Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 13, March 2014

Rumblings in God's Acre: one-day conference on churchyard monuments

Date Saturday 7 June 2014
Location The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Website http://www.mmtrust.org.uk/events/view/15

This event, hosted jointly by the Church Monuments Society and the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, addresses a category of church monuments that is too often overlooked. The speakers, who will examine development from the medieval period to the modern day, are: Brian & Moira Gittos, The Medieval Churchyard and its Memorials; Jerome Bertram, Early modern tombs in the Cotswolds, the Woolmen and the Blanketeers; Jonathan Kewley, Churchyard Monuments in England 1600 - 1760; Roger Bowdler, Fit for Mausolos: architectural monuments of the Georgian age; Julian Litten, Present Day Lettercutting in Churchyards; and Sally Strachey & Lisa Etherton, Phoenix from the Flames: the conservation of churchyard monuments.

Starting at 10.00 am and finishing at 4.30 pm, the cost is 25 for members and 30 for non-members, including morning tea and afternoon coffee, but not lunch. Numbers are limited and interest is expected to be high so do book now.

A booking form is available here: http://www.churchmonumentssociety.org/Temp Pages/churchyards.html.


Fifty years after Panofsky's 'Tomb Sculpture'. New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material

Date and time 10.00 - 18.00, Saturday 21 June 2014
Location Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Organisation Professor Susie Nash, Ann Adams and Jessica Barker (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

The Courtauld Institute will be holding a one-day conference in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Erwin Panofsky's Tomb Sculpture: Four Lectures on its Changing Aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini, comprising the lectures delivered originally in the fall of 1956 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Panofsky's lectures represented a new attempt to consider funerary monuments as artistic objects, charting developments in their iconography, style, form and function within the broader chronology of art history. Panofsky also emphasised the importance of tombs as evidence for changing (and sometimes contradictory) attitudes towards the deceased.

The aim of this conference is to showcase the developments in research techniques and approaches that have led to new insights into tomb sculpture.

Keynote speakers:
  • Professor Susie Nash, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Dr Phillip Lindley, University of Leicester
  • Jessica Barker, Courtauld Institute of Art - 'Lying Side by Side': Joint Memorials in the Middle Ages
  • Marisa Costa, University of Lisbon - Does technical investigation fully answer art history questions? The case study of a Portuguese copper tomb from the early fifteenth century
  • Martha Dunkelman, Canisius College, NY - Deconstructing Donatello's Brancacci Chapel
  • Shirin Fozi, University of Pittsburgh - From the 'pictorial' to the 'statuesque': Rudolf of Swabia, Widukind of Saxony and the Problem of Plastic Form
  • Joana Rama Melo, New University of Lisbon - Medieval Women commemorated as readers: the iconography of reading as a specific feature of female Portuguese medieval monuments
  • Geoff Nuttall, Independent Scholar - 'Delicate to the point of evanescence': Panofsky, Illario del Carretto and Jacopo della Quercia
  • Luca Palozzi, Edinburgh College of Art - 'To Carve a Living Person out of Stone': Petrarch, Pandolfo Malatesta, and the Origins of the Renaissance Humanist Tomb in Fourteenth-Century Italy
  • Christina Welch, University of Winchester - Cadaver monuments in England
Booking details will be available soon on http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/calendar.shtml.

Cost: 16 (11 for full-time students)
The conference will be followed by a drinks reception.


Commemoration of the Dead: New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material

Call for Papers for Commemoration of the Dead: New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Material conference to be held 10.00- 17.00, Saturday 15 November 2014 at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Proposals are invited for papers to be presented at a one-day conference, jointly sponsored by the Monumental Brass Society and the Church Monuments Society. The aim of this event is to showcase the developments in research techniques and approaches that have led to new insights into monumental brasses.

This follows a conference, 'Fifty Years after Panofsky's Tomb Sculpture: New Approaches, New Perspectives, New Materials' to be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art on 21 June 2014. Panofsky, in his lavishly illustrated Tomb Sculpture, included the illustration of only a single brass (Pl. 212), that of the hand-holding Sir Edward Cerne and Lady Elyne Cerne, Draycott Cerne, Wilts. The 'Commemoration of the Dead' conference will address this imbalance by examining the significance of monumental brasses within the broader context of funerary art, especially the connections and divergences between brasses and other forms of tomb sculpture.

The core period covered by the conference will be Medieval to Early Modern, but papers up to the current day will be considered. The core geographic focus will be Europe.

Papers are invited on a wider range of topics arising from the study of monumental brasses, and could include:
  • Individual brasses - style, location, patronage, production
  • Groups of brasses united by a common theme
  • Materials and their symbolic importance
  • Function of brasses- prospective/retrospective, devotional, legal, etc.
  • Audience and reception
  • Brasses and the liturgy
  • Inscriptions, epitaphs, heraldry
  • Technical investigation
  • Length of paper: 20 minutes
  • Expenses: limited funds are available to cover speakers' expenses
This is an opportunity for doctoral and early post-doctoral students to share their research. It is intended (subject to quality and peer review) to publish a joint collection of edited essays from the two conferences.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words and a brief biography by 18 May. Download this month's issue of MMR for contact information (page 28).

Organised by: Christian Steer, Hon. Secretary, Monumental Brass Society, Ann Adams & Jessica Barker, PhD Candidates, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Source: http://medievalartresearch.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/commemoration-of-the-dead-new-approaches-new-perspectives-new-material/


MBS and CMS sessions at Kalamazoo 2014

The Monumental Brass Society and the Church Monuments Society will each be hosting a session during the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, taking place May 8-11, 2014 in Kalamazoo.

Monumental Brass Society session: 'Memory and Commemoration in Medieval Europe'
Chair: Joel T. Rosenthal (SUNY Stony Brook)

The monumental brasses that marked the burial of men and women in late medieval Europe are among the most striking physical remains of that world. Depicting an image of men and women and of people in the church and in the secular world (and at many socio-economic levels of both) the many brasses we have tell of how people wished to be commemorated, or how much they were willing to spend toward this end, and of how a complex technology and craft were developed to meet (and foster) this desire. To the old agenda of rubbing the brasses, scholars now inquire as to family tradtions, the import and export of these high-level artifacts, and the aesthetic and fashion statements they help us read. The journal of the Monumental Brass Society testifies to the wide popularity of this topic as well as to the major scholar contribitons now being offered. At the 2014 IMC (Kalamazoo), members of the Society will be presenting the following papers:

Christian Steer (RHUL), Commemoration of the Clergy in Medieval London

Sam Gibbs (University of Reading), The biography of the brass: re-thinking Sir Simon Felbrigg

Harriette Peel (Courtauld Institute of Art), Gender, Family and Society at Play in the Commemoration of Caterina d'Ault

James Cameron (Courtauld Institute of Art), The Harrington Tomb in Cartmel Priory

Church Monumental Society session: 'Community, Memory and Self-representation'
Chair: Charlotte A. Stanford (Brigham Young University)

With an increasing interest in the connections between material culture and physical objects and the more traditional written sources of medieval Europe, the study of the many types of monuments found in churches (whether extant or only know from records) now brings together our concern for memory and community identity with its tangible manifestations. The Church Monument Society encourages scholars who work on any aspect of the material culture of the ecclesiastical world and are delighted to sponsor this session with papers from:

Karen Blough (SUNY Plattsburgh), Tomb Sculpture and Community Identity in the Convent of St Servatius at Quedlinburg

Adele Sykes (RHUL), Identity through Memory: Orphans and Commemoration in 14th Century London

Alicia Cannizzo (University of Wisconsin-Madison), The Corpse and the Worm: the Late Medieval Transi Tomb

Jessica Barker (Courtauld Institute of Art), 'Grete sadnesse and womanhood': The Tomb of Margaret Holland and her Two Husbands

For more information, see: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/


Church Monuments Society symposium: Monuments of Power

Date 5-7 September 2014
Location Canterbury

The 2014 symposium is to be held jointly between the Church Monuments Society and the Centre for Medieval and Modern Studies at the University of Kent. The symposium will be focusing on the monuments in Canterbury Cathedral together with related high-status tombs. The programme will begin on Friday afternoon with an optional visit to the Cathedral's mason's yard and with an evening reception and dinner, followed by the keynote lecture. Lectures will begin on Saturday morning; after lunch we will take the coach to the Cathedral where delegates will have their own free time to look around or visit the Cathedral Library. After evensong we will have sole access to the Cathedral together with talks on the monuments. On Saturday evening there is a drinks reception, dinner, followed by members' contributions. On Sunday a varied lecture programme will be delivered. The symposium will close with afternoon tea at 16.00 h. The event is also open for those who wish to attend for the Saturday and Sunday lectures only.

List of speakers for the symposium

Kent Rowland Henry VIII's influence at Canterbury Cathedral
Tim Tatton Brown The late medieval monuments and shrines in the eastern arm of Canterbury Cathedral
David Green The Black Prince's monument at Canterbury Cathedral
Kenneth Fincham and David Shaw The Boys monument at Canterbury Cathedral
Jessica Barker Margaret Holland and her two husbands
Kim Woods Effigies in alabaster in Canterbury Cathedral
Sophie Oosterwijk Copper-alloy tombs in medieval Europe
Melanie Caiazza Expeditions and effigies: (re)locating death, burial and family narratives - a closer look at the case of Sir James Hales
Barbara Tomlinson Commemorating Admiral Sir George Rooke (1650-1708) and his naval contemporaries
Jean Wilson Lies, damned lies and monuments: two military memorials in Canterbury Cathedral

Anyone wishing to give a short paper as a members' contribution on Saturday evening should contact the Society's Events Organiser, Mark Downing.

The symposium is to be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, which is about 20 minutes' walk from the city centre. The accommodation is in single en-suite bedrooms. The cost for the full symposium is 250 for members (270 for non-members), full board. The fee for attending Saturday's morning lectures, lunch, coach travel to the Cathedral and entry is 60 (non-members 70). The fee for attending the Sunday lectures, including lunch, is 45 (non-members 55). Download this month's issue of MMR for the booking form (page 31). The deadline for bookings is 31 July 2014.


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