The ICMA Annual Book Prize: Call for submissions, due 31 May 2018

The ICMA Annual Book Prize

Deadline: 31 May 2018            

The ICMA invites submissions for the annual prize for best single- or dual-authored book on any topic in medieval art. To be eligible for the 2018 competition, books must have been printed in 2017. No special issues of journals or anthologies or exhibition catalogues can be considered. 

The competition is international and open to all ICMA members. To join or renew, click here. A statement of current membership is required with each submission.

Languages of publication: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish

Jury (2016, 2017, 2018): Therese Martin (chair), Michele Bacci, William Diebold, Beate Fricke, Kathleen Nolan

Prize: US $1,000 to a single author, or $500 each to two co-authors

Submission of books: only printed books with one or two authors are eligible for the prize. A statement of current ICMA membership must accompany each submission. 

Presses and self-nominations: books must be sent directly to the jury members. Please contact Ryan Frisinger at for current addresses. for any questions. for information.

New edition of GESTA is now available to ICMA members

Gesta 57.1 (2018) is now available to ICMA members online. A print version will be sent to members in the coming weeks.

ICMA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Gesta in full textPDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge. Many other benefits are listed on

Encounter: The Kirkekunstsamling at the University Museum of Bergen
Justin E. A. Kroesen

Justice, Conflict, and Dispute Resolution in Romanesque Art: The Ecclesiastical Message in Spain
James F. Powers, Lorraine C. Attreed

Matter and Materiality in an Italian Reliquary Triptych
Beth Williamson

Shrugging at the Sacred: Dreams, Punishments, and Feasting in the Daniel-Nebuchadnezzar Cycles of Illuminated Weltchroniken, ca. 1400
Nina Rowe

Visualizing Justice in Burgundian Prose Romance: The Roman de Gérard de Nevers Illuminated by the Wavrin Master and Loyset Liédet
Rosalind Brown-Grant

Integrated Pasts: Glencairn Museum and Hammond Castle
Jennifer Borland, Martha Easton


5TH Forum Medieval Art, Bern, Switzerland, 18th-21st September 2019

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2019 at the 5th Forum Medieval Art, which will take place in Bern. Intended as an open colloquium occurring biennially at rotating sites and organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V, the Forum seeks to bring together research and researchers on different fields, regions and periods and to serve—as its name suggests—as a forum for ideas pertaining to the study of medieval art.

Proposals for ICMA sponsorship should consist of a title, an abstract, and the CV of the organizer(s). The Forum will send out a Call for Papers once the selection of sessions has been made. Session organizers and speakers must be ICMA members. Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of sponsored session speakers. Please direct all session proposals seeking ICMA sponsorship in a single Word doc or PDF with name in the title by 14 May 2018 to the Chair of the Programs Committee: Beth Williamson, University of Bristol.    Email:


The fifth Forum Medieval Art will take place in Bern on 18th-21st September 2019. Bern – looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building – embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.

Many mountain regions, and especially the Alps, have a long history as sites of transfers and interferences. Today, mountains and glaciers are the locations revealing most rapidly the consequences of climate change. They raise our awareness of similar changes in the past. Mountain regions were and are traversed by several ecological networks, connecting cities, regions, and countries, as well as different cultures, languages, and artistic traditions. Mountains, with their difficult passages and bridges, structured the ways through which materials and people were in touch. Bridges were strategic targets in conduct of war, evidence of applied knowledge, expression of civic representation, and custom points—both blockades and gates to the world.

Peaks in the historiography of Art History mark moments of radical change within artistic developments, the pinnacles of artistic careers, and high moments in the encounters of different traditions. Since the unfinished project of Walter Benjamin, who obtained his PhD in Bern, the passage has also been introduced as a figure of thought in historiography. The passage describes historical layers as spatial constellations, in which works of art, everyday culture, religious ideas, definitions of periods and theories of history encounter.

Organizers must submit all session proposals to the Forum by 1 June 2018 at

Further information will soon be available at



KALAMAZOO, MI, May 9-12, 2019    

Call for ICMA Sponsored Session Proposals 2018

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2019 at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo. Session organizers and speakers must be ICMA members. Proposals must include a session abstract and a CV of the organizer(s), all in one single Doc or PDF with the organizer’s name in the title. 

A list of speakers is not required at this time. Organizers will have the opportunity to send out a call for papers after the session selected by ICMA has been approved by the Congress Committee in July.

Please direct all session proposals and inquiries by 1 May 2018 to the Chair of the ICMA Programs and Lectures Committee:  Beth Williamson, University of Bristol. Email:


due 14 April 2018

New York, 13-16 February, 2019     
The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2019 at the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Session organizers and speakers must be ICMA members. Proposals must include a session abstract and a CV of the organizer(s), all in one single Doc or PDF with the organizer’s name in the title. Session organizers may also include a list of potential speakers.

Please direct all session proposals and inquiries by 14 April 2018 to the Chair of the ICMA Programs and Lectures Committee:  Beth Williamson, University of Bristol. Email:

ICMA at the Courtauld 2018 Lecture: 13 March

ICMA at The Courtauld Lecture 2018
Series made possible through the generosity of William M. Voelkle

Tuesday 13 March 2018
5:30pm - 6:30 pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Somerset House, Strand  WC2R 0RN


Prof. Nancy Patterson Ševčenko
Former President of the International Center of Medieval Art

All in the Family: The Byzantine imperial family of the Comnenians as patrons in the first half of the 12th century

The Comnenian imperial family dominated the later 11th and 12th centuries in Byzantium: Emperor Alexios I, and his son and successor John II, ruled for a combined total of 62 years (1081-1143). And the family was large: Alexios had nine children and John had eight, and most of these children were adults, with children of their own, by the death of John II in 1143. Given that the administration of the empire in this period centered around membership in the imperial family, the relative proximity of each family member to the emperor himself, whether by blood or by marriage, became key.

The works of art associated with this famille nombreuse consist of everything from grand monastic foundations to illuminated manuscripts to small metal reliquary crosses. Some of these works, large and small, have survived; for others, there is ample written evidence. This paper will look at the many works of art and literature commissioned by, or associated with, specific members of the family in these decades, tracking issues such as how proximity to the throne of the individual may have affected the nature and general perception of the work and its place on a spectrum between public and private.

Open to all, free admission
Lecture followed by a reception sponsored by Sam Fogg

Nancy Patterson Ševčenko is a Byzantine art historian whose work has focused primarily on illustrated lives of the saints, and on the intersection of art and liturgy. She is the author of The Life of Saint Nicholas in Byzantine Art (1983), of Illustrated Manuscripts of the Metaphrastian Menologion (1990), and of Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue (2010) with S. Kotzabassi and D. Skemer); she is currently preparing a catalogue of the Byzantine illuminated manuscripts of the monastery of St. John on Patmos. A selection of her articles have been reprinted in her Variorum volume, The Celebration of the Saints in Byzantine Art and Liturgy (2013). She recently completed a term as the President of the International Center of Medieval Art, and is currently Visiting Scholar at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. She lives in South Woodstock, Vermont.

This lecture is presented by The Courtauld Institute of Art in association with the International Center of Medieval Art, New York, and with the support of The Courtauld Institute of Art's Research Forum.

Local arrangements: Joanna Cannon, The Courtauld Institute of Art

CAA 2018 Conference: MEDIEVAL ECHO CHAMBERS: IDEAS IN SPACE AND TIME, ICMA session Sat 24 Feb 2-3:30

Los Angeles, CA

24 February 2018, 2-3:30pm


Chairs: Jessica Barker, University of East Anglia; Jack Hartnell, University of East Anglia

Resonance and Revival in the Chapterhouse of Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville
Susan L. Ward, Rhode Island School of Design; Kathleen Nolan, Hollins University

Devotional Graffiti: Writing, Re-Enactment, and the Production of East Christian Sacred Spaces
Heather A. Badamo, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Space in Between: Medieval Bridges as Sites of Royal Spectacle
Jana Gajdošová, University of Cambridge

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: due February 9, 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: due February 9, 2018

The ICMA has a budget surplus this year that can be used to support needed projects. If you have an idea of a relevant project for ICMA to fund up to US$ 10,000, please send a concise project description and budget in PDF format with the email subject line "ICMA PROPOSAL" to ICMA Administrator Ryan Frisinger by Friday, February 9.

No proposals without a budget will be considered at this time. All proposals with a description and budget that are received will be discussed at the ICMA meeting at CAA. The funds will then be allotted by the Executive Committee of the ICMA Board.

ICMA membership is required to submit a proposal. If not yet a member, join here:


Call for applications: Copyeditor of GESTA

Gesta, published by the University of Chicago Press for the International Center of Medieval Art, seeks a copyeditor to work closely with the coeditors of the journal on the editing of two issues per year (with four or five articles in each issue). 
The copyeditor should be familiar with scholarly publishing practices with at least two years’ experience copyediting humanities scholarship.  Reading knowledge of some of the most relevant foreign languages is essential. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume with an hourly rate, and at least one editing sample that displays the editing mode. Send materials by email to the incoming editors, Susan Boynton ( and Diane J. Reilly ( Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2018.


due 1 February 2018

The ICMA is pleased to offer grants for graduate students to present their research at conferences. Two awards will be made this year, at $600 each, to help defray the cost of travel. Applicants must be ICMA members and currently enrolled in a graduate program. These funds are available only to students delivering papers.

Applicants must submit: 
1) A abstract of the paper that will be delivered in 300 words or less.
2) A short statement outlining the importance of the conference for academic or professional development
3) A budget proposal

Applications are due by 1 February 2018. Please submit materials as PDF attachments to Ryan Frisinger at


The ICMA Student Committee is currently seeking new members for two-year (renewable) terms. We welcome applications from current graduate students (MA, MPhil, PhD) who anticipate being in higher education for at least two more years.

The Student Committee has a diverse portfolio that includes organizing panels at international conferences (Leeds and Kalamazoo), contributing to the ICMA Newsletter, promoting opportunities for students in our field, and creating fora for students in medieval art to meet colleagues, and share research (in person, through social media, and in print), and actively participate in the ICMA.

Potential future initiatives include an oral history project, establishing a mentorship program, and creating a network and lists of resources for medieval art history students researching abroad.

Potential members should submit the following to and for consideration by 15 February 2018: current CV and a cover letter detailing interest in participating, relevant experience, current and future initiatives of interest. Applicants are welcome (but not required to) include ideas for future ICMA SC activities.


ICMA members and friends of medieval art are invited to attend the ICMA Annual Meeting on Friday 23 February 2018 in Los Angeles. All are welcome, but please fill out this form for each attendee:

At the ICMA Annual Meeting, we thank David Raizman (our current Treasurer), outgoing Board of Directors, and committee members for their services. We inaugurate an elected Treasurer and the incoming Board of Directors and committee members. 

Cash bar available; small bites will be served. Remarks at 7:30pm. 

Friday 23 February 2018

The Gallery Bar and Cognac Room
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
(Enter on South Olive Street, across from Pershing Square)

Any questions, please email


The 2018 Elliott Prize has been awarded to Alison Locke Perchuk (California State University Channel Islands) for her article, "Schismatic (Re)Visions: Sant'Elia near Nepi and Sta. Maria in Trastevere in Rome, 1120-1143,Gesta 55 (2016), 179-212. 

The Medieval Academy of America's Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize is awarded for a first article in the field of medieval studies judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. Van Courtlandt Elliott was Executive Secretary of the Academy and Editor of Speculum from 1965 to 1970. The prize that bears his name consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $500.

ICMA MEMBERS: vote now until 31 December

ICMA members are invited to vote for incoming Treasurer, Board of Directors, Nominating Committee Chair, and Nominating Committee. Voting is open until 31 December.

All current ICMA members received two emails: one with instructions on the voting process and another directly from BallotBin with the a unique ID to vote anonymously. 

Results will be announced at the February 2018 ICMA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

ICMA Statement: United States withdrawal from UNESCO

The ICMA is alarmed and saddened by the announcement on 12 October 2017 that the United States will withdraw from UNESCO in 2018. The United States was one of the founding members of UNESCO in 1945, and it was the first state to ratify the World Heritage Convention in 1972. The withdrawal of the United States is an abandonment of core principles, many times asserted in the United States, of the protection of common heritage, both natural and cultural, and it is a serious abdication of responsibility when heritage in that country and abroad has come increasingly under threat. We call upon the proper authorities to reverse this decision and to embrace even more fully a commitment to heritage worldwide.


Call for Proposals: ICMA session at St. Louis Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, due 10 Dec

ICMA @ St. Louis Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 18-20 June 2018

 The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2018 at the St. Louis Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies to be held 18-20 June 2018 in St. Louis.  Session organizers and speakers must be ICMA members.

Proposals must include a session abstract, a CV of the organizer(s), and, as requested by the St Louis Symposium organizers, a list of speakers and titles for a 90-minute session, all in one single Doc or PDF with the organizer’s name in the title. The conference organizers will post the CFS now on their website to assist with recruiting paper proposals.

Please direct all session proposals and inquiries by 10 December 2017 to the Chair of the ICMA Programs & Lectures Committee: Janis Elliott, School of Art, Texas Tech University.  Email:

The ICMA Programs and Lectures committee will select a session to sponsor and will notify the organizer(s) by 20 December 2017. The successful organizer(s) will then submit the ICMA-sponsored proposal by 31 December 2017 directly to the St Louis Symposium Committee which will make the final decision:

Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, funds may be available to defray travel costs of speakers in ICMA-sponsored sessions up to a maximum of $600 for domestic travel and of $1200 for international travel. If available, the Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers in ICMA sponsored sessions will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.  In addition to speakers, session organizers delivering papers as an integral part of the session (i.e. with a specific title listed in the program) are now also eligible to receive travel funding.  

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ICMA Board of Directors adopts Anti-Harassment Policy

On 15 October 2017, the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Board of Directors adopted an Anti-Harassment Policy. The text is below and can be found in the About Us section of


The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) is an international and inclusive society that values the diversity of its membership. We do not condone the ideological misappropriation of medieval sources or scholarship in Medieval Studies. We will not tolerate bullying, threatening, belittling, or harassing behavior towards others, especially untenured colleagues, contingent faculty, independent scholars, and students, who are the most professionally vulnerable members of our community. We advocate for ethical standards of civil exchange, tolerance, and respect that affirm every scholar’s right to practice in an intellectual environment that encourages pluralism and a global approach. We denounce racism, religious bias, gender bias, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of personal discrimination. We welcome a variety of scholarly ideas and opinions expressed according to high standards of mutual respect and professional conduct.

ICMA reception at "Last Things: Luxury Goods and Memento Mori Culture in Europe, c. 1400-1550" Symposium; 3-4 November

The ICMA is sponsoring a reception at the upcoming symposium: “Last Things: Luxury Goods and Memento Mori Culture in Europe, c. 1400-1550,” to be held at Bowdoin College on Friday and Saturday November 3-4, 2017.

This symposium has been organized in conjunction with The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, a significant international loan exhibition currently on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The symposium includes a reception at the Museum, sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art.

Further information about the exhibition and symposium, including a complete schedule and directions, can be found here:  

Exhibition website:


ICMA Newsletter: Call for Information, due 15 Nov 2017

15 NOVEMBER 2017

Please send information to

Have you recently published a book? Have you received a national or international award? Do you have any other news about our colleagues in the medieval art world? We want to hear about it!

Please send us a notice to the email above. We can only accept notices not previously announced in our newsletter and books or awards published/awarded within the last year. 

NEW !  Information on exhibitions and symposia should be sent to our new Assistant Editor for Events and Exhibitions, Allison McCann, at