CFP: ICMA at CAA 2018, due 14 Aug 2017

Calls for Papers

ICMA sponsored session at CAA, Los Angeles, 21-24 Feb 18    

“Medieval Echo Chambers: Ideas in Space and Time”, organized by Jack Hartnell (University of East Anglia, Norwich) and Jessica Barker (University of East Anglia, Norwich).   Deadline:  14 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 medieval consonance, thinking through these Gestamtkunstwerken 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 to the history of the spaces they inhabited, and how did they imagine these spaces’ future?

In an attempt to attract papers on different aspects of this diverse theme, as well as hear from speakers coming from a broad range of backgrounds and at different stages of their career, we have not preselected a group of speakers but rather envisage putting out a call for around four or five short papers, to be framed in the session by an introduction from the organisers. We encourage speakers to put forward proposals on material from any part of the Middle Ages, broadly defined both chronologically and geographically.

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

·         longue durée narratives of interaction between objects and architecture, particularly in ideologically-charged public or private spaces such as churches, palaces, or shrines;

·         tracking the resonance of quotidian spaces, such as marketplaces, bridges, squares, over time and across evolving audiences;

·         relationships between objects from the classical world brought forward into medieval settings;

·         medieval stagings of objects that project forward into the early modern period and beyond;

·         evolving relationships between particular types of artist and particular types of space;

·         documents and performances through which the 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 their changing nature over time;

·         ‘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 ( and Jessica Barker ( by 14th August 2017


ICMA at Byzantine Studies Conference, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, 5-8 Oct 2017

ICMA at Byzantine Studies Conference, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, 5-8 Oct 2017

ICMA co-sponsored Keynote Lecture:

The ICMA, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Center for Medieval Studies, will co-sponsor the annual Carl Sheppard Lecture in Medieval Art History to be delivered at the BSC on Friday 6 October in 120 Elmer Andersen Library.  Elizabeth S. Bolman (Temple University) will talk on “The White Monastery Federation (Upper Egypt) and the Early Byzantine World: Rethinking Sites of Cultural Production”. 

ICMA at IV Forum Kunst des Mittelalters/IV Forum Art History, Berlin, 20-23 Sep 2017

ICMA at IV Forum Kunst des Mittelalters/IV Forum Art History, Berlin, 20-23 Sep 2017

ICMA sponsored session: “The Treasury of San Isidoro de León and its Global Connections”, organized by Jitske Jasperse (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid).


Amanda W. Dotseth (Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and CSIC, Madrid), “The Treasures of a Medieval Church in a Modern State: San Isidoro de León and the Making of Spain’s National Collections”;

·Silvia Armando (American Academy in Rome), “‘Siculo-Arabic’ ivories in the Treasury: perception and practises within a Christian context”;

Janet Kempf (Kloster und Kaiserpfalz Memleben), “How Ottonian Artists illuminated Spanish Art”;

Jitske Jasperse (CSIC, Madrid), “Holy Exoticism: New Perspectives on a Princess’s Portable Altar”.


ICMA Call for Proposals - CAA 2018 - due Thursday 20 April 2017

due 20 April 2017

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2018 at the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Session organizers and speakers must be ICMA members. Proposals must include a session abstract, a CV of the organizer(s), and a list of speakers, all in one single Doc or PDF with the organizer’s name in the title.

Please direct all session proposals and inquiries by 20 April 2017 to the Chair of the ICMA Programs and Lectures Committee:  Janis Elliott, Texas Tech University. Email: .



The ICMA is proud to present the keynote lecture by David H. Caldwell (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland), “Unsealing a Forgotten Resource - Scottish Glyptic Art ,” on 17 March (5-6pm) at the 38th Annual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians.

The conference is hosted by Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, 17 & 18 March 2017.

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Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, 17 & 18 March 2017

The 38thannual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be hosted by The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University (St. Catharines, ON), 17-18 March 2017. The organization welcomes those interested in medieval art and architecture. This year, the keynote lecture will be delivered by David Caldwell (President, Society of Antiquarians of Scotland). 

We invite those interested in delivering a paper in English or French on any topic relating to the art, architecture and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages (or its post-medieval revivals), to submit a short abstract (250 words) by 1 December 2016. Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

Please send your abstract and 50–word C.V. by email to:
Candice Bogdanski, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University


Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, 17-18 mars 2017

Le Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University accueillera le 38e Colloque annuel des historiens de l’art médiéval du Canada en mars 2017. L’organisation accueille tous ceux et celles qui s’intéressent à l’art et à l’architecture du Moyen Âge. Cette année, la conférence plénière sera donnée par David Caldwell (President, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland). 

Les personnes souhaitant présenter une communication sur l’art, l’architecture ou la culture visuelle/matérielle du Moyen Âge (de même que les manifestations postmédiévales) sont invitées à soumettre un résumé de 250 mots avant le 1er décembre 2016. Les interventions peuvent être en français ou en anglais. Tous les chercheurs et chercheuses qui en sont à différentes étapes de leur carrière sont encouragés à participer.

Veuillez envoyer votre résumé et un c.v. abrégé par courriel à:
Candice Bogdanski, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University. 


We are pleased to announce the launch of The Lordship and Commune Project: A Collaboratory (

The Lordship and Commune Project is based on Barbara Abou-El- Haj’s unfinished study of the cathedrals of Reims and Amiens, analyzed in relation to their political and social environments.

Using this interactive platform, scholars and students can explore, debate, and raise new questions about Gothic architecture, power, and resistance.

Please check it out, contribute to the conversation, and consider integrating it into your Fall 2016 courses!

The Lordship and Commune Project is a collective work. Nina Rowe led a team of scholars – Michael Davis, Jennifer Feltman, Lindsey Hansen, and Janet Marquardt – editing, revising, and filling out the text. Danielle Oteri was in charge of design, with assistance from Aimee Caya on images. Please see the Acknowledgments link on the site where we have a chance to thank all the people who made this project possible.


Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany; 20-23 September 2017
due 31 October 2016

The Treasury of San Isidoro de León and its Global Connections
Organizer: Jitske Jasperse (Madrid)

Liturgical objects from the San Isidoro treasury – in situ and at the Museo Arqueológico Nacional in Madrid –, present a golden opportunity to be studied as a multi‐layered collection with largely untold stories. Such an unusual gathering of metalworks, silks, and ivories locates the capital city of León as a contact zone for artistic production and the exchange of materials, ideas and craftsmanship between the wider world and Christian Spain. The study of (supposedly) Islamic luxury items – such as ivories and textiles – points out that transcultural contact offers a fresh perspective on centres of production, patronage and fashion for the central Middle Ages. Transcultural objects also challenge us to (re)consider why and how some pieces – initially not meant to function in an ecclesiastical context – ended up in churches and how this affected their meaning. At the same time, San Isidoro’s treasury contains a variety of objects from the eleventh and twelfth centuries that seem to be made for, or intended to be given to, that monastery from the start. A closer study, however, reveals that elements of the treasury’s history were fabricated and manipulated through these very objects, their materials, and inscriptions. 

How then did this treasury work, and who was involved in collecting these pieces from Egypt, al‐Andalus, Sicily and beyond? What were its underlying principles, and were such stories confirmed by the presence of other ‘exotic’ objects? These questions apply both to the medieval moment in a monastic setting and to the nineteenth‐ and twentieth‐century display of San Isidoro’s treasury for secular publics. San Isidoro’s museum and the Museo Arqueológico Nacional have stories to tell about treasuries, the Middle Ages and cross‐cultural exchange. How are narratives concerning religious and geographical boundaries communicated? This session aims to unfold the multiple stories behind San Isidoro’s treasury and the impact of exchange on the formation of collections in the Middle Ages and beyond. 

Please send your paper proposals of max. 1 page to
Deadline: 31 October 2016