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Conference: Faltbilder/Foldable Pictures (Zürich, 21-22 November 2014)

Faltbilder. Medienspezifika klappbarer Bildträger.
Foldable Pictures. Implications of Mediality.
University of Zürich, 21-22 November 2014

David Ganz (Universität Zürich)
Marius Rimmele (NCCR Mediality, Universität Zürich)

Book pages, diptychs, and triptychs were popular formats for the presentation of images in the medieval and early modern periods. In addition to their ubiquity, these objects also share one essential material feature: the supports that carry the images are movable. The most obvious consequence of the mobile presentation is the consecutive progression of different views.
Only in recent years did scholars begin to consider the processes of transformation that the opening and closing of pictured surfaces generate, for example the strategies of layering or folding images and the production of tacit knowledge caused by such formats. Using foldable pictures leads to a metaphorical coding of entire object classes, but also to a semantization of specific object areas (the dichotomy of inside and outside as, for example, “secular” versus “sacred”, or “accessible” versus “secret”). Furthermore, also structural features such as borders or thresholds, hinges, and cleavages play a decisive role in these processes. Thanks to the viewer’s memory, images “hidden” beneath other images begin to “gleam through” and become virtually present nonetheless. Movability also creates multiple lines of vision or additional moments of contact between represented persons.

It appears that artists have paid much more attention to these issues as has been hitherto recognized. It may also be noted that this is not a phenomenon restricted to artistic problems. In religious images, such effects were harnessed to draw attention to other functions, such as
didactic or mnemonic purposes.

This conference will explore the range of recently observed phenomena, and discuss their implications for the concept of the image in medieval and early modern period.


Friday, 21 November 2014

10.00-10.30 Einführung (David Ganz/Marius Rimmele, Zürich)

(Moderation: Mateusz Kapustka, Zürich)

10.30-11.15 The Thresholds of the Winged Altarpiece: Altarpiece-Exteriors as Liminal Spaces (Lynn F. Jacobs, Fayetteville)

11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.30 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Approaches to Diagrams and Double-Page Spreads      (Adam S. Cohen, Toronto)

12.30-14.00  Lunch Break

(Moderation: David Ganz, Zürich)

14.00-14.45 Klappbare Bilder als Form der Ordnungs- und Sinnstiftung im Kostbaren Evangeliar Bischof Bernwards von Hildesheim (Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Bonn)

14.45-15.30 Transforming Pages: Parchment and Ornament as Passages in Medieval Manuscripts (Anna Bücheler, Zürich)

15.30-16.00 Coffee

(Moderation: Marius Rimmele, Zürich)

16.00-16.45 Now you see me – Klappbilder als Medienwunder (Roland Krischel, Köln)

16.45-17.30 Dynamik und Semantik des Öffnens (Heike Schlie, Berlin)

Keynote lecture
18.00 Im Grunde die Falte (Bernhard Siegert/Helga Lutz, Weimar)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

(Moderation: Britta Dümpelmann, Berlin)

9.00-9.45 Hybrid Identities Displayed in Motion. Folding Altarpieces by Hans Süss von Kulmbach and the Boner Chapel at the Church of Our Lady in Krakow (Masza Sitek, Krakau)

9.45-10.30 Hinwendung zum Heil – Medienspezifisches Erzählen in Bartlme Dill Riemenschneiders Dreikönigsretabel von 1545 aus dem Dom von Brixen (Hanns-Paul Ties, München)

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.45 Wandelbares Mobiliar. Studien zu schließbaren Bildträgern im Spätmittelalter (Pavla Ralcheva, Köln)

11.45-12.30 Beobachtung eines liturgischen Flügelobjekts in statu nascendi: Die Kanontafel (Peter Schmidt, Heidelberg)

12.30-14.00 Lunch Break

(Moderation Roland Krischel, Köln)

14.00-14.45 Plural und Singular des Bildes um 1490. Zu impliziten und expliziten Faltungen bei Carpaccio und Giambellino (Stefan Neuner, Basel)

14.45-15.30  Rubens’ Aktualisierung des Wandelaltars im Barock (Ulrich Heinen, Wuppertal)

15.30-16.00 Discussion

For further information, see: http://www.khist.uzh.ch/chairs/mittelalter/veranstaltungen/faltbilder.html

Conference: Clothing Sacred Scripture (Zurich, 9-11 October 2014)

International Conference:
Clothing Sacred Scripture: Book Art and Book Religions in the Middle Ages
9-11 October 2014 
Universitaet Zuerich, Raemistrasse 71, KOL-G-217

clothingsacredscriptureflyerIn a traditional perspective, book religions are seen as agents of logocentrism, establishing a sharp dichotomy between scripture and aesthetics, religion and art. The conference aims to broaden this perspective by a comparative and transcultural approach to religious
book culture exploring the specific »aesthetics of inlibration« of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Ages. The conference will reflect upon the different strategies of »clothing« sacred texts with precious materials and ornate forms in pretypographic cultures to create a close relation between the divine words and their human
audience. Conducted by an art historical focus the conference contributes to the nexus between sacred scripture and art by exploring how art shapes the religious practice of books, and how the central importance of religious books shapes the evolution of artistic practices.


Thursday 9 October 2014

10:00-10:30 David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich)
Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)

10:30-11:15 Bruno Reudenbach (Universitaet Hamburg)
Liturgical Reading and/or Presence. Observations on Early Medieval 
Gospel Books

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Sarit Shalev-Eyni (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Aural and Performing Aspects of Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts for 
Liturgical and Ritual Use

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Sophie Schweinfurth (Universitaet Zuerich)

14:00-14:45 Vera Beyer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
When Writers Dream of Mental Sight… Images of Dreams as Mediators 
between Material and Immaterial Aspects of Persian and French 

14:45-15:30 Finnbarr Barry Flood (New York University)
Bodies, Books and Buildings: Economies of Ornament in Juridical Islam

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Anna Buecheler (Universitaet Zuerich)

16:00-16:45 Michelle Brown (University of London)
Concealed yet Revealed: Empowering Unseen Text by Iconic External 
Visualisation, from the Freer Gospels to the Lough Kinale Bookshrine

16:45-17:30 Karin Krause (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
Divine Tablets, Heavenly Scrolls. Images and Metaphors of Sacred 
Scripture in Byzantium

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-18:45 Robert S. Nelson (Yale University)
Dressing and Undressing Greek Lectionaries in Florence

18:45 Apéro

Friday 10 October 2014

Chair: Silke Tammen (Universitaet Giessen)

9:00-9:45 Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)
Holy Scripture as Body of Christ. The Book in the Byzantine Liturgy

9:45-10:30 Vladimir Ivanovici (Università della Svizzera Italiana
The Ritual Display of Jewelled Bibles in Late Antiquity: Aesthetic and 
Typological Implications

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11.00-11.45 Carsten Juwig (Universitaet Hamburg)
Clothing the Corruptible with Incorruption. Views of Book and Baptism

11:45-12:30 Lindsey Smith (University of York)
Glorious Bookends: The Performance of Ivory Embellishing Sacred Text 
and the Connection between Consumer, Image and the Word of God

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Vera Beyer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)

14:00-14:45 Silke Tammen/Romina Ebenhoech (Universitaet Giessen)
“Wearing Devotional Books”: Book-shaped Miniature Pendants (15th–16th 

14:45-15:30 Rostislav Tumanov (Universitaet Hamburg)
Devotional Experience in a Jewellery Case: The Peculiar Layouts of two 
Late Medieval Books of Hours

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:45 Thomas Rainer (Bayerische Schloesserverwaltung Muenchen)
Adoring God’s Name: Images of the Torah Case (Tik) and its Erasure in 
Medieval Jewish and Christian Manuscripts (13th–15th Century)

16:45-17:30 Maria Portmann (Universitaet Muenchen)
Jewish Writings and Holy Scripture in Christian Paintings in Spain 
during the Late Medieval Period

Saturday 11 October 2014

Chair: Tobias Frese (Universitaet Heidelberg)

9:00-9:45 David Ganz (The Medieval Institute, The University of Notre
Performativity and Punctuation: Reflections on Carolingian Passion 
Narratives and their Liturgical Role

9:45-10:30 Beatrice Kitzinger (Stanford University)
The Mantle of History: Carolingian-era Gospel Illumination in Narrative 

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Anna Buecheler (Universitaet Zuerich)
Clothing the Saints: Two Textile-Ornamented Lives of Saints from the 
11th century

11:45-12:30 Tina Bawden (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Clothing the Page: Topological Functions of Colour in Early Medieval 
Illuminated Manuscripts

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich)

14:00-14:45 Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary College, University of London)
A Text without a Book, in the Middle Gilt and Ornate with Gems: The 
Bible in Liturgy and Courts of Law

14:45-15:30 Gia Toussaint (Universitaet Hamburg)
Two are Better than One: An Essay on Relics in Medieval Book Covers

15:30-16:00 Final Discussion

Organizers: Prof. Dr. David Ganz (Universitaet Zuerich), Prof. Dr.
Barbara Schellewald (Universitaet Basel)

Information: Sophie Schweinfurth (sophie.schweinfurth@uzh.ch)

See also: http://www.khist.uzh.ch/chairs/mittelalter/veranstaltungen/clothingsacredscripture.html?fontsize=big

Job: Postdoctoral Researcher “Le chiese della città di Roma nel Medioevo (1050-1300)” (Mendrisio)

Postdoctoral Researcher
Project “Le chiese della città di Roma nel Medioevo (1050-1300)” (Corpus Cosmatorum II)
Accademia di Architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) di Mendrisio / Istituto di Storia dell’arte dell’Università di Zurigo
Deadline: 6 October 2014

L’Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Università della Svizzera italiana) offre un posto di assistente di ricerca post doc a tempo parziale al 70% (inizio 1° gennaio 2015) nell’ambito del progetto di ricerca “Le chiese della città di Roma nel Medioevo (1050-1300)” (Corpus Cosmatorum II), finanziato dal Fondo Nazionale Svizzero (FNS).

Accademia_di_Architettura_di_MendrisioIl progetto di ricerca ha come obiettivo riprendere e concludere a medio termine i lavori svolti dal 2002 al 2010 sotto la direzione del Prof. Dr. Peter Cornelius Claussen dell’Università di Zurigo per la stesura del Corpus Cosmatorum II in 6 volumi. L’opera, dedicata all’architettura e agli arredi liturgici delle chiese medievali di Roma dall’undicesimo secolo fino alla fine del tredicesimo, è un progetto congiunto delle cattedre di Arte medievale dell’Istituto di Storia e teoria dell’arte e dell’architettura dell’Accademia di Architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) di Mendrisio (Prof. Dr. Daniela Mondini) e dell’Istituto di Storia dell’arte dell’Università di Zurigo (UZH, Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi). Nello specifico, entro la fine del 2017 dovrà essere ultimato il volume 4 dedicato alle chiese con iniziali M-N che comprenderà le numerose chiese romane dedicate a Maria. Questo volume si aggiungerà ai primi tre volumi del Corpus, accolti con favore dagli studiosi e alcuni dei quali già esauriti, oltre a dare nuovo impulso al progetto per potere procedere con i successivi volumi 5 e 6.

Il/La candidato/a deve avere esperienza di ricerca in storia dell’arte e dell’architettura medievale. All’interno di un gruppo di lavoro fortemente motivato, si occuperà autonomamente di una selezione di chiese per il quarto volume. L’incarico a tempo parziale al 70% avrà durata triennale. L’incarico avrà decorrenza dal 1° gennaio 2015 (o secondo accordi). È richiesta un’eccellente conoscenza della lingua tedesca (scritta e parlata), dell’italiano e dell’inglese. I candidati, preferibilmente con un PhD in storia dell’arte e dell’architettura medievale, sono invitati a inviare il proprio curriculum, un breve riassunto della propria tesi di dottorato (2 pagine) e un saggio di prova (articolo scientifico o capitolo della tesi in formato .pdf) all’indirizzo di seguito indicato. 

La documentazione completa dei candidati, con CV, copie dei diplomi accademici, attestati di eventuali esperienze didattiche e CD con saggi di prova, deve essere inviata all’Ufficio Risorse Umane in formato digitale e cartaceo entro il 6 ottobre 2014 (la documentazione non verrà restituita):

Sig.ra Christiane Schroeder, Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, Largo Bernasconi 2, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Svizzera; personale.me@usi.ch

Per ulteriori informazioni contattare la responsabile del progetto Prof. Dr. Daniela Mondini: daniela.mondini@usi.ch