Material Collective, Kalamazoo 2018

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How to Engage Now: Medieval Studies and Public Discourse in 2018 How do we and can we, as scholars of the Middle Ages and of medieval art, engage with the general public in the current political climate? In order to generate ideas on how more academics can take their work into the public sphere, this […]

becoming-elemental Symposium

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Call for Proposals becoming-elemental Symposium “How can we live without or against the four elements, without thinking like them, without turning toward them, into them, through them, with them?” – Michel Serres becoming-elemental: the elements, senses, and imagination is an interdisciplinary two-day symposium looking to gather scholars, activists, and artists, mobilizing the powers of the […]

CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Monumental Failures

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International Center for Medieval Art, Student Committee In 1284, part of the choir of Beauvais cathedral dramatically collapsed during construction. This event would go on to alter the plan of one of the most ambitious building projects of the Middle Ages. Like Beauvais, greater and lesser failures throughout the Middle Ages served as the inspiration, […]

CFP Kalamazoo 2017: No Entry: Impenetrable Architecture in Medieval Art

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  “The depicted door,” Jas Elsner has written of the fourth century Pola Casket, “is a kind of make­believe that might open into the box or out of which the box’s contents might venture.” The doors of the ivory casket suggest an architectural space, but one that remains wholly impenetrable to anything but the imagination. […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Obscured by the Alps: Medieval Italian Architecture and the European Canon

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The traditional canon of European architecture has been well established through both formal-stylistic aesthetics and periodized criteria, rooted ultimately in Hegelian notions of the underlying spirit of an age and Modern nationalist identities. Viewed from northern Europe, the canon’s trajectory moves fluidly from the halcyon days of Greece and Rome to the stunted but ambitious Early […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: The Idea of Luxury and the Role of the Object

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As Christopher Berry has shown in The Idea of Luxury, the concept of luxury is determined by countless factors: it is situated by socio-economic forces, enacted politically, and both justified and critiqued by philosophy and theology. Luxury is also a difficult scholarly concept to contend with, requiring close engagement with these aforementioned fields as well […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Medieval Art & Failure (A Roundtable)

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What might it mean to describe a work of medieval art as a failure or as a partial failure? This roundtable seeks answers to that question, which has largely been unexplored by scholars in the field. One way that we might begin to theorize the issue is by considering temporality. Medieval objects and medieval images, […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: The Stones Cry Out: Modes of Citation in Medieval Architecture

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Citation, understood in its earliest legal sense, refers not to the act of reiterating or to the act of repeating but rather to a formal process of assembling parties separated by space and time. It is therefore best understood as a complex procedure for forging new relationships between people, places, and things that, though highly […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: ‘Material’ & ‘Collective’ Roundtables

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Sponsored by the Material Collective for the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017 This pair of sessions seeks to interrogate the terms ‘material’ and ‘collective’ by weighing their limitations and possibilities, with a dual focus on medieval art practice and modern scholarly approaches. Session I—Material (a Roundtable) Rarity and abundance, […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: EPISCOPUS

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EPISCOPUS is sponsoring three sessions at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo and invites paper proposal submissions. Submission Deadline: 25 aug 2016 The Secular Clergy and Laity I: Clerical and Lay Relations, Conflict The Secular Clergy and Laity II: Clerical and Lay Relations, Cooperation Clergy and laity needed each other. Clergy needed […]