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Pardon our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art (Kalamazoo 2016 sessions)

index-christian-art[1]The International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12 – 15, 2016
Deadline: Sep 15, 2015

Pardon our Dust: Reassessing Iconography at the Index of Christian Art

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016
Deadline: September 15, 2015

Organizers: Catherine Fernandez and Henry Schilb (Index of Christian
Art, Princeton University)

The Index of Christian Art (ICA) at Princeton University houses the
largest archive dedicated to the study of medieval art in the world. It
was founded by Charles Rufus Morey in 1917. Created with the intention
of cataloguing all known works of medieval art according to subject
matter, the Index developed over the course of the twentieth century
into an ever-expanding resource for the study of iconography. Although
the archive originated as a physical catalogue, the information
contained in the subject files began migration to an online database in
1991.  Now in its ninety-eighth year of existence, the ICA has embarked
on yet another conceptual and technological upgrade that will embrace a
more capacious understanding of medieval iconography through improved
functionality while preserving the knowledge amassed by Index scholars
during the previous century. Ever mindful that the ICA depends on the
scholarship of medievalists in order to maintain the database for our
researchers, we will sponsor two sessions that underscore this fruitful
reciprocity. As we reassess how specific fields are used within our
records, we seek the input of scholars who are actively engaged with
themes related to medieval iconography in the broadest sense of the
term. By focusing on issues related to the medieval program and
ornament, the panels address categories that currently merit further
consideration as fields of inquiry within the database.

We invite papers that explore new interpretive approaches or
historiographical analyses as a means to stimulate a lively
conversation on the ICA’s mission as an iconographical archive in the
twenty-first century. In mirroring the Index’s wide geographical and
chronological spectrum, we welcome proposals that explore any artistic
media produced during the Middle Ages in the Byzantine East and the
Latin West. Papers may consider specific case studies or address more
theoretical concerns.

I: Program
As Michel Pastoureau has observed, the concept of “program” as an art
historical term has been anachronistically applied to the study of
medieval art. The notion that an assemblage of images adheres to a
conceptual unity governed by the explicit wishes of an individual or
corporate patron remains a source of debate in the iconographic
interpretation of any number of monuments, manuscripts, or individual
objects. We seek papers that consider the advantages and limitations in
using the idea of “program” as an interpretive approach. We welcome
proposals that investigate themes related but not limited to the role
of patronage and iconography of medieval art works, the question of
iconographic unity in monuments, and the disjuncture between the
textual and the visual in the scholarly ekphrases of “programs” in
medieval art.
II: Ornament
Ornament occupies an ambiguous position within the study and
classification of medieval iconography. Recent scholarship, however,
has underscored the significance of ornament as a bearer of meaning. We
welcome proposals that investigate the role of ornament as an
iconographic element within works of medieval art. Topics of interest
include the iconographic function of vegetal ornamentation, the role of
ornament as a frame for narratives and portraits, the use of decorative
motifs as expressions of archaism or “foreignness,” as well as new
approaches in the language of describing medieval ornamentation.

Please send the abstract of your proposed paper (300 words maximum), CV
with current contact information, and completed Participant Information
Form, available at
http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper to the

Catherine Fernandez (caf3@princeton.edu) and Henry Schilb

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Conference: The Mediterranean City and Its Rulers, Princeton

Shawcross-Conf-Posters-FINALThe Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies presents “The Mediterranean City and Its Rulers: A Comparison of Byzantium, Islam, and Western Christendom in the High Middle Ages,” a conference, directed by Teresa Shawcross, Assistant Professor of History, to held on 2627 April at 216 Aaron Burr Hall.

The High Middle Ages were a period of profound transformation for the Christian cities of the central and western Mediterranean. However, it has generally been thought that the urban centers of the Islamic and Byzantine worlds to the south and east did not share in the same economic, political, and cultural developments. Most interregional studies carried out so far have promoted this understanding of the period by considering the “classic example” of the cities of northern Italy solely in the context of the situation on the other side of the Alps. Otherwise, attention has tended to be focused on specific polities within each of the three Mediterranean macro-regions, to the neglect of the picture across macro-regions. There has been no in-depth comparison of how cities were ruled in the various lands encircling the Great Sea, despite the existence of a strong common Roman heritage, as well as evidence for extensive interaction through long-distance trade, pilgrimage, diplomacy, and warfare. This conference will begin to undertake such an analysis, highlighting similarities and differences in governmental institutions, civic identity, and revolutionary activity throughout the Mediterranean.  The event is intended as a pilot establishing a network of scholars. The next meeting will be held at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and is being organized by Dr. Gianluca Raccagni, Chancellor’s Fellow in History.



Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art or Architectural History


Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University Applications are invited for a postdoctoral or more senior research appointment, July 1, 2014 -June 30, 2015. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester, subject to approval by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (which might be an introductory survey in the period of specialization and/or a seminar/upper-division class), interact with a diverse group of scholars, and have the opportunity to undertake and/or complete a research project. He/she will be expected to be in residence during the term of his/her appointment. Scholars must have completed all requirements for the PhD (including successful defense of the dissertation) by the time of appointment.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.princeton.eduand submit a CV, cover letter, statement of research, and names and contact information for 3 references. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job: Princeton University Visiting Research Fellowships in Hellenic Studies, 2014-2015

Visiting Research Fellowships in Hellenic Studies, 2014-2015
The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
Deadline: 3 February 2014

seeger_princetonThe Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a limited number of Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowships in Hellenic Studies for scholars in humanities, writers, or artists from Greece and other overseas countries (i.e., not the United States or Canada) who wish to spend time in residence at Princeton pursuing independent research projects, free of teaching and other obligations.

These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and normally offered annually. Awardees will be appointed for one term, rank contingent on credentials, pursuing research on a full-time basis. Visiting fellowships are available for the fall or spring terms, or during the summer months as described below. On occasion, shorter term appointments may be possible for writers-in-residence or artists-in-residence, or scholars who have been prior recipients of a visiting research fellowship or other Hellenic Studies fellowship at Princeton University.

Fall term appointments are from September 1, 2014 to December 15, 2014 (3 ½ months). Spring term appointments are from January 15, 2015 to May 30, 2015 (4 ½ months). Summer appointments are from June 15, 2015 to August 15, 2015 (2 months). The lengths and terms of the appointment will be determined by the Committee on Hellenic Studies. These fellowships are residential and, as such, fellows (as University employees) are required to be at Princeton at all times, devoting the major portion of their time to research and writing. They are required to participate in Hellenic Studies activities and the intellectual life of the University. They present their work-in-progress at Hellenic Studies workshops and are encouraged to meet colleagues in their respective academic disciplines. They enjoy full access to the University’s library, archival, and computing resources. Fellows are provided shared workspace at the Hellenic Studies office, as well as access to the Hellenic Studies Reading Room in the University Library. No secretarial services or office supplies are available to fellows. Computing support is available through the University’s Office of Information Technology. Before their departure, fellows are required to submit a report on their scholarly activities at Princeton.

For detailed information on eligibility and application process, see here.