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News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 9th 2015

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A round-up of some of the news and stories on art and art history from the past week. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has cancelled their Marina Abramovic retrospective that was planned for 2016. In a comment made to Fairfax Media Abramovic  said ‘They say that it is complicated. One reason was there were two exhibitions in Australia. It was too much to make a third one. The trustees they didn’t want any more.’ Her work is the focus of two upcoming exhibitions, one in Sydney at Kaldor Art projects, and another at MONA. Is one reason (or even the main reason?) for the cancellation a symptom of our museums wanting exclusives? A great article by Griselda Pollock…

Review | Katherine Wentworth Rinne, ‘The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City’. Reviewed by John Weretka

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Katherine Wentworth Rinne, ‘The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City’, 2010 John Weretka Katherine Wentworth Rinne, The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-3000-15530-3) Katherine Wentworth Rinne’s recent book on the fountains of Rome is premised on a simple but, as it turns out, pressing question: how much do we really know about the fountains of Rome? Since her work, the answer must surely now be ‘considerably more’ but, as her work has clearly demonstrated, these most familiar of public monuments, peppered throughout the city, have remained ill understood in their topographic and urbanistic contexts. The fruit of the author’s four-month-long…

Funding: British School at Rome Awards 2012-2013

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The British School at Rome Research Awards in Rome 2012-13 The British School at Rome is a centre of interdisciplinary research excellence in the Mediterranean supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences. These highly competitive and prestigious awards have provided many leading scholars with a critical base for their subsequent careers. Applications are invited for a number of residencies, for research on the archaeology, history, art history, society and culture of Italy from prehistory to the modern period. These awards offer accommodation at the British School, food, 24-hour access to our historic library collection and, in some instances, a research grant; they are tenable for three or nine months. Further details (including eligibility criteria) and applications forms are…

Funding: Doctoral fellowship and student assistant position, Florence

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Doctoral fellowship and student assistant position, Florence Florence, Italy, December 01, 2011 Application deadline: Sep 15, 2011 The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut seeks to appoint a doctoral fellowship (1-2 years) and a student assistant position (80h/month) to pursue studies in Art History. The positions will be affiliated to the Max Planck Research-Group Objects in the Contact Zone: The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things One of the major challenges facing art history today is the issue of globalization with its cultural implications – both regarding retrospective historical narratives and contemporary methods. As scholarship and museum audiences alike are becoming more and more internationalized, a (self-) critical analysis of disciplinary standpoints seems more important than ever and is at the center…

Funding: Lemmerman Foundation Scholarship (Rome)

Lemmerman Foundation Scholarship (Rome) The Lemmermann Foundation offers scholarships in the classical studies and humanities to masters and doctoral students. Fields of study include Archaeology, History, History of Art, Italian, Latin, Musicology, Philosophy, Philology, etc. Applicants must provide evidence for their need to study and carry out research in Rome. Topic of research must be related to Rome or the Roman culture of any period, from the Pre-Roman period to the present day time. To be eligible applicants must: 1) be enrolled in a recognized University program; 2) have a basic knowledge of the Italian language. The next deadline for sending applications is March 15, 2011. The monthly scholarship amount is established in 750 euro. For further information and for the…

Funding: Fellowships at Villa I Tatti (Italy)

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Fellowships at Villa I Tatti (Italy) Two fellowships at Villa I Tatti, just outside Florence. Deadline for both is: April 15 2011. Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellowship The Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellowship is designed for scholars in any field of Italian Renaissance studies who, because of their full-time occupations, do not have the research time that is normally enjoyed by university academics. Each year Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, offers a limited number of Fellowships for periods of three months. The selection committee pays special attention to the candidate’s record of publications, the strength of the proposed project, and its potential to yield original results. The project must represent advanced research in the Italian…

CFP: Trieste Contemporanea Seminar on Art History ‘The Fragile Pedestal’

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Call for Papers Trieste Contemporanea Seminar on Art History ‘The Fragile Pedestal’ 3-4 June, 2011 Deadline: 1st of March, 2011 The seminar: The purpose of the seminar is to offer European students and young researchers the opportunity to share their research work with a group of young scholars of different provenance and to verify work methods, with the supervision of an international team of professors and professionals in the field of contemporary art. Trieste Contemporanea plans to create a collaborative space for research, parallel to the academic one, in which the transmission of knowledge among students and professors is organized according to the requests of the student. In this way, the student will have the opportunity to develop and correct…

Funding: Scholarships for study in Venice at Vittore Branca Centre

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Scholarship at Vittore Branca Centre at Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice) For the period from May 2011 to April 2012, six scholarships are available to postgraduate students and PhD graduates wishing to attend the Vittore Branca Center and work on research projects aimed at developing the Foundation’s historical, artistic and documentary heritage according to the suggested research topics. Age limit: candidates shall be younger than 35 by January 31, 2011 Application deadline: January 31, 2011 The scholarship consists of: the gross sum of 7,000.00 euros as a contribution to general expenses, travel and board six-months accommodation free of charge in the Residence on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the use of the Vittore Branca Center facilities Scholarship application form (see website) shall…

Funding: Awards for Research at the British School at Rome (Italy)

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Awards for Research at the British School at Rome Residential Awards for Research in Archaeology, History, Art History, and the Society and Culture of Italy from Prehistory to the Modern Period 2011–12 The British School at Rome is a leading humanities research institute with outstanding facilities and an international reputation for research and interdisciplinarity in Italy and across the Commonwealth. Our highly competitive and prestigious awards have provided many leading scholars with a critical base for their subsequent careers. Applications are invited for a number of residencies at the British School at Rome. These awards, tenable for three or nine months, give scholars at different stages of their careers a valuable opportunity to pursue their research in Rome. They offer…

Call for Papers: Images and words in exile. Avignon and Italy in the first half of the 14th century (1310-1352)

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Call for Papers Images and words in exile. Avignon and Italy in the first half of the 14th century (1310-1352) International Conference – Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut Florence and Avignon, 7 – 11 April 2011 Scientific Coordination: Elisa Brilli, Laura Fenelli, Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut) At the start of the fourteenth century, far-reaching political events rapidly changed the set-up of the Mediterranean basin and together distorted the ‘Ordo universalis’ through which the material and symbolic space of ‘Christianitas’ had, for centuries, been understood. While the ‘topos’ of the Avignon papacy, or “Babylonian Captivity”, progressively took hold and Rome was increasingly portrayed as the new abandoned Jerusalem, the court of Avignon offered the opportunity for…

Call for Papers: Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean

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Call for Papers Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean Palermo, 16-18 April, 2012 The British Archaeological Association will hold the second of the biennial International Romanesque conferences in Palermo on 16-18 April, 2012. The theme is Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean, and the aim is to examine points of contact between the Latin West and the Byzantine and Islamic worlds in the 11th and 12th centuries. These took many forms: the widespread importation of artefacts, including textiles, ceramics, ivories and metalwork, the recruitment of eastern painters and mosaicists, and the emulation of eastern Mediterranean forms and buildings, particularly those in Jerusalem. Crusading themes are likely to be important, as are  commercial and artistic contacts with the southern Mediterranean, and the conference…

Call for Papers ‘Aesthetics and Techniques of Lines between Drawing and Writing’ (Florence, 2011)

Call for Papers Aesthetics and Techniques of Lines between Drawing and Writing International Conference (CIHA Colloquium), Florence 30 June – 2 July 2011 Lines and lineaments are fundamental concerns in many cultures. They can be constitutive elements of pictorial and scriptural systems, as well as a combination of both. Lines can separate or intersect, they can connect or link. Drawn, inscribed, incised or woven into a surface they create or articulate space, denote orientation or movement, they present or represent, they signify or carry out meaning, they cancel or cross out. Lines are, geometrically spoken, one-dimensional, but in scripture and drawing they are material as is the ground on or in which they appear. In this sense one can speak…

Funding – ACIS scholarships for research in Italy 2011

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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…

Call for Papers: 'Perspectives on public space in Rome, from antiquity to the present day'

Perspectives on public space in Rome, from antiquity to the present day Biennial of Public Space Italian National Institute for Urban Planners (INU) Ex-Slaughterhouse in Testaccio Rome, Italy – May 13-14, 2011 Please direct all enquiries to the organisers – Gregory Smith gos2@cornell.edu Cornell in Rome and Jan Gadeyne jg385@cornell.edu Cornell in Rome Website: http://www.biennalespaziopubblico.it/en/ The conference is an integral part of the three-day Biennial of Public Space organized by the Italian National Institute for Urban Planners (INU). It wishes to bring together various perspectives on public space in the city of Rome pertaining to any historical period. The aim of the conference is to open debate on the notion of public space across time, interpreted as a fluid concept…

CFP: ‘World, Knowledge, Power. Encyclopaedic pictorial programmes from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century

World, Knowledge, Power. Encyclopaedic pictorial programmes from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century Summer School of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut 3 – 11 September 2010 Deadline for application: 14 June 2010 Concept and organization: Manuela De Giorgi, Susanne Pollack, Gerhard Wolf Academic guest: Dieter Blume The thirteenth century was a ‘century of encyclopaedias’. Learned compilations of knowledge were then produced, and iconographic programmes formulated, with the claim to present all fields of available knowledge in a comprehensive and systematic way. To be able to present knowledge as ‘Summa’, and represent it in encyclopaedic pictorial  programmes, thematic groups were defined and used in a strikingly constant way; they comprised, for example, such recurrent elements as the planets, the…