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Job: Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, History of Art, University of York (UK), deadline 23rd July 2018

Department: History of Art
Based at University of York – Heslington Campus
Hours of work: Full-time
Contract status:  Open
Salary £38,832 – £41,212 a year
Apply by 23/07/2018

The Department of History of Art at York is one of the largest and most dynamic communities of art historians in the UK with an international reputation for research and teaching over a chronological span from late antiquity to the present. Particular strengths include Architectural History and Theory, British Art, Medieval Art, Sculpture, and Stained Glass. We now wish to appoint a Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture, and invite applications from those working on Europe (East or West), or the Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic, or Russian worlds.

You will have a strong research profile in this area, complementing existing areas of staff expertise and bringing new perspectives to the Department’s medieval coverage. You will contribute to the department’s profile through high-quality publications, by seeking external research funding, and by demonstrating the impact of your research. You will develop and maintain relationships with museums, galleries, and other organisations involved in medieval art and architecture at local, regional, national, and international levels. You will contribute to the department’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including specialist, research-led teaching and supervision of MA and PhD students. You will undertake an appropriate share of administrative responsibilities.

You will have a PhD in History of Art or relevant area, and appropriate academic professional and teaching qualifications or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

You will have knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies and a range of teaching techniques to enthuse and engage students. You will possess advanced and relevant IT knowledge and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy and goals.

You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to contribute to high quality research which has been publicly evidenced, for example, by the presentation of papers at conferences and workshops; participation in public engagement events to disseminate research; the publishing of chapters in text books; the publishing of papers; articles or reviews in academic journals or elsewhere. You will be expected to show evidence of successful course planning, design and delivery across a range of modules, with exemplification of teaching materials.

You will have the ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write and/or contribute to publications and/or to disseminate research findings using other appropriate media; to deliver presentations at conferences or exhibit work at other appropriate events internally and externally; to extend, transform, and apply knowledge from scholarship; to design teaching material and deliver either across a range of modules or within a subject area; and to supervise the work of others, for example in research teams or projects or as an MA, PhD or postdoctoral supervisor.

Enquiries to Professor Michael White (michael.white@york.ac.uk), telephone 01904 322978.

Interviews will be held on 14 September 2018 and the expected start date is 1 January 2019. The post is full time and permanent (salary range £38,832 – £41,212 a year).

CFP: Recovering the Past (York N/EMICS), 2-3 June 2017

Recovering the past can be an arduous and treacherous task and modern scholars frequently find themselves indebted to those who have gone before them. This multi-disciplinary two-day conference sets out to celebrate and analyse the impact the work of previous generations has had on our understanding of the Medieval past. For example, from the mid-nineteenth century onwards there appears to have been an increased interest in cataloguing and preserving the sculpture of the early Medieval period by figures such as John Romilly Allen and Joseph Anderson, whose seminal work The Early Christian Monuments of Scotland, published in 1903, is still the most complete record of the sculpture of early Medieval Scotland and was an influencing factor behind the creation of the British Academy Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture (which published its twelfth volume in 2016), the key text for any scholar working on Anglo-Saxon monumental sculpture and ecclesiastical / secular patronage of the arts in the early Middle Ages. This recording and cataloguing of the past can also been seen during the Medieval period itself with the collation of earlier oral poetry being preserved in manuscripts, such as the ninth-century poem Genesis B preserved within the c. 1000 Bodleian Junius 11 manuscript-version of the near contemporary poem Genesis.

Wider examples of recovering the past include, but are not limited to: recovering the past given the issues surrounding the accuracy/authenticity of primary sources; excavation and/or scientific analysis, the insights these provide and the issues surrounding the findings; the recovery of lost or stolen artefacts during the Medieval period and beyond; highlighting the skewing of the past through the editing of texts since the later sixteenth century, the production of fakes, the re-carving of sculpture; highlighting the use and manipulation of the past to support nationalistic/religious arguments; the varying interests of antiquarians and early historians; as well as museology and the questions surrounding how we engage with and display the Medieval past.

This conference will bring together emerging scholars, early career researchers and established academics from a variety of disciplines to provide a platform to discuss how this important idea was manifested in the textual, visual and material evidence of the Medieval world and beyond. It aims to examine the implications and the significance of ‘recovering the past’ in its widest possible contexts.

Possible subjects include but are not limited to:

  • Antiquarianism and/or the recording and cataloguing of the Medieval past
  • Historiographies
  • Archaeological investigations
  • Stolen and/or recovered artefacts
  • The creation of fakes: including the re-carving of sculpture and the ‘editing’ of texts
  • Reconstructing fragmentary texts, narratives or objects
  • The recording of the oral tradition during the Medieval period and beyond
  • Issues surrounding the accuracy/authenticity of primary source material
  • Museology and the displaying of the Medieval past

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words (with a short biography) to Elizabeth Alexander (ea502@york.ac.uk) by 17 Feburary 2017.

For Further information on the Northern/Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series please see our website: northernemics.wordpress.com.

CFP: The Genesis of a Window: Methods, Preparations and Problems of Stained Glass Manufacture

great20east20window20before20restoration4CFP: The Genesis of a Window:
Methods, Preparations and Problems of Stained Glass Manufacture
, Stained Glass Research School – PhD Summer Symposium, University of York, King’s Manor, May 26 – 27, 2016
Deadline: May 8, 2016

The University of York’s Stained Glass Research School will be hosting
its annual PhD conference on 26th and 27th May 2016. From the early
medieval period stained glass design and manufacture has evolved and
reacted to changing tastes, styles and
technological advances. The conception and creation of stained glass
windows are influenced by factors as diverse as their architectural
settings, pictorial and
textual sources, and the politics of their patrons and custodians.

Proposals are invited for papers presenting research into any aspects
of stained glass design and creation from the  development of
iconographic and structural design, to production methods and

How to submit: Please send proposals for 20 minute papers (no more than 300 words,
including title and name of corresponding author) to Katie Harrison
(keh504@york.ac.uk) and Oliver Fearon (of509@york.ac.uk) by Sunday 8th

University of York MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management


The University of York’s MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management is pleased to announce the numerous scholarship and funding opportunities available for students starting in September 2016.

This MA is the only course in Britain for the study of stained glass conservation and remains the only programme in the English-speaking world.  York has unmatched resources in the Minster and city churches, its leading conservation studios and the Department’s lively Stained Glass Research School. This innovative programme offers an integrated study of stained glass and its conservation. Taught in partnership with the Department of Archaeology, the programme provides training for a variety of employment in stained glass conservation workshops, cultural heritage management, arts administration, administration of historic buildings and museums, and for higher research degrees.

We are happy to announce that The York Glaziers Trust will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017, and as part of its celebrations will be awarding one MA in Stained Glass student entering in 2016 a £10,000 scholarship for the two year programme (open to UK/EU/Overseas applicants).  There will also be funding available from the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and we will be announcing some further scholarships soon.

Stained Glass students are also eligible to apply for the following History of Art scholarships: WRoCAH Research Preparation Masters scholarships and the Ede & Ravenscroft Bridge Scholarship in History of Art (Please note that these scholarships will only apply to Year 1 of the SG MA). Details of these two scholarships can be found here. 2016 also sees the introduction of the New Postgraduate Loans Scheme. There is also a York Graduate Loyalty Discount for continuing York students. A full list of overseas funding opportunities can be found here.

Conference: Subterranean, York

index ‘Subterranean’ is a two-day interdisciplinary conference, organised for the 17 and 18 of May, 2014 at the University of York. It is not an overstatement to suggest that much of the material culture associated with the medieval world (including artefacts, objects and spaces), are identified with the ground in some way. From the famed grave goods of the high-status burials such as Prittlewell and Sutton Hoo, the ship burials of Sutton Hoo and Oseberg, to Wilfrid’s much-studied subterranean spaces of the crypts built at Hexham and Ripon, to the recent metal-work finds in Staffordshire and Yorkshire, to the dramatic discovery of the Faddan More Psalter, as well as the multiplicity of objects uncovered by antiquarian and archaeological digs which form the mainstay of the corpus, the field of the medieval is suffused with objects which are irrevocably associated with the earth. The idea of such treasures being hidden from the view of the modern world, just beneath its surface is intriguing and these subterranean spaces (and the objects they hide, hold or reveal) exert a fascination for today’s viewer. In addition to these objects, medieval material culture is also rife with sites and spaces which connect the earth, the ground, to the heavens, such as churches which connect subterranean spaces with those of the heavens, or the monumental carved stone crosses of the Insular world, embedded within the earth, but pointing to an eschatology beyond it.

This conference seeks to explore, through the consideration of visual, textual and material evidence, the idea of the ‘subterranean’ within the medieval world, both in terms of the objects and spaces located there, beneath the surface, but also in terms of that which is hidden or secret, reconsidering the ‘subterranean’ as concept, object and location for discussion. The idea of the ‘Dark Ages’, though largely dismissed in the scholarship, is nonetheless an idea which has a prevalent hold on the public conception of the medieval, chiming with the dark, unknown of the subterranean. This conference seeks to enquire whether, by looking again at well-known objects, artefacts, texts and spaces, further light may be shed on them; unearthing new meanings, ideas and references. The conference crosses various disciplines and periods, bringing together emerging scholars working across several fields of research with established academics, to provide a platform for the reconsideration of the idea of the ‘subterranean’, in all its forms. The conference aims to provide a forum for new avenues of thought around how the idea of ‘subterranean’ is conceptualised within the medieval period, allowing for flexible, shifting and changing attitudes to the art, objects, places, ideas and histories which currently define it in both popular and scholarly consciousness.

Job: Archivist, York

indexThe role of Access Archivist at the University of York is a pivotal role within the Information Directorate’s Archives team. You will have particular responsibility for access (including distance services and social media); you will have or develop a specialism in medieval records, and teach medieval palaeography and diplomatic to postgraduate level. You will work across the full range of the Borthwick’s archives and activities. You will have a high degree of independence of action within the remit of the post, which is demanding and requires initiative, creative thought and imagination, as well as technical skill. You will initiate and manage projects externally and internally, with partners inside and outside the University.


Call for Participants: Summer School: Arts, Architecture and Devotional Interaction in England 1200-1600 (York 2014)

Call for Participants:
Arts, Architecture and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200-1600
NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer School
York, 8 June – 4 July 2014

The medieval-themed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars
and Institutes for College and University Teachers offer opportunities to conduct research in Europe (Rome, Florence,York). While most participants will hold faculty positions, directors may admit up to two graduate students in each seminar.

yorkThe NEH Summer Seminar on Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction, 1200-1600 will be held in York, England from June 8 to July 4, 2014. The seminar is designed to provide college and university teachers with an extraordinary opportunity to explore how and why artwork and architecture produced between 1200-1600 engaged devotees in dramatic new forms of physical and emotional interaction. Building on the work of scholars over the past decade, we will examine the role of performativity, sensual engagement, dynamic kinetic action as well as emotional and imaginative interaction within the arts.

The seminar will take full advantage of its spectacular locale. Most seminar meetings will be held in churches or museums and we will be accompanied by visiting scholars who are specialists in the daily topics. The seminar is designed for all kinds of teachers in the humanities, not just art historians. You do not need a specialist’s knowledge of English Gothic art and architecture, but we expect that participants will have some scholarly engagement with European history, art history, theology, theater, music, or some other appropriate field. For further details, visit http://www.usu.edu/NEHseminar2014/

For additional information, please consult www.utc.edu/NEH or email Irven-Resnick@utc.edu