Art History Update: Habsburg and Ottoman Costume Identification, Experiencing Medieval Domesticity, Society for the Study of Church Interiors, Berlin Medieval Art Conference

“Muddling East and West: Costume and Identification in the Early Modern Borderlands of Habsburg and Ottoman Europe

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 5:30pm   Budapest, Central European University

 

Speaker: Robyn D. Radway

 Budapest, Central European University Nador u. 9, Monument Building Room: Gellner
Date:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 5:30pm

The multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, bureaucratic organisms referred to as the “German” and “Turkish” Empires and the massive militaries they supported were conglomerates: patchworks with permeable borders into which entrepreneuring men from the borderlands could always migrate and find exciting and rewarding positions to take up their swords and shields. Local troops, carrying their material culture with them as they moved, frequently joined either imperial army to create relentless and highly variegated war machines. This paper explores the relationship between dress and dynastic affiliation on the military borderland between Habsburg and Ottoman Europe. Using extant objects alongside verbal portraits and visual attempts to pinpoint identities in costume books, it shows how locals of the borderland lived in a world where practices of clothing, draping, and arming the body were just as fluid and permeable as the border itself. While diplomats and travelers were cautious to identify and follow formal dress protocol, locals continued their own mixed practices. We see groups commissioning wearable arts across the border, exchanging textile gifts, and forging multiple self-images in conversation with their surroundings. The question of how to tell the subjects of the Sultan apart from the subjects of the Holy Roman Emperor persists today in cataloguing museum collections of material culture. This muddling of costume and identity is essential to grasping how the two rival empires defy models of cultural exchange and the very categorizations of East and West.

Robyn D. Radway is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Princeton University. She specializes in imperial entanglements in politics, culture, society, and the arts in early modern Central and Eastern Europe. Trained as both a historian and art historian, she has worked in a number of international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic, 1400-1600

unnamedThis interdisciplinary conference examines late medieval and early modern experiences ‘at close quarters’. Building on recent research into the architecture and objects that shaped the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and crannies, challenges and constructions of the domestic environment, and its interaction with art, literature and thought.

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Friday, 3rd March. York. Bowland Auditorum, Berrick Saul Building.

Registration 9.00-9.20
Welcome 9.20

Conference Keynote 9.30-10.30

Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham) and Catherine Richardson (University of Kent) A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life.

 

Opening: Society for the Study of the Church Interior

IV. FORUM KUNST DES MITTELALTERS / FORUM MEDIEVAL ART

360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives

BERLIN and BRANDENBURG
20.-23 September 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

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The 4th Forum Medieval Art will focus on research at the geographical and methodological boundaries of classical medieval studies. The various venues in Berlin and Brandenburg with their medieval heritage and their rich collections of Byzantine and Middle Eastern will be taken as a starting point. 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 endangered artistic and architectural monuments of the Middle East. Especially welcome are topics discussing phenomena such as migration, media transformation and changing 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 of and in Berlin, where the development of areas of cultural exchange has a long tradition.

Hosted by: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V. www.dvfk-berlin.de

Organization:
Christian Freigang & Antje Fehrmann (Freie Universität Berlin),
Kai Kappel & Tina Zürn (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) mit
with other partners in Berlin & Brandenburg

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Upcoming C/E Medieval Conferences in September 2017

Monasteries in the Digital Humanities

Deep Roots Leaflet asking for help in NorciaKraków-Tyniec, Benedictine Abbey,
13 September 2017 – 16 September 2017

Deadline for proposals: 15.11.2016

The Conference will focus on the following topics:

a) Presentation of the history of monasteries and religious orders on the internet (monasticons, portals and blogs, websites, databases, maps etc.). Digital reconstruction of former monasteries, virtual monastery libraries, utility rooms in monasteries etc.

b) Digitisation of the written legacy of monasteries.

c) Creation of platforms providing information and bringing together scholars researching monasteries.

d) Dissemination of knowledge of monasteries and religious orders online.

e) Possibilities of creating an online monasticon encompassing monasteries located both in Europe (including Poland) and other parts of the world.

f) Digital tools and resources in humanities research. Problems – solutions – proposals.

Please send us the proposed titles of your full papers (up to 20 min.) and short communication papers (up to 10 min.)

The conference is organised by the Friends of History Society in Wrocław, Branch of the Polish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Institute of History, University of Opole, and the Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec.

“The call for papers for Kings & Queens 6 is now out! The theme will be ‘In the Shadow of the Throne’ to focus on the wider members of the dynasty and supporting personnel to the monarch-lots of possibilities there for an exciting conference. The conference will be held in Madrid, hosted by UNED from 12-15 September 2017. There are 20 bursaries available for students and early career researchers which is a very exciting development. Deadline for proposals is 30 March 2017-send these and any queries you may have on the conference to the dedicated email address Kq6Madrid@gmail.com. The call for papers is now live on our website: http://www.royalstudiesnetwork.org/k-q-conference-series 

 

KINGS & QUEENS CONFERENCE SERIES

Image result for king queen spain medieval 12-15 September 2017 Madrid UNED

The theme will be ‘In the Shadow of the Throne’ to focus on the wider members of the dynasty and supporting personnel to the monarch-lots of possibilities there for an exciting conference, hosted by UNED from Madrid.

“The call for papers for Kings & Queens 6 is now out!

There are 20 bursaries available for students and early career researchers which is a very exciting development.

Deadline for proposals is 30 March 2017-send these and any queries you may have on the conference to the dedicated email address Kq6Madrid@gmail.com. The call for papers is now live on our website: http://www.royalstudiesnetwork.org/k-q-conference-series 

 

Medialatinitas 2017

Medieval Latin CommitteeUniversity of Vienna

17-23 September 2017

The next, eighth conference will be held in the week of  in Vienna, Austria.

The proposed theme is: Mittellatein vernetzt / Medieval Latin Networks!

Verortung, Entgrenzung, Globalisierung

Berlin and Brandenburg
20 September 2017 – 23 September 2017

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The 4th Forum Medieval Art will focus on research at the geographical and methodological boundaries of classical medieval studies. 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. Especially welcome are topics discussing phenomena such as migration, media transformation and changing cultural paradigms. By asking for culturally formative regions at the borders of “Europe” and transcultural contact zones.

Hosted by: Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V. www.dvfk-berlin.de

For a Full description and Call for Papers visit:
http://mittelalterkongress.de/mittelalterkongress/wb/pages/home.php?lang=EN

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