Medieval Europe in Motion V - Materialities and Devotion (5th-15th centuries) ; Batalha, Portugal; Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery

Medieval Europe in Motion V - Materialities and Devotion (5th-15th centuries)

7-9 novembro, 2019

The last decades have witnessed the development of studies on material culture, favouring an inter- and multidisciplinary approach. This has enabled a more cohesive reading of the way in which the medieval Man related to his material environment, manipulating, adapting and transforming it, of the uses given to the objects he produced, the meanings attributed, how he interacted with them in cognitive and affective terms.

Summoning this dimension in the relationship with religion, devotional practices, sensibilities and representations, carries a new set of questions and necessarily calls for different knowledge in order to deepen understanding and the interpretation of the relationship between medieval religiosity and their material translations. From the images carved and painted to the buildings edified, from liturgical objects to reliquaries and tombs, from books to personal objects of piety, from temples to the inscription of the various forms of religious life, there are many domains where the relation between materiality and devotion can be a prospect and a problem. It intersects the material, functional, performative and aesthetic dimensions with the different readings it calls for, the cognitive and emotional apprehensions, the representations (erudite and popular) it associates with, the practices that it sustains, the memories that polarize and legitimize, the powers that were affirmed through it. It discloses the diversity of variants such as wealth and social position, more or less literate training, and gender differences.

The Conference thus aims to be a broad space for debate, both in the plurality of knowledge and in the diversity of sources, historical, geographical and religious contexts (Christian, Jewish, Islamic and other), and in analytical perspectives.

CFP: Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 15-17, 2020
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2020) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University, Chicago.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium, participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2019. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

Fourteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies, CFP due 15 January 2020

Center for Iconographic Studies - University of Rijeka
Société des Bollandistes
Hagiotheca – Croatian Hagiography Society

in collaboration with

Study of Theology in Rijeka, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome (Italy)
Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

are pleased to announce

for the Fourteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies

Iconography and Hagiography
Visualizing Holiness

that will be held in

Rijeka (Croatia), May 28 - 29, 2020

Deadline for paper proposals: January 15, 2020

The range of literary sources that concern the saints has been immensely wide over the long period of time and has presented central feature of the Christian literary and visual culture. This conference seeks to explore the ways and mechanisms of the translation of these sources in visual language in Eastern and Western Christianity. Scholars are invited to present proposals on different topics on the relation between hagiography and iconography. Academic papers that will approach these subjects from interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles are welcome. The themes and subjects include:

- lives, martyr acts, hagiographical romances, and edifying tales represented in visual arts in East and West - Legenda aurea and iconographic programs - individualization vs. generalization in hagiography and iconography - group representations of saints as reflections (or not) of the universal or local pantheon - question and role of gender in visualizing sanctity - saintly bodies in visual arts – relics, spectacles, perfomances, and religious devotion - new research instruments for hagiographical texts and images – new technologies, digitisation, data-bases and open access repositories - iconography of new saints - visual/textual representation of contemporary holy persons – a reflection of his/her personality, given the availability of biographic information, or conformism to universal patterns - popular iconography in the age of the printing press (such as for example holy cards from the 17th century – Antwerp - and 19th century - Saint-Sulpice)

- saints and the new media - how images (photo's, movies, comic books etc.) on the web, Facebook, Instagram, etc. function in relation the hagiographical texts, classical lives and legends, and their narrative strategies

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to by January 15, 2020

A paper proposal should contain:

1. full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number, e-mail address

2. title

3. abstract (maximum 2 pages – 500 words)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Invitations to participate will be sent out by email before February 15, 2020

There is NO registration fee

Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference, closing dinner as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizers.

The presented papers will be published in the thematic issue of IKON – journal of iconographic studies in May 2021.

Please contact us for any additional information

Contact person:

Antonia Zurga
Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Sveucilisna avenija 4, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia

web page:

Sunday 27 October at The Met Cloisters, NYC: afternoon talks on The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

2:00–4:00 P.M.

Afternoon of talks
Free with Museum admission

Judith Kogel, Senior Researcher, Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris
Nina Rowe, Associate Professor of Art History, Fordham University
Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters, The Met
Debra Kaplan, Senior Lecturer, Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Join Met experts for an afternoon of talks and discussion exploring the Jewish community, art, and viticulture of medieval Alsace, France. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

Note: Space is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More info click HERE

Travel Awards for art historical papers at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo)

Travel Awards for art historical papers at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Edwards Memorial Travel Awards for papers to be delivered at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7-10, 2020) on topics in the history of medieval art. The application deadline is November 1.

Fellowship Announcement: ASCSA Fellowships for Study at the Gennadius Library

ASCSA Fellowships for Study at the Gennadius Library

Due Oct. 31, 2019; Jan. 15, 2020

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 140,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for post-doctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities, not only limited to work at the Gennadius Library. Terms: Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at time of application.

CFP Art and Absence, Northwestern Department of Art History Myers Graduate Symposium

CFP: Art and Absence
Myers Graduate Symposium 2020
Northwestern University Department of Art History, Evanston, IL
Friday, February 28th
Abstracts Due: October 15th, 2019

What is absence and how is it considered or addressed in relation to visual culture? The modern English term “absence” derives from the Latin ab (“off, away from”) and esse (“to be”), meaning to be away from, or apart from, a state of being. An absence in this sense signals not only the opposite of presence but rather its lack, suggesting a palpable separation from something. Whether as a lacuna, as palpable nonpresence, or as a theoretical concept, artists across time and space have used absence as a stylistic, material, aesthetic, or narrative choice in their work. Furthermore, scholarship on visual culture and the history of art has often relied on the presence of objects, images, archives, and artists. Thus the absence of source material, whether through loss, disregard, or inaccessibility, has ultimately shaped conditions of historicization and has impacted what gets included or excluded in both institutional and cultural memory.
What does it mean to consider absence in relation to material, to context, and to aesthetics? By evoking or addressing absence, what can artists and scholars bring to light in both their work and in the historical record? How is an absence of objects, audiences, or artists understood in relation to interpretation and historiography? In what ways does absence generate affect, and how has unrepresentability, aniconism, and iconophobia functioned in relation to artistic production, use, and interpretation at different historical moments and for different audiences across time and geographical space?

With these questions in mind, the graduate students of the Department of Art History at Northwestern University invite abstracts from all disciplines and subfields for their biennial Myers Symposium, “Art and Absence,” that address the intentionally broad and flexible theme of absence. The aim of this symposium is to facilitate dialogue across geographical, temporal, and material subfields as well as across disciplines to approach the question of how art and visual culture, broadly defined, have represented absence, as well as the way scholars grapple with absence as both a theoretical concept and a historiographic problem.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

Artists who explore the concept of absence
Objects that take absence as a quality of their physical or conceptual make-up
Absence of materials
Absence of images
Absence from the historical record
Absence due to damage, decay, or violence
Destruction of cultural patrimony
Archives or archival materials
Absence as hermeneutic
Notion of a lack
Absence as an aesthetic choice
Architecture and empty space
Memory and forgetting
Silence as absence
Absence as resistance

This will be a one-day symposium with roughly nine graduate student speakers from North American universities and will culminate with an invited keynote from a distinguished scholar or artist, to be announced. These speakers will be selected based on abstracts submitted to an open call. Symposium speakers who do not reside locally will receive roundtrip economy airfare to Chicago/Evanston and accommodation in Evanston.

Please email proposals and questions to and by Tuesday, October 15h, 2019. Please include in your proposal a 300-word abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF file. Selections will be announced in early November.

Due 21 Oct 2019: CFP, Thomas Becket: Life, Death, & Legacy; An international conference at Canterbury Cathedral; 11–14 November 2020

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Thomas Becket: Life, Death, & Legacy
An international conference at Canterbury Cathedral
11–14 November 2020

Call for papers

On 29 December 1170 , four of King Henry II's knights murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket inside Canterbury Cathedral. News of this sacrilegious violence spread quickly and, in a matter of months, this merchant’s son from Cheapside had transformed into one of the most famous martyrs in medieval Europe. Supported by the circulation of new liturgies, miracle stories, sacred objects and holy relics, the cult of Becket dominated the sacred landscape of Christendom, stretching from Trondheim (Norway) to Monreale (Sicily) and reaching from Reykjavik (Iceland) to Tarsus (Turkey). His cult also attracted devotion from all ranks of society. Before the destruction of his shrine during the Reformation in 1538, innumerable pilgrims, including peasants, kings, lepers, monks, prisoners, mothers, and soldiers, ventured to Canterbury and returned with their very own relics and souvenirs. From Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to T.S. Eliot's Murder in a Cathedral, the stories of Becket's martyrdom and of the pilgrims who journeyed to Canterbury have continued to captivate the public imagination.

The year 2020 marks the 850th anniversary of Becket's martyrdom and the 800th anniversary ofthe translation of his body into the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral. To commemorate his extraordinary life and legacy at Canterbury, scholars at Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University of Kent will co-host an academic conference at Canterbury Cathedral from 11–14 November 2020.

With this call for papers, we welcome participation from scholars at any stage of their career on research related to the history, visual and material culture, archaeology, architecture, literature, liturgy, musicology, and/or reception of Becket's cult both at Canterbury and/or within a wider European context. In addition to being interdisciplinary, we also hope that this conference embraces an inclusive chronology of scholarship on the medieval, early modern, and modern period.

If you would like to share your research on Becket on this special occasion, please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words with your proposed title, name, and affiliation to by Monday 21 October 2019. Each paper will be 30 minutes in length and we are hoping to produce an edited collection after the conference. If you have any questions about this conference, please contact Dr Emily Guerry ( or Prof Louise Wilkinson (

Call for Papers da Revista Medievalista do Instituto de Estudos Medievais da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da NOVA


Encontra-se aberto o Call for Papers da Revista Medievalista do Instituto de Estudos Medievais da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da NOVA.

O número temático é dedicado ao Bestiário



A Medievalista, tem ainda uma secção regular intitulada Apresentação de Teses, destinada a dar a conhecer sinopses de dissertações académicas de doutoramento ou mestrado na área dos Estudos Medievais. Esses artigos são elaboradas pelos próprios autores, visando uma maior divulgação da sua investigação e da realização das suas provas académicas.


Todos os artigos podem ser redigidos em vários idiomas (português, inglês, francês, castelhano, italiano, alemão), devem respeitar as  normas  e o modelo de artigo da revista. 

Os interessados deverão enviar os seus artigos até Dezembro de 2019 para .

+ info.  

Mary Jaharis Center Lecture, October 10, 2019

Mary Jaharis Center Lecture, October 10, 2019

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the fall lecture in its 2019–2020 lecture series:

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Wall Mosaics, Ekphrasis, and Cultural Memory between Byzantium, Persia, and Early Islam
Sean V. Leatherbury, Bowling Green State University

Sean V. Leatherbury considers how public works of art expressed identity in the cross-cultural environment of the eastern Mediterranean.

Details at

Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture ( with questions.


Deadline: September 15, 2019

We are seeking abstracts for a Leeds 2020 session on the methodologies of women's religious art. The panel seeks to explore new methodologies for studying the art of women’s religious communities in global and cross-cultural perspective from about 500 to 1525 CE.

In the last few decades years, art historians have put women back on the map of European medieval art history. Harnessing the second-wave feminism, scholars, such as Caroline Walker Bynum and Madeline H. Caviness, paved the way for this radical shift. The generation that followed, most influentially Jeffrey Hamburger, has consolidated the study of the art and architecture of female monasticism, as manifested in the landmark exhibition of Crown and Veil (Essen and Bonn, 2005). In the process, art historians expanded our knowledge of the role of religious women as makers, commissioners, and recipients of art. The corpus of works of art has exponentially enlarged, fully encompassing the range of media engaged in women’s religious life, including objects previously relegated to margins of art history as crafts. To do so, art historians have employed a variety of methodologies, using interdisciplinary approaches.

Now, it is time to refresh the methodological foundations and broaden the scope of inquiry of this field. To this end, we invite speakers working on topics of the art of religious women and communities in any cultural, religious, and geographic context. In particular, we encourage the submission of papers that examines the methodological challenges and/or engage in innovative approaches in the field.

Potential questions may include, but are not limited to:
- New insights into the role women’s religious communities played in the production and commission of art
- Is the art of female monasticism a productive category of inquiry? If so, what can we learn from examining medieval art through this lens and what are its boundaries? If not, what are the other venues for studying the art of religious women?
- What new venues do interdisciplinary collaborations open up for the study of female monastic art?
- Do we need to reassess gender-specific approaches to the art of women’s religious communities in light of recent scholarship on gender?
- What lessons might be learned from examining other cultural and religious traditions? What methods have proven productive in examining non-Christian/non-Western cultural and religious communities?
- Case studies of inter-religious and/or inter-cultural exchange, interchange, influences, and entanglement among women’s religious communities
- Are there media specific to or preferred by female audience? Are there any of these universal?
- New technological/digital approaches to studying the art of women’s religious communities

The session seeks to provide a forum for scholars at different career stages, across different art historical geographies. This session, we hope, will foster a dialogue across regions and religions of women’s religious communities, providing a fertile ground for discussion

We invite interested applicants to submit a 250 word abstract and a short c.v. to Kristina Potuckova ( and Orsolya Mednyánszky ( by September 15, 2019.

BAA Post-Graduate Conference - 23rd November 2019, London

Join us for the first British Archaeological Association Post-graduate Conference taking place in London on Saturday 23rd November 2019.

Tickets and more information can be found here:

We are excited to present a diverse conference which includes postgraduates and early career researchers in the fields of medieval history of art, architecture, and archaeology. The BAA postgraduate conference offers an opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present their research and exchange ideas with fellow members of the BAA.

Conference Programme
9:30am - 9:50am - Registration
9:50am - 10:00am - Welcome

10:00am - 11:20am - Cultural imagination and Identity
Chair: Professor Sandy Heslop, University of East Anglia

Ryan Low (Harvard University), Seeing Identity in Crusader Colonial Ceramics
Netta Clavner (Birkbeck University of London), Defining Social Order: The Civic Scene of Medieval Bristol
Lily Hawker-Yates (Christ Church Canterbury University), Interpretations of Barrows in Later Medieval England

11:20am - 11:40am - Refreshment Break

11:40 am - 12:40pm - Landscape and Urban Space
Chair: Dr Alexandra Gajewski, The Burlington Magazine/Institute of Historical Research, London

Dana Katz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), The Lake Effect: An Environmental Case Study of Landscape Transformation at the Royal Parkland of La Favara in Medieval Sicily
Richard Nevell (University of Exeter), The Archaeology of Destruction in the Middle Ages

12:40pm -13:40pm - Lunch (provided)

13:45pm - 15:00pm - Iconography and Interpretation
Chair: Dr Emily Guerry, University of Kent

Dustin S. Aaron (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), Revisiting the Meaning of Mouths on the Austro-Bavarian Frontier
Innocent Smith, op (Universität Regensburg), Representatio Representationis: Depictions of the Mass in 13th-century Missals
Muriel Araujo Lima (University of São Paulo), Sinful Nature: Creation Cycles, Moralizing Content and Figurative Exegesis in Medieval Bestiaries

15:00pm - 15:15pm - Refreshment Break

15:15pm - 16:15pm - Visualising the Cult of Saints
Chair: Professor Michael Michael, Research Fellow, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Angela Websdale (University of Kent), The Cult of Saint Edward the Confessor and the Influence of Westminster Palace and Henry III's Maison Dieu at Ospringe upon the Gothic Wall Paintings in Faversham
Katie Toussaint-Jackson (University of Kent), The Wall Paintings of Horsham St Faith and their Medieval Modifications

16:15pm - 16:30pm - Comfort Break

16:30pm - 17:45pm - Sculptures and Masons: Artistic agency, patronage and construction
Chair: John McNeill, Hon. Secretary, BAA

Aurora Corio (University of Genova), Lombard Sculptors in Western Tuscany at the heart of the Duecento: The case of St. Martino in Lucca
Teresa Martínez (Instituto de Historia, CCHS-CSIC/ University of Warwick), The petrification of Zamora: A specific answer to general questions about Construction and Society in the Middle Ages.

17:45pm - 18:00pm - Closing Remarks

Registration Open: Art, Power, and Resistance in the Middle Ages at Index of Medieval Art, Princeton

Art, Power, and Resistance in the Middle Ages
November 16, 2016

Registration is now open for the upcoming Index of Medieval Art conference, "Art, Power, and Resistance in the Middle Ages" in McCormick Hall at Princeton University on November 16. The speaker roster includes: Elena Boeck, Eliza Garrison, Heather Badamo, Thomas E.A. Dale, Avinoam Shalem, Tom Nickson, Anne D. Hedeman, and Martha Easton. Index conference admission is free and open to the public; registration is appreciated to ensure adequate seating and refreshments.

Click here to sign up and for more information:

For PhD candidates: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, due 23 Oct 2019

ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2021. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $43,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows may apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market. The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.

Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 23, 2019.

CFP for ICMS 2020: Astrology in Practice, due 15 Sept 2019

Call for Papers
International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020)

Session Title:
Astrology in Practice: Perspectives from the history of visual and material culture.

Jordan Famularo, PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Anna Majeski, PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Session Abstract:
Recent scholarship has proven the widespread prevalence and import of astrology in the medieval world. A dynamic area of research accentuates astrology not simply as a theoretical science or cosmology, but as a practice with a wide range of applications—from medicine to politics. A focus on astrological practice allows us to understand how abstract scientific theorems shaped lives, bodies, and lived experiences. This session invites papers to examine historical arenas in which theory was enacted, enhanced, and modified by medieval bodies, in concert with artifacts and monuments.

Material objects and monuments offered critical intermediaries in the performance of astrological practice by human subjects. This session aims to advance interdisciplinary research on the practice of astrology, with emphasis on intersections between histories of science and visual/material culture. The session is open to topics addressing the medieval period up to 1550 CE. The maximum length for each paper is 20 minutes.

Potential topics include:
-the agency and import of the material astrological artifact.
-political, medical, and magical uses for material objects in astrological practice.
-monumental astrological cycles and their relations to functions performed in specific architectural spaces.
-astrological instruments: their construction, use, and depiction in art.
-depictions of practicing astrologers.
-manuscripts or other materials used by working astrologers.
-manuscripts that incorporate astrological instruments (such as volvelles).
-the role of human bodies, imagination, and cognition in symbiosis with artifacts and monuments in astrological frameworks.

To apply please submit the following files in PDF or MS Word format to Anna Majeski ( and Jordan Famularo ( by September 15, 2019. (1) Abstract of 250 words or fewer. (2) CV. (3) Participant Information Form (downloadable at

CFP for ICMS 2020: Materiality of Knowledge , due 15 Sept 2019

CFP: The Materiality of Knowledge

International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020)


Anna Majeski, PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Austin Powell, PhD candidate, The Catholic University of America

As vehicles for authoritative texts, as images in miniature or monumental settings, as objects imbricated in practice, or as architectural containers, material artifacts stood at the intersection between abstract intellectual concepts, and the body of the active viewer/reader. But material objects not only served as means to embody knowledge, they transformed, extended, and disseminated knowledge in spaces of lived experience. This panel will bring together medievalists across many disciplines increasingly grappling with how material artifacts and their contexts shaped the perception, reception and performance of knowledge. Our interdisciplinary approach will facilitate scholars’ engagement with new questions, methodologies, and approaches.

This session applies a cross-disciplinary approach to the materiality of knowledge in context by bringing together historians whose ‘objects’ are more traditionally textual together with historians of material and visual culture. Scholars in these fields often consider different kinds of artifacts, and ask different questions about them.

Areas we hope to address include: the materiality of texts and manuscripts, their transmission, and revision; how historical practices reframed and animated objects of knowledge; scientific instruments; the embodied and spatial dimensions of diagrammatic or encyclopedic imagery; spatial contexts for the production or communication of knowledge; material objects and images in legal contexts.

Deadline and requirements:

Please send an abstract (250 words) and CV by September 15, 2019 to Anna Majeski ( and Austin Powell (

CFP ICMS Kalamazoo 2020, due 15 Sept 2019: Location, Location, Location: In-Situ Iconography within the Medieval Built Environment

Call for Papers: The Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University
May 7-10, 2020
55th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Location, Location, Location: In-Situ Iconography within the Medieval Built Environment

Almost all architectural components in the Middle Ages had the potential to bear images. Walls, arches, portals, domes, capitals, and other structural supports proffered surfaces for the deployment of narratives, portraits, drolleries, and ornament. Iconography in such locations not only figured prominently in relation to ephemeral occurrences, such as the performance of the liturgy, processions, and other civic rituals; it also underscored more permanent demarcations within urban cityscapes and rural landscapes by recalling specific events or established cultural or environmental conditions, both historical and legendary. This session invites proposals that explore the integration of in-situ iconography within the medieval built environment. We welcome papers that consider the relationship between the location of imagery within a monument and related external factors such as ritual, topography, patronage, institutional or civic memory, and regional identit(ies). Papers may consider specific case studies or address more theoretical concerns.

Please send brief abstracts (no more than 250 words) and a completed Participant Information Form ( to Catherine Fernandez ( by September 15, 2019.

Further information about the Congress can be found here:

Information on awards granted to defray the travel costs of speakers can be found here:

33rd Annual Brass Rubbing and Medieval History Docent talks at the Medieval Art Center | Long Beach, CA

33rd Annual Brass Rubbing and Medieval History Docent talks at the Medieval Art Center | Long Beach, CA

October 15, 2019 - November 9, 2019

A fascinating program that conjures up knights in armor, grand ladies, dragons…and more, the Center is an outreach to schools and the community with lessons in historical art.

Each year, mid-October to mid-November, the Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center resides in the Great Hall of Cassidy Castle at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach. The Center provides an atmosphere of medieval times where learning and making art flourish. The program describes the historic background and importance of monumental brasses as well as the people they commemorate. We provide an interesting combination of history, folklore, and art, using one of the largest collections of monumental brass facsimiles in North America.

During a visit, you may choose from more than 100 reproduction-engraved plates of brass to do a rubbing. A trained instructor will provide rag paper, metallic waxes, and instructions for you to create your rubbing masterpiece. Hangers are provided for the finished artwork. Picture frame matting is also available at a minimal cost.

For Groups:
Hands-on workshops are offered for groups of 10 or more, Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00-3:00. The workshop includes a docent talk, instruction for brass rubbing, and all materials. The cost is $8 for each participant. Reservations are required for groups.

Tea in our Tea Room is available to groups at $16 per child, $26 per adult. Tea price includes docent talk, instruction and all materials. Reservations are required for Tea.

General Public:
All materials provided. Price is $8-$15 depending on size of rubbing.
Saturdays - 11:00 to 3:00 – no reservations needed
Weekdays – by appointment, due to group scheduling – 562-439-9496

Tea Time:
Three Tea dates are available to the public with no group minimum. Cost is $16 per child, $26 per adult. This includes a docent talk about medieval women, brass rubbing instruction and all materials. Reservations are required for Tea
Saturday, October 20, Saturday October 27 at 11:30am, and Sunday, November 4 at 1:00

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
525 E. 7th St. (at Atlantic Ave.)
Long Beach, CA 90813

Parking is available in our lot just north of the church on Atlantic Ave.

Contact Us:
Email: – reservations or questions
Phone: Gail Mutke – 562-439-9496 – reservations or questions / Church – 562-436-4047

CFP: due 15 Sept 2019: Cave Architecture and Art in the Middle Ages at ICMS, Kalamazoo


Cave Architecture and Art in the Middle Ages
55° International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, May 7-10 2020

Cave churches, monasteries and dwellings can be admired throughout the Mediterranean, where they often appear next to and even intertwined with the built environment. And yet, with the exception of southern Italy and Cappadocia, they are rarely included in studies of the art and architecture in the Mediterranean (broadly understood). This session seeks to explore the role of cave architecture and art in the urban topography of Eurasia and Africa.

With the exception of Ethiopia and Cappadocia, caves structures are often dismissed because of their small size and simplicity. However, caves and other underground spaces played essential roles in medieval cultures, as demonstrated by their mural decorations and how they appear in hagiographies, pilgrimage accounts and other genres of literature. We are looking for multi-disciplinary papers that argue for the integration of cave architectures within our understanding of the broader Mediterranean during the medieval period. Papers from all disciplines are encouraged.

Please send paper proposals of 300 words to the session organsier, Maria Harvey (, by 15 September 2019, together with a short C.V. and a completed Participant Information form.

Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract.

All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

Due 23 Oct 2019: Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system is now open for applications.

Click here for ACLS’s website


  • Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses

  • Tenure: the 2020-21 academic year

  • Applications are welcome from scholars worldwide without restriction as to citizenship or country of residency

  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 23, 2019.

  • Notifications will be sent via email by late March 2020.

  • For information on how to request reviewer feedback, see FAQ.

ACLS invites applications for Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art, made possible by the generous support of the Getty Foundation. These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS will award 10 fellowships, each with a salary-replacement stipend of $60,000, plus $5,000 for research and travel during the award period. The fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the work proposed. Awards also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute following the fellowship period.

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing.

Please read carefully through the eligibility, application requirements, and evaluation criteria detailed here as well as accompanying FAQ.


  • Applicants must have a PhD that was conferred between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018.

  • Applicants who earned their PhDs in and/or are currently employed in any humanistic field may apply, so long as they demonstrate that their research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history, and contributes to the field. Scholars may propose new approaches to art historical scholarship and/or explore connections between art history and other humanistic disciplines.

  • This program welcomes proposals from applicants without restriction as to citizenship, country of residency, location of work proposed, or employment.

  • An application must be completed in English by the applicant.

Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • Completed application form

  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)

  • Up to three additional pages of images or other supporting non-text materials (optional)

  • Project bibliography (no more than two pages)

  • Publications list (no more than two pages)

  • Two reference letters

Evaluation Criteria
Peer reviewers in this program are asked to evaluate all eligible proposals on the following four criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field of art history and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge of art and its history.

  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.

  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame.

  4. The applicant’s scholarly record and potential for scholarly achievement.