Byzantine Studies Symposium, Dumbarton Oaks: The Diagram Paradigm: Byzantium, the Islamic World, and the Latin West

Long discredited as inadequate illustrations of thought processes more appropriately represented in algebraic or verbal terms, diagrams have enjoyed a renaissance across numerous disciplines—from philosophy and computer science to the burgeoning field of graphics—as a means of visualizing knowledge.

As the historical disciplines take a fresh look at diagrams, this symposium will seek to offer an interdisciplinary, comparative, and cross-cultural perspective, considering the range of diagrams in Byzantium, Europe, and the Islamicate world. Its cross-cultural approach aims to decenter the bodies of scholarly work that focus on only one of these three traditions, within which it remains all too easy to take particular uses of diagrams for granted.

Among the questions our symposium will pose are: Why are diagrams relatively sparse (and certainly understudied) in the Byzantine and Islamic worlds? Why are they rarely adopted as vehicles of religious thought? What role do diagrams play in the development and documentation of scientific thought across the three traditions? How does the diagrammatic mode relate to artistic practice? To cartography? To science? To literature? To the school curriculum? Why is so much of “Western” medieval art diagrammatic in character, but so little of Byzantine and Islamic art? How do attitudes toward diagrams change over time? And how do the three traditions interact with one another?



Vacancy at The Courtauld: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Art History c.300-1450

Vacancy at The Courtauld: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Art History c.300-1450
Deadline: 20 April 2018

The Courtauld Institute of Art is the UK’s leading institution for teaching and research in Art History and the conservation of paintings; it is also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world. The Art History department has an outstanding research and teaching record from Late Antiquity to the Contemporary with an increasingly global outlook, and embraces its diversity of theoretical approaches and methodologies.

The Courtauld wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Art History, to begin on 1 September 2018. The successful candidate will complement the existing teaching strengths of the Department and will have a research focus in any region or period from c.300-1450. We seek an art historian who situates their research in a wider, international context, and who can work across traditional geographic, linguistic and chronological boundaries. An ideal candidate would be able to teach across at least one other field in a way directed by concepts of exchange and interaction, and to build bridges with other areas of art historical investigation. The candidate is expected to be able to situate their work in the theoretical and historiographical debates in their specialised research area and also engage with current issues in global Art History.

The appointee will research and publish to the highest quality and will actively pursue and apply for appropriate research grants; will provide inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and will play an active role in the life and administration of The Courtauld.

PAY: Grade 6 (£36,644 to £41,958) or Grade 7 (£43,117 to £49,461), depending on experience


Lecture: Place History and Architectural Origin Stories in Early Byzantium, April 12, 2018

Lecture: Place History and Architectural Origin Stories in Early Byzantium
April 12, 2018

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the final lecture in its 2017–2018 lecture series:

Thursday, April 12, 2017, 6:15–7:45 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Place History and Architectural Origin Stories in Early Byzantium: Vestiges and Sense Memory
Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California

Ann Marie Yasin discusses architectural restoration in the early Byzantine world as a tool for accessing contemporary understandings of the past.

Details at

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

For questions, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (

CFP: The 4th Annual Conference of the Late Antique & Medieval Postgraduate Society at the University of Edinburgh

CFP: The 4th Annual Conference of the Late Antique & Medieval Postgraduate Society at the University of Edinburgh.

The Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a one-day conference on the theme of Transformation in written media, visual art, and material culture from the Late Antique to the start of the Early Modern period. This conference seeks to further our understanding of the ‘Long Middle Ages’ as a time of continuous change. It invites us to explore how this spirit of transformation is reflected in the content and creation of literature, art, culture, social structures, and physical spaces. It also aims to strengthen interdisciplinary connections within and outside of the University of Edinburgh, including but not limited to the fields of Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, Islamic Studies, and Theology.

Submissions for abstracts may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Depictions of metamorphosis and physical or emotional transformations (e.g. illness and healing)
  • Evolving narratives or adaptation of themes over time, across cultures, and/or media
  • Changing styles in material culture
  •  Changes in social, religious, political, and economic structures
  • Shifting attitudes and worldviews (e.g. conversion)
  • Developments in methodology and the academic study of the Late Antique and Medieval periods
  • Reappropriation of art and objects (e.g. spolia)
  • Translation, transcription, and transmission
  • Palimpsests
  • Repurposing architectural spaces 

Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 200 words, as well as a short biography of up to 100 words to  by Monday, 26 March, 2018 .

CAA 2018 Conference: Mobilizing the Collection, AAMC session Sat 24 Feb 4-5:30

Mobilizing the Collection

With the decentering of the discipline of art history, museums in this century are working to transcend the values that shaped their collections. A panel discussion among curators and directors will explore how western-centric collections can engage contemporary audiences in a multicultural society. Panelists will also give short presentations outlining projects that have attempted to address this issue through loans, exhibitions, and programming.

Questions to be addressed include: How are we to mobilize our collections, using our works of art as a starting point for conversations that promote inclusiveness and connection to our audiences? What are the potential challenges that face museum professionals who move outside their areas of specialty in order to speak reach new audiences? How can museums can work across boundaries established by institutions, established canons, and audiences? The panel will address the inherent challenges of decentering the history of art while working with objects and collections that affirm the Western European canon. We will also explore the negative tropes associated with race, gender, and class that are reflected in museum collections and will discuss how museums can approach these difficult and ugly aspects of our shared history.


Mobilizing the Collection is an affiliated society session for AAMC (the Association of Art Museum Curators) and is taking place on Saturday 2/24 4-5:30 pm.


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.

CFP: Andrew Ladis Trecento Conference; Houston, 8-10 November 2018

A Call for Papers
Andrew Ladis Trecento Conference
Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts Houston & The University of Houston

November 8-10, 2018

In the spirit of the tradition forged by the late Andrew Ladis and his colleagues at the University of Georgia, an international congress of Trecento specialists will congregate at the Museum of Fine Arts & the University of Houston to share their research formally and informally in Houston, TX 

This call for papers invites scholars of all ages and stages to submit proposals for 20-minute discussions of specific art historical problems, issues, and ideas that focus on the arts of Italy during “the long fourteenth century” (late Dugento through early Quattrocento). MA students must provide a letter of support from a professor with whom they have taken a graduate level course.

The papers delivered at the Conference will be published by Brepols, in a new series series called the Trecento Forum

Please submit paper proposal (500-word limit), and a CV by February 16 to: The planning committee will review all proposals and respond no later than April 15.

The keynote speaker at the Houston conference will be Dr. Caroline Campbell, The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 at the National Gallery of Art, London, whose lecture will be sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art.

A special rate has been arranged for conference participants in a Hilton Hotel near the MFAH. Further details as well as other lodging options, will be posted soon on Facebook (

Conference registration will be on Eventbrite beginning May 1: (


This will be the second Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference and we are very excited! The plan is for the conference to be held every other year, with a new venue and host institution each time. The 3rd conference will be hosted in 2020 by The Frist Art Center, Nashville, TN.

Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities

February 1, 2018 application deadline. The Cyprus Institute, with support through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research seminar project: Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities. Interested scholars at a formative stage of their careers are encouraged to apply.