Summer 2018 ICMA Newsletter now available to ICMA members

The summer 2018 edition of the ICMA Newsletter is now available to ICMA members by logging-in to the member portal on our website.

Not a member yet? Join here to access the newsletter and other benefits, including GESTA:


Reflection: Excess and Austerity: Benedictines Rule at the Cloisters, by Risham Majeed

Teaching Medieval Art History: Teaching Medieval Art at the Advanced School of Art and Humanities, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, organized by Janetta Rebold Benton, with essays by Chen Han and Momei Xia

Report From Chicago: ICMA Study Day in Chicago, by Mark H. Summers

Report From Munich: Exhibition Review: Bewegte Zeiten: Der Bildhauer Erasmus Grasser, at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, by Tamara Golan

Student Travel Grant Trip Report: Fresco Programs at Trecento Mendicant Chapter Houses, by Laura Leeker

Events and Opportunities 

CFP: The Other Half of Heaven: Visualizing Female Sanctity in East and West (c. 1200-1500) I-II (ICMA sponsored session at Kalamazoo; due 1 Sept 2018)

The Other Half of Heaven:
Visualizing Female Sanctity in East and West (c. 1200-1500) I-II

An ICMA-sponsored session at the 54th International Congress of Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, 9-12 May 2019

Organizer - Ioanna Christoforaki, Academy of Athens

If, according to the well-known Chinese proverb, women hold half the sky, did medieval female saints hold half of heaven? In her book of 1998, Forgetful of their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100, Jane Schulenburg calculated that of over 2200 female and male saints examined, only one in seven (or 15%) were women. Although documentation on medieval women is notably scarce, this gender-based asymmetry in the celestial realm clearly reflected the values and hierarchy of earthly society.

Female saints were exceptional women who gained social status, popular recognition and enhanced visibility through sainthood. Medieval female sanctity is a multi-faceted phenomenon, which has been mainly explored through words. Historians and literary scholars have fruitfully mined historical and hagiographical texts not only to draw ‘facts’ about the lives of female saints but also to elucidate social mentalities and highlight gender issues. Holy women, however, were also represented on a variety of media, most notably on icons, frescoes, manuscript illuminations and other artworks. Nevertheless, despite the wealth of historical and hagiographical scholarship on female saints, their visual representations have been exploited almost exclusively in stylistic or iconographic terms.

The aim of this session is to consider female sanctity in visual terms both in Western Europe and the Byzantine East. By exploring representations of women saints and their changing iconography, it aspires to shed light on their status and experience in late medieval society. It will examine images of holy women as embodiments of cultural models and explore the social and religious environment that shaped their visual constructions. In the highly symbolic world of the Middle Ages, representations of female saints can become a vehicle for multiple interpretations, including social status, gender, identity, ethnicity and collective memory.

Some of the issues to be addressed include but are not restricted to:
➢ Visual narratives and iconographic attributes defining female sanctity
➢ The corporeality of female saints and the representation of the holy body
➢ The iconography of transvestite holy women
➢ Out of sight, out of mind: forgotten saints and newcomers
➢ The relation between female holy images and text in illuminated manuscripts
➢ The influence of mendicant literature on picturing female sanctity
➢ One saint, many images: changes in iconography and meaning
➢ Iconographic variations of the Virgin in East and West


Participants in ICMA-sponsored sessions are eligible to receive travel funds, generously provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The Kress funds are allocated for travel and hotel only. Speakers will be refunded only after the conference, against travel receipts.

Please send paper proposals of 300 words to the Chair of the ICMA Programs Committee, Beth Williamson ( by September 1, 2018, together with a completed Participant Information Form, to be found at the following address: Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to the Congress administration for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

ICMA Kress Research and Publication Grants: due 31 August

The Kress Foundation is supporting five research and publication grants, of $3000 each.  Applicants must be members of the ICMA.  The deadline for the 2018 grants is August 31, 2018.

You can join the ICMA here:

Members may apply for:

Grants for Research on a first book - restricted to ICMA members who have been awarded a Ph.D. by a U.S. or a non-U.S.  institution within the last ten years. Those with a non-U.S. degree must currently hold a continuing position in a U.S. college, university or museum. The grants must be used for travel, and for research costs such as photographs, image permissions, etc.

Grants for Publication of a first book - restricted to ICMA members with book contracts in hand who obtained their PhD at any time from a U.S. or a non-U.S. institution. Those with a non-U.S. degree must currently hold a continuing position in a U.S. college, university or museum.  The grant must be used for publication costs, including photographs, image permissions, copyediting, architectural drawings/plans, etc.  


Applications for either grant must submit:

1) a statement identifying the Kress grant being applied for, and the applicant’s eligibility for the grant

2) a cover letter (no more than three pages) giving a detailed outline of the proposed project

3) a full cv

4) a full budget.

5) a copy of the publication contract if one is in place

6) If a publication grant is being requested, a chapter of the text must be submitted.  If the book is already completed, the entire text should be submitted.


The application should be submitted electronically to

For large files, please upload to Google Drive and give permission to 

Failure to include all required materials adversely affects the review process.  

CFP: IMC Leeds, 2019 (ICMA sponsored session)

Call for ICMA Sponsored Session Proposals

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2019 at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) at Leeds, England.  

While session proposals on any topic related to the art of the Middle Ages are welcome, the IMC also chooses a theme for each conference. In 2019– the theme is ‘Materialities’.  For more information on the Leeds 2019 congress and theme, see:

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.  

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 (within Europe) travel and of $1200 for transatlantic 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.  

Go to:

Please direct all session proposals (with a slate of papers) and inquiries by 14 September 2018 to the Chair of the ICMA Programs and Lectures Committee: Beth Williamson, University of Bristol, UK (

CFP: ART, SCIENCE, AND THE NATURAL WORLD (ICMA Student Committee; ICMS Kalamazoo 2019)



Sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) Student Committee
Organized by Sophie Ong (Rutgers University) and Robert Vogt (Johns Hopkins University)

54th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 9-12, 2019
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Many medieval images and objects indicate an interest in and demonstrate specific understandings of the natural world. Rendered as visual and material witnesses, technologically complex works and those in scientific treatises feature prominently in histories of transmission and translation, not only across cultures, but also from text into image/object. In recent years, art historians have begun to question the implications of these transfers by rethinking the modes of such works’ making and reception. Accordingly, the relationship between artistic practice and scientific knowledge, a given work’s scientific or technological qualities, and the engagement with the natural world beyond its mere illustration are coming into sharper focus.

This panel aims to engage with conceptions of and the relation between science, technology, and the natural world in medieval art. We seek papers that explore how artworks mediated knowledge and structured experiences of the natural world, and/or that consider the function of artistic practice in the construction of scientific knowledge during the Middle Ages. Among others, we invite papers on medical and anatomical images, herbal and lapidary topics, medieval maritime or celestial maps, hybrid bodies and wondrous creatures, naturalism in architectural decoration, as well as objects such as time-keeping devices, astrolabes or automata. We also encourage submissions that are concerned with issues of technological and material manipulation (i.e. paint and pigments, stone carving, weaving, etc.), as well as sensory knowledge and perception.

We welcome submissions for 20-minute papers from graduate student ICMA members. To propose a paper, please send a title, abstract of 300 words, CV, and completed Congress Information Form to Sophie Ong ( and Robert Vogt ( by 15 September 2018.

The International Center for Medieval Art Student Committee involves and advocates for all members of the ICMA with student status and facilitates communication and mentorship between student and non-student members.

The ICMA announces grant recipients from the recent Call for Proposals.

The ICMA is supporting the following projects from the recent Call for Proposals. This was a very competitive program with applicants from eight countries and covering a variety of needs in medieval art studies.


Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, California State University, Long Beach
Tracy Chapman Hamilton, Virginia Commonwealth University

Moving Women Moving Objects (500-1500) is a full-color volume being published by Brill in 2018. The volume began its life as three ICMA-sponsored sessions at CAA and ICMS (Kalamazoo) in 2015.  The ICMA helped cover publications costs.

Joseph Salvatore Ackley, Barnard College
Shannon L. Wearing, Affiliate, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The ICMA will help cover publishing costs of Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts, a volume of seventeen essays by a range of emerging and established scholars, which is planned to be published by De Gruyter. The essays will explore the depiction of precious metalwork in manuscript painting, as well as the use or simulation of metallic media, and the larger historical and methodological questions thus raised. The examined manuscript traditions range from Late Antiquity into the sixteenth century, from the Latin West to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Islamic world.

Alice Isabella Sullivan, Lawrence University
Maria Alessia Rossi, Princeton University

Eclecticism at the Edge: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres is a two-day Symposium organized by M. Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan. It will take place at Princeton University on April 5-6, 2019. In response to the global turn in art history and medieval studies, this event explores the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval art, seeking to challenge the ways in which we think about the artistic production of Eastern Europe, in particular regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains. The ICMA is sponsoring a portion of this symposium.
Amy Gillette, The Barnes Foundation
Zachary Stewart, Texas A&M University

Interdisciplinary study of the grandest surviving medieval baptismal font canopy in the British Isles—in-situ portions of which are preserved at the parish church of St. Peter Mancroft in Norwich and ex-situ portions of which are held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Scholarly output (in the form of texts, images, and virtual 3D models) will be published in a multi-author volume with Brill and distributed for the creation of public displays in Norwich and in Philadelphia. The ICMA is co-sponsoring an on-site study day at the PMA.
Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University
Paola Vitolo, The University of Naples

Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database is a project that documents the monuments of South Italy from c. 950 to c. 1430 during the Norman, Hohenstaufen, Angevin, and early Aragonese periods.The database has been online since October 2016. The ICMA is providing administrative support.
Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania

Cappadocia in Context summer field school is a program sponsored by Koç University open to international graduate students in Byzantine and Medieval Studies. Course credit is available. The ICMA is awarding one scholarship.        
Asa Mittman, California State University, Chico
Benjamin C. Tilghman, Washington College

Medieval Art in the Moment: Scholarly Research and Public Discourse, organized by The Material Collective, provides resources to help scholars and the public better understand the narratives that have collected around the Middle Ages in the popular imagination and separate myth from truth. Through linked workshops and freely available information and ideas via the internet, richer connections among scholars and the general public are the goal at this moment that many medieval art scholars have come to feel is a turning point in the field. The ICMA is supporting honoraria for website contributors and a portion of conference costs.
Susan Boynton, Columbia University
Diane Reilly, Indiana University
Incoming editors, Gesta

A public study day in collaboration with the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) in Paris that will reflect the contribution of Gesta over the last 55 years to the study of medieval art history. The ICMA will sponsor graduate student travel from within France.
Heidi Gearhart, Assumption College
Editor, ICMA Newsletter

Assistant Editor (graduate student) stipend for the ICMA Newsletter.

CFP: Eclecticism at the Edges. Due 15 Aug 2018 (ICMA sponsored symposium)

The ICMA is sponsoring, in part, the following symposium

Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (c.1300-c.1550)

Date: April 5-6, 2019
Location: Princeton University

Alice Isabella Sullivan, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
Maria Alessia Rossi, Ph.D. (The Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University)

In response to the global turn in art history, this two-day symposium explores the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval art, seeking to challenge the ways we think about the artistic production of Eastern Europe. Serbia, Bulgaria, and the Romanian principalities of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania, among other centers, took on prominent roles in the transmission and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic artistic traditions, as well as the continuation of the cultural legacy of Byzantium in the later centuries of the empire, and especially in the decades after the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

This symposium will be the first such initiative to explore, discuss, and focus on the art, architecture, and visual culture of regions of the Balkans and the Carpathians (c.1300-c.1550). We aim to raise issues of cultural contact, transmission, and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic artistic and cultural traditions in eastern European centers, and consider how this heritage was deployed to shape notions of identity and visual rhetoric in these regions from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. This event will offer a comparative and multi-disciplinary framework, ranging from art history to archeology and from material culture to architectural history. We aim to create a platform where scholars at various stages of their careers can discuss their research and engage in dialogue regarding the specificities but also the shared cultural heritage of these regions of Eastern Europe that developed eclectic visual vocabularies and formed a cultural landscape beyond medieval, byzantine, and modern borders.

Papers could address topics that include, but are not limited to:
 How cross-cultural contact facilitated the transfer, appropriation, and transmission of ideas and artistic traditions across geographical and temporal boundaries in Eastern Europe (c.1300-c.1550)
 Artistic and iconographic developments as expressions of particular social, political, and ecclesiastical circumstances and dialogues in the Balkans and the Carpathians
 The intentions and consequences of diplomatic missions and dynastic marriages in the visual agenda of eastern European centers
 Workshop practices and traveling artists beyond medieval political and religious borders
 Patronage and new constructs of identity before and after 1453

Interested scholars should submit a paper title, a 500-word abstract, and a CV by August 15, 2018 to the organizers at:

Funds will be available to defray the cost of travel and accommodations for participants whose papers are accepted in the Symposium. So far, this event is supported in part by the International Center of Medieval Art (, the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (, and The Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University (

ICMA at Leeds International Medieval Congress, 4 July 2018

The ICMA is sponsoring a session and a reception at the Leeds International Medieval Congress on 4 July 2018. See below for details.

Session 1142: 11:15 - 12:45
Recollecting Medieval Artefacts: A Global Perspective

In 'Recollecting Medieval Artefacts' the focus is on objects that entice us to think about their invisibility to the human eye. The papers ask why and how these visually significant objects were hidden from sight, which memories they represented for their owners, whether their invisibility enhanced the objects' meaning, and how that invisibility impacts our modern interpretations. The session seeks new pathways of studying both lost and surviving objects and their inscriptions as sources that help us to understand global medieval practices of storing and concealing, together with modern ideas concerning retrieving and reconstructing the past.

Organized by Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid

Moderator: Wendelien A. W. Van Welie-Vink, Afdeling Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Texts from Tombs: Buried Biography in Medieval China and Its Reception in Modern Times
(Language: English) 
Timothy Davis, Independent Scholar, Utah

Buried Coins and Seals: Making the Invisible Visible?
(Language: English) 
Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid

Hidden Presence: Miracle-Working Objects in Medieval Buildings
(Language: English) 
Minou Schraven, Department of Humanities, Amsterdam University College  



Please join us for a wine reception at:
Michael Sadler Building- Room LG.19

7pm-10pm, Wednesday 4 July

ICMA at Hammond Castle; join us for a special tour!

The spring issue of Gesta features the article “Integrated Pasts: Glencairn Museum and Hammond Castle,” co-authored by Jennifer Borland and Martha Easton.
In this piece, you will learn about two early twentieth-century American collectors of medieval art, Raymond Pitcairn and John Hays Hammond Jr., each of whom housed their collections in elaborate revivalist residences, inspired by medieval art and architecture.

ICMA at Hammond Castle in June 2018
On June 9, ICMA members will be treated to a special tour of Hammond Castle with Martha Easton and John Pettibone (former Director). 

We will gather at the castle at 1:00pm. Martha will lead us on a tour of the building and grounds and after her formal presentation, she will be available to talk informally. (The castle closes at 4:00pm in order to prepare for a 6:00pm wedding, but we will have plenty of time.) Depending on interest, the group can continue the conversation over drinks or dinner in one of the many restaurants in the area.

Hammond Castle is in Gloucester, MA, about one hour north of Boston, accessible by car or commuter train (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) and taxi (from the train station).
The admission cost is $10. Participants will be responsible for their own accommodations and may wish to stay (or already reside) in Boston or in Gloucester, which is a tourist area and has many lodging options. Gloucester is the home of the oldest seaport and oldest art colony in America, and along with the charming towns of Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, is part of beautiful Cape Ann.
Space is limited to 30 attendees. Reserve a spot now! Please make your reservation by Wednesday, May 30 here:

If you have questions, or want advice about lodging or coordinating travel with other attendees, please email Nina Rowe,

FRIDAY AT KALAMAZOO: ICMA sessions and receptions

See below for sessions and ICMA receptions this week at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Friday 11 May, 1:30pm
Organizer: Beatrice Kitzinger, Princeton Univ.
Presider: Patricia Blessing, Pomona College

Session 275

“Corporal, Mediate, and Immediate”: Property for Prosperity in Medieval Qazwīn Meredyth Lynn Winter, Harvard Univ. Karrer Travel Award Winner

Illuminating Power in the Aftermath: Ruler Theology in the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram Riccardo Pizzinato, Univ. of Texas–Rio Grande Valley

Romanesque Art and Conquest Julia Perratore, Fordham Univ.

The Aftermath of Adrianople? Mosan Metalwork at the Chungul Kurgan Burial Warren T. Woodfin, Queens College, CUNY

Friday 11 May, 3:30pm
Organizer: Aikaterini Ragkou, Univ. zu Köln; Maria Alessia Rossi, Index of Medieval Art, Princeton Univ. Presider: Maria Alessia Rossi

Session 331

Introductory Note: Why Reconsider the Wider Mediterranean in the Thirteenth Century? Maria Alessia Rossi

Mary Magdalene: Collateral Currents in Empire and Image Making in the Thirteenth Century Cecily Hennessy, Christie’s Education, London

Production and Distribution Trends of Fine Ware Ceramics in the Thirteenth Century Eastern Mediterranean Aikaterini Ragkou

Mobility by Numbers: Byzantine Prosopography, Networks and Space Ekaterini Mitsiou, Univ. Wien

Saturday 12 May, 10am
Organizer: Andrew Sears, Univ. of California–Berkeley/Univ. Bern
Presider: Mark H. Summers, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison

Session 355

Sea Change and the Second Coming: The Leeds Cross and Its Regional Artistic Networks Amanda Doviak, Univ. of York

The Norfolk Gnadenstuhl: Re-evaluating the Origins of the “Throne of Grace” Trinity Sophie Kelly, Univ. of Kent

“Sienese” and “Simonesque”: Regionalism and the Reception of a Fourteenth-Century Polyptych for the Poor Clares at Aix-en-Provence Imogen Tedbury, Courtauld Institute of Art/National Gallery of Art


Friday 11 May at 7 p.m.
International Center of Medieval Art Student Committee
Bernhard Brown & Gold Room

Friday 11 May at 8:30 p.m.
International Center of Medieval Art
Reception with cash bar
Bernhard Brown & Gold Room

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