CALL FOR ICMA SPONSORED SESSION PROPOSALS: Forum Medieval Art, Berlin, 20-23 September 2017

The International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) seeks proposals for sessions to be held under the organization’s sponsorship in 2017 at the 4th Forum Medieval Art, which will take place in Berlin. Intended as an open colloquium occurring biannually 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, a CV of the organizer, as well as the names of 3 or 4 speakers.  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 and inquiries by 1 May 2016 to the Chair of the Programs Committee: Janis Elliott, School of Art, Texas Tech University.


The 4th Forum Medieval Art 2017, entitled 360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives will focus on research at the geographical and methodological boundaries of classical medieval studies. The various venues in Berlin and Brandenburg are the starting point, where, on the one hand, local medieval topics will be discussed, and on the other hand, the rich collections of Byzantine and Middle Eastern art are available. Accordingly, the conference will highlight the interaction of Central European medieval art and artistic production with other regions ranging from Eastern Europe, Byzantium, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and the Baltic region. Thus research areas such as Byzantine Studies or Islamic Art History will be brought into the focus and consciousness of medieval studies, particularly in the context of the severely threatened artistic and architectural monuments of the Middle East. Especially welcome are topics discussing phenomena such as migration, media transformation and cultural paradigms. By asking for culturally formative regions at the borders of "Europe" and transcultural contact zones, definitions of the Middle Ages can be put up for debate. As a counterpart to this panorama, research about the region of Brandenburg and Berlin will also be presented. This includes subjects of museum studies and the history of art in and of Berlin, where the development of areas of cultural exchange has a long tradition.

All session proposals must be submitted to the Forum by 1 June 2016 at

Further information will soon be available at