Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Apologies for the late notice, but the final deadline for paper
proposals for this year's Ecclesiastical History Society Summer
Conference is THIS SUNDAY: 31 March.

The conference this year takes place in Durham, UK (16-18 July), on
the theme of 'Inspiration and Institution' - and the relationship
between in any period or place within Christian history.

The EHS is always a very welcoming conference for postgrad speakers -
not least because the society offers generous student bursaries!

All details on the website:



All best wishes,


Dr Conor O'Brien FRHistS

Associate Professor (Research)/Solway Fellow in the History of Christianity

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies/University College,
Durham University

'Empire, Ethnic Election and Exegesis in the Opus
just published; winner of the Ecclesiastical History Society's
President's Prize 2017

'Kings and Kingship in the Writings of
Bede'<https://academic.oup.com/ehr/article/132/559/1473/4801252> -
recently published in English Historical Review

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Via Hallie Meredith (Washington State University)

SECAC 2019

in Chattanooga, Tennessee

16th – 19th October 2019

*Integrating Process: Cross-Temporal Approaches in Art History*

As a discipline art history suffers from a lack of integration. There is no
established process-focused framework for the history of art before the 21st
century. Although there is a great deal of scholarship concerning process
in contemporary art and production integral to objects in circulation,
discussions of art processes in antiquity are rare. In part, this lacuna
exists because scholars have mistakenly discounted the possibility of
ancient work with a processual focus. This session will investigate this
gap. In what ways and to what extent can a cross-temporal approach to art
history establish a disciplinary framework with which to address
process informed
by complementary counterparts from ancient and contemporary visual culture?

This panel seeks to redefine process in visual art by focusing on aspects
of production from any geographic location approached through a cross-temporal
lens by juxtaposing themes and material from antiquity and the 21st
century. Papers will address debates concerning issues such as, but not
limited to: active beholders as co-creators; private studio vs. public
commercial spaces; and processes (for example, in-process, serial,
unfinished, completed, erased, repaired, re-made work). This session seeks
to engage in a dynamic debate about process by transforming disciplinary

Interested scholars should submit for consideration an abstract of 300-400
words in length by *Monday, 1st April 2019* on the SECAC portal.

*Submission link: **https://secac.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/5

If you have any questions please email Hallie Meredith (


Friday, March 22, 2019

Call for Papers

*Sacred Space and the Archaeology of Landscapes from Antiquity to the
Post-Medieval World*

Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the
Archaeological Institute of America, Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2020

Organizers: Justin Mann and Darlene Brooks Hedstrom on behalf of the AIA
Medieval and Post- Medieval Archaeology Group

The proposed colloquium will examine how current archaeology has treated
the creation and maintenance of sacred spaces and landscapes in the broadly
defined Mediterranean region from antiquity to the post- medieval period.
Our understanding of sacred spaces has too often been delimited to the
identification and definition of religious architecture as the locus for
sacrality. The ensuing analysis, therefore, disconnects these culturally
important sites from their wider social and cultural contexts. As a result,
less work has been done to understand how concepts of the sacred connect
with and extend beyond the precincts of religious architecture or the
environmental setting of the religious built environment.

This panel seeks to engender a wider analysis of the archaeological record
of sacred spaces and landscapes. We seek papers that assess how
archaeological concepts of the sacred communicate with broader socio-
economic or environmental consequences. For example, potential papers may
relate to the continuity or discontinuity of religious practice, the
topography of the sacred, the economy of sacred landscapes, and the
ramifications of sacred space or landscapes on daily life and local
authority. We welcome papers from all periods of history, and those from
the Byzantine and post-medieval are particularly encouraged.

Interested scholars should submit for consideration an abstract of 300-400
words by Thursday, March 28 to the panel co-organizers: Justin Mann (
jam2bg@virginia.edu) and Darlene Brooks Hedstrom (

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


for the 14th session of the study group “Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages” / AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter

together with the Römisch-Germanische Kommission
and the Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.

9-11 October 2019

at Frankfurt am Main


Value Concepts
Hoards in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
– Practices, Contexts, Meanings –

Although late Roman and early medieval hoards often consist of extraordinary objects, the actual phenomenon itself has not recently been the focus of extensive discussion. Most continental research has focussed on findings attributed to armed conflicts or ritual
deposition. Waste or scrap, for example, have only seldom been the centre of debate. A
review of literature on prehistoric hoards shows that up to now the potential of their early
historic counterparts may have been underestimated. Moreover, the dichotomy between
religious and profane interpretations of hoards should be questioned.
Besides shedding light on fundamental questions concerning e.g. the character of depositions in „Christian times“, a general analysis of hoards can provide insights into ritual practices, value concepts and socio-economic change in various early historical societies. The material, object types and chronology of single artefacts within a deposition are thereby just as important for the interpretation as are its context, composition, and distribution of similar assemblages.
As a result of new findings, current research projects, but also in light of more recent
theoretical and methodological approaches, the source material and prerequisites for
interpretation have significantly expanded in recent years; the upcoming conference / workshop now offers the opportunity to examine either or both aspects anew.
The conference aims to establish new perspectives on old and new findings, and to give a platform for current research on depositions from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In the light of recent theoretical and methodological developments, we will explore the source potential and interpretations of „hoards“, and facilitate a transfer of ideas.
In this year’s meeting of the AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter, to be held from 9th to 11th October 2019 in Frankfurt am Main on the subject of „Value Concepts. Hoards in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages – Practices, Contexts, Meanings“, new research will be presented considering the following aspects:

• The variability of interpretations ranging from treasure to scrap, intentional offering
to random loss, cache to storage, means of payment to recycling material, offerings
for the dead to stolen goods, public pomp to private hiding place, remnants of political
alliances to investments in the future.
• Transformations of materiality and material values.
• Human-object relationships and the relationality of space and time.
• The transfer of meaning(s) and questioning thereof.
• Religious and socio-cultural ideas and practices.
• Regional distribution of hoards and cycles of depositions: synchronous and diachronic
• Potentials of new theoretical and methodological approaches.

We would be pleased if you could enrich our session with contributions from your work. The duration of the presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. Abstracts with a half-page written summary (300–500 words) should be submitted to Roland.Prien@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de until 30.07.2019.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that applications for the next edition of the
Arnamagnæan Summer School in Manuscript Studies is now open.

The Summer School is a collaboration between the Arnamagnæan Institute,
Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of
Copenhagen, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the
University of Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland.

The 2019 edition will take place at the University of Copenhagen on August
12-23, 2019. The language of instruction is English.

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2019.

PhD students registered at any university are exempt from course fees.

More information on the summer school including application instructions
may be found here: https://haandskrift.ku.dk/summer-courses/

Please circulate widely.

With kind regards,


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

CFP: Medieval manuscripts and their biographies (Kiel, 26.07.2019)

Internationaler PostDoc-Workshop

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Bei der wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit mittelalterlichen
Handschriften ist eine objektbiografische Methodik, die nicht nur die
Entstehung des Codex und dessen ursprünglich intendierte Funktion
betrachtet, sondern auch dessen Provenienzgeschichte, materielle Genese
und Rezeption über den gesamten Zeitraum seiner Existenz hinweg in den
Blick nimmt, sowohl in der Kunstgeschichte wie auch in der Germanistik
lange vernachlässigt worden.
In den Kunstwissenschaften wird dieser Ansatz derzeit aber im Zuge von
Forschungen zur diachronen Bedeutungsverschiebung und Umcodierung von
Kunstwerken neu ausgelotet und ist somit in höchstem Maße aktuell.
Ähnlich in der mediävistischen Germanistik, wo eine artefaktzentrierte
Betrachtung von Handschriften im Zuge des ‚material turn’ an Bedeutung
gewonnen hat und die Frage nach der Korrelation von Schriftträger und
den darauf bezogenen kulturellen Praktiken erhebliche Signifikanz besitzt.
Bei dem Workshop werden Wissenschaftler*innen der Kunstgeschichte und
der Germanistik die Objektbiographien verschiedener mittelalterlicher
Handschriften im interdisziplinären Dialog der Fächer vorstellen. Im
Vordergrund stehen neben praxeologischen Fragestellungen auch die
materiellen und textuellen Veränderungen von Handschriften. In der
diachronen Perspektivierung der materiellen Gestaltung und Verwendung
des Codex können die veränderten Bedeutungszuschreibungen im
Spannungsfeld von Objekt- und Literaturwissenschaften diskutiert werden.

Der Workshop ‚Medieval manuscripts and their biographies‘ richtet sich
an promovierte Wissenschaftler*innen, die objektbiographische
Untersuchungen zu Handschriften aus sakralen und profanen Kontexten in
einem 30-minütigen Vortrag in deutscher oder englischer Sprache
präsentieren möchten. Er findet am 26.07.2019 an der
Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) zu Kiel statt. Da die Finanzierung
des Workshops aus den Mitteln des Internationalisierungsfonds der CAU
erfolgt, können nur Reise- und Übernachtungskosten für
Wissenschaftler*innen übernommen werden, die zurzeit nicht in
Deutschland tätig sind.

Beitragsvorschläge in Form eines Abstracts (max. 300 Wörter) nebst
kurzem CV können bis zum 15.04.2019 an folgende Adressen gesandt werden:

Dr. Margit Dahm-Kruse
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germanistisches Seminar
Leibnizstraße 8
24118 Kiel

Dr. Julia von Ditfurth
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kunsthistorisches Institut
Olshausenstraße 40
24118 Kiel

Eine Auswahl der Beiträge erfolgt bis zum 30.04.2019.


CFP: Medieval manuscripts and their biographies (Kiel, July 26, 2019)

International PostDoc-Workshop

Within the scholarly discussion of medieval manuscripts, an
object-biographical approach that not only focuses on the origin and the
originally intended function of the codex, but also on its history of
ownership, material changes and reception during the whole period of its
existence was long neglected by art history as well as by German studies.
In art history, this approach is currently becoming particularly
important. Diachronic studies on the re-encoding and the shifts in
meaning of artworks have led to a new perspective on written artifacts.
A similar trend is also becoming apparent in German studies, where an
artifact-related perspective on manuscripts has gained increasing
significance in the context of the ‘material turn’. Accordingly, more
importance is attached to examinations of the correlations between the
manuscript and the cultural practices linked to it.
The workshop aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue between
postdoctoral scholars from art history and German studies who will
present the object biographies of different medieval manuscripts.
Special emphasis is given to praxeological questions as well as to the
material and textual modifications of manuscripts. By putting the
material conception and the usage of the codex in a diachronic
perspective, the modified attributions of meaning can be discussed and
considered within the area of tension between the study of texts and the
study of objects.

The workshop ‘Medieval manuscripts and their biographies’ is directed at
researchers with a doctoral degree who wish to present their
object-biographical studies about religious as well as secular
manuscripts in a 30-min. talk (German or English). It takes place on
July 26, 2019 at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU). As
the workshop is funded by the International Center of the CAU, travel
and accommodation expenses will be covered only for researchers who are
not currently located in Germany.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short CV by April 15,
2019 to:

Dr. Margit Dahm-Kruse
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germanistisches Seminar
Leibnizstraße 8
24118 Kiel

Dr. Julia von Ditfurth
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kunsthistorisches Institut
Olshausenstraße 40
24118 Kiel

Accepted participants will receive a notification by April 30, 2019.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The British Archaeological Association will hold the sixth in its series of
biennial International Romanesque conferences in association with the
Dommuseum in Hildesheim on 14-16 April, 2020. The theme is Romanesque and
the Year 1000, and the aim is to examine transformation in art and
architecture in the years to either side of the millennium.
Despite the complex political situation in late-10th-century Europe, a
period marked by chaos in some areas and effective authority in others, the
last quarter of the century saw an apparent upsurge in artistic production
in the Empire, southern Britain, Lombardy and the Mediterranean. The
decades after the millennium have left a larger residue of work, notably in
France, but were the 1020s artistically more dynamic than the 980s? How
might we describe the cultural climate of the Latin West between c.970 and
c.1030? Proposals for papers concerned with the above are welcome, as are
those that review individual patrons, particularly in establishing
workshops and developing expertise. The period sees remarkable developments
in iconography and stylistic expression. It sees portable monumental and
devotional statues come into being, along with the application of novel, or
at least re-understood, architectural forms. Does the interest in
architectural ‘articulation’ initiate a new understanding of the expressive
potential of architecture? How good is the evidence for monumental wall
painting, what is the state of knowledge on scriptoria as centres of
artistic production c.1000, what conditions gave rise to the proliferation
of ‘First Romanesque’ architecture, how important was Rome, what was the
impact of objects from the Carolingian past or Byzantine present, and what
are we to make of the apparent disparities between artistically ‘active’
areas and artistically ‘inactive’ areas? The period also sees a boom in the
production of three-dimensional objects, with the revival of
bronze-casting, the re-emergence of architectural relief sculpture and he
production of monumental sculpture. The conference is geographically
international, though the date brackets of c.970-c.1030 will be strictly

The Conference will take place at the Dommuseum in Hildesheim from 14-16
April. There will also be an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits
to buildings in the surrounding area on the 17 and 18 April.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the
convenors, John McNeill and Gerhard Lutz, on romanesque2020@thebaa.org by
15 May, 2019. Papers should be in English. Decisions on acceptance will be
made by 31 May.