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CFP: SAH Annual Conference (Glasgow, 7-11 Jun 17)

Canterbury Cathedral NaveGlasgow, Scotland, UK, June 7 – 11, 2017
Deadline: Jun 6, 2016

The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 33 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics
across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

Thematic sessions and Graduate Student Lightning Talks are listed
below. Please note that those submitting papers for the Graduate
Student Lightning Talks must be graduate students at the time the talk
is being delivered (June 7–11, 2017). Open sessions are available for
those whose research does not match any of the themed sessions.
Instructions and deadlines for submitting to themed sessions and open
sessions are the same.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts must be under 300 words.
The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be
submitted.
A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted.

LIST OF PAPER SESSIONS

‘A Narrow Place’: Architecture and the Scottish Diaspora
Architectural Ghosts
Architecture and Carbon
Architecture and Immigration in the Twentieth Century
Chinese Architecture and Gardens in a Global Context
City Models: Making and Remaking Urban Space
Colour and Light in Venetian Architecture
Culture, Leisure and the Post-War City: Renewal and Identity
Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History
Graduate Student Lightning Talks
Heritage and History in Sub-Saharan Africa
Landscape and Garden Exchanges between Scotland and America
Mass Housing ‘Elsewhere’
Medieval Vernacular Architecture
Mediterranean Cities in Transition
National, International: Counterculture as a Global Enterprise
Natural Disasters and the Rebuilding of Cities
On Style
Penetrable Walls: Architecture at the Edges of the Roman Empire
Piranesi at 300
Preserving and Repurposing Social Housing: Pitfalls and Promises
Publicly Postmo / dern: Government Agency and 1980s Architecture
Questions of Scale: Micro-architecture in the Global Middle Ages
Reading the Walls: From Tombstones to Public Screens
Reinserting Latin America in the History of Modernism: 1965–1990
Reopening the Open Plan
Rethinking Medieval Rome: Architecture and Urbanism
Spaces of Displacement
The Architecture of Ancient Spectacle
The Architecture of Coal and Other Energies
The Global and the Local in Vernacular Architecture Studies
The Poetics of Roman Architecture
The Politics of Memory, Territory, and Heritage in Iraq and Syria
The Tenement: Collective City Dwelling Before Modernism

From: Helena Dean <hdean@sah.org>

Conference: Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam, University of Tubingen (18-20 February 2016)

Leeds 2015 CFP - voices from the grave-1Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam

University of Tubingen, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Alte Burse, Bursagasse 1, Raum X, 72070 Tübingen, Germany,

Conference: February 18 – 20, 2016. Registration deadline: Feb 15, 2016

The idea that the shaping of tombs and funeral places goes beyond aspects of personal welfare and mirrors social functions and meanings of commemoration up to political claims is very popular in medieval research and leaves its mark on examples from Christian and Islamic contexts likewise. Beside an enhanced interest in ritual integration, recent investigations show a wider perspective on concrete location and spatial situation as main factor for the understanding of tombs and their function. As a result, space is interpreted beyond physical boundaries and frames as a relational definition based on social construct in the sense of collective perception, use and appropriation. The conference will give the opportunity to discuss these approaches within comparative perspectives on medieval objects, buildings and places of commemoration in Christianity and Islam. The focus lies on the relevance and the integration of tombs as places and spaces of formative and constitutive character in both religious cultures.

Registration now open:
http://www.transculturalstudies.ch/en/index/conferences/conference-tuebingen/registration.html

Programme

Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Tübingen, Alte Burse, Bursagasse 1, Raum X, 72070 Tübingen

Thursday, 18.02.2016

13.45 Opening remarks

Francine Giese, Zürich / Kristina Seizinger, Jens Brückner, Markus Thome, Tübingen

Section I – Workshop des Graduiertenkollegs „Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa“ Grabmaltopographien: Konstruktion und Wahrnehmung sakraler Orte und sozialer Distinktion

14.00 Jens Brückner, Tübingen

„Deus in cuius miseratione animae fidelium requiescunt…“ – die
liturgische Inszenierung von Grabmälern in Dom und Stadt Augsburg

14.45 Sebastian Scholz, Zürich

Totengedenken, Selbstdarstellung und Frömmigkeitspraxis im Spiegel der Inschriften vom 6. bis zum 15. Jahrhundert

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Kristina Seizinger, Tübingen

Wer erhielt ein Denkmal in der Kirche? Standortwahl und Visualisierungsstrategien sozialer Gruppen zwischen Tradition und Wandel

16.45 Markus Hörsch, Leipzig

Die Zisterzienserabteikirche Heilsbronn – Hohenzollern-Grablege und Abbild höfischer Hierarchie
18.15 Keynote Lecture

Tanja Michalsky, Rom

“Napoli (…) che é pietosissima verso li suoi passati, ali quali ogn’hora edifica sepolcri, fabrica sepolture, inalza marmi, statue et colossi …“.Die historiographische Erfassung der Grabmalstopographie im Neapel der Frühen Neuzeit

19.30 Apéro

20.45 Night visit: Die Tübinger Stiftskirche als Begräbnisort

Friday, 19.02.2016
Section II
Location of the sepulchral monument: appropriaton and construction of commemoration places

09.00 Xenia Stolzenburg, Marburg

Sieben Kirchen für ein Stiftergrab. Santo Sepolcro in Mailand im
Spiegel des Stiftungsdokumentes um 1030

09.30 Richard McClary, Edinburgh

On a Holy Mountain? Remote and Elevated Funerary Monuments in Medieval
Islam

10.00 Patricia Blessing, Stanford

Urban Space Beyond the Walls: Siting Islamic Funerary Complexes in Konya

Coffee break

11.00 Susanna Blaser, Zürich

Die programmatische Einbindung der Königinnen-Grabmäler in die
dynastische Nekropole in Saint-Denis bis zur Mitte des 15. Jahrhunderts

11.30 Eva Leistenschneider, Ulm

Aux piez et au plus près de la sepulture de nostre corps… – Die Gräber
von Familienmitgliedern und Höflingen des Königs in der
Herrschergrablege Saint-Denis

12.00 Fozia Parveen, Harrogate

Mythmaking, Symbols and Topography: The Ottoman Tombs of Selim I,
Suleiman I and Selim II

Lunch break

Section III
Shaping concepts: construction of meaning through formal, spatial and ritual reference frames

14.00 Francine Giese, Zürich

The Capilla Real in Córdoba. Transcultural Exchange in Medieval Spain

14.30 Antje Fehrmann, Berlin

Das Grabmal als Prozess: Form, Raum, Liturgie und Rezeption am englischen Königs- und Königinnengrabmal

Coffee break

15.30 Jessica Barker, London

Voices from the Grave: Tomb Monuments and Sound in Late-Medieval England

16.00 Sami L. De Giosa, London

The crosses of the Sultan: Sultan Qaytbay’s complex (1472-1474) and the mystery of two decorative elements carved in stone

16.30 Stefan Bürger, Würzburg

Zu den lokalen, liturgischen, historischen, genealogischen, baukulturellen und bautechnischen Kontexten der Grablege Bischof Thilo von Throtas im Merseburger Dom

18.15 Keynote lecture

Doris Behrens-Abouseif, London

Between written and unwritten testimonies: The Christian influences on
the mausoleum of Sultan Qalawun in Cairo

19.30 Conference dinner

Saturday, 20.02.2016

09.00 Markus Thome, Tübingen

Kathedralen als Gedächtnisräume. Das Bischofsgrabmal und die Visualisierung liturgischer Gemeinschaft im Spätmittelalter

09.30 Jörg Richter, Hannover

Eine Kathedrale ohne Bischöfe? Memorialtopographie und Memorialkalender am Halberstädter Dom im 15. Jahrhundert

Coffee break

Section IV
Political strategies: Power issues and sepulchral monuments as means of formation of identity

10.30 Barbara Franzé, Lausanne

Das Grabmosaik der Abtei von Saint-Bertin in Saint Omer (1109): Der Ausdruck der gräflichen Autorität zur Zeit der gregorianischen Reform

11.00 Christina Vossler-Wolf, Tübingen

Von Stiftern und Mönchen – Grablegen und monastische Raumkonzepte am Beispiel des ehemaligen Zisterzienserklosters Bebenhausen

11.30 Claudia Jentzsch, Berlin

„Florentiner Bescheidenheit“? Raumordnungen und Regulierungen der Begräbniskultur in spätmittelalterlichen Florentiner Sakralräumen

Lunch break

13.30 Sara Mondini, Venedig

A widespread ‘taste for the macabre’, apotropaic or political marks? Urbanism, landscapes and funerary architecture in the Indian Sultanates

14.00 Anna Pawlik, Köln

Ort des Gedenkens, Ort der Repräsentation. Das patrizische Grabmal im Spätmittelalter

14.30 Peyman Eshaghi, Karaj

From a Familial Grave to a National Shrine: Fundamental Changings in the Position of Safi-ad-din Ardabili’s tomb during the Safavid Dynasty in Iran

15.00 Final discussion

 

Registration deadline: Feb 15, 2016

Monumental Brass Society visit to Newark (17 Oct 2015)

Newark, Nottinghamshire, St Mary MagdaleneMonumental Brass Society: Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Saturday, 17th October 2015 at 2.00p.m.

The church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, is a product of the ‘building boom’ of the 14th and 15th centuries. The townsmen and their families were the principal benefactors of the church paying for the reconstruction, providing its furnishings and establishing personal chantries and memorials to aid their way to salvation. The earliest surviving brass is the magnificent Flemish brass for the merchant Adam Fleming (1361) one of the foremost merchant monuments of the fourteenth century.

Brasses for other townsmen John Boston (1540) and William Phyllpott (1557) are to be found in the south choir aisle. To the south of the high altar is the Chantry Chapel for the Robert Markham complete with early sixteenth century panels depicting ‘The Dance of Death’ complete with a dancing skeleton.

Programme:

2.00p.m.          Welcome
by Martin Stuchfield, President of the Monumental Brass Society

2.05p.m.          The Church of St Mary Magdalene Newark
by Philip Dixon

2.30p.m.          ‘Tis the sheep have paid for all’: Merchant Commemoration in Late Medieval Newark
by John Lee

3.00p.m.          Adam Fleming and his Brass: Context and Meaning
by Paul Cockerham

Members will have an opportunity to view the church and its monuments before. Tea will be available at the conclusion of the day with donations going towards the maintenance and running of the church.

The Church will be open prior to the meeting.

This meeting is free for members and non-members of the Society but registration is required by contacting the Hon. Secretary, Christian Steer, 8 Shefford Lodge, Link Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7LR (e: christianosteer@yahoo.co.uk).

The church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene is located in Church Walk in the centre of Newark. The postcode for satellite navigation is NG24 1JS. The nearest station is Newark North Gate (served from London: Kings Cross) with a walking distance of 0.6 miles (12 minutes).

Conference review: Commemoration of the Dead: new approaches, new perspectives, new material (15 November 2014)

There was a packed conference room in the newly-refurbished Institute of Historical Research at Senate House, as eager members of the Church Monuments and Monumental Brass Societies gathered to hear about new approaches to incised brass memorials. As a sequel of sorts to a conference reconsidering approaches to funerary monuments on the half-centenary of Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture held at the Courtauld Institute in July, the stakes were high for a day on one of the potentially less-colourful genres of late medieval art production. However, the conference proved that brasses could also produce many novel and intellectually profitable methodologies, rather than inward-looking and basically descriptive case studies.

Heythrop, Oxfordshire

Stained glass commemorating John Ashfield (d. 1521), Heythrop parish church, Oxfordshire – via Flickr Martin Beek

Richard Marks (‘Brass and Glass’: the medieval tomb-window) began the day with some pearls he had discovered in his relentless trawling of late medieval parochial wills, and that “brass and glass” was more than just a rhyme: many church windows acted as surrogate funerary monuments. Without the wills, there would be no way of knowing that the fragments of stained glass were patronised by the memorialised person under our feet. The use of documents to consider individual agency was also explored by Jessica Knowles on All Saints North Street in York (’Controlling the Past’: the Medieval Brasses of All Saints North Street, York), and at the end of the day by Christian Steer on the brasses in the lost London convent of the Friars Minor (’A Melting Pot of Death’: Burials and Brasses in the London Grey Friars). This veritable carpet of memory raised the intriguing questions of why the Franciscans were so popular among well-to-do Londoners, and how the friars themselves – supposedly unable to own property – bought their own brasses.

Brügge, Sint-Jakobsplein, Sint-Jakobskerk, Kupfergrabplatte der Katheline d'Ault (St. James's Church, tomb cover of Catherine d'Ault)

Brass of Catherine d’Ault d.1451, St James, Bruges – via Flickr HEN-magonza

The idea of the importance of patrons’ agency in the design of memorials was raised in the paper by Matthew Ward discussing Chellaston alabaster workshops (Late Medieval Style: the Role of Agency and the Workshop). Michael Carter then showed how an alleged London Type-B brass in Fountains Abbey was almost certainly later than the usual timespan of that workshop; instead the evidence of the iconographical motif of raising a mitre to show off a cleric’s doctoral credentials gave us the identity of the commemorated abbot (The Mysterious Mitre on the Monument). Looking outside of the constraints of the medium continued: Harriette Peel (Women, Children and Guardian Angeles in Late Medieval Flemish Funerary Art) also used novel iconographical analysis to show that a Flemish brass commemorating a young girl may be making appeal to female hagiography through its inclusion of a guardian angel. Sanne Frequin brought colour to proceedings with some technical findings of the polychromy of Tournai Marble monuments: supposedly a “pure” medium like brass (Tournai Stone: an investigation of materiality).

Nijmegen, Sint Stevenskerk

Tomb of Catherine Bourboun (d.1465), St Stephen, Nijmegen – via Flickr Stewie1980

It is often forgotten that England, with its religious rather than social revolution, has a much richer corpus of funerary monuments than much of Europe. Ann Adams used the English corpus of tomb chest-top brasses to creatively illuminate the apparently peculiar choice of the genre over sculpted effigies by some Flemish nobles (‘Revealed and Concealed’: Monumental Brasses on Tomb Chests – the examples of John I, Duke of Cleves and Catherine of Bourbon). Robert Marcoux (The Social Meaning and Artistic Potential of a Medium: Brass and the Medieval Tombs of the Gaignières Collection) reminded us of the importance of the Gaignières collection in the absence of the physical objects, and demonstrated its statistical potential in mapping aesthetic tastes over time. The varied papers, coupled with a lively, knowledgeable and generous audience, made for a day that proved that the humble brass lurking under the carpet in many a parish church can prove a lucrative genre for the modern art historian’s inquiry.

This review was originally published in Medieval Memorial Research newsletter, a free biannual summary on current developments concerning research in memoria of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (till circa 1600), and is part of Medieval Memoria Online.

Courtauld Tomb Raiders visit to the Temple church, 30th October

London TempleThe Courtauld’s medieval research group with a special interest in funerary monuments, Tomb Raiders, invite all to a visit to the Temple Church just off the Strand on the morning of the 30th October. The student rate will be £2. The church is open 11-1, so once everyone has arrived we shall gather about 11:15 in the Round nave to tour the church together.

The day will be most generously lead by Catherine Hundley, Kress Fellow at the Warburg, who is writing her dissertation on twelfth-century Round Churches.

The church, built for the order of the Knights Templar and now hidden away in the Inner Temple betwen the Strand and the Thames, was built in two stages, the mid-twelfth century and early thirteenth, resulting in two very important examples of English Gothic architecture. It is also famous for its array of knightly monuments. Since the supression of the Templar order in the fourteenth century, the church has gone through much change and restoration, not least the terrible incendiary bombs of 1941, all which add to its remarkable history. The morning will be geared towards open discussion, but I would be happy if anyone would like to volunteer to give introductions to the choir, the effigies or the nineteenth-century embellishment and post-war reconstruction.

Booking is not essential but please do email me at james.cameron@courtauld.ac.uk if you intend to come or would like to give an introduction to any feature. Also numbers are not limited so please feel free to invite anyone who you think may be interested.

Afterwards we shall return to the Courtauld for lunch in the cafe. At 3pm is the Student Work in Progress round-table seminar in the Research Forum. For more information on the latter, please contact Anna.Koopstra@courtauld.ac.uk.

Monumental Brass Society: Lingfield study day

Lingfield brassThe Monumental Brass Society are holding a study day at Lingfield Church in Surrey on the 28th September 2013. The speakers will be Nigel Saul and Clive Burgess.

The cost is £25.00 for members and £40.00 for non-members. A special concessionary
rate of £15.00 is available for full-time registered students. Lunch is not included.

More information, including an itinerary and how to reserve a place, is available in this flyer.

Mercers’ Hall Christ to star in new Tate Britain exhibition

A new exhibition at Tate Britain focusing on iconoclasm and vandalism in art will feature a statue of Christ found beneath the floor of the chapel of the Mercers’ Hall in London. Since its discovery in 1954, the statue has never been sent out on loan.

The Mercers' Hall Christ

The statue is likely by a Flemish artist working in England and may have been part of a tomb monument. It was rather specifically damaged by the removal of its limbs before being buried at the Reformation, and preserves much of the fine carving of the harrowed face and intricate Gothic draperies. For further reading see the article shortly after its discovery by Joan Evans and Norman Cook (available here) and Kim Woods “The Mercers’ Christ reexamined”, in Richard Marks (ed.), Late Gothic England: Art and Display, (2007), 57-69.

Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm opens at Tate Britain on 2 October. For more on the exhibition as whole, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23198478