CFP: Medieval manuscripts and their biographies (Kiel, 26 Jul 19)

Kiel, 26.07.2019

Deadline: Apr 15, 2019

International PostDoc-Workshop

‘Medieval manuscripts and their biographies’ (Kiel, July 26, 2019)

Within the scholarly discussion of medieval manuscripts, an object-biographical approach that not only focuses on the origin and the originally intended function of the codex, but also on its history of ownership, material changes and reception during the whole period of its existence was long neglected by art history as well as by German studies.

In art history, this approach is currently becoming particularly important. Diachronic studies on the re-encoding and the shifts in meaning of artworks have led to a new perspective on written artifacts. A similar trend is also becoming apparent in German studies, where an artifact-related perspective on manuscripts has gained increasing significance in the context of the ‘material turn’. Accordingly, more importance is attached to examinations of the correlations between the manuscript and the cultural practices linked to it.

The workshop aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue between postdoctoral scholars from art history and German studies who will present the object biographies of different medieval manuscripts. Special emphasis is given to praxeological questions as well as to the material and textual modifications of manuscripts. By putting the material conception and the usage of the codex in a diachronic perspective, the modified attributions of meaning can be discussed and considered within the area of tension between the study of texts and the study of objects.

The workshop ‘Medieval manuscripts and their biographies’ is directed at researchers with a doctoral degree who wish to present their object-biographical studies about religious as well as secular manuscripts in a 30-min. talk (German or English). It takes place on July 26, 2019 at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU). As the workshop is funded by the International Center of the CAU, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered only for researchers who are not currently located in Germany.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short CV by April 15, 2019 to:

Dr. Margit Dahm-Kruse                

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel        

Germanistisches Seminar                

Leibnizstraße 8                    

24118 Kiel                

Dr. Julia von Ditfurth

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Kunsthistorisches Institut

Olshausenstraße 40

24118 Kiel

Accepted participants will receive a notification by April 30, 2019.

Submit a session proposal for CAA 2020 in Chicago

TIAMSA ‘Share and Connect’ workshop on data modelling in art market studies, CAA, New York, 15 February 2019

TIAMSA organized a number of memorable events at the past CAA conference (12-15 February 2019 in New York), notably a fascinating session on „The Studio as Market Place” chaired by Julie Codell, a very productive workshop on data modelling in art market studies chaired by Sandra van Ginhoven and Clarissa Ricci, and a wonderful reception very kindly hosted by Christie’s Education! (See our ‘Past Events’ Page for more information: )

The CAA 2020 conference will be held in Chicago (12-15 Feb 2020, Hilton Chicago) and we are already planning our attendance there. As a CAA affiliated society, TIAMSA is entitled to one full academic session (1.5 hours) and one „business meeting“ (1 hour). Following this year’s successful formula, we intend to use the latter as a workshop for the discussion of a specific topic proposed by a TIAMSA member.

If you would like to propose a subject

– for the 1.5 hour academic session
– for the 1 hour workshop

please send us a title, a very brief CV and a short abstract (3-4 sentences) outlining your idea by 31 March 2019 to The TIAMSA Board will then select the most promising proposal, bearing in mind not only academic excellence but also a proposal’s potential interest to our members and visitors of the conference.

Applicants will be informed about the board’s decision in April.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel grants; however, you may apply for travel grants through the CAA.

We would be very happy to hear from members interested in chairing a session!

With best wishes,
Veronika, Johannes and Nirmalie

More information about the Annual Conference and the recent rebranding of CAA can be found here:

CFP: Recycling Luxury Conference, Friday 5th July 2019, Christie’s, London

Deadline: 1 March 2019

The concept of luxury is associated with ideas of excess (luxus) or even worse immodesty (luxure). An infamous example involving Cleopatra dissolving a priceless pearl and swallowing it encapsulates some common associations between luxury and immorality, or luxury as intrinsically linked to the idea of waste.

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CFP: “In the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire?” Moravian Gallery, Brno, September 12 – 14, 2019

In the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire? Art and Culture in Interwar Central Europe
Deadline: May 1, 2019

The First World War is often held to have brought about not merely political and social disruption, but also a profound caesura in artistic and cultural life. Nowhere was this more evident than in Austria-Hungary, where Vienna and Budapest lost their pre-eminent status as cultural capitals, and the creation of new states transformed the political and artistic status of cities such as Prague, Brno, Salzburg and Košice. The disruption to artistic life was dramatically symbolised in the deaths in 1918 of some of the leading figures of pre-war modernism: Otto Wagner, Gustav Klimt, Bohumil Kubišta and Egon Schiele.

Post-war nostalgia for the Habsburg Empire amongst writers such as Joseph Roth, Stefan Zweig and Miklós Bánffy is well known and, as Marjorie Perloff has suggested, the collapse of Austria-Hungary left its imprint on what might be termed a specific ‘austro-modernism.’ But what was the impact of the events of 1918 on the visual arts? How did artists, designers and architects negotiate the changed terrain of the post-war social and political world? To what extent did the memory of the Habsburg Empire continue to shape artistic life? To what extent did artists and architects actively seek to consign it to oblivion?

As part of the ERC-funded project “Continuity / Rupture? Art and Architecture in Central Europe 1918-1939” ( this conference examines the ways in which the visual arts shaped and were shaped by new aesthetic, political and ideological currents, with particular reference to Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

Proposals (300 words) are invited for 30-minute papers that examine topics such as:

1. Cultural memory of the Habsburg Empire
2. Formation and reformation of the avant-gardes
3. Exile and migration
4. The destruction, creation and renewal of artistic networks
5. The art market, galleries, museums and other institutions of the art world
6. Artistic, architectural and broader cultural policies of the new states

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Pieter Judson (EUI, Florence); Eve Blau (Harvard University); Milena Bartlová (Academy of Art and Design, Prague) and Enikő Róka (Kiscelli Museum, Budapest).

The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday 1 May 2019. Submissions should be sent to:

CFP: Fotografie und Oekonomie (Basel, 6-7 Jun 19)

Basel, 06. – 07.06.2019
Deadline: Mar 8, 2019

Fotografie und Ökonomie 
5. Workshop der AG Fotografieforschung

Der diesjährige Workshop der AG Fotografieforschung widmet sich dem Thema «Fotografie und Ökonomie» und stellt dahingehend die grundsätzliche Frage, auf welche Weisen sich mit Fotografie Geld verdienen lässt. Medienpraxis im Allgemeinen lässt sich außerhalb eines ökonomischen Rahmens nicht denken. Und so stellen sich spezifisch für die Fotografie die Fragen, welche Praktiken es sind, die zum Geldverdienen führen, aber auch, welchen (ökonomischen) Bedingungen die Anfertigung und die Verbreitung von Fotografien unterworfen sind. 

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CFP: Volume: Art and Science of Collecting in 18th Cent. Europe

Deadline: Jan 30, 2019

Call for Essays:

“The Art and Science of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Europe”
Edited by Dr. Arlene Leis and Dr. Kacie Wills

We are inviting chapter abstracts for a collection of essays designed for academics, specialists and enthusiasts interested in the interrelations between art, science and collecting in Europe during the long 18th century. Considering a broad range of collections, (objects) and ideas, our volume will discuss the topic of art, science and collecting in diverse theoretical contexts, such as art historical, feminist, social, gendered, colonial, archival, literary and cultural ones. To accompany our existing contributions, we welcome essays that take a global and material approach, and are particularly keen on research that makes use of new archival resources. We encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and are especially interested in essays that reveal the way in which women participated in art, science, and collecting in some capacity.

The compendium will consist of around 15 essays 6000 words each (including footnotes), with up to four illustrations. In addition to these more traditional essays, we are looking for shorter (circa 1,000 words) case studies on material objects pertaining to collections/collectors from that period, and the subject of art, science and collecting will also be central to these contributions. These smaller pieces will each include one illustration.

The following topics/case studies are particularly desired:
– Women’s collecting interests
– Histories and methodologies of collecting, taxonomies, cataloging, arrangement, and modes of display
– Cabinets of curiosities/Wunderkammer
– Catalogues
– Collections housed in art and/or science institutions
– The boundaries between the natural and the artificial
– Scientific and artistic tools and instruments
– Seriality vs. rare objects
– Transitional objects
– Conservation
– Collecting networks
– The artist collector
– The scientist collector
– Science, art and collecting in domestic spaces
– Antiquarian collections
– Print culture

All inquiries should be addressed to Arlene Leis, or Kacie Wills,

Essay abstracts of 500 words and 300 word abstracts for smaller case studies are due January 30, 2019 and should be sent along with a short bio to:

Finished case studies will be due July 30, 2019, and due date for long essays will be September 30, 2019.

CFP: American Art in the 1940s (Paris, 16-17 Apr 19)

Paris, April 16 – 17, 2019
Deadline: Feb 17, 2019

[Version française ci-dessous]

American Art in the 1940s: Global Currents, Local Tides. A Study Day in Memory of Professor François Brunet (L’Université Paris Diderot)

Professor of Art and Literature of the United States at the Université Paris Diderot and member of the Institut Universitaire de France, François Brunet (1960-2018) was a historian of art and visual culture of the United States, who specialized in the history of photography. Among his numerous publications are La Naissance de l’idée de photographie (P.U.F., 2000), Photography and Literature (Reaktion Books, 2009), the anthology Agissements du rayon solaire (Presses de l’U de Pau, 2009), and the edited volume L’Amérique des images, Histoire et culture visuelles des Etats-Unis (Hazan/Paris Diderot, 2013).

In 1949, American philosophers John Dewey and Arthur F. Bentley published Knowing and the Known, which laid out the fundamentals of transactionalism—a method of inquiry that emphasizes the collective and transactional nature of knowledge. In this view, the “transactional” is understood as an epistemological shift from the “interactional,” in which persons, objects, or ideas are organized as operating one upon another. Transactionalism challenges the notion of fixed causality, instead emphasizing a systematic approach to inquiry that locates its subject on the ever-dynamic nexus of space and time.

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