CfP International Medieval Congress 2019 in Leeds

Die beiden FEMBI Mitglieder Stefanie Schildt und Daniel Brown planen ein Panel bzw. mehrere Panels zu Themen der Materialität und der material culture für den IMC im kommenden Jahr in Leeds anzubieten. Der CfP kann unter folgendem Link heruntergeladen werden:


Vorschläge mit einer Länge von max. 250 Wörtern können bis spätestens am 20. August 2018 bei und eingereicht werden.


CFP: Exchange and Entanglement: Early Medieval Objects and the Insular World

This is a CFP for session 6a at the IV. FORUM KUNST DES MITTELALTERS / FORUM MEDIEVAL ART 360° – Verortung, Entgrenzung, Globalisierung in Berlin & Brandenburg 20.-23.09.2017, session organisers are Catherine Karkov (Leeds) and Tina Bawden (Berlin). Deadline for proposals in English or German: 31st October 2016, for further information see

On account of the historical and geographical position of the British Isles, exchange has always been a fruitful topic for Insular art history. It is one that even lies at the heart of some definitions of “Insular art”, which can highlight elements common to the art of the Picts, Scots, Irish, Britons and Anglo-Saxons. It is also central to the relationship between the Insular world and Rome, connected to each other by networks of communication that spanned the Continent. While the topic of exchange has been addressed explicitly since at least the 1940s, methods and approaches have remained largely the same to the present day. The majority of historical studies are focused on topics such as sources, or patrons, or pilgrimage, collecting data on direct links and contacts, or they employ a comparative perspective, examining parallel developments, similarities and differences. For art historical studies questions of style, iconography, form, and influence remain paramount. In acknowledging and building upon the importance of exchange for the Insular world, this session at the same time seeks to expand our ways of conceiving of and studying issues of exchange. Rather than speaking generally of cultural exchange or specifically of artistic exchange, we wish to tackle exchanges on spatial, temporal and material levels, enabling new perspectives on the term and its limits. The three focus areas – place, time and object/thing – and their entanglements may provide starting-points for a reappraisal of exchange both in terms of what it allows us to study and how it allows us to study it. Recent developments in diffraction (or quantum) theory, object oriented ontologies, and ecocriticism, for example, offer some ways of recuperating the complexity and non-linearity, the depth and entanglement of exchange in the early Middle Ages.

We invite papers to address one or several of the following aspects, or related issues: – Networks of exchange in which objects or places are not strictly independent entities and must be understood as a single whole (e.g. complexities of a “North Sea” or a “Channel” culture instead of comparative “Britain and the Continent”; sea and channel as parts of place, or as active participants in the creation of place and practices of exchange; collections of objects – hoards, libraries etc. – as contingent networks constituting fossilised movement or exchange) – Temporal entanglement, the reworking of the past in the present or the present in the past as dimension of exchange (contexts of recycling or translation; e.g. manuscripts as temporally specific sites of exchange) – Conceiving of things as active subjects that might generate or enact exchange

While our session starts with issues of exchange in relation to Insular art, it thus seeks to challenge the boundaries this traditionally implies for areas of early medieval art history, both in terms of the places of artworks and in methodological terms. Our aim of theorizing exchange means, of course, that the resulting methodological questions may also be asked of further fields of (art) historical inquiry. We invite papers that contribute to a discussion of the notion of exchange by making transparent their methodology and approach. Papers can be case studies of individual objects or networks of objects from or illuminating to the study of the Insular world. Please send your proposals to:, or directly to the session organisers.

Tagung: 1066 – Die britischen Inseln vor, während und nach der normannischen Eroberung

Das Forschungsportal Englisches Mittelalter und britische Inseln lädt zu seiner ersten Tagung mit dem Thema »1066 – die britischen Inseln vor, während und nach der normannischen Eroberung« am 6. und 7. Oktober 2016 in Köln ein.

Das Plakat und das Programm der Tagung sowie weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltungen finden Sie auf der Webseite des Historischen Instituts der Universität zu Köln unter diesem Link.

Stellenangebot: Departmental Lecturer in Old and Early Middle English Literature

Departmental Lecturer in Old and Early Middle English Literature
Faculty of English Language and Literature, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £30,738 – £37,768 p.a.
A 5-year fixed-term research and teaching appointment in Old and Early Middle English Literature (650-1350) is available for an outstanding academic at an early stage of their career. The purpose of the post is to cover the teaching of Professor Andy Orchard, the Rawlinson and Bosworth Chair in English Literature, who will be taking partial research leave while he holds an ERC Advanced Grant. It is anticipated that the appointee will take up the post on 1 October 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The postholder will be expected to provide up to 36 hours of Faculty lectures or classes per on topics within the period 650-1300. Within this, the main focus of the Departmental Lecturer’s teaching responsibilities will be defined by the needs of the wider period group, but it is expected that they will include undergraduate lectures or classes on Old and Early Middle English topics and contributions to teaching on the MSt in English Literature (650-1550 Strand) and MPhil in English Studies. S/he will also be expected to offer up to 6 hours per week of undergraduate tutorial teaching for colleges, to undertake dissertation supervision and examining, to assist with admissions for the MSt, and to pursue independent research in the area of Old and Early Middle English literature.

The successful candidate should have a research and publication record in Old and Early Middle English Literature, and must possess a doctorate in an appropriate area. S/he must also have experience of undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Applications should include a CV and supporting statement. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be asked to submit a sample of written work in advance of the interviews, and will be requested to give a short presentation as part of the assessment process. Two references will be sought for shortlisted candidates.

Applications should be made online by 12.00 noon on Thursday 11 August 2016. Interviews will be held in Oxford on Friday 2 September 2016.

For further details see