Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Image: Spectral Imaging reveals the hidden text on the medieval palimpsests.
Copyright St Catherine’s monastery of the Sinai
Please see below information about the R-CHIVE (Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization and Education) conference held June 7 & 82018 atRIT and UR.
Please join us to learn more about applying different imaging modalities to uncover faded, damaged or erased text from manuscripts, globes, maps etc.
Speakers from all over (UK, Canada, Germany, Ethiopia, Austria, US) will be presenting their work ranging from:
1)      Raman Spectroscopy
2)      Spectral Imaging
3)      RTI
4)      Material analysis through X-ray & particle based Molecular spectroscopy, etc.  
This two day conference will include workshops such as “how to make a palimpsest”, “Timeline of materials and Inks used in old documents” (breakfast and lunch will also be included).
Please see below information re the conference and registration.
Register here:
Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The PIREH (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) is organizing an international conference on History and Text analysis, at the Sorbonne in Paris on January 17-19 2019.

We are looking for papers, in English or in French, showing how historians can use different methods of text analysis (computational linguistics, text mining, distant reading…) with a quantitative or qualitative approach (see the call for papers below and

The deadline for the CFP is June the 22nd 2018 (see below).

Stéphane Lamassé, Léo Dumont, Octave Julien


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


The MoC org is sponsoring a number of sessions and 2 workshops at the IONA Conference in Vancouver next year (April 11-13th, 2019) at Simon Fraser University. Reps from the group (Dr. Nahir Otano-Gracia, Dr. Valerie Wilhite and I) are seeking proposals for the sessions and workshops and would love to have contributors from various disciplines across different fields.
I’ve included the cfps for both the seminar and workshop below:

Seminar: Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA

Representatives of the Medievalists of Color have organized a three-panel seminar entitled ‘Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA.’ When we think of the medieval North Atlantic we tend to think within Anglo- or Euro-centric parameters, much to the detriment of our understanding of the entire region, its history and development. So much is lost in our discussions of the medieval past by excluding regions within or beyond the north. This session seeks 15-20 minute papers on medieval subjects that expand our understanding of the early medieval North Atlantic. Discussions may include papers on topics dealing with medieval Iberia, Africa, and as far north as the Canadian archipelagos to the far reaches of the Canary Islands. Further to this, themes might range from the inclusion of Iberian and African material in North Atlantic Studies to racism and Digital Humanities/academia, and ‘others’ in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Welsh studies, history, archaeology, art history and other fields. These sessions will challenge our understanding of the medieval North Atlantic and encourage thinking beyond the norm.

Please send approx. 250 word proposals to by July 15, 2018.

Workshop: Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom

We are seeking papers for a 2-part workshop entitled “Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom.” The purpose of this workshop is to encourage participants to seek out texts, themes and branches of medieval studies beyond white, Christian, Anglo-centric methodologies in research, the classroom and within our understanding of the field. We encourage scholars from various fields and disciplines to participate in this workshop. The major feature of the workshop is ‘how to be a better ally’ which will allow participants to engage in discussion on what ally-ship means and how one can strengthen ally-ship in the workplace and classroom.

250-word proposals can be sent to: by July 15th, 2018.

The official conference website is up with all of the cfps, so I’m including that in this message. Please do consider our cfps or any of the others.
Hope to see some of you next year!
Best wishes,
Mary, Nahir and Valerie
The Argentine Association of Digital Humanities / Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales (AAHD) and the School of Humanities from the University of Rosario (UNR) invites researchers, professors and students to participate in its International Conference: Digital Humanities. The Culture of Data, to be held at the Espacio Cultural Universitario (ECU) and the School of Humanities / Facultad de Humanidades (UNR) in Rosario, Province of Santa Fe, 7-9 November, 2018.
The languages of the Conference are Spanish, English and Portuguese. For more information about dates, requirements and abstract submission see:
Dra. Gimena del Rio Riande
Investigadora Adjunta. IIBICRIT, CONICET (Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual) 
Twitter: @gimenadelr
Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales:
Coordinadora Humanidades Digitales CAICYT Lab: 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Call for Sessions
5. Forum Medieval Art

The fifth Forum Medieval Art will take place in Bern on 18th-21st September 2019. Bern – looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building – embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.

Many mountain regions, and especially the Alps, have a long history as sites of transfers and interferences. Today, mountains and glaciers are the locations revealing most rapidly the consequences of climate change. They raise our awareness of similar changes in the past. Mountain regions were and are traversed by several ecological networks, connecting cities, regions, and countries, as well as different cultures, languages, and artistic traditions. Mountains, with their difficult passages and bridges, structured the ways through which materials and people were in touch. Bridges were strategic targets in conduct of war, evidence of applied knowledge, expression of civic representation, and custom points—both blockades and gates to the world.

Peaks in the historiography of Art History mark moments of radical change within artistic developments, the pinnacles of artistic careers, and high moments in the encounters of different traditions. Since the unfinished project of Walter Benjamin, who obtained his PhD in Bern, the passage has also been introduced as a figure of thought in historiography. The passage describes historical layers as spatial constellations, in which works of art, everyday culture, religious ideas, definitions of periods and theories of history encounter. 

Please send your submission until June 1, 2018, to

Friday, April 20, 2018

Internationale Konferenz am Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Leipzig
Gefördert durch die DFG, die Freunde und Förderer der Universität Leipzig und die Research Academy Leipzig
Picturing the Present: Gegenwart im Bild und Bild in der Gegenwart (ca. 200–1500 CE)
14 Juni 2018 9–19 Uhr, Universitätsbibliothek Albertina, Vortragssaal
15 Juni 2018 9–16 Uhr, Universitätsbibliothek Albertina, Vortragssaal
When an image is made to depict the present moment, how do people engage with it? And, once that present moment is past, can that image ever again regain its claim to depicting the present or reclaim the immediacy it once held? Or will it then forever become merely a gateway to the past, only accessible through analogy, the imagination, or historical inquiry? This conference investigates how images originally made to depict the present function as they transition from contemporary depictions to historical ones, asking how the present remains ‘present’ over time.
TeilnehmerInnen: Benjamin Anderson (Ithaca), Hans Belting (Berlin), Roland Betancourt (Los Angeles), Armin Bergmeier (Leipzig), Rika Burnham (New York), Matthew Champion (London), Ivan Foletti (Brno), Beate Fricke (Bern), Andrew Griebeler (Berkeley), Sarah Griffin (Oxford), Stefan Hanß (Cambridge), Nadja Horsch (Leipzig), Heba Mostafa (Toronto), Keith Moxey (New York), Nathaniel Prottas (Wien), Katharina Schüppel (Dortmund), Stefanie Seeberg (Leipzig), Johannes Tripps (Leipzig), Simone Westermann (Zürich)

Vortragsreihe: Byzanz und der Westen: Kolloquium zur materiellen Kultur im Mittelalter
Lecture Series: Material Culture in Byzantium and the Medieval West
Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Leipzig in Kooperation mit dem GWZO, der HTWK und dem Handschriftenzentrum
29 Mai, 19 Uhr, Department of Art HistoryDittrichring 18–20, Raum 5.15
Branka Vranesević (Belgrad), Reflections on Late Antique Visual Culture on the Territories of Present-Day Serbia and Macedonia: Continuity and Change
14 Juni, 17 Uhr, Universitätsbibliothek Albertina, Vortragssaal
Hans Belting (Berlin)Iconic Presence and Real Presence: A Neglected Aspect From the History of Religious Images
26 Juni, 19 Uhr, GWZO, Reichsstr. 4-6, Conference Room
Olga Karagiorgou (Athen)The Dumbarton Oaks and the Venice Tondi: Products of a Cultural Osmosis?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We are inviting papers for our panels at the Christianity and Politics Conference (University of Turku, 22–23 November 2018):
3. Heresy and Politics (more information below)
7. Schisms, Saints, and Power in the Middle Ages (more information below)

To propose a paper:
Follow the instructions found at:

30 April 2018

We look forward to receiving your paper proposals!
Best wishes,
Marika Räsänen & Reima Välimäki

3. Heresy and Politics
Panel Convenor:
Dr. Reima Välimäki, University of Turku, Finland

Panel Abstract

If the study of pre-modern heresy once was a theological and doctrinal question, since the twentieth century it has primarily belonged to the field of history. After the seminal work, ‘The Formation of a Persecuting Society’ by R.I. Moore (1987), the intimate connection of persecution of dissidents and contemporary politics has been a point of departure for the vast majority of scholars. More recently, the view has been balanced by scholars who have pointed out that to the inquisitors the persecution was very much a question of piety, faith and devotion (e.g. Ames 2009). The entanglement of politics and faith, power and heresy, is a thus a very complicated question, and its instances range from mock trials perceived entirely political by contemporaries to extreme expressions of piety and faith defying all political calculation.

The panel “Heresy and politics” calls for papers treating different aspects of heresy, its persecution and politics from the ancient world to the eighteenth century. The possible topics can include but are not limited to

– role of secular rulers and lords in the persecution of dissidents
– misuse of power by inquisitors and other persecutors, and critique against them
– heresy in papal or imperial politics
– heresy, inquisition and colonial politics (e.g. in medieval Languedoc or early modern South America)
– heresy accusations as a tool against political opponents
– ancient, medieval and early-modern judicial, theological and philosophical discussions about the Church’s right to persecute dissidents

7. Schisms, Saints, and Power in the Middle Ages
Panel Convenor:
Dr. Marika Räsänen, University of Turku, Finland

Panel Abstract

Pre-modern people lived in a world in which the presence of saints and their relics intertwined with society at many levels. Saints and relics were involved and used both in devotional practices and secular tasks. It is commonly recognized that the functions of saints’ relics were ideologically loaded: popes, bishops, kings, barons, monks and friars drew on the sacral power of these objects and used them to transmit political values and agendas.

In times of ecclesiastic and political crisis, the demand for such heavenly intercessors and political legitimators increased. But at the same time, the construction and control of sacred authority became glaringly problematic, as the apparent unity of the Catholic Church was shattered by schism and secular rulers, lords, and cities rallied to the support of competing popes.

Despite the central position of saints in premodern societies and the recent flourishing of studies devoted to saints and society, relics themselves — the tangible remains that carried the physical presence of the saint — have been relatively neglected by cultural historians. Likewise, the role of the relics in medieval schisms is an understudied area. For a scholar, studying relics can make visible the effects of schisms not only at the courts of ecclesiastical and secular lords, but among lower levels of the social hierarchy. Relics, saints, and their cults open avenues to explore how divisions between religious and political elites were manifested and understood in local communities.

This panel calls for papers in which the influence of cults of saints and relics, and their relationship to schisms, are approached from new perspectives. We encourage papers that discuss the political strategies of popes, the ways that ecclesiastical schisms played out in individual communities, how ordinary laymen and women experienced and navigated these crises. The organization of the panel is connected to the special paper of Professor Daniel Bornstein, “How Great Was the Great Western Schism?”