistance, LSE (28/11/2017)

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) is pleased to announce the cross-disciplinary student-led conference (Im)mobility: Dialectics of Movement, Power and Resistance, which will be hosted by the PhD Academy of the London School of Economics on 28 November 2017 (10am – 5pm).

The keynote speaker will be Dr Alexander Samson, Reader in Early Modern Studies at University College London.

The Call for Papers is open until 30 July 2017. View it online or download the PDF.

Venue: PhD Academy, London School of Economics, Lionel Robbins Building (4th floor), 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD, United Kingdom.

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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

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)

Call for Papers

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 by the 16th September 2016.

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Conference: Society, Rule and Their Representation in Medieval Britain (13-14 November 2014)

v0_master[1]13-14 November 2014

German Historical Institute London • 17 Bloomsbury Square • London WC1A 2NJ


Official page


14:00-14:15 WELCOME


Torben Gebhardt (Münster): Self-Categorisation of Medieval Rulers between 1016-1138 – A Comparison between England and the Holy Roman Empire

Isabelle Chwalka (Mainz): Conception and Perception of England and the Empire in the Twelfth Century

Stephan Bruhn (Kiel): Of Suffering Kings, Unwise Bishops and Violent Abbots – Concepts of Elites in ‘Biographical Writings’

15:45-16:30 COFFEE BREAK


Grischa Vercamer (Berlin): Descriptions of Power and Rulers in the High Middle Ages: English Chronicles in European Context

Bastian Walter-Bogedain (Wuppertal): “I ́ve got him, I  ́ve got him!” Or: How to Capture a King on a Battlefield

Ulla Kypta (Frankfurt): The Power of Routines: The Emergence of the English Exchequer during the 12th Century

Martin Stier (Heidelberg): Barons, Lords, Peers. Rank in the English Baronage

in the 14th Century



Veronika Decker (Vienna): Planting the Vineyard of the Just: The Foundation of New College, Oxford and the Stained Glass of the College Chapel

Julia Crispin (Münster): French Treasures for an English Prince: John of Bedford, Regent of France, and his French Illuminated Books

Antje Fehrmann (Berlin): Courts or Concepts? Cultural Networks and Artistic Exchanges in 15th-Century England and Germany

10:45-11:15 COFFEE BREAK


Franziska Klein (Duisburg-Essen): The King’s Converts – Caritas, Conversion and Control in Late Medieval England

Tanja Skambraks (Mannheim/Rome): Children, Liturgy and Festive Culture in Medieval London

Ute Kühlmann (Mannheim): Celtic Fosterage