Conferences, Journals, Fellowships

Call for Papers


Lessons in Art. Art, Education, and Modes of Instruction since 1400.
NKJ (Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art) 68, 2018

Deadline: December 8, 2016

With his 1692 treatise The Big World Painted Small, Willem Beurs
published the first manual on how to paint with oil and dedicated it to
his four female pupils. Apart from describing how to paint, the manual
touches upon recent scientific developments in biology and physics and
references Greek and Chinese art, thus suggesting that Beurs expected
his readership to perceive painting as part of a wider cultural
framework. The treatise opened up the secluded transfer of specialized
artistic knowledge, made it available to a wider crowd and anticipated
eighteenth-century’s strategies of public instruction and education;
including Dutch adaptions of Diderot’s Encyclopédie.

As a consequence of the recent focus on objects and materials, current
art historical discourses now turn to investigate the mediation of
knowledge between things and humans, putting education forth as an
important and understudied research subject in the discipline. This NKJ
volume aims to investigate the relation between the visual arts
(painting, drawing, applied arts, architecture, sculpture, photography)
and education by employing a twofold approach:
On the one hand it asks how the visual arts were taught: to whom
(i.e. to experts, amateurs, women, children), why (skill, general
development, entertainment, literacy, religious and/or scientific and
medical education) and how (i.e. in classes, hands-on, through manuals,
illustrations, models, photographs, radio, television)?
On the other hand it investigates how the visual arts themselves
were employed in education and through which processes and media they
became effective. How were paintings, drawings, calligraphy, prints,
models, photographs etc. used in scientific and professional training?
How did the visual arts actively participate in the emerging culture of
education and informed educational reforms to move from a text-based
culture to the inclusion of images and objects?
This volume wants to trace these developments in the Netherlands
and in Netherlandish art over a long timespan.

Subjects can include (but are not limited to):
drawing classes, emergence of the academies, anatomy teaching;
art manuals and art history for amateurs and art lovers;
teaching applied arts and architecture;
teaching material knowledge and acquiring material literacy;
iconographies of teaching and learning in the visual arts;
teaching with pictures, objects, cabinets, models, photo, film;
illustrations of educational works, publishers of art education;
educational ideals and religious thought;
images and art in religious education (i.e. the book of nature);
reception of educational reform movements (e.g. Comenius, Pestalozzi,
Fröbel, Montessori, Bauhaus);
art history curricula at the universities, art education in museums;

The NKJ is dedicated to a particular theme each year and promotes
innovative scholarship and articles that employ a diversity of
approaches to the study of Netherlandish art in its wider context. For
more information, see

Contributions to the NKJ (in Dutch, English, German or French) are
limited to a maximum of 7,500 words, excluding notes and bibliography.
Following a peer review process and receipt of the complete text, the
editorial board will make final decisions on the acceptance of papers.

Please send 500-word proposals and a short CV to all three
volume-editors by December 8, 2016.

Eric Jorink:
Ann-Sophie Lehmann:
Bart Ramakers:

8 December 2016: Deadline for submission of proposals.
January 2017: Notifications about proposals.
15 June 2017: Deadline for submission of first drafts.
August 2017: Comments to contributors.
December 2017: Final drafts.
Spring 2018: Copy-editing, print proofs for correction.
Winter 2018: Publication.


Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (JHNA)

The Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art ( announces its next submission deadline, March 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 March 1, 2016.

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


Positions, Fellowships

Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Low Countries

International Summer Course on Flemish Art

Museum M, Leuven, June 18-27, 2017

Several Flemish research centres, universities and art museums
collaboratively organise the third edition of the Summer Course for the
Study of the Arts in Flanders in the summer of 2017. After the success of
the two previous editions with a focus on Jan van Eyck and Peter Paul
Rubens, this edition zooms in on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance
Sculpture. The target group for the course are master and PhD-students
in (art) history and junior curators from all over the world.

The aim of the Summer Course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a group of 18 select
national and international, highly qualified young researchers and to present them
with an intensive 11-day program of lectures, discussions, and on-site visits. The
theme varies annually and focuses each year on a different art-historical period. The
aim is to provide the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections
from the period at hand, as well as into the available and most suited research
methods, the state of the research and the research needs. After the course the
students will be ambassadors for the Flemish arts abroad.

The third edition of the summer course is titled Medieval and Renaissance
Sculpture in the Low Countries and will take place from June 18 through June
28, 2017. It is coordinated by Museum M – Leuven and the Flemish Art
Collection. Excursions will be made to Leuven, Mechelen, Bruges,
Antwerp, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Aachen, Liège, Zoutleeuw and
Brussels. The language of the Summer Course will be English.

Candidates have earned an MA or are enrolled in a PhD programme, with a focus on
Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Sculpture. Candidates are at the start of their
professional career.

Thanks to the generous support of the Flemish Government the participation fee of the Summer Course is now set at €900 per person. The fee includes the full 11- day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all entry tickets, 2 receptions, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. Not included in the participation fee is the transportation to and from Belgium.

Four grants in total will be awarded. Thanks to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation's History of Art Grants Program 2 US students and citizens are offered a grant that will fully cover the programme fee and round trip flights between Belgium and the US.

The organisers of the Summer Course together with the Flemish Government have made available 2 grants of €450 each. The recipients of the grant will pay a reduced participation fee of €450 instead of the regular fee.

Apply now through November 30, 2016.

Mail to

The Summer Course is a joint initiative of Museum M - Leuven, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, the University of Ghent, the Catholic University of Leuven, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Rubenianum and the Flemish Art Collection. The structural content partner for this edition is the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.


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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.




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


Rubenianum Fellowship 2017-2018

One year research fellowship at the Rubenianum, Antwerp, for doctoral or post-doctoral candidates.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must either be registered in a graduate programme towards a PhD or equivalent degree in the United States, or hold a PhD in Art History. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30. The Fellow must reside in Belgium during the tenure of his or her fellowship.

Application forms can be downloaded from the BAEF website at In addition to a completed application form, applicants must furnish:

1. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

2. A complete curriculum vitae

3. A three page research proposal, outlining how your study will take advantage of the resources available

4. A copy of a published paper or a recent writing sample

5. Three letters of recommendation

Completed applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship must be submitted as electronic documents in pdf format attached to an email sent not later than October 31, 2016 to Prof. Dr. Emile Boulpaep, President of the BAEF.

Applications will be reviewed by the BAEF Selection Comittee. The selected applicant will be notified by May 1, 2017. The Fellow could start at the Rubenianum any time from September until end of December 2017.

For additional information contact Véronique Van de Kerckhof at the Rubenianum,, +32 3 201 15 77


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, March 1, 2017. 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 March 1, 2017.

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





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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