Conferences, Journals, Fellowships


Call for Papers

Medieval Sculpture Production Centres

Study Day Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, November 23, 2016.

Organized by Ards, M-Museum, Leuven, and Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen.

Proposals are due August 15, 2016.

For all relevant information see


The Netherlands and the Global Baroque (1580-1750)

HNA-sponsored session at College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, February 15-18, 2017.

Deadline for proposals: August 30, 2016.

Chair: Caroline Fowler, Yale University

Session Abstract:

For the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (in Kochi, Kerala, India) in 2012, seventeenth-century Dutch warehouses built by the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or VOC) became sites for contemporary art installations. Many of these works engaged with the history of the VOC in the region of the Indian Ocean and its continuing influence in economics, trade and urbanism. Following in the footsteps of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the more recent exhibition Asia in Amsterdam (Amsterdam and Salem, MA), this panel seeks to explore the architectural, artistic and urban imprint of the Dutch in the regions of their global trade centers, as well as the influence of the Indian and Atlantic regions and their cultures on Dutch artistic practice and theory.

This panel will examine the economic, environmental and visual impact of both the VOC and the WIC (De Geoctroyeerde West-Indische Compagnie, or West India Company) in early Dutch colonial enterprises. Papers will explore a visual archaeology of how ideas and objects from Dutch trade and territorial enterprises influenced concepts of art, material culture, and religion in the Netherlands, as well as the impression of the Dutch on the landscapes of trade partners such as Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and the United States in architecture, material culture, and urbanism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Proposals should include a letter of interest, a 250-word (maximum) abstract, and a short-form CV. For full details see the guidelines published by the CAA:

Please note: All sessions at CAA are now 90 minutes, allowing for 3 speakers at 20 minutes per talk. For the CAA Annual Conference in 2018, the Historians of Netherlandish Art will solicit session proposals in the Fall of 2017, so that we can submit a completed session by Spring 2017 when the CAA portal opens.

All speakers must be current members of both CAA and HNA.


Flandes by Substitution

Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, February9-10, 2017.

On February 9-10, 2017, an international conference will be held on the copies of paintings of Flemish masters during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries related to the Hispanic world. The event will take place at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels and is organized in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Project COPIMONARCH. La copia pictórica en la Monarquía Hispánica, siglos XVI-XVIII (I+D HAR2014-52061-P) from the Universidad de Granada.

The artistic heritage of the regions that once formed part of the former Spanish Empire includes a large number of painted copies after Flemish masters made during the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Most of these works have received little attention even though they constitute a valuable source for understanding the artistic influence of the Southern Netherlands on Spanish and Latin American art and society in this period. Indeed, the study of copies of Flemish masters sheds light on a number of art historical issues, including the means of diffusion of artistic models, stylistic trends and the dynamics of the art market and the world of collecting. These copies are a valuable testimony to the political, commercial and cultural ties that existed between the Hispanic territories and the Southern Netherlands.

The conference will focus on the phenomenon of the copy from a large variety of approaches, ranging from workshop practices to collecting, trade and patronage. Papers about studies on particular copies are welcomed, but special attention will be paid to the driving forces behind the export-driven market of copies, such as artists, patrons, collectors and merchants. By taking into account cultural, religious, political and socio-economic dynamics, this conference aims to shed new light on the multifaceted artistic impact of the Southern Netherlands on the Hispanic world during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

We welcome 20 minutes papers that offer new contributions in which recent methodologies and theoretical frameworks are applied to copies after Flemish masters from this period. Proposals can focus both on copies made in the Southern Netherlands to be sent to the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, and on copies made in these regions.

Candidates are invited to submit their proposals to Eduardo Lamas-Delgado ( and to the project COPIMONARCH ( before 15 September 2016. This should include an abstract (up to 300 words) and a brief CV (max. 1 page). The official language of the conference is English, but papers in French and Spanish will also be taken into consideration. The Scientific Committee will inform all the applicants of the final selection on 30 October 2016. Selected speakers will have the option of submitting their paper for publication in a monograph due to appear in 2018. Papers for publication will have to comply with peer review requirements.

Further information on the conference will be available from 30 October 2016 on and
The conference organizers are unable to cover travel and accommodation costs for speakers. Interested parties are encouraged to apply for aid from their respective institutions.

Scientific Committee
Elena Alcalá (UAM, Madrid), Christina Ceulemans (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Maria Cruz de Carlos (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid), Christina Currie (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Hélène Dubois (Ghent University / KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Pedro Flor (UAB, Lisbon), Bart Fransen (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), David García-Cueto (UGR, Granada), Pierre-Yves Kairis (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Eduardo Lamas-Delgado (KIK-IRPA / ULB, Brussels), Didier Martens (ULB, Brussels), Benito Navarrete (UAH, Alcalá de Henares).

Organised by: With the support of :
Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, 9-10 February 2017 
Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique, parc du Cinquantenaire 1 BE-1000 Bruxelles 
Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium, Jubelpark 1 BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium



Journals and Book Series

Call for Proposals

Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (JHNA)

The Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art ( announces its next submission deadline, August 1, 2016. Please consult the journal's Submission Guidelines.

JHNA is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published twice per year. Articles focus on art produced in the Netherlands (north and south) during the early modern period (c. 1400-c.1750), and in other countries and later periods as they relate to this earlier art. This includes studies of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, tapestry, architecture, and decoration, from the perspectives of art history, art conservation, museum studies, historiography, technical studies, and collecting history. Book and exhibition reviews, however, will continue to be published in the HNA Newsletter.

The deadline for submission of articles is August 1, 2016.

Alison M. Kettering, Editor-in-Chief
Mark Trowbridge, Associate Editor
Dagmar Eichberger, Associate Editor
Jacquelyn Coutré, Associate Editor


New Series from Amsterdam University Press

A forum for innovative research on the role of images and objects in the late medieval and early modern periods, Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700 publishes monographs and essay collections that combine rigorous investigation with critical inquiry to present new narratives on a wide range of topics, from traditional arts to seemingly ordinary things. Recognizing the fluidity of images, objects, and ideas, this series fosters cross-cultural as well as multi-disciplinary exploration. We consider proposals from across the spectrum of analytic approaches and methodologies.

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Or, visit or


Positions, Fellowships

HNA Fellowship 2017-18

We urge members to apply for the 2017-18 Fellowship. Scholars of any nationality who have been HNA members in good standing for at least two years are eligible to apply. The topic of the research project must be within the field of Northern European art ca. 1400-1800. Up to $2,000 may be requested for purposes such as travel to collections or research facilities, purchase of photographs or reproduction rights, or subvention of a publication. Preference will be given to projects nearing completion (such as books under contract). Winners will be notified in February 2015, with funds to be distributed by April. The application should consist of: (1) a short description of project (1-2 pp); (2) budget; (3) list of further funds applied/received for the same project; and (4) current c.v. A selection from a recent publication may be included but is not required. Pre-dissertation applicants must include a letter of recommendation from their advisor.

Applications should be sent, preferably via e-mail, by December 14, 2016, to Paul Crenshaw, Vice-President, Historians of Netherlandish Art. E-mail:; Postal address: Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence RI 02918-0001.


Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art History at Utrecht University

The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint an assistant professor in art history of the early modern period (1400-1800). Affinity with the arts of the Low Countries is preferable as the assistant professor will play an important role in developing the programme of Netherlandish art in its global context. Demonstrable interest in recent developments in global, digital, or technical art history is an added value. The assistant professor will teach on undergraduate and postgraduate levels and be involved in internships and thesis supervision.

Applicants should demonstrate how their research will complement that of existing staff in the Art History group and contribute to the group’s research focus on the arts of the Low Countries in a global context.

The successful candidate will have
Experience in teaching undergraduate students at all levels and a commitment to internships;
A PhD degree in Art History or a related discipline;
Ability to contribute to research-led postgraduate courses and to assist in the recruitment of postgraduate students;
A record (appropriate to career stage) of publications that demonstrate the ability to conduct research which is internationally excellent in significance, originality and rigour;
A realistic medium-term research plan, addressing substantial historical problems and aiming for publications in leading journals, with potential for attracting external research funding;
Readiness to engage with a wider audience and to assist in developing the impact of historical research beyond the university sector;
Ability to play an appropriate role in departmental management and to contribute fully to the academic life of the department.
Candidates are expected to be proficient in both Dutch and English; non-Dutch candidates will need to master the Dutch language on an academic level within two years.

The initial appointment, as from 1 January 2017 at the latest, will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and will range from €3,400 to €4,654 gross per month for a full time position, consistent with the cao (Collective Employment Agreement) scale 11 for Dutch Universities. The position carries an initial 70% teaching load.

Please find a profile description of the Art History group. Enquiries can be made to Thijs Weststeijn ( or Victor Schmidt (


Fulbright-American Friends of the Mauritshuis Award

The purpose of the grant is to provide advanced training, research and educational opportunities in paintings conservation. The grant will focus on the study, examination and treatment of works of art in the collection of the Mauritshuis, in combination with a tailor made study program at the University of Amsterdam. The grantee will gain practical experience and knowledge treating paintings in the conservation studio of the Mauritshuis, under the supervision of the conservators of the museum. The grantee will participate in workshops, (informal) lectures, symposia and other events at the university. During the grant period, research will not only include paintings in the Mauritshuis collection, but also pictures in other Dutch and/or European institutions.


Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize 2016

Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Association
Hôtel de Ville
Enclos Saint-Martin, Rue Saint-Martin
B-7500 Tournai, Belgium

The international non-profit scientific association, Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden hereby calls for nominations for the biennial "Roger de le Pasture / Rogier Van der Weyden Prize" to be awarded at the end of 2016.

This year the prize will reward two Master Theses related to the history of figurative arts in the Southern Netherlands during the Burgundian period (late 14th – early 16th centuries). The first place will be awarded one thousand five hundred euros (1500 €) and the second place will be awarded one thousand euros (1000 €).

The works should be written in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, and must have been defended during the academic years of 2015 or 2016. Candidates will include with their application: a summary of their work as well as the jury results and a recommendation letter from their advisor.

The thesis should be submitted in two copies and should reach the Association before Friday October 7, 2016, proof of postage, and should be sent by regular mail to Mr. Serge Hustache, President of the International scientific association Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden, Cité Georges Point, rue Paul Pastur, 4, B-7500 Tournai, Belgium. Candidates must include their e-mail address with the package for e-mail confirmation of receipt. Copies will not be returned. They will be given to the Association’s collection in the Tournai City Library and, for ten years, they may only be consulted with author’s permission.

The Board of Directors of the Association is competent for any and all problems relating to the prize or for failure to comply with the above regulations. The Board’s decisions are final and no reasons will be given for non-selection.

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Recent laureates of the Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize:

2014 : Rozanne DE BRUIJNE (University of Amsterdam) and Daan VAN HEESCH (KU Leuven), for their Master thesis on the Norfolk triptych, kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen of Rotterdam, and the Sketchbook of Berlin.

2012 : Élodie De Zutter (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), for their Master thesis on a portrait of Philip the Good kept in the St Magdalen Hospital in Ath and Michiel Coxcie’s copies of old masters.

2010 : Dominic Delarue (Universität Heidelberg) and Silvia Caporaletti (Università degli Studi di Padova), for their Master thesis on the Vie de saint Josse, an illuminated manuscript from the Burgundian ducal library and the influence of Flemish art on Giovanni Boccati and Antonio da Fabriano, painters from the Marche region.


Scholar-in-residence at the Dutch University Institute for Art History
in Florence

The Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI)
offers a scholar-in-residency accommodation for a distinguished
researcher in art history to spend time dedicated to his/her projects.
A candidate for this accommodation will have an excellent international
reputation in a field of research that is of relevance to the Institute
(Italian art; artistic relations between Italy and the Low Countries;
Netherlandish art in Italy).
A scholar-in-residence is offered:
- 4 month accommodation in the Dutch University Institute for Art
History in Florence, including standard housing utilities
- Access to the research library and photographic archives

During the period of residency, the scholar will:
- prepare a scholarly publication
- give public lectures at the Institute and/or
- assist with the current teaching activities at the Institute and/or
- participate with the organization of an international conference
- actively participate in the Institute’s scholarly community
- if relevant, create opportunities for collaboration between the
Institute and one’s home university

Applications can be submitted at any time. There is no deadline for
applications. Candidates will indicate the period that they would like
to be in residence.
Application will include:
- a letter of application for the scholar-in-residency
- a proposal for the period of the scholar-in-residency, not to exceed
3 pages
- a CV
- name of editor/publisher of projected publication
- names of 2 colleagues from whom recommendations may be requested

Selection criteria:
- Research topic’s relevancy to the areas of focus promoted by the
- Innovative nature and feasibility of proposed research
- motivation for a residency at the Institute
- Quality and structure work plan
- potential contribution to the teaching activities at the Institute

- Applications must be submitted by email to the director of the Dutch
University Institute for Art History in Florence: prof. dr. Michael W.
- Based on the selection criteria, the Director advises the chair and
two members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute. Together
they form the selection committee.
- The director informs the applicant on the outcome of the selection

Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte, Viale Torricelli
5, 50125 Firenze
Tel. 055.221612 Fax. 055.221106




The Department of Art History of the University of Amsterdam will start a new two-year MA program Arts of the Netherlands, in active collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Mauritshuis, the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and many other museums and cultural and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. The program will commence in September 2016.

Arts of the Netherlands is dedicated to the study of the artistic tradition of the Low Countries from circa 1400-1900 and comprises the fields of Early Netherlandish Art, Dutch and Flemish Art of the Golden Age and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This research driven program will accommodate a maximum of 15 outstanding students per year, who will be selected on the basis of merit. Arts of the Netherlands is committed to an international perspective and will be taught in English. The program is targeted primarily towards students who aspire to an academic or museum career.

The information about the new program and the link to the application page are now online:

The rolling admission process is now open. The application deadline is May 15, 2016, but students are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.

The program will be introduced during an information meeting for students on Thursday, February 18, from 5 to 6 pm, at the P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, in Amsterdam. Applicants can also contact the program coordinator, Prof. dr. Hugo van der Velden, for questions or further information about the curriculum (



The Knowledge of the Curator. New Directions in Art History & Curatorial Practice

University of Groningen, July 17-23, 2016.

Application deadline May 1, 2016.



Mellon MA History of Art Courtauld Institute of Art

Visualizing Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands, c. 1550-1730
Taught by Prof Joanna Woodall and Dr Eric Jorink

The Southern Netherlands and later the Dutch Republic were not only famous for their art production, but at the centre of the fundamental reconfigurations of knowledge that took place in Europe during the early modern period. Cities such as Antwerp, Leiden and later Amsterdam were ‘hubs’ attracting merchants, printers, artists and scholars from all over Europe. Old as well as new models for knowledge were not only debated but also made visible and even made tactile. Moreover, it was in the Dutch Republic that the revolutionary philosophy of René Descartes was conceived and first published. This course will be particularly concerned with the role of visuality and visual materials in these exciting developments.

We shall explore, throughout the course, the fascinating questions of what knowledge was in the early modern period, and how its foundations were shifting. While some artists were engaged in representing the Garden of Eden, the Ark or the Temple on paper and canvas or in wood as a model of knowledge, others became fascinated by the influx of unknown information for the East and West Indies and other parts of the world. Illustrations – schemes, abstractions, or images done after life – played an increasing role in the debate about the New Philosophy. Rembrandt’s Anatomy lesson of Dr Tulp was one of the many paintings in which knowledge was questioned and constructed, as were Vermeer’s Cartographer and Astronomer. Cabinets of curiosities – by far the richest in Europe – were productive sites of knowledge, where words and things were connected, often displaying previously unknown naturalia and artificialia. Another major theme will be the changing relationship between visual materials and the authority with which they were invested. Rather than separating ‘works of art’ from ‘scientific’ illustrations and materials, the course will encompass paintings, drawings and prints by canonical artists alongside, for example, the illustrations to Descartes’ Discours, original drawings by Maria Sibylla Merian and even anatomical preparations.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MAs are Options in which a visiting scholar from another discipline enters into dialogue with a member of the faculty at the Courtauld Institute. They are offered for only one year. Dr. Eric Jorink is an expert on Dutch scientific culture of the early modern era. He is Researcher at the Huygens Institute for Netherlands History (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague and the author of Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715 (Brill 2010; reviewed in this issue of the Newsletter).

Students with a background in art history, history and/or the history of science and ideas are particularly encouraged to apply for this Option. Knowledge of Dutch or a Germanic language, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.
We are accepting applications to this MA Special Option on a rolling basis.
Academic Registry The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 0RN UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2635 / 2645 Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2410 Email:



Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an International Perspective

Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) offers a new Master's specialisation in Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an International Perspective. This comprehensive, one-year programme explores the history of painting and sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts of the Netherlands from the Late Middle Ages to the present. Taught in English, it gives students from different countries the opportunity to specialise in one of the most fascinating fields in art history.

Prospective students will need a Bachelor's degree in Art History or Cultural Studies, or at least 45 EC points (or equivalent) in art history courses. In all other cases, portfolio and motivation will determine whether the candidate meets the programme requirements. In addition, students will need adequate English language skills.

For more information, visit our website, or contact us at Radboud University's Student Information Desk (T: +31 (0)24 361 2345; E:





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