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CfP: Medieval Echo Chambers: Ideas in Space and Time, College Art Association Annual Conference Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICMA @ CAA

Medieval Echo Chambers: Ideas in Space and Time
College Art Association Annual Conference
Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018

Session sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art

CFP Deadline: 14th August 2017

In recent decades, historians of medieval art and architecture have begun to think about the ways in which the interaction of objects, images, and performances were focused by particular medieval spaces. Whether directed towards a powerful cumulative spirituality, a slowly-accruing political self-fashioning, or more everyday performances of social coherence, it is clear that medieval space had the power to bind together sometimes quite disparate objects, forming their multiple parts into coherent messages for different types of viewers.

Thus far, however, such discussions have largely chosen to focus on individual moments of such consonance, thinking through the medieval Gesamtkunstwerk in only one particular iteration. This session proposes to expand this type of thinking beyond the snapshot by considering how medieval spaces could not only encourage resonance between objects in the moment but also echo these ideas over time. How did certain medieval spaces act as ideological echo chambers? How did certain spaces encourage particular recurring patterns of patronage, reception, or material reflection? How did people in the Middle Ages respond aesthetically to the history of spaces they inhabited, and how did they imagine these spaces’ future?

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that focus on material from any part of the Middle Ages, broadly defined both chronologically and geographically.

Paper topics might address, but are by no means limited to:

  • longue durée narratives showcasing the continuous interaction of objects and architecture.
  • the resonance of particular quotidian spaces—marketplaces, bridges, squares—with objects and performances over time and across evolving audiences.
  • relationships emerging over time between certain types of space and certain types of artist or craftsman
  • documents and performances through which the evolving histories of particular spaces and objects were remembered, reiterated, repeated
  • the role of the immaterial—sound, light, smell, touch—in drawing together spaces and objects, and the issues associated with charting these relationships over time
  • medieval spaces that continue to foster relationships with objects of the classical world
  • medieval interactions between objects and space that project into the early modern period and beyond
  • ‘future spaces’, which point to times and places beyond themselves, whether an imminent reality or a more fantastical future

250-word proposals should be sent with a short academic CV to Jack Hartnell (j.hartnell@uea.ac.uk) and Jessica Barker (j.barker@uea.ac.uk) by 14th August 2017.

Accepted speakers may be eligible to apply for ICMA-Kress Travel Grants to support travel to and from Los Angeles. For more information, see: http://www.medievalart.org/kress-travel-grant

Organisers:
Dr Jack Hartnell, Lecturer in Art History (UEA, Norwich)
Dr Jessica Barker, Lecturer in Art History (UEA, Norwich)

CONF: Streets, Routes, Methods I (Florence, 5-6 May 17)

Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, May 5 – 06, 2017

Streets, Routes, Methods I: Reflections on Paths, Spaces and Temporalities International Conference
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A cooperation of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute and eikones – NCCR Iconic Criticism, University of Basel Organized by Hannah Baader, Adam Jasper, Stefan Neuner, Gerald Wildgruber and Gerhard Wolf

Paths can be serpentine, straight and anything in between; they might traverse barely accessible mountains, like the Inca Trail, or be straight, like desire lines. Paths come before roads, survive into the time of roads, or reappear in response to them. Paths tend to be overgrown, to disappear—in the desert sand—to be overbuilt or abandoned. They have their temporalities, seasons and spatialities, between proximity and distance. Paths are therefore not purely spatial affairs. Paths have a genuine temporal dimension beyond the duration of a traveler’s journey. Paths can be seen as chronotopoi, with literary, pictorial and cinematographic histories. Paths must be trodden in order to survive, exemplifying the Heraclitian formula μεταβάλλον ἀναπαύεται (‘it is in changing that things find repose’). The temporal dimension of paths ultimately allows us to overcome the sterile dichotomy between real and imagined paths (metaphors, allegories, models). They have a rich life in the world of metaphors, intrinsic to the notion of met-hodos, based on the Greek word for way, or path. This allies paths to language and, more specifically, writing, whose elements are also repetitions, tracks that are ‘inked in’. It is the remembered, the described, and thereby the reusable and transferable path. Paths within language can become ritual tools for the creation of new ones.

Beyond the above mentioned approaches to paths, the conference will explore their relationship to the environment, in line with the eco-art historical project at the KHI. How do paths, trails and routes shape or even create landscape? What is the interplay of geomorphology, flora and fauna, animal and human agency? Paths introduce directionalities, itineraries and nets into the environment, they are linked to technologies of transport and movement; they offer viewpoints, changing horizons or deep immersion into flora or architecture; experiencing them is a multisensorial endeavor. Under the hodological conditions of global urban environments and post/industrial landscapes, paths run across streets, they can be subversive, democratic or pragmatic. They can be reinstalled as nostalgic evocations of a lost or overcome past,
of rural or pastoral life, or serve mass tourism as well as new ecological approaches.

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CFP: Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, University of Oxford, 23 June 2017

Call for Papers: Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Oxford University, 23 June 2017

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2017

The application of spatial paradigms to the study of late medieval and early modern societies is now well underway. In contrast, the so-called ‘mobility turn’ has struggled to find its way from the social sciences to the humanities and particularly to disciplines concerned with the study of the past. This conference proposes to bring the two together by exploring how everyday mobility contributed to the shaping of late medieval and early modern spaces, and how spatial frameworks affected the movement of people in pre-modern Europe.

In focusing on these issues, the conference also intends to relate to current social challenges. The world is now more mobile than ever, yet it is often argued that more spatial boundaries exist today than ever before. The conference hopes to reflect on this contemporary paradox by exploring the long-term history of the tension between the dynamism of communities, groups and individuals, and the human construction of places and boundaries.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers. Papers may engage with questions of mobility and space at a variety of levels (regional, urban, domestic) and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

Potential sub-topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Performing space through movement (border patrols, civic and religious processions, frontier trespassing)
  • Mobile practices in public spaces (itinerant courts, temporary fairs, diplomatic exchanges, travelling performances, revolts on the move)
  • Narrating movement, imagining space (pilgrimage guides, travel diaries, merchant itineraries, road maps)
  • Digital scholarship in exploring the intersections between mobility and space (network analysis, flow modelling, GIS-based research)


Please send your proposal and a brief bio
 to luca.zenobi@history.ox.ac.uk & pablo.gonzalezmartin@history.ox.ac.uk.

CFP: Other Spaces: Gender and Architecture in the Imagination, @IMC 2017, Leeds, July 3-6

haremason3Call for Papers: Other Spaces: Gender and Architecture in the Imagination, International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds (IMC 2017), July 3-6, 2017
Deadline: September 12, 2016

Paper Panel sponsored by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)

Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the significant roles played by medieval women as patrons of architecture and to the ways in which gender informed the design and function of architectural sites. But what about representations of women and architecture in the medieval imagination? How do visual materials such as manuscript illuminations, paintings and tapestries, and literary works, such as dream visions, conceptualize the relationship between women and architectural space? To what degree are gender and architecture mutually constituted? What conclusions can we draw about spaces considered feminine, and how do these spaces renegotiate the divisions between private and public? Given the longstanding associations between the female body and enclosure, what is the relationship between gender roles and real or imagined enclosures? In what ways do gendered imagined spaces help reconceive real spaces, or vice versa?

Though all topics will be considered, we are particularly eager for papers that address female identity and agency as figured through architectural forms.

How to submit: Please send your name and affiliation, a paper title and abstract (200-250 words) to Boyda Johnstone (bjohnstone1@fordham.edu) & Alexandra Verini (averini@ucla.edu) by Sept. 12, 2016.

Kalamazoo 2016: Gendered Spaces (sponsored by Hortulus)

Llangattock Hours, Getty Museum

Llangattock Hours, Getty Museum

CFP, ICMS (“Kalamazoo”) 2016: Gendered Spaces Hortulus-sponsored session Session organizer and presider: Melissa Ridley Elmes, co-editor of Hortulus The concept of gendered spaces—areas in which particular genders and types of gender expression are considered welcome or appropriate while other gender types are unwelcome or inappropriate—is a key element in the study of human geography. Gendering spaces is one way in which social systems maintain the organization of gender, and can preserve and dictate the accepted norms of gendered behavior, as well as relationships and hierarchies between men and women. Studying gendered spaces—environments, landscapes, and other places that have been designated specifically for “men” or for “women,” as well as the “public-private” divide often defined with men in public and women in private spaces, for example—can provide us with important knowledge of the ways in which the spaces we inhabit reinforce our cultural positions from a gendered perspective; for instance, how such spaces serve to segregate or to unify, to reinforce or subvert traditional forms of masculinity and femininity. This understanding, in turn, can shed light on existing power structures and the conflicts and issues that arise between men and women in a given culture. This session seeks to examine the subject of gendered spaces from a medieval vantage point, considering ways in which medieval society powerfully shaped and sought to control ideas of masculinity and femininity through the public and private spaces that were designated for men and women and how those spaces were used. We hope to attract an interdisciplinary panel of papers including studies from historians, art historians, and literary scholars that will extend our thinking about gender in the medieval period. The session shares a theme with our Fall, 2016 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, and we hope to be able to publish in that issue some of the papers delivered in this session. As our journal mission is to support the professionalization efforts of graduate students, the session is organized, presided over, and comprises papers given by current graduate students. Abstracts, brief bio, and participant information form to Melissa Ridley Elmes (maelmes@uncg.edu) by September 15, 2015.

Giotto’s Circle Presents Berlin Remixed: Papers on Italian Art and Architecture from the RSA Conference.

nuremberg_chronicle_berlin[1]After the recent Renaissance Society of America conference in Berlin, the Courtauld will be hosting an opportunity for those who could not see he papers – whether due to session clash or not attending the conference – in the, Research Forum Seminar Room, 30 April, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.

10.00 – 11.30: SPACES AND PLACES I

Alexander Roestel (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Habemus paulum: Reconstructing the Florentine Church of San Paolino

Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Relocating the Virgin. Altars and panel paintings in the Dominican churches of Tuscany.

Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge): Provincialism and Plurality in the Franciscan Church Interior

11.30 – 11.45: Break

11.45 – 1.15: SPACES AND PLACES II/WORDS AND PICTURES I

Michaela Zoeschg (Victoria and Albert Museum/The Courtauld Institute of Art): Royal Courts and Enclosed Gardens: The Frescos in Santa Maria Donnaregina (Naples) and Their Audience

Janet Robson (Independent Scholar): Pride of Place: La Verna, Monticelli, and a Trecento Painting for a Noble Clarissan Nun

Federico Botana (Queen Mary, University of London): Learning the Trade: Illustrated Abbaco Manuscripts in Fifteenth-Century Florence.

1.15 – 2.30: Lunch (not provided)

2.30 – 4.00: WORDS AND PICTURES II

Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art): “Your arrows have pierced me”: Perugino’s Saint Sebastian and the Spectator

Federica Pich (University of Leeds): Written for the Viewer, Painted for the Reader: On the Rhetoric of Words in Portraits

Paul Hills (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Language and the Discrimination of Colors in the Time of Titian and Veronese

4.00 – 4.30 Break

4.30 – 6.00: BEYOND TUSCANY

Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings (The Courtauld Institute of Art): ‘Beware, you envious thieves of the work and invention of others, keep your thoughtless hands from these works of ours’.

Eva Papoulia (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Gregory XIII and Sixtus V: A Known Antipathy, an Unknown Project

A WIDER VIEW

Caroline Campbell (National Gallery) – discussant in a round tablePainting and Painters in Fifteenth-Century Venice’

Closing remarks

Reception to mark the publication of Péter Bokody’s book Images-within-Images in Italian Painting (1250-1350): Reality and Reflexivity, Ashgate 2015.

Conference: Holy Bodies, Sacred Spaces (York, 2 May 2015)

University of York
Berrick Saul Building
Bowland Auditorium

The praesentia of holy bodies, the material remains of saints, is a
seminal aspect of late antique and medieval Christianity and has long
received scholarly attention. The art-historical debate on the eleventh
and twelfth centuries has focused, in particular, on pilgrimage, from
the monumental 1923 monograph by Arthur Kingsley Porter to the most
recent studies that examine the relationship between architecture and
pilgrims’ pathways in approaching holy bodies and venerated relics.
The idea of pilgrimage, however, unveils only a part of the richness of
the topic. In this conference, sponsored by the Department of History
of Art and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of York,
and funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation Small Grant,
speakers are invited to reflect on the different layers of meaning
associated with the praesentia of holy bodies. What was, for example,
the ecclesiological relevance of the possession of holy bodies at a
given site? To what extent did the praesentia of a saint have an
institutional, or even political importance? And, finally, in which
ways have these aspects been materialised in architectural structures
or visualised in images?

Programme

10.30       Introduction
MICHELE LUIGI VESCOVI (University of York)

Image, Architecture and Memory
Chair: M. L. Vescovi

10.45    Transformative sculptures: the ‘graven image’ and the human
figure in Anglo-Saxon sculpture
JANE HAWKES (University of York)

11.15    Architectural provision for secondary saints, prospective
saints and the blessed
RICHARD PLANT (Christie’s Education)

11.45    Inscribing memory: Bernward and Saint Michael of Hildesheim
WILFRIED E. KEIL (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

12.15    Discussion

Locating Holy Bodies
Chair: T. Ayers

14.00    Moving the body of a saint: St John of Beverley and the
architecture of Beverley Minster
CHRISTOPHER NORTON (University of York)

14.30    Absent body, double bodies: visualizing Bologna’s civic cults
JESSICA N. RICHARDSON (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz –
Max-Planck-Institut)

Holy Bodies and Pilgrimage

15.00    The Apostle is present! A new setting for pilgrims in the
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
MANUEL CASTIÑEIRAS (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

15.30    Ubi populo, qui huius miraculi fama magnus in ecclesia
confluxerat, omnia hec sunt narrata. Saint-Gilles-du-Gard and
Saint-Trophime at Arles: recent archaeological investigations on two
major Romanesque pilgrimage churches in Southern France
ANDREAS HARTMANN-VIRNICH (Laboratoire d’Archéologie Médiévale et
Moderne en Méditerranée, LA3M UMR 7298 Aix-Marseille Université
AMU/CNRS)

16.00    Discussion

For further queries please contact the organiser, Michele Luigi Vescovi
(micheleluigi.vescovi@york.ac.uk).

http://www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/news-and-events/events/2015/holy-bodies-sacred-spaces/