Appel à communication : Objects of Law in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, 29-30 August 2024

Firman of Muhammad Shah Qajar (détail), 1835, New-York, MET, 2013.243

Type : appel à communication
Dates de l’événement : 29-30 août 2024
Lieu : Université de Berne, Suisse
Date limite d’envoi : 1er novembre 2023

International Conference at the University of Bern, organized by Corinne Mühlemann (University of Bern) and Fatima Quraishi (University of California, Riverside).

Materials and texts function in a variety of ways in legal contexts, they forge diplomatic ties, grant gifts of land, levy taxes, regulate markets, etc. In the medieval and early modern worlds, these objects took on many different guises. Some were highly ornate objects, such as Fatimid marriage certificates where text was embroidered on woven silk, or tablets of authority produced in gold, silver or wood which allowed travelers to cross the Mongol Empire without difficulty, or wax seals imprinted with imperial images protected in luxurious textile bags. Other objects facilitated the execution of law in everyday life; glass weights, stamps for marking loaves of bread, length standards embedded in architecture, volume standards. The connection between the materiality of these artefacts and the law are multiple, their very nature conveyed information, performed authority, and communicated authenticity.

Although legal objects fall between disciplinary categories, their texts have been the main subject of scholarship. The conference Objects of Law proposes thinking more deeply about the artistic practices that shaped the materiality, iconography, and texts of legal objects in the medieval and early modern period. What forms did these objects take? How did their form confer authenticity and legal authority? What training or knowledge are evident in the objects? Objects of Law seeks dialogue between scholars working in art history, history, archaeology, legal history, and related disciplines that deal with legal objects. We welcome contributions from all geographical regions that relate to the medieval and early modern period. We invite contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

    • The role of objects in legal practices
    • The aesthetics of objects of law
    • The artistic practices of crafting legal objects

Proposals should consist of an abstract in English for 30-minute papers (max 2000 characters incl. spaces) and a brief biography (max 1500 characters incl. spaces) in a single document (pdf or word). They should be submitted to: Corinne Mühlemann ( and Fatima Quraishi ( by November 1, 2023. Graduate students are highly encouraged to apply. Conference participants will be provided with accommodation in Bern for 3 nights and some travel expenses will be covered.

(Annulé) Conférence du GRHAM : “Gold in the ark of God and capitalism” par Natasha Eaton, 21 avril 2022, en visioconférence. (Annulé)

Frontispiece of The Padshahnama, c.1630s, Royal Collections, Windsor Castle.

Type : Conférence.
Date et horaire : Annulé.
Lieu : Visioconférence sur Zoom
Pour tout renseignement :

This paper explores the agency of gold in South Asia as an ambiguous means of exchange and delightful control. As Taussig has suggested, gold can be an allegory for modernity qua labour in the miasmic mines of South American. If he explores the ‘metaphorical’ horrors of how exploitation is championed in Colombia and celebrated in the Museo del Oro, my examination of gold turns to its hidden status in statues in India and its mirror like quality in the shamsa. The shamsa is a sun bursting light form of geometric exactitude celebrated by the monarchs Akbar, Jahangir and ShahJahan. The sources of this form of gold speak to the now contested, derelict mines of Hutti. What does it mean to think of gold as celestial? Especially in the wake of material studies concerned with vibrant materiality? Is gold still to be colonized? Are there limits to decolonial thought?

Dr Natasha Eaton is Reader in the History of Art at UCL. She is a long serving editor of Third Text and the author of three monographs – Mimesis across empires: Artworks and networks in India, 1765-1860 (Duke University Press, 2013), Colour, Art and Empire: Visual culture and the nomadism of representation (I.B.Tauris, 2013) and Travel, Art and Collecting in South Asia: Vertiginous exchange (Routledge, 2021). She is currently at work on a special issue of Third Text with Manuela Ciotti on global collecting and modernity and on a monograph concerned with the materialities of empire provisionally titled The Unconditional Image: Art and labour in South Asia.


Conférence du GRHAM : “Haptic, Somatic, Ubiquitous : Multi-disciplinary Textile Studies” par Amanda Phillips, 30 septembre 2021, en visioconférence.

Detail, textile with Quranic inscriptions made for use as a hanging in Mecca or Medina. Silk, lampas weave. Ottoman Empire, ca. 1600s. Istanbul, Topkapı Palace Museum 13/658. Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Presidency of National Palaces Administration.

Type : Conférence.
Date et horaire : 30 septembre 2021 à 19h (CET-Paris).
Lieu : Visioconférence sur Zoom
Pour tout renseignement :

Textiles were, and are, a major object of exchange, traded at all levels of all markets around the world. This talk focuses on the Ottoman Empire in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and considers the many drivers of change in the production and consumption of textiles. Weavers making heavy figured velvets modelled their work on Italian and French prototypes, while those making light-weight silks and half-silks imitated Indian textiles, even in their names. The court also established new workshops in the capital, staffed with artisans from Poland and Chios, in order to supply its own needs for luxury silks. At the same time, weavers continued in traditional modes, making hangings for the shrines at Mecca and Medina, and consumers availed themselves with goods from centers from Aurangabad to Yanbol. With these examples and others, I’ll also argue that textiles—haptic, somatic, ubiquitous; in an immense range of types; with a collective status as a major commodity—demand new kinds of scholarly treatment. Continuer la lecture de Conférence du GRHAM : “Haptic, Somatic, Ubiquitous : Multi-disciplinary Textile Studies” par Amanda Phillips, 30 septembre 2021, en visioconférence.

Conférence du GRHAM : “L’objet comme gageure : pour une approche matérielle de l’histoire du vêtement” par Ariane Fennetaux (Paris, 16 novembre 2017).


Type : Conférence (entrée libre)
Date et horaire : jeudi 16 novembre 2017 à 19h.
Lieu : Paris, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, salle Demargne (rez-de-chaussée).
Pour tout renseignement :

L’intervention se fonde sur une monographie à paraître, The Artful Pockets: Social and Cultural History of an Everyday Object 17th-19th century, qui se propose de faire une histoire sociale et culturelle d’un accessoire méconnu du vestiaire féminin, la poche. Entre la fin du XVIIe siècle et la fin du XIXe siècle, celle-ci se présente en effet sous une forme spécifique; un accessoire indépendant et détaché du vêtement. Il s’agit d’un ou deux sacs oblongs qu’un lien permet de nouer autour de la taille sous le jupon. Là où les hommes disposent depuis le XVIe siècle de poches dans les différentes pièces de leur tenue, que ce soit le pourpoint ou les hauts de chausses, les femmes n’ont pas de poches. Lorsque celles-ci apparaissent dans le vestiaire féminin, à la fin du XVIIe siècle, ce sont des poches qui sont séparées du vêtement et auxquelles les femmes accèdent par des fentes ménagées dans leurs jupes et leurs robes. Loin d’être une histoire de « la mode », c’est bien une histoire des pratiques vestimentaires qui est conduite dans l’ouvrage, et au-delà, une histoire des pratiques culturelles et sociales auxquelles les poches donnent lieu. Continuer la lecture de Conférence du GRHAM : “L’objet comme gageure : pour une approche matérielle de l’histoire du vêtement” par Ariane Fennetaux (Paris, 16 novembre 2017).

Symposium : “Graphic satire and the UK in the long nineteenth century”, University of Nottingham


James Gillray (artist), Hannah Humphrey (publisher), A Hackney Meeting, 1796, etching, London, Victoria and Albert Museum
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Type : Conférence
Date : 5 septembre 2017, 9h-18h30
Lieu :  A30 Lecture Theatre, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, UK.

A one-day symposium convened by Professor Fintan Cullen and Dr Richard A Gaunt, University of Nottingham. Keynote speaker: Professor Brian Maidment (Liverpool John Moores University).

This one-day international symposium seeks to interrogate the nature of the United Kingdom’s status as a global power in the long nineteenth century (c.1780-1920) by considering the varied ways in which it was viewed, and represented, in graphic satire during this period. The years from c.1780- 1920 encompassed events with widely-felt repercussions, generating interest and commentary well outside the countries in which they occurred. In turn, these events required the United Kingdom – which came into existence with the union between Great Britain and Ireland in 1801 – to consider its reach, role and reputation on a global scale. In the period up to 1815, for example, the American Wars of Independence (1775-83), the French Revolution of 1789, the wars against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France (1793-1815) and the Battle of Waterloo (1815), all made the United Kingdom think outside its purely domestic political situation. The establishment of peace terms in 1815 ushered in what historians once described as the ‘Pax Britannica’ or century of ‘British’ peace. Over the course of the next century, the United Kingdom became increasingly defined by the range of its global interests, both in terms of its formal and informal empire, its diplomatic activity and its continuing participation in naval and military conflict. By the end of the period, the United Kingdom’s global status was challenged by the repercussions of World War One (1914-18) and the impending dissolution of
the Union with Ireland (1922).

The symposium provides an opportunity to explore the United Kingdom’s global relationships in this period in graphic political and personal satires. It builds on a growing body of work which explores the subject from the perspective of individual satirists such as Gillray, Rowlandson, Cruikshank and Doyle, as well as studies of well-known satirical print titles like Punch and personifications of ‘Britishness’ such as John Bull. Papers which consider the United Kingdom’s global relationships from the perspective of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales  and Ireland) and from overseas will be presented, as will papers which reflect upon issues of race, gender, nationhood and ethnicity across the period in question.

For more information on the speakers and programme, see:

Appel à communication : “Courts and their records in Scotland, from the earliest times to the present day”, The annual conference of the Scottish Records Association

Thomas Gainsborough, John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll, about 1693 – 1770. Soldier, 1767, Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery

Type : appel à communication

Date limite : 20 août 2017

Date de l’évènement : 10th November 2017

Lieu : New Register House, Edinburgh

This one day conference will explore the subject of court records in Scotland. We welcome proposals for twenty – minute papers focused on courts, their processes of recording and record production, and legal records in Scotland. Papers can cover any aspect of the topic on any period, although we are seeking broad overall chronological coverage combined with a close focus on the records themselves in individual papers: what survives, where and when does it survive from, the processes behind record keeping and how these factors affect research today.

Proposals from scholars at any stage in their career addressing the following themes are especially welcome:

  • The central civil and criminal courts – the Session, the Justiciary Court, Justice Ayres
  • Local courts – burgh courts, sheriff courts
  • Military Courts, the Admiralty and police courts
  • Ecclesiastical courts (pre and post Reformation) and other religious courts
  • Legal Registers – deeds, testaments, sasines, and the land registry
  • Heraldic courts
  • Large-scale projects (completed, ongoing, planned) related to the digitisation or editing of court and legal records

Please send abstracts of 200-400 words, with a brief biography and (if applicable) current institutional affiliation and status to by Sunday 20th August 2017.

Journée d’études : “Connections in Commerce and Consumption: Production, Distribution and Consumption in Britain and Europe, 1500-1800”

Jean Lepautre (d’après Jean Berain), La boutique du brodeur, 1678, Paris, BnF

Type : journée d’études

Dates : 15 September, 12:00 – 16 September, 17:00

Lieu : 38 Mappin street, Workroom 2 (Friday) and The Diamond, Workroom 1 (Saturday), Sheffield, United Kingdom


Keynotes: Evan Jones (Bristol) and Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan)

Call for papers are now closed.

This two-day conference hosts postgraduate students, ECRs and academics working on the production, distribution and consumption of goods and materials in early modern Britain and Europe, broadly defined as 1500-1800 (see below for full programme details).

The conference will forge discussion between different historical approaches to production, distribution and consumption. On the one hand, continued growth and interest in material culture studies has fostered a wide-ranging field in which the cultural reception of goods and meanings of consumption have been discussed under prisms of intimacy, interaction and representation. On the other, economic and political histories have understood with increasing depth and precision the complex series of networks, transactions and communications which facilitated the production of materials and goods and brought them within the access of consumers. Each field foregrounds more long-standing social questions: what were the normative attitudes shaping the behaviour and responsibilities which dictated how, when and what individuals consumed? What were the material realities of the act of consumption? How were individual’s lives shaped by their access to materials and their duties to production? How did the ‘world of work’ intersect with the home?

This conference therefore follows trends of more recent historiography by promoting an inclusive historical approach that traces the links between production, distribution and consumption in early modern history. Ultimately, it seeks to identify where and how the interrelationships between these three substantive fields were realized and manifested, and what impacts these connections had on the historical actors who produced, distributed and consumed.

Registration for the conference is open to non-speakers. Register for the conference here. For more information about the conference, as well as to request a pdf of the draft programme, please email Alex Taylor and Tom Rusbridge at:

Draft programme (STC):

Friday, September 15th
(Venue: Workroom 2, 38 Mappin Street)

12:00-13:00  Arrival, registration and coffee

13:00-14:30 Cosmopolitan Colonies

Michelle Fitzgerald (Delaware), ‘“The Best House in Annapolis”: Designing a Castle for the Colonial Public’

Elisabeth Meir (Delaware), ‘Colonial City Views and the British Print Market’

Lan Morgan (Delaware), ‘Kinship and Commerce: James Earl and the Business of Portraiture in the Atlantic World’

14:45-16:15 The Everyday

David Postles (Hertfordshire), ‘Rivers of Jordan: the metaphor of the pisspot’

Jessica Davidson (Oxford), ‘Goods of almost every description: the English provincial fair revisited’

Tom Rusbridge (Birmingham), ‘Making Production Public: Tanning and its Innovations in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries’

16:30-18:00 Keynote Lecture 1: Evan Jones (Bristol)

18:00 Pub followed by dinner

Saturday, September 16th

(Venue: Workroom 1, The Diamond)

09:00-09:30 Arrival and coffee

09:30-11:00 Monopoly and Intoxicants

Peter Taylor (Liverpool), ‘The Relationship between the Stuart Monopolies on raw materials and finished products – Pipeclay and Clay Pipes; A Case study’

Lila O’Leary Chambers (New York), ‘“So long as rumm held”: The Royal African Company and Alcohol Diplomacy on the Gold Coast, 1672-1712’

Alex Taylor (Sheffield), ‘Tobacco and Monopoly in Early Modern England’

11:15-12:30 Luxury Goods

Artemis Yagou (LuxFaSS Project/Deutsches Museum, Bucharest/Munich), ‘Popular Luxury Between East and West: A Case-study of Italian ceramics and Ottoman Greeks in the Long Eighteenth Century’

Michael Pearce (Dundee), ‘Making arrangements for luxury in Scotland, 1605-1650’

Serena Dyer (Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Middlesex University/University of Warwick), ‘Stitching and Shopping: Material Literacy and the Female Consumer of Dress, 1750-1820’

12:45-13:30 Lunch (provided)

13:30-15:00 English Merchants, Foreign Exports

Mabel Winter (Sheffield), ‘Politics, Commerce, and Banking in Seventeenth- Century England: The Case of Thompson and Company’

Tom Leng (Sheffield), ‘Such poer younge ould men caesses as myne’: frustrated transitions to independence within the Company of Merchant Adventurers’

Edmond Smith (Kent), ‘A Cloth for All the World: Global connections for Kentish textile producers, 1580-1620’

15:15-16:45 Keynote Lecture 2: Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan), ‘Sites of consumption: shops, streets and houses, c.1700-1850’

16 :45-17 :00 Closing remarks

Publication : “Penser le “petit” de l’Antiquité au premier XXe siècle. Approches textuelles et pratiques de la miniaturisation artistique”.

Sophie Duhem, Estelle Galbois et Anne Perrin Khelissa (dir.), Penser le “petit” de l’Antiquité au premier XXe siècle. Approches textuelles et pratiques de la miniaturisation artistique, Actes du colloque international de l’Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 1-2 octobre 2015, Lyon, Fage, Collection Varia, 2017.


Sophie Duhem, Estelle Galbois et Anne Perrin Khelissa (dir.), Penser le “petit” de l’Antiquité au premier XXe siècle. Approches textuelles et pratiques de la miniaturisation artistique, Actes du colloque international de l’Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 1-2 octobre 2015, Lyon, Fage, Collection Varia, 2017. EAN 13 978 2 84975 430 6, 224 p, 25 €.

Les manifestations matérielles d’une fascination séculaire pour les formes, les images et les objets minuscules sont nombreuses : des statuettes tanagréennes aux gravures en petit de Stefano della Bella, des microarchitectures sculptées des édifices gothiques aux objets de vertu de la bonne société du xviiie siècle, des créatures lilliputiennes de la littérature enfantine aux automates scientifiques que généralise le siècle industriel, etc. Mais rares sont les sources historiques qui permettent d’en comprendre les fondements culturels. Continuer la lecture de Publication : “Penser le “petit” de l’Antiquité au premier XXe siècle. Approches textuelles et pratiques de la miniaturisation artistique”.

Conférence : “The reception of antiquity in Early Modern Times: Historiography and Antiquarianism in Britain and Germany compared”

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dido building Carthage, or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire, 1815, oil on canvas, 155.5 x 230 cm, London, National Gallery.


Type : Conférence
Dates : 31 août – 2 septembre 2017
Lieu : University of Bayreuth, History Department/Prinz-Albert-Society, Coburg, Germany

The different views of antiquity, of one’s own, regional or local classical history and of ‘antique‘ remains in various parts of Europe – and, in a comparative perspective, beyond – have received a growing interest both in Britain and on the continent in recent years. And while it seems fair to say that overarching narratives of European Renaissance and Humanism, of transnational Baroque scholarship and Enlightenment remain dominant, we have come to a much more refined view of the different attitudes to “Antiquities“ and “the Antique“ in various parts of Early Modern Europe.

And it is not only those attitudes that were remarkably varied: behind them, different political and social conditions of scholarship in general and of individual historians and antiquaries in particular deserve close study. However, a comparison between Britain and Germany has rarely been sought, and in filling this – to our minds, substantial – gap, our conference intends to contribute to such a study.

Speakers include: Vittoria Feola (Padua/Oxford/Rome), Richard Hingley (Durham), Kelsey Jackson Williams (Stirling), Marian Nebelin (Chemnitz), Ronny Kaiser (Berlin), William Stenhouse (New York), Silvia Pfister (Coburg); keynote speaker will be Caspar Hirschi (St. Gallen).

The Prince-Albert-Society (Patron: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh) is a scholarly society founded in 1981 and devoted to research on scientific, cultural and political aspects of Anglo-German relations. Since ist beginnings, the society has organized annual conferences on a wide range of relevant topics. A joint foundation of the town of Coburg and the University of Bayreuth, the society is based in Coburg, an historic town of 40.000 inhabitants in the north of Bavaria and former seat of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Exhibition report: In Arcueil’s Leafy Groves / “A l’ombre des frondaisons d’Arcueil” (Paris, Louvre, 23rd March to 20th June 2016)

Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Les Jardins d’Arcueil, 1744, dessin, 31,3 x 52,1 cm, New York, Metropolitan Museum.

The exhibition “A l’ombre des frondaisons d’Arcueil[1] proposes to revive the gardens through the drawings made by Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 – 1755), Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700 – 1777), François Boucher (1703 – 1770) and Jacques-André Portail (1695 – 1759). As reminded by Xavier Salmon in the introduction of the exhibition’s catalogue,[2] the domain was developed as soon as the 16th century to enjoy the picturesque slopes of the site. But it is at the instigation of the Princes of Guise at the 18th century that the land gained its main expansion (20 hectares). It was embellished by the architects Germain Boffrand (1667 – 1754), and thereafter Jean-Michel Chevotet (1698 – 1772), before being neglected and dismantled from 1752 on. Around 1744, Arcueil’s gardens were among artists’ favourite excursion sites: hereby Oudry produced a number of drawings of unknown destination. Afterwards, Natoire, Boucher and Portail visited the gardens as well. Today their drawings allow a reconstruction of the estate’s topography.

Jacques de Lajoüe, Scène de jardin, vers 1745, huile sur toile, 54,6 x 64,8 cm, San francisco, Fine Arts Museum.

In her essay,[3] Monique Mosser points out that if rocaille has been part of artificial grottos since Renaissance, its use intensified during the 18th century, with patterns such as the shell becoming ubiquitous. Similarly, trelliswork of vegetal ornaments multiplied, natural or artificial, invading domestic life such as depicted in Lajoüe’s gardens. Have these gardens, as well as the background decors of Watteau’s fêtes galantes, ever actually existed under such form? Are they the witnesses of a particular Regency or Rococo style? These questions call to mind the Parisian gardens of the hôtel de Rouillé or the sculpted decoration of the financier Joseph Bonnier de la Mosson’s (1702 – 1744) park near Montpellier, which have now both disappeared. An entire chapter of the history of Rococo and rocaille gardens of the first half of the 18th century is therefore missing, showing the transition between the 17th-century formal jardins à la française designed by Le Notre and the jardins à l’anglaise, fashionable in France from the 1770s. Ernest de Ganay noted as soon as 1943: “L’on pourrait dire du parc du XVIIe siècle que c’est un grand seigneur, et du jardin du XVIIIe que c’est une jolie femme, car il en a tout le charme, l’imprévu, le caprice.”[4] In the 1980s, two German historians[5] examined, through the study of theorists such as Dezallier d’Argenville[6] and Jacques-François Blondel,[7] the possible existence of a « rococo garden ». However, they did not take into account the in situ reality of the gardens, introduced only by recent research and specialised inventories. On a stylistic point of view, gardens between 1715 and 1760 are characterised by complex geometrical lines and stone structures using rocaille patterns extensively. The architects Jean-Charles Garnier d’Isle (1697 – 1755), Pierre Contant d’Ivry (1698 – 1777) and Jean-Michel Chevotet were among the creators of such gardens. Oudry’s drawings of Arcueil evoke Marly with their many lattices, while the diagonal lines arranged in a theatrical effect remind us of Blondel’ plans, and the English-styled lawns recall Dezallier d’Argenville’s treaty. Arcueil’s gardens therefore lead the walker through a skilfully organized stroll, far from the uncertain roaming of the abandoned preromantic gardens. Continuer la lecture de Exhibition report: In Arcueil’s Leafy Groves / “A l’ombre des frondaisons d’Arcueil” (Paris, Louvre, 23rd March to 20th June 2016)

Publication : “Fonder les institutions artistiques : l’individu, la communauté et leurs réseaux en question”, actes des journées d’étude ACA-RES (8-9 décembre 2016)



Programme ACA-RES

Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Laboratoire FRAMESPA UMR5136

Les premières journées d’étude du programme ACA-RES (Les académies d’art et leurs réseaux dans la France préindustrielle) se sont tenues les 8-9 décembre 2016 au Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris, autour du thème :

“Fonder les institutions artistiques : l’individu, la communauté et leurs réseaux en question”

Première rencontre d’une série de trois préparant la tenue d’un colloque de synthèse en 2019, les discussions font aujourd’hui l’objet d’une diffusion sur la page Hypothèses du programme de recherche, dans la rubrique Les papiers d’ACA-RES. Ces actes sont un point d’étape dans la réflexion : ils rendent compte des questionnements soulevés et offrent un matériel documentaire qui pourra être complété et réinterrogé par la suite. Au présent compte-rendu s’adjoignent donc les « Brefs historiques » des écoles de chaque ville traitée, et les articles issus des communications. Laissés volontairement in progress, ils sont une invitation à rejoindre et prolonger la discussion.

Sur la page Hypothèses, retrouvez également l’appel à stage “Documentation et recherche appliquée” et les autres actualités.

Journées d’étude : “Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church c.900-2017: the Making of a Fine City”

Anglican Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Norwich, county of Norfolk, UK

Type : Journées d’étude
Date : 17, 18 et 19 juin 2017
Lieu : The Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich, United Kingdom

A conference hosted by The Medieval Parish Churches of Norwich Research Project (undertaken at the University of East Anglia and funded by The Leverhulme Trust). All 58 churches, whether existing, ruined or lost, are included in the scope of the project, which seeks insight into how the medieval city developed topographically, architecturally and socially. The Project is intended to reveal the interdependent relationship between city, community and architecture showing how people and places shaped each other during the middle ages. The conference (supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and Purcell) will present the medieval parish churches of Norwich in their immediate local context and in the broader framework of urban churches in Britain and northern Europe. The subject range will include documentary history, the architectural fabric of the buildings themselves and their place in the topography of Norwich, the development of the churches’ architecture and furnishings, the representation of the churches and their post-Reformation history. Continuer la lecture de Journées d’étude : “Norwich and the Medieval Parish Church c.900-2017: the Making of a Fine City”

Symposium : “Fantasy in Reality: Architecture, Representation, Reproduction”

Dirck van Delen, An Architectural Fantasy, 1634, 46.7 x 60.5 cm, Oil on mahogany, London, The National Gallery.

Type : Symposium.
Date : 15-16 juin 2017.
Lieu : Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

From the capriccios of Piranesi and Canaletto to Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, Archigram’s drawings in the 1970s, and contemporary video game architecture, architectural fantasies have been produced and reproduced for centuries. On the one hand, architectural fantasies stir the imagination, represent future possibilities, and utopian dreams, on the other, they reflect and reproduce political ideologies, societal aspirations and anxieties. Though by definition, fantasy relates to that outside reality, or beyond possibility, the examples listed above engage directly with reality and they exist as realised projects in the form of architectural representations – on paper, as models, as reproductions or as digital files.

This symposium aims to consider the intersection of fantasy and reality by examining a broad range of architectural production from the Renaissance to the present day across different cultures and media. It includes papers that explore the blurred lines, or tensions, between fantasy and reality in architecture and its representation. Architectural fantasies created in drawings, paintings, computer renders, photographs and films, and three dimensional examples in built projects, exhibition pavilions, doll houses, interiors and garden features will be considered as vital forms of architectural production that both reflect and produce reality.

How does the production of architectural fantasies relate to reality and attempt to shape it? How do representations of architecture construct or perpetuate fantasies of the built environment? How have architects, city planners and/or politicians and rulers used architecture to reinforce fantastical notions of reality? What is the role of the mass media in the production and dissemination of architectural fantasies in popular culture? In what ways do representations of built or soon to be built projects contribute to the construction of fantasy? The conference seeks to address these questions and more. Continuer la lecture de Symposium : “Fantasy in Reality: Architecture, Representation, Reproduction”

Colloque : “Fashioning Dress: Sewing and Skill, 1500-1850”

François-Alexandre-Pierre de Garsault, Art du tailleur : contenant le tailleur d’habits d’hommes, les culottes de peau, le tailleur de corps de femmes & enfants, la couturière & la marchande de modes, imp. de Delatour (Paris), 1769 (np).

Type : colloque.
Date : 19 mai 2017, 9h-18h.
Lieu : University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

Milliners, mantua-makers, tailors, stay-makers, dressmakers, and embroiderers – both professional and domestic – made up an a diverse, knowledgeable, and skilled workforce. Their handiwork lay behind the creation of magnificent court robes and elaborate embroidery, as well as shirts, shifts, aprons and petticoats. This conference aims to investigate the skills, techniques, and methods involved in manufacturing clothing – both for men and women. It also engages with the innovative methodology of garment reproduction, and will investigate questions around the usefulness of this approach, and how to present and disseminate such research findings.

The keynote and conference papers will be followed by an interactive workshop, during which participants will have the opportunity to examine reproduction garments at various stages in the making process, and to try their hand at contemporary sewing skills.

This conference is organised by Dr Serena Dyer (Associate Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick and Curator of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture). For enquiries, please email or Continuer la lecture de Colloque : “Fashioning Dress: Sewing and Skill, 1500-1850”

Journée d’étude : “Spanish Royal Geographies in Early Modern Europe and America: Re-thinking the Royal Sites / Geographies of Habsburg Politics and Religion”

Ferdinand VI and Barbara of Braganza in the Gardens of Aranjuez, 1756. Oil on canvas, 68 x 112 cm, Madrid, Museo del Prado.

Type : journée d’étude.
Date : 4 – 5 mai 2017.
Lieu : Berrick Saul Lecture Theatre, University of York, Heslington, York, UK.

Spanish royal sites were a diverse and global network in early modern World making royal power visible and effectual. They expanded to other territory intermittently under Spanish rule beyond the Iberian Peninsula such as the Duchy of Milan, the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, the ten southernmost provinces of the Netherlands and the viceroyalties in America. They consisted of royal palaces and their affiliated landscapes such as forests, gardens, rural and urban centres, farms and factories. They were not only centres of administration, but also centres of innovation in culture, taste and technology. In this way, they were points for the transfer of knowledge, people and goods affording expansion and growth of the market place.

This symposium will investigate these centres as international geographies. The term ‘geography’ manifests our interest in the way the physicality of spaces and landscapes was acted upon and produced through cultural practices. This interlacing of physical and human agency is naturally wide-ranking and encompasses image-making, architectural, agricultural and administrative processes. Moreover, the religious geographies in Habsburg territories were particularly complex given that courtly forms of piety were coloured by local customs and traditions.

How were these royal geographies imagined and described? In what way do they activate histories and memories thus constructing loci of myth? How do they challenge existing interpretations of the boundaries between confessional identities and political solidarities? How do they help us to re-think the divisions between centres and peripheries of Habsburg power as kinetic and embodied spaces? For example, royal geographies beyond the kingdom of Castille within the Iberian Peninsula were ever more tightly interlinked with Madrid under Philip III and Philip IV when their respective favourites, the First Duke of Lerma and the Count-Duke of Olivares, were appointed as governors of the royal palaces in Castille and Andalusia and assumed authority over the Junta de Obras y Bosques, a committee set up by Philip II to manage the construction program of royal residences and palaces.

This workshop aims to reunite experts in this field, all from different disciplines (History of Art, History, History of Architecture, and Political Thought), with the objective of developing a comparative perspective on the complexities of royal geographies in a trans-national context.

This symposium is a collaboration of the History of Art Department and CREMS (Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies) at the University of York, the University of Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (URJC), and the University Institute ‘La Corte en Europa’ (IULCE ) of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).

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