Call for Papers – The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages

Call for Papers The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages One Day Interdisciplinary Symposium – ANU College of Arts and Sciences Friday 26 November 2010, School of Cultural Inquiry Conference Room, 1st Floor, A. D. Hope Building This interdisciplinary symposium will celebrate the launch of Chaucer’s Landscapes, a collection of essays by renowned medievalist Professor Ralph W.V. Elliott. It was not all plague and penury in the Middle Ages. Some of them were having a very good time. Proposals are invited for suitable 20 minute papers or performances in the areas of literature, drama, music, language, art, history or philosophy. Suggested topics: carnivale minstrels and pilgrims parody and satire fools and feasting Send abstracts of approximately 200 words to Dr Jan Lloyd Jones at jan.lloyd-jones@anu.edu.au by 30 September 2010. CFP as a pdf – CFP_The_Lighter_Side_of_the_Middle_Ages All are welcome to attend…

Call for Applications – The Art of Rome’s Provinces (Getty Foundation Seminar)

The Arts of Rome’s Provinces (Getty Foundation Seminar) The question of how we understand the art of the Roman provinces urgently requires reexamination in light of new thinking about colonialism and imperialism, set within the framework of an increasingly global world. At the same time that Anglophone art historians and archaeologists are querying whether we still can use the early 20th century concept of “romanization” — the processes by which cultures were brought in contact and materially changed by the Roman imperial presence — innovative art historical and archaeological techniques, theories, and analytic strategies permit us to explore the art of the provinces with fresh excitement and sometimes unexpected results. This seminar, sponsored by the Getty Foundation, is designed to bring together a diverse international group of historians, art historians, museum professionals, and archaeologists interested in both theoretical issues of…

Funding – ACIS scholarships for research in Italy 2011

ACIS Cassmarca Scholarships Applications close Friday 5 November 2010 The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) is offering up to four scholarships of up to $6000 each for Australasians wishing to undertake  research in Italy during 2011. These awards are funded by the Cassamarca Foundation (Fondazione Cassamarca). Scholarships are available to students at Australasian universities who, in 2011, will be enrolled (full-time or part-time)  in honours, research master’s or PhD degrees and who will be engaged in research projects in any of the following areas of Italian studies: archaeology and classical antiquities; language; literature; culture; history; politics and society (including migration studies). Successful applicants will already have a knowledge of Italian adequate for their research purposes. Scholarships will not be awarded to attend language classes in Italy. To obtain a statement on further particulars, including application instructions, contact: Ms Melissa…

Talk TONIGHT – ‘Disasters in Print in Early Modern Europe’ Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika

Early Modern Circle Paper “Disasters in print in early modern Europe” A meeting of the Early Modern Circle for 2010 will take place TONIGHT Monday 20 September at 6.15pm in the Tutorial room, ground floor, Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne. We will hear short papers by Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika on the topic of their work related to their ARC Discovery project “Reading the signs: disaster, apocalypse and demonology in European print culture, 1450-1700” (also held with Prof Sue Broomhall). See the ARC website here – http://earlymoderndisaster.wordpress.com/ Please come along for a drink and a stimulating discussion of early modern research. We welcome a gold coin donation towards drinks on the night. A group may go to dinner in Lygon Street afterwards. All Welcome For details of upcoming papers please see the Early Modern Circle website: http://www.amems.unimelb.edu.au/seminars/earlymoderncircle.html

Conference ‘Courage and Cowardice’ Australian Early Medieval Association

Australian Early Medieval Association ‘Courage and Cowardice’ Seventh Annual Conference, Thursday 18 to Friday 19 November 2010, The University of Western Australia AEMA’s seventh annual conference will be held from 18-19 November 2010 at the Old Senate Room, Irwin Street Building, The University of Western Australia. This symposium will explore the subject of courage and cowardice in the early medieval world, c.300-1100, across a range of disciplines. Conference Convenor:  Shane McLeod, University of Western Australia – conference@aema.net.au. Plenary Speakers Professor Andrew Lynch, Director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The University of Western Australia. Dr Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (Islamic art specialist). Free Public Lecture Dr Jane Hawkes (The University of York)- ‘Framing the Image: Anglo-Saxon Sculpture and the Early Christian Icon’ Joint AEMA/UWA lecture at UWA at 7:30 pm on…

Museums Australia National Conference ‘Interesting Times: New roles for collections’

Museums Australia National Conference ‘Interesting Times: New roles for collections’ Dates: 28th September – 2nd October. Venue: The Conference will be hosted by the University of Melbourne on its Parkville campus. Conference Website: http://www.ma2010.com.au/ The Conference Program, is based on the theme Interesting times: New roles for collections, and the sub-themes below. Conference themes Collections for communities: Using collections to tell the stories of all our communities. Includes use of collections to strengthen indigenous communities Collections for cultural diplomacy: The role of collections in international and local diplomacy (including touring exhibitions, repatriation and restitution issues) Collections and commerce: Leveraging collections to create revenue streams and support (e.g. sponsorship, friends groups, retail, catering, commercial marketing, intellectual property) Collections in peril: War, terrorism, financial crisis, natural disasters Interpreting and showcasing collections (through exhibition design, building architecture, new technologies) Communicating collections: Understanding, researching…

Lecture – Patrick McCaughey ‘In the end there is no such thing as art, only artists’

Public Lecture at The University of Melbourne Professor Patrick McCaughey ‘In the end there is no such thing as art, only artists’ In his lecture, Professor Patrick McCaughey will expatiate on the nature and significance of Art History – taking as his starting point the famous opening sentence from E. H. Gombrich’s The Story of Art (1950), ‘In the end there is no such thing as art only artists.’ Patrick McCaughey studied Fine Arts and English at the University of Melbourne and became art critic of The Age in 1966. After a period in New York on a Harkness Fellowship, he was appointed Professor of Visual Arts at Monash University in 1972 and went on to become Director of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1981. He left Australia in 1988 and was successively director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in…

Lecture – Catherine Mosbach (Landscape Architect) ‘Kinetic Bonds’

Dean’s Lecture Series 2010 Melbourne School of Design – Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, The University of Melbourne Catherine Mosbach Landscape Architect, Paris kinetic bonds Date: Tuesday 5 October 2010 @ 7pm Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre (Basement – Sidney Myer Asia Centre), The University of Melbourne. “The image, capable of producing the effect of strangeness, thus enacts a kind of experiment, by showing us that things are perhaps not what they seem, that it is up to us to see them otherwise and, through this openness, to transform them through imagination, then to make them truly different.” – Maurice Blanchot, L’effet d’étrangeté (1957-1960), L’Entretien infini, 1969. ‘Viewing projects as a juxtaposition of documents and realities, for us they form an iconographic montage of ‘kinetic bonds’. The image that we are proposing here is more of the nature of image…

Call for Papers – Aesthetic, Art and Pornography

Call for Papers Aesthetics, Art and Pornography – An interdisciplinary conference Institute of Philosophy, London, 16-18 June 2011 (in collaboration with the Aesthetics Research Group, University of Kent) The aim of this conference is to investigate, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the artistic status and aesthetic dimension of pornographic pictures, films, and literature. Is there such a thing as pornographic art? Or are pornography and art mutually exclusive? Can a line be drawn between these two domains of representation? Or is there perhaps some interesting overlap, some common ground worth exploring? To answer these questions certain fundamental issues in the philosophy of art need to be addressed. One cannot hope to critically examine the middle ground between art and pornography without seriously engaging with current research on the definition of art, the nature of aesthetic value, aesthetic experience, aesthetic properties, the…

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Modern or Contemporary art at the Courtauld Institute

Postdoctoral Fellowship The Courtauld Institute of Art Andrew W Mellon Foundation/Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship (Mellon MA) 1 September 2011 to 31 August 201, £25,013 per annum Closing date: 7 October 2010 ( Final selection of the Fellow will be made in early December 2010). The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is offering a fellowship to an early career researcher in the field of Modern or Contemporary art. This fellowship will give the Fellow the opportunity to pursue a research project while gaining teaching experience in a research environment and working in close collaboration with senior scholars to deliver interdisciplinary M.A. courses. In addition to undertaking research, the Fellow is expected to teach one B.A. course and to act as an affiliate to the Research Forum/Mellon Foundation M.A. course being offered…