Conferences, Journals, Fellowships
Call for Papers
Art and the Protestant Reformation
SECAC, Columbus, Ohio, October 25-28, 2017.
Sponsored by the Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses against indulgences to the doors of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg. 2017 marks the half-millennial anniversary of this event that arguably sparked the spilt in western Christianity known as the Protestant Reformation. For most Reformers, text was privileged over religious images, and iconoclastic fervor led to the tragic destruction of vast numbers of religious art works. Yet Luther recognized that images could work with his beliefs: "If it is not a sin but good to have the image of Christ in my heart, why should it be a sin to have it in my eyes?" His friend Lucas Cranach and others created new art in support of the new faith. This session invites papers on any aspect of Reformation art or on the effects of the Reformation on art, from destruction to creativity, whether propaganda, new altarpieces and religious works supporting or opposing the new faith, or secular art. Although this session focuses particularly on Protestant art of the sixteenth-century, papers considering Counter-Reformation art or the effects of the Reformation on art of later centuries will be considered.
Information is available at http://www.secacart.org/conference
Call for papers: https://secac.memberclicks.net/assets/documents/secac/conference/secac-2017-call-for-papers.pdf
Paper proposal form: https://secac.memberclicks.net/2017-call-for-papers%23/#/
(Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words Deadline: April 20, 2017.)
Session Chair: Vida Hull, East Tennessee State University
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
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
- a CV
- name of editor/publisher of projected publication
- names of 2 colleagues from whom recommendations may be requested
- 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
Journals and Book Series
Call for Proposals
Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (JHNA)
The Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (www.jhna.org) announces its next submission deadline, August 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 August 1, 2017.
Alison M. Kettering, Editor-in-Chief
Mark Trowbridge, Associate Editor
Dagmar Eichberger, Associate Editor
Jacquelyn Coutré, Associate Editor
Coordinates: Digital Mapping and 18th C Visual, Material, and Built Cultures
Art history’s digital turn has been stimulated by the possibilities of spatial research. Spurred by the collection, preservation, and distribution of art historical data in digital space—practices that have both collapsed and expanded our own discursive geographies—scholars have exploited the potential of geospatial analysis for art historical study. These new methods are particularly promising for the study of the early modern world, which has been fruitfully understood through the prisms of connections and exchanges that crossed world regions and defied the boundaries drawn on static maps. Digital mapping platforms and applications like CartoDB, Neatline, ArcGIS, Leaflet, and MapBox have made it possible, for example, to visualize the movement of people, such as artists, through temporal and geographic space, thus allowing us to reimagine personal and material contacts in tangible ways. Moreover, the dynamic lives of mobile and fungible objects can be displayed in extended and often circuitous trajectories, thus encouraging the kind of nonlinear visual analysis that is foundational to the practice of art history. Georectification tools have further facilitated the reconciliation of historical figurations of space with contemporary visualizations, which allows competing spatial narratives to coexist productively in a digital realm, while also challenging the magisterial view offered by modern cartography.
In this issue of Journal18, we seek to feature current scholarship that relies on the analytical power provided by digital mapping interfaces for the study of visual, material, and built cultures during the long eighteenth century. How do digital humanities methods and tools shape our understanding of space and place in the early modern period? What impact might digital mapping have on our historical investigations of people, objects, and their environments? Submissions may take the form of an article (up to 6000 words) or a project presented through a digital platform that takes full advantage of Journal18’s online format. We also welcome proposals for shorter vignettes (around 2,500 words) that reflect on projects in progress or consider the potential for particular mapping methodologies for eighteenth-century art history.
Carrie Anderson, Middlebury College
Nancy Um, Binghamton University
Proposals for issue #5 Coordinates are now being accepted. Deadline for proposals: April 1, 2017.
To submit a proposal, send an abstract (200 words) and a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Articles should not exceed 6000 words (including footnotes) and will be due on November 1, 2017. For further details on the submission process see http://www.journal18.org/info/.
Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC)
In the spring of 2017, Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) will publish
its first issue. This new open access journal will appear in two
installments every year, containing high-quality, original scholarship
for an international readership on any aspect of the history and
culture of the Low Countries between 1500 and 1800. The successor of
two well-reputed Dutch-language journals (De Zeventiende Eeuw and De
Achttiende Eeuw) EMLC aspires to publish papers by scholars from
various disciplinary backgrounds working anywhere in the world.
During the early modern period, the Low Countries were major players on
the world stage, and a hotbed of momentous cultural, economic,
philosophical, religious and political changes and innovations. Flemish
and Dutch artists, authors, and scholars made influential contributions
to international cultural movements and the Scientific Revolution. As
an international hub, the Low Countries connected cultures and networks
from around the globe. They were both the recipients and place of
origin of numerous migrants, and merchants and entrepreneurs from these
parts dominated world trade. Partly as a result of this, consumers in
the urbanized Low Countries were among the first to embrace non-Western
products. EMLC aspires to contribute to the study of this crucial
region from multidisciplinary perspectives and within global contexts.
The editors invite scholars working in this field to submit a paper of
6-8,000 words. Both case studies and theoretical or programmatic
articles will be considered for publication. EMLC publishes all
articles in Open Access, allowing authors to retain their rights and
distribute their articles as they please. All articles will be
rigorously peer-reviewed and edited. We do not charge Article
Processing Fees (APCs).
EMLC will also publish reviews and notifications of recent books on the
early modern Low Countries. If you have a suggestion for a book to
review or if you are interested to become a book reviewer please
contact Julia van Marissing (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EMLC is an initiative of the Study Group Seventeenth Century (founded
in 1985) and the Dutch-Belgian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
(founded in 1968), which both aim to stimulate interdisciplinary
research on the cultural heritage of the early modern Low Countries and
to promote contacts between researchers from different disciplines.
EMLC has an ongoing submission policy. Please send your manuscript as a
Word Document to Tiffany Bousard (email@example.com). The
EMLC website will be launched in 2017. Author guidelines can currently
be found here: https://achttiendeeeuw.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
Tiffany Bousard (Leiden University, editorial office)
Brecht Deseure (Free University Brussels / University of Passau)
Feike Dietz (Utrecht University)
Helmer Helmers (University of Amsterdam)
Elmer Kolfin (University of Amsterdam)
Joris Oddens (Leiden University)
Maarten Prak (Utrecht University, chair)
Anjana Singh (Groningen University)
Violet Soen (University of Leuven)
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 Erika.Gaffney@arc-humanities.org. Or, visit https://www.facebook.com/VMCseries/?ref=br_rs or http://en.aup.nl/series/visual-and-material-culture-1300-1700.
We are pleased to announce that subscriptions for the Arezzo Summer Course on:
Master&Pupil. Art and Music in Italian Print Collections, 16°-18° centuries,
organized by the Arezzo Centro Studi Art in Tuscany and the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno Florence, IT, are now open.
The course will focus not only on workshop practice, with special attention on use of original and reproduction prints, copies, etc. but also on collections of prints related to artists, musicians, scholars, art/music academies etc.
The course will take place in the beautiful medieval city of Arezzo, at the Fraternity dei Laici Museum in collaboration with the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno di Firenze (a certificate of attendance is granted) with field trips to Florence and Rome.
As part of the year’s cultural initiatives, the Centro Studi Art in Tuscany Residence and the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno di Firenze have created a summer course which will focus on print collecting in Italy. Internationally renowned specialists will guide you through the world of Renaissance and Baroque prints and the most important collections in Florence, Rome, Arezzo and Venice. Among them Cristina Acidini, President of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno di Firenze (formerly Soprintendenteof the Polo Museale Fiorentino), a specialist in the works of Michelangelo and the Zuccari; Lisa Pon (Raphael, Dürer and Marcantonio Raimondi); Anna Bianco (RKD); Gert Jan van der Sman, a distinguished expert in Venetian prints of the 15th and 16thcenturies (Print and Printmaking in Venice); Giorgio Marini (Curator at the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi and member of the editorial board of Print Quarterly); Rick Scorza, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno di Firenze (formerly Warburg Institute and Morgan Library & Museum), outstanding expert on Vincenzo Borghini and Giorgio Vasari; and the Director of the Summer Course Program Alessandra Baroni Vannucci, specialist in the works of Stradanus and the print culture of the Medici.
Please see for more info and deadline applications:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutch language-course in June 2017 at Columbia University for Graduate Students (tuition-free)
Applications are invited for a month-long course in modern Dutch, early modern Dutch/paleography, and archives in the Netherlands, each section of which can be taken separately. The course is free-of-charge. Funding has been provided through the Queen Wilhelmina Professorship at Columbia University and by the University of Amsterdam.
The course has three distinct sections, and students may apply to any or all of the three. A single letter of application will suffice for any section(s) of the course, but applicants should be sure to include the appropriate supporting materials for the particular section(s) of the course to which application is being made.
APPLICATIONS FOR ALL SESSIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017.
- two weeks of Modern Dutch for Reading Knowledge [(Week I & II (5/30 - 6/2 & 6/5 - 6/8)]
- one week of 17th-century Dutch/paleography [(Week III (6/12 -6 /15)]
- one week archival workshop in Amsterdam [(Week IV (6/19 - 6/22)]
(All weeks run from Mondays through Thursdays, except for Week I, which runs from Tuesday through Friday - Memorial Day is Monday 5/29)
Descriptions of the courses and requirements for admission to each section
Week I & II: Modern Dutch for Reading Knowledge
This section will cover reading skills, grammar and vocabulary in modern Dutch.
Open to all students with the equivalent of 2 semesters or more of Dutch at the university level. Students must submit transcripts showing their successful completion of required coursework or other evidence of competence in the language. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a PhD program.
Students who are unsure if their level of Dutch is satisfactory should contact Ms. de Groot to arrange an evaluation (email@example.com).
Week III: 17th-century Dutch texts/paleography workshop
The workshop will cover reading strategies of 17th-century printed and handwritten texts.
Open to all students with the equivalent of 3 semesters or more of Dutch or 2 full years of German at the university level. Students must submit transcripts showing their successful completion of required coursework, or other evidence of competence in the language. In addition, students should submit a letter of application explaining their reason for registration. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a PhD program.
Week IV: Archival workshop in Amsterdam
This workshop (in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam) will take place in the Netherlands and will introduce students to archives in Amsterdam and to the kinds of sources available there and in other archives or libraries in the Netherlands. Space for this week is limited and highly competitive. Preference will be given to PhD candidates who are ready to start dissertation research.
For this section of the course, local travel expenses will be covered, but participants need to find and pay for their own lodging. Some meals may be covered as well. Email Wijnie de Groot at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information, and suggestions for affordable lodging.
Applicants for the Amsterdam portion of the course must
- have completed MA thesis and first-year of graduate work at the Phd level
- be enrolled in a PhD program
- must be at or close to the stage of planning the dissertation research and have a good idea of the kinds of sources that will be necessary
- submit a letter of support from advisor or principal faculty member: the letter should endorse the usefulness of the trip and the archival experience, in the expectation that it will lead to archival work for the thesis.
- submit a letter of purpose: it should explain how the training will advance their ongoing or planned research for a doctoral thesis.
- show evidence of competence in reading skills in modern Dutch. To do so, applicants must pass a written language test or provide a letter from an instructor of Dutch at the university level attesting to adequate reading skills. Please contact Wijnie de Groot to schedule a language test.
All applications, along with supporting documents, should be emailed to Wijnie de Groot
at email@example.com. They are due February 27, 2017.
Inquiries should also be directed to Ms. de Groot at that 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 www.ru.nl/masters/naa, or contact us at Radboud University's Student Information Desk (T: +31 (0)24 361 2345; E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Renewed Research Master’s programme: Art History of the Low Countries at Utrecht University
Utrecht University has run an English-language Research Master’s programme in Art History of the Low Countries since 2004. Working closely with major museums in and outside of the Netherlands, the programme addresses Dutch and Flemish art from the Middle Ages to the present day and in an international context.
Teaching is strictly research-based, which means that course topics relate to ongoing research projects, participants engage in hands-on and on-site research, and they are coached in understanding and writing research proposals. As of 2017, the programme has been realigned along three core interests that tie into recent scholarly trends: Global Art History, Technical Art History, and Digital Art History. At the same time, students are encouraged to pursue individual interests in tailored tutorials and internships. Five new staff members (Marjolijn Bol, Sven Dupré, Sjoukje van der Meulen, Sarah Moran, and Thijs Weststeijn) have been hired to further develop this programme.
Student admission is on the basis of previous results, a letter of motivation, and a preliminary study plan. Registration is open until April 1st (non-EU students) or June 1st (EU students).
For more information please visit the website (www.uu.nl/masters/art-history) or contact programme coordinator Dr. Victor Schmidt (email@example.com).