Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Big Dating: Using Big Data to Date Medieval Texts

Applicants are sought for a fully-funded four-year Provost’s Project Award
PhD doctoral award at Trinity College Dublin on the Big Dating project to
start in September 2020 (or later, if Covid-19 does not permit it). The
award comprises the student’s full tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and an
annual stipend of €16,000. These doctoral awards are generously funded
through alumni donations and Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit.

The Big Dating project explores quantitative and/or computational
approaches to the language of medieval texts, particularly those from
England in the long twelfth century, which evade the periodisation of
English into ‘Old’ and ‘early Middle’. The successful applicant will be
expected to devote up to 24 hours per month of work to this project, as
well as complete a PhD thesis.

The topic of the student’s PhD thesis is not prescribed, but will be
developed between the student and the supervisor. Possible approaches
include (but are by no means limited to):

   - Computer-assisted philological analyses of particular texts or groups
   of texts
   - Cluster analysis of text languages to identify potential dating
   criteria
   - Work towards developing an automated parser and/or lemmatiser for late
   Old English and early Middle English
   - Bottom-up periodisations of Old and Middle English

Students interested in the doctoral award are invited to email the
Principal Investigator, Dr Mark Faulkner (faulknem@tcd.ie) with expressions
of interest by 22 May 2020. They may subsequently be invited to submit a
CV, academic transcripts, a sample of written work and the names of two
academic referees and asked to take part in a Skype interview. The final
stage of the application process will involve the submission of a formal
PhD proposal to Trinity.

The following may be considered the essential and desirable qualifications
for the award:

Essential

   - A Master’s (completed or in progress) in linguistics or Medieval
   Studies
   - A first-class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant
   subject
   - Demonstrable communicative competence in English

Desirable

   - Good working knowledge of Old and Middle English
   - Experience using major medieval corpora and electronic resources (e.
   g. Dictionary of Old English Corpus, Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle
   English, Penn Parsed Corpus of Middle English Prose)
   - Familarity with the techniques of quantitative and/or computational
   linguistics

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


CFP: Inducing a Passion for the Medieval: Student-led Activities with
Manuscripts, A Roundtable
by Vicky McAlister
Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Spartanburg SC, 5-7 November
2020 [1]

We invite proposals for c. 10 minute presentations for this proposed
roundtable for SEMA 2020. Submissions are invited from all disciplines.
Topics might include, but are not limited to: using manuscripts in the
classroom, using digitized manuscripts, experiential activities influenced by
manuscripts, and how teaching with manuscripts can be done remotely in the
Covid-19 era. We are especially keen to hear from participants based in
libraries, archives, and museums.

Please email a proposal of 100-200 words length and a short bio to Vicky
McAlister vmcalister@semo.edu [2] and Roxanne Dunn rdunn@semo.edu [3] before
Friday 22 May. We will submit accepted proposals to SEMA for their
consideration by the 5 June deadline.


[1] https://southeasternmedieval.wordpress.com/conference/
[2] mailto:vmcalister@semo.edu
[3] mailto:rdunn@semo.edu
Read more or reply:
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Led by Prof. Michele Tomasi, the Art History Department of the
University of Lausanne is hosting an international conference titled
"Within and without the manuscript: interactions between illumination
and the other arts" on October 22nd-23rd, 2020.

The call for papers is open until May 15th, and we would like to
explore this question with papers from a broad geographical and
chronological range, including the Early Middle Ages, too often set
aside in such methodological approaches.


Could you please forward this call for paper to the EMF list?


Thank you very much in advance.


Kind regards,



Sabine Utz

Head Curator

Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire

Lausanne






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Friday, April 3, 2020

Society for the History of Discoveries Student Essay Prize
by Lydia Towns
*STUDENT ESSAY PRIZE*

*SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  15 May of each year*

Areas of eligible research include:  voyages of exploration, travel
narratives, biography relevant to the history of discoveries and exploration,
history, cartography, the technologies of travel, impact of travel and
cultural exchange, and other aspects of geographic discovery and exploration.

*Who is Eligible:*  Students from any part of the globe currently enrolled
in a college or university degree program and who will not have received a
doctoral degree prior to *15 May *of the submission year. *Note:  Graduating
high school or college students accepted into a program but who do not begin
classes until fall  of the submission year are NOT eligible. *
*The Research Paper:*  An eligible research paper shall be original and
unpublished, written in English, between 3,000 and 8,000 words, plus
footnotes or endnotes.  Papers written for college or university class
assignments are encouraged, but students may write specifically for this
prize.  A reasonable amount of illustrative and tabular material will be
welcome, but is not required.

The awardee will receive a prize of $500.00 (US) and will be invited to
present a version of the paper at the annual meeting of the Society for the
History of Discoveries.  Information about participation in the conference
will be provided to the awardee upon notification of the award, including
details concerning costs and travel funding.  Acceptance of the prize is not
contingent upon your ability to attend the conference.  Additionally, the
awardee will be invited to submit the winning paper to the society’s peer
reviewed journal, Terrae Incognitae, for which it will undergo the usual
review process prior to formal acceptance for publication, of which there is
no guarantee.

 For more information and formatting instructions visit
https://discoveryhistory.org/student-prize/ [1]

*SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:*

*Submission Deadline:*  *15 May*
Electronic submissions only to:
Dr. Anne Good, committee chair amg@reinhardt.edu [2]
Subject line:  SHD Student Prize
*Questions?*  Contact Dr. Good, committee chair amg@reinhardt.edu [3]




[1] https://discoveryhistory.org/student-prize/
[2] mailto:amg@reinhardt.edu
[3] mailto:amg@reinhardt.edu





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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear medievalists,

your are interested in persons? The ACDH-CH at Austrian Academy of
Science invites you to participate in a Summer School on Digital
Prosopography. It will take place in Vienna, 06-10. July 2020 and
include courses on data creation, modelling with CIDOC-CRM, network
analysis, linked open data, text encoding in the work with historical
persons. Interested people should sent a CV (max. 1 page) and a brief
description of their prosopographical project (max. 500 words) to
digital.prosopography@oeaw.ac.at, which will help us to decide on
eligibility. Places on the summer school will be allocated on a
first-come-first-serve basis. The participation at the summer school is
free of charge. Please find details on the event at
https://www.oeaw.ac.at/acdh/detail/event/summer-school-people-in-the-digital-age-digital-prosopography/


Looking forward to your application!

Georg

--
Prof. Dr. Georg Vogeler, M.A.

Director
Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften | Austrian Academy of Sciences
Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Wien, Österreich | Vienna, Austria
T: +43 1 51581-2200
georg.vogeler@oeaw.ac.at

Chair for Digital Humanities at Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung,
University of Graz

Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik <http://www.i-d-e.de>
ICARus <https://icar-us.eu/en/>
Digital Medivalist <https://digitalmedievalist.wordpress.com/>
Data for History <https://dataforhistory.org/>

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A reminder that abstracts are due on March 20.



Translation and the limits of Greek-Latin bilingualism in Late
Antiquity (ca. 300-600 CE)



Panel at the 13th Celtic Conference in Classics

Lyon, France

July 15-18, 2020



Abstract submission deadline: March 20, 2020



Confirmed speakers:

Eleanor Dickey (University of Reading)

Adam Gitner (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Bruno Rochette (Université de Liège)

Alison John (Universiteit Gent)

Alan Ross (Columbia University)



Bilingualism between Latin and Greek sits at odds with the major
scholarly re-evaluations of Late Antiquity that characterize this
period as an age of cultural, political and religious transformations,
as opposed to an era of decline and fall. Being expert utraque lingua
‘in both languages [i.e. Latin and Greek]’, had been an integral part
of Roman intellectual culture and identity since the late Republic;
but, according to conventional interpretation, by the end of the
fourth century CE, the decline of Greek education in the west
(evidenced by the rise in Latin translations of Greek texts,
especially by Christians), and the relegation of Latin to the language
of law and the bureaucracy in the East, were inescapable signs of
cultural decline. By the fifth century, a linguistic divide reinforced
the political division of the empire between east and west, Greek and
Latin (Millar, 2006; Riché, 1976; Jones, 1964; Marrou, 1948). When
bilingualism in Late Antiquity has recently been studied more
positively, it has been often been from a multilingual perspective,
between Latin or Greek and other languages of the Mediterranean world,
Coptic, Syriac, or Punic (Rigolio 2019; Mullen and James, 2012; Adams,
Janse, and Swain, 2002).



In the absence of any sustained study of Greek-Latin bilingualism and
translation practice in the late antique period, this panel seeks to
examine the function and prevalence of Greek-Latin bilingualism and to
explore the connections between language communities and intellectual
cultures across the empire from the Tetrarchy to the reign of
Justinian. Particularly it wishes to question the assumed negative
correlation between a decline in bilingualism and a rise in
translation, and to do so from the perspective both of Latin in a
Greek context and Greek in Latin.



Proposals are sought for papers that approach the topic from a wide
range of perspectives: not just linguistic but literary,
codicological, legal, political or historical. Papers that address one
or more of the following questions would be especially welcome:



· How regionalized or uniform were changes in educational practices in
Greek and Latin language-learning? How did these change between the
fourth and sixth centuries?

· What counts as ‘being bilingual’ in Late Antiquity?

· What effect did the increase in the imperial bureaucracy in the
fourth century have upon the extent of the knowledge and use of Latin
in the east?

· As bilingualism became rarer, to what extent did it become a
sought-after skill? Did any new opportunities present themselves for
someone expert utraque lingua? How did such opportunities affect
normal power relations, e.g. between a monolingual emperor or governor
and a bilingual advisor?

· What were the motivations for translation, and why were certain
works deemed necessary for translation and others not?

· How were newly translated texts received by other (monolingual)
authors, and to what extent did they inspire subsequent compositions?

· To what extent did linguistic translation also entail cultural
translation between Greek and Latin, east and west, or vice versa (cf.
Jerome’s statement that in translating Eusebius’ Chronicle he also
added western events omitted by the eastern Eusebius)?

· How closely implicated was a decline in bilingualism with societal
problems, e.g. doctrinal conflicts between Christians, or problems of
legal interpretation and practice?

· How do Greek texts composed in the West, or Latin texts composed in
the East affect our picture of changing levels of bilingualism or
expectations of their initial audiences’ linguistic skills?

· How was scribal practice affected by changes in bilingualism?

· To what extent does evidence for bilingualism or translation in the
epigraphic and material record align with that of literary texts?


We welcome proposals for papers of 35 minutes. Please submit an
abstract of approximately 400 words and a proposed title by March 20,
2020. Paper may be in either English or French. Please include your
institutional affiliation in your email.



Submissions and questions can be directed to either Alison John
(alison.john@ugent.bealison.john@ugent.be
>) or Alan Ross
(ajr2242@columbia.eduajr2242@columbia.edu>).



For more information about the Celtic Conference in Classics:
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The panel convenors,



Alison John (Universiteit Gent)

Alan Ross (Columbia University, New York)



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Dr Alison John
Postdoctoral Researcher (Leverhulme Trust)
Ghent University - Department of History
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35
9000 Ghent- Belgium


Sunday, March 8, 2020

44th Mid-America Medieval Association Conference:

Memory and Materiality

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Missouri Western State University
*Abstracts due June 29, 2020

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anne D. Hedeman

Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History,
University of Kansas

“History and Visual Memory in the Library of King Charles V of France”

Papers on any aspect of medieval culture, medieval studies, and
medievalism will be considered, but presentations that consider and/or
(re)evaluate the conference theme “Memory and Materiality” will be
particularly welcome.

Potential topics could include (this is NOT an exhaustive list):
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  *       Historiographies
  *       Literature, trauma, and memory
  *       Memory construction
  *       Museums, libraries, and archives
  *       Borders and borderlines
  *       Collective space, place, and memory
  *       Ethics of preservation
  *       Memory, Memoria, and Rhetoric
  *       Remembrances, and shaping identity
  *       Teaching the medieval era: pedagogy
  *       Music, Art, Literature
  *       Pop culture
  *       Food culture

Proposals for either papers (250 word abstracts)
or sessions (250 word abstracts + list of title and
presenters) should be sent via email attachment to:
 medieval442020@gmail.coo:medieval442020@gmail.co>m



Jim Falls Paper Prize

Graduate students whose papers have been accepted may submit them for
the Jim Falls Prize. Click
here<https://sites.google.com/a/missouriwestern.edu/mama44/prize-graduate>
or select the "Jim Falls Paper Prize" link from the site menu.

https://sites.google.com/a/missouriwestern.edu/mama44/


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"Baptism of Charles VI"
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Catholics and Hebrew Scholarship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe



19 May 2020



The Institute for Medieval Studies

The University of Leeds

Leeds LS2 9JT



Held under the auspices of the Andrew Marvell Centre

for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The University of Hull,
and the Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds



The study of Hebrew in sixteenth-century Europe is most often
associated with Protestants, who required that the Bible be studied in
its original languages. But that is to tell only half the story. This
symposium is an opportunity to consider Hebrew scholarship in medieval
Europe as well as the work of later Catholic Hebraists such as Johann
Reuchlin, John Fisher, and Roberto Bellarmino. How did such scholars
understand the relative authority of the Hebrew text and of the Latin
Vulgate? How fairly did they deal with the Hebrew text, given the
demands of polemic? What value did they put on Jewish interpretations
of biblical texts? This is a unique opportunity to shed light on a key
— but neglected — aspect of medieval and early-modern Christian
Hebraism. The symposium, which is a follow-up to the seminar series
that took place in Hull on ‘Peoples of the Book’ (November 2019 to
January 2020), will incorporate an Exhibition from the Cecil Roth
Collection of Judaica and Hebraica.



Organizing Committee from the Universities of Hull and Leeds: David
Bagchi, Philip Crispin, Eva Frojmovic, Alaric Hall, Michael Haughton,
and Veronica O’Mara, with Konstanze H. Kunst as Curator of the
Exhibition.



Speakers: Jessica Crown (British Library); Eva Frojmovic (University
of Leeds); Cecilia Hatt (London); Michael Haughton (University of
Hull); Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary University of London); Piet van Boxel
(University of Oxford); Julia Walworth (University of Oxford); and
Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford)



Registration: Standard fee: £30; Students, unwaged, and retired: £20



Booking: https://tinyurl.com/re5losn<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flinkprotect.cudasvc.com%2Furl%3Fa%3Dhttps%253a%252f%252ftinyurl.com%252fre5losn%26c%3DE%2C1%2C44SbqkcHTadsOFaKFKKDi5pzE-Fty4rkhk3QCxwEk9E4Me4pbs1Yup6373O4Mtu9XGJs1CvatDNpE9L3na0hDHL5YPG8TDbHSB8_CmlP4hSs2_tlBRJ5V0MRTg%2C%2C%26typo%3D1&data=02%7C01%7C%7C6921a8253db04702889a08d7bc131910%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637184662618047154&sdata=dTuSE%2B2%2Fo%2Fj34jFHQG%2BUbqJLYiHaYj%2FGOFZUgsTcdbc%3D&reserved=0>
             Deadline: 5 May 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

Digital Diplomatics

In the several years since the last conference/workshop dedicated to the
study of Digital Diplomatics, new technologies have emerged and new
projects have come to fruition. This conference/workshop will bring
together selected leading and upcoming experts in the study of Digital
Diplomatics and related fields, to facilitate a productive exchange on
the state and the future of the field. The conference will include
expert panels, lightning talks, and a poster session, which is currently
open for submissions. We are soliciting posters on any subject related
to the study of charters and computing, including:

* Machine Learning for Digital Diplomatics
* Linguistic Corpora for Digital Diplomatics
* Digitally Mediated Archives for Diplomatics
* The Future of Diplomatics

The poster session will be attended by leading experts in the field.
Currently confirmed guests include: Antonella Ambrosio (Naples),
Sébastien Barret (CNRS), Michael Gervers (Toronto), Tobias Hodel (Bern),
Timo Korkiakangas (Helsinki), Els De Parmentier (Ghent), Peter Stokes
(Paris), and Zarko Vujesovic (Vienna/Belgrade).

Submission Guidelines:

Please send a 100-word abstract of the poster project and a short C.V.
to Sean Winslow sean.winslow@uni-graz.at. Though there is a hard
deadline of *17 March 12:00 GMT*, proposals received before then will be
evaluated on a rolling basis, and a decision will be made within a week
of receipt, and by 19 March at the latest.

Looking forward to your submissions!

Georg Vogeler / Sean Winslow

--
Prof. Dr. Georg Vogeler

Professur für Digital Humanities -
Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung
Universität Graz
A-8010 Graz | Elisabethstraße 59/III
Tel. +43 316 380 8033
<http://informationsmodellierung.uni-graz.at> - <http://gams.uni-graz.at>
<https://online.uni-graz.at/kfu_online/wbForschungsportal.cbShowPortal?pPersonNr=80075>

Director of the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities at OeAW
<https://acdh.oeaw.ac.at>

Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik e.V. <http://www.i-d-e.de>
International Center for Archival Research ICARus <http://www.icar-us.eu>
Digital Medievalist <http://digitalmedievalist.org>
Text Encoding Initiative <http://tei-c.org>

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Call For Papers





This interdisciplinary collection will contain essays that engage with
manifestations of sadistic and masochistic pleasure in medieval texts and
cultures. Such impulses may be implicit in the functioning of institutions
such as the schoolroom or the church or embedded within the very framework
of pre-modern European culture. Examining this *jouissance* around power,
control, dominance, and submission within medieval culture provides yet
unexplored insights into these premodern phenomena as well as into our own
presuppositions as to what the medieval means in relation to current
(kinky) sexual practices.



We are especially interested in arguments focused around visual culture,
gender, race and ethnicity, cultures on the borders/margins or
marginalized. Examinations of court/secular cultures will be prioritized.



Essays should explore the project’s central premise: that medieval texts
and cultures manifest a type of erotic thrill (*jouissance*) that resonates
with contemporary BDSM pleasures and yet in other ways differs in
articulation. Seminal texts on BDSM theory should be included.



Relevant topics include but are not limited the following:



*Please submit abstracts (250-500 words) or complete essays (8,000-10,000
words including references) to Christopher T. Vaccaro at cvaccaro@uvm.edu
<cvaccaro@uvm.edu>.*



*Abstracts are due by March 15th, 2020. We are hoping to have a complete
and polished manuscript by September 1st.*

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Networks of Manuscripts, Networks of Texts*



*Call for a two-day international conference organised by the ‘Innovating
Knowledge’ Project22-23 October 2020*
Huygens ING, Amsterdam

In the last decade, methods of network analysis developed by social
scientists have been increasingly applied to historical disciplines. As a
result, we have seen the emergence of new bodies of researchers working
with network analytical methods, such as Social Network Analysis Research
in the Middle Ages (SNARMA), and new journals, such as the Journal of
Historical Network Research (JHNR). Researchers studying premodern
manuscript cultures have been actively engaged with this new methodological
trend. Completed and ongoing projects make it clear that the methods of
network analysis can be applied to the study of premodern manuscripts and
manuscript texts and yield relevant and exciting results. However, it is
also clear that scholars of premodern written cultures face unique
challenges when engaging with network analysis stemming from the nature of
the material they are working with. Not all methods devised by social
scientists are applicable to manuscripts and texts, while in other cases,
established methods need to be adapted to and reinvented for new needs.
Working with large corpora of manuscripts and texts, and approaching
premodern written cultures from a quantitative perspective bring their
unique challenges to fields that have a long tradition of looking at their
subjects in small quantities and with a qualitative lens. As any young
methodological subfield, the study of premodern manuscripts and manuscript
texts using network analysis is still in an exploratory stage, with
theoretical frameworks being forged and methods tested.

This conference aims to bring together researchers applying network
analysis to premodern manuscripts and manuscript texts. We would like to
invite researchers working in all fields of premodern manuscript studies
and researchers working with manuscript texts who engage with the methods
and concepts stemming from network analysis. Key topics include, but are
not limited to, the following:

   - Theoretical reflections on the challenges and advantages of applying
   network analysis, including social network analysis, to premodern written
   cultures;
   -  Application of network analysis to corpora of premodern manuscripts
   and texts;
   - Network analysis as a means of understanding the circulation of texts
   and transmission of knowledge in the premodern period;
   - Quantitative study of networks of medieval book exchange and letter
   exchange;
   - Network analysis as a tool of textual criticism and text editing;
   - Network graphs as stemmata of texts and genres with complex textual
   history;
   - Networks of co-citation of premodern authors and authoritative texts;
   - Networks of co-occurrence and compilation of texts in medieval
   manuscripts;
   - Network analysis as a tool for the study of annotation practices and
   commentary traditions in premodern manuscript cultures;
   - Network analysis as a tool for the study of citation and reception in
   premodern manuscript cultures.

We welcome proposals in two categories: a) 30- minute full papers suitable
for presenting completed or ongoing research; and b) 20-minute exploratory
papers suitable for presenting newly started research or research proposals
that are still being developed. The second category is particularly
intended for early career researchers who are new to the field of network
analysis and wish to have their ideas tested in front of an expert audience.

A keynote by Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of
Science, Berlin/Technische Universität Berlin/University of Tel Aviv) is
included on the first day of the conference.

Proposals of between 300 and 500 words should be sent to Dr Evina Steinová
at evina.steinova@huygens.knaw.nl by the end of April 2020. Authors of
successful submissions will be informed by the end of June 2020 and
encouraged to submit full papers in the following months so that they can
be circulated in advance to stimulate a fruitful discussion.

The language of the conference will be English. We offer to cover the
accommodation costs for two nights and provide lunches. We also intend to
provide a small number of bursaries to speakers who may need travel
assistance.

For further information, contact Dr Evina Steinová at
evina.steinova@huygens.knaw.nl.

Please, feel free to circulate the CFP among those who may be interested.



Evina Steinova
https://evinasteinova.academia.edu/

Postdoctoral Researcher
NWO VENI project Innovating Knowledge
Huygens ING, Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

CFP: Failure: Understanding Art as Process, 1150-1750 (Florence, 15-17 Oct 20)
by Tim Urban
Call for Papers

*Failure: Understanding Art as Process, 1150-1750*



Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, 15-17 October 2020



/Organized by: Ariella Minden, Alessandro Nova, and Luca Palozzi/



This conference proposes to bring failure into focus as a crucial component
of artistic production. Understanding failure as a generative force rather
than the antagonist to success offers an opportunity for a paradigmatic shift
away from the overpowering rhetoric of accomplishment and artistic progress
which is still so predominant in art history –instead re-evaluating trial
and error. This may lead, in turn, to a more nuanced understanding of art in
its making, that is, as process, with an emphasis on the latter, rather than
on the finished object.



This conference’s chronological span encompasses the years 1150 to 1750 and
the emergence of new methods of scientific and artistic inquiry rooted in
practices of empirical observation and sustained experimentation. In so
doing, it aims to provide a wider critical framework within which to probe
making at the intersections of art, science, and technology. Artists would
not have experienced these realms as separate, since their everyday workshop
practice showed them as contiguous and porous. They experimented with
different materials, forged their own tools, and, in their quest for new and
expressive means, bridged and breached boundaries between media and
techniques. Very often, they failed. Although failure is usually neglected
and often stigmatised in art history, the historical record is not erased.



Evidence of past failure –one’s own, or in the form of transmitted
knowledge– abounds in artistic and artisanal treatises, and in the
surviving documentation, not to mention the objects themselves. Mural
painting, for instance, was an exacting medium. In his 'Libro dell’arte' of
the late-fourteenth century, Cennino Cennini admonished fellow painters that
winter is the best season for painting in fresco, since in frescoing a wall
on a hot summer’s day the plaster would dry too quickly. Experimentation
gone awry runs rampant in practice, as with Cimabue’s blackened monumental
'Crucifixion' at Assisi, which would have cautioned others on the hazards of
expanding the use of a lead white pigment from panel to wall painting. And it
was Leonardo da Vinci’s technical audacity, after all, that led him to
explore the possibility of using an oil binder in the making of his 'Last
Supper' in Milan, much to the detriment of this work’s durability.



Not only did artists toy and flirt with failure, but sometimes they harnessed
it as an expressive means in its own right. Donatello decided not to amend a
defect in the wax model for the veil of his Judith, resting on the figure’s
head, realizing that it would give viewers the impression of worn-out
fabric– well suited to the persona of the Biblical heroine. Indeed, the
whole history of bronze casting, and of casting in general, could be
rewritten from the viewpoint of failure.



Experiments failed 'in toto' or in part are integral to understanding the
history of the so-called applied arts, as well. Maiolica, glass making, and
metalwork, for example, relied on the transfer of artisanal knowledge to
ensure the multi-generational survival of workshops. Reappraising failure
thus also challenges the canonical distinction between 'arti maggiori' and
'arti minori'. Furthermore, as one begins to consider the development and
movement of technologies across time and space, a broader geographical
perspective is inherent. Particular techniques and classes of objects, such
as lusterware from Egypt and Spain, in all its brilliance, easily
transgressed cultural and political boundaries, holding appeal to wider
audiences all over Europe, and beyond. This prompted local artists and
artisans to try and penetrate their technical secrets, a process in which
failure was endemic and on occasions even commercially disastrous.



A history of art that is not exclusively result oriented takes the
experiments that went wrong as primary historical evidence for the vast array
of activities that constitute art making.



We welcome papers that consider the broader geography of failure from 1150 to
1750 including, but not limited to the following contexts:

- archival documents that record or litigate instances of artistic failure;

- artisanal epistemologies; the creation and transmission of workshop
knowledge through, for instance, the assemblage and handing down of recipe
books;

- drawing practices, the compilation of model books, and their circulation,
e.g. through copies and prints; the making of three-dimensional models and
casts; issues of dissemination, replication and indexicality;

- the significance of experimentation in painting and sculpture, and across
the applied arts (glass, ceramics, metalwork, textile, leatherwork);

- how artists came to terms with failure philosophically, for example, in
their inscriptions and retrospectively in their writings;

- artistic treatises, their creation and readership, with an emphasis on the
discussion of trial and error in artistic practice;

- how modern tools of technical analysis, i.e. carried out by museum
conservators and technicians, can help detect, prove or else disprove
historical cases of artistic failure on material and technical levels.





*We solicit 25-minute papers from both early career researchers and senior
scholars to be given in English. Please send a 300-word paper proposal and a
one-page bio to the conference organizers at: dirnova@khi.fi.it [1] by 15
March 2020.*