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Call for Submissions: Student scholarships

ARTES invites submissions for a number of scholarships and prizes for those studying arts of the Hispanic World, including an essay prize and medaltravel scholarships for BA and postgraduate students, and scholarships for PhD and post-doctoral students in the UK and elsewhere. The deadline for these awards is 31st January 2017.

This year, thanks to the generosity of CEEH, there is also a fully funded PhD at The Courtauld (London) for UK/EU/International students working on Spanish art: applicants should contact prospective supervisors as soon as possible.

CFP: The Artistic Heritage of al-Andalus (Berlin, October 2017)

2017-01-carljusti-logoCFP: The Artistic Heritage of al-Andalus (Berlin, 27-28 Oct 17)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, October 27 – 28, 2017

Deadline: 28 February 2017

The distinction between own and foreign culture plays a pivotal role in the making of religious, ethnic, and national identities. This was demonstrated by Bernd Roeck in his 2007 introduction to the forth volume in the series Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe. Forging European Identities, 1400-1700. Only the resurgence of a majority society and its demarcation against a minority society enables the forming of identity. But what happens in a multi-confessional and multi-ethnic society like the one that existed on the Iberian Peninsula until 1614? Can the foreign repertoire be distinguished clearly from the own at all, or has it not rather become part of a mutual cultural reality?

The history of Spain is defined by phases of cultural opening and seclusion. Whereas Alfonso X and Pedro I furthered the integration of al-Andalus’ art and architecture into the national narrative through their pro-Islamic cultural policy, the staging of a unified Catholic culture became the central topic of painting, sculpture and architecture during the Counter-Reformation. Only from the 18th century, a re-valorisation of the Islamic heritage in al-Andalus took place. Its part in forming a Spanish national identity was subject to controversial discussion on the background of changing historic and political necessities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Simultaneously, architects of the time advertised the Moorish Revival and helped Ibero-Islamic architecture to gain global centre stage. The Alhambrismo not only became one of the most favoured interior styles of the 19th century, but also dominated the Great Exhibitions which regularly took place after 1851. Besides Spain, Prussia (1867), Brazil (1876), or Mexico (1884) presented themselves with a Neo-Moorish exhibition pavilion.

This year’s annual conference of the Carl Justi Association aims to examine selectively the importance of al-Andalus for the forming of national identity from the Middle Ages to the present age. Papers on the following thematic emphases are requested:

– Exchange and confrontation during the Reconquista (1085-1492)
– Stating of a unified Catholic culture during Counterreformation
– Re-valorisation and historiographic debate in the 18th/19th centuries
– Franquismo and national renewal in the 20th/21st centuries

Presentations will have a duration of 20 mins. Languages of the conference are German, Spanish, English. Please send your abstract of max. 300 words and a short curriculum vitae to:
conference@transculturalstudies.ch

Lecture: Tom Nickson on ‘Sensing the Holy: Architecture and the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Spain’

10-toledo-cathedral-11The London Society for Medieval Studies is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, January 24th at 7.00pm by:

Tom Nickson (The Courtauld Institute of Art) presenting on: ‘Sensing the Holy: Architecture and the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Spain’.

Wolfson Room (NB01), IHR Basement, Senate House (located on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU).

All those who are interested in Medieval Studies are very welcome to attend!

NEH Summer Programm (US)

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The National Endowment for the Humanities funds numerous Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators.  With respect to its seven seminars and seventeen institutes of Summer 2017 for college and university teachers, all of which are summarized here (be sure to subsequently click on the “College and University” tab so as to navigate away from the default “School” tab).

Application deadline: 1 March 2017.

Although no program this summer will focus expressly on the art and architecture of Portugal and Spain, the members of ASHAHS might wish to consider applying for these opportunities, which routinely bring together teachers from a range of backgrounds and interdisciplinary specialties.  For instance, a program at Colgate University on medieval Jewish philosophy will cover the work of the Córdoba-born Maimonides, whereas a program at Indiana University bears the title of “Beyond East and West: Exchanges and Interactions Across the Early Modern World (1400-1800).”  Those with expertise in al-Andalus and Islamic art history can consider applying to the program at the University of Hawaii, “Islam in Asia: Traditions and Transformations.”

Participants must meet the NEH eligibility criteria described, for example, in the PDF file available here and otherwise consult the information for each respective seminar or institute.

Artefacto Visual: Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos

2017-01-artefactosvisualesNew online journal: Artefacto Visual: Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos

El primer número de la revista electrónica Artefacto Visual: Revista de estudios visuales latinoamericanos, con un dossier temático sobre “Violencia, conflicto y postconflicto: imágenes de América Latina“.

Contenido:
Presentación, pp. 4-6
Dossier: “Violencia, conflicto y postconflicto: imágenes de América Latina”
Notas para una constelación teórica en torno a la violencia y su representación, por Elena Rosauro, editora invitada, pp. 8-30
Hacer ver: representaciones de la guerra en Colombia, por Alejandro Gamboa Medina, pp. 31-46
1987: Visualidades punk y miradas racializadas en Perú, por Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa, pp. 47-67
Intervenciones sobre la violencia en México: prácticas instituyentes y poderes instituidos, por Ana Torres Arroyo, pp. 68-87
Tribuna Abierta
Multiple paths and multiple traumas: the Inhotim Cultural Institute and its technologies of affect, por Alice Hereen, pp. 89-107
Publicaciones de artista como forma de resistencia política y cultural: los papeles del CAyC (1968-1977), por Daniela Hermosilla Zúñiga, pp.108-126
Mover montañas o impugnarlas. Alegorías de la Modernidad en Cuando la fe mueve montañas, de Francis Alÿs, y Fitzcarraldo, de Werner Herzog, por Miguel Errazu, pp. 127-147
Rodrigo Moya en Guatemala. El registro fotográfico de un ajusticiamiento guerrillero, por Mónica Morales Flores, pp. 148-167
La Entrevista
Stephen Ferry: por una fotografía que debe volver adentro, por Claudia Gordillo, pp. 169-180
Reseñas
La prolongación de la memoria: Doris Salcedo en el Guggenheim de Nueva York, por Juanita Solano, pp. 182-187
Sumando ausencias: miradas y experiencias contradictorias, por Laura Ramírez Palacio, pp. 188-190
Lo visto y lo leído
El sujeto de la fotografía, por María Alzira Brum, p. 192
Política editorial e instrucciones para autores, pp. 194-200

Workshop – Islamic Archaeology Day (28 January 2017, London)

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3rd Islamic Archaeology Day 2017
(Jointly hosted by SOAS and UCL)
Saturday, 28 January 2017
UCL Institute of Archaeology, Room 612
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

Includes talks on al-Andalus!

We invite you to register online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islamic-archaeology-day-2017-tickets-2953…. The registration fee of £10 (£5 for students) will cover lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. We would be very grateful if you could register as soon as possible and before Friday, January 20th so we can order the appropriate amount of sandwiches in time!

Corisande Fenwick
Hugh Kennedy
Scott Redford
Tim Williams

Programme

10:30 Registration and Coffee
11:00 Welcome & Introduction
Corisande Fenwick, Hugh Kennedy, Scott Redford, Tim Williams
11:15 Dehistan (Turkmenistan), archaeological evidence of a pilgrimage city
Alistair Northedge
11:40 Islamic archaeology in the Moroccan Sahara: settlement dynamics in the Draa Valley
Corisande Fenwick, Maria Gatto, Louise Rayne, Martin Sterry, David Mattingly and Youssef Bokbot
12:05 Islamic archaeology in East Africa, challenges and obstacles
Stephane Pradines
12:30 Citadels, Bazars and Shrines – An Overview of the Current State of Islamic Archaeology in Afghanistan
Arezou Azad and Andy Miller

1:00 Lunch (provided)

2:00 From Fustat to Merv: Revisiting the Beginnings and Technical Development of Islamic Glazed Wares
Moujan Matin, Oliver Watson, Michael Tite
2:25 Studying medieval Iranian world metalware: the ISLAMETAL project
Annabelle Collinet
2:50 Royal workshops: recent investigations into production at Madinat al-Zahra and the Alhambra.
Chloë N. Duckworth, Kate Welham, Derek Pitman, Alberto García Porras and David J. Govantes Edward
3:15 The yellow opaque glazes from Madinat al-Zahra (second half of the 10th century): a rare local production or an import?
Elena Salinas, Trinitat Pradell and Michael Tite

3:45 Tea break

4:15 Suburban life in early Islamic Jarash (Jordan): New evidence for urban development over the longue durée
Louise Blanke
4:40 The Islamic-Christian frontier in medieval central Iberia: new research at Molina de Aragón and Atienza
Guillermo García-Contreras Ruiz, Rowena Banerjea, Alex Brown and Aleks Pluskowski
5:05 The role of archaeology in the representation of Islamic Middle East: A European museum prospective
Benedict Leigh
5:30 Archaeology of the Pearl-Fishing Towns of the Arabian Gulf: Case Studies in Globalization during the Late Islamic Period
Rob Carter

6pm Reception in SCR.

7pm Dinner (at own expense) at local restaurant.