Sculptured stones as transgressive objects. Call for papers EAA 2017.

Anouk Busset and Adrián Maldonado are organizing a highly interesting session, “Sculptured stones as transgressive objects: carving liminality in early medieval north-western Europe”, at the EAA-conference in Maastricht. Call for papers is now open: http://www.eaa2017maastricht.nl

Please have a look at session #423.

Sculptured stones as transgressive objects: carving liminality in early medieval north-western Europe

Content:This session will discuss the role of early medieval carved stones as embodiments of liminality in north-western Europe (British Isles and Scandinavia). Carved stones are strongly associated with territorial boundaries, bridges, or entrances. But beyond demarcating the limit of a religious or secular estate or the passage between lay and consecrated ground, they can also be nodal places in their own right, where the mundane meets the supernatural, habitation meets wilderness, or the living meet the dead. We can go further and argue that sculptured stones can be seen as transgressive by their very nature, between natural rock and shaped stone. In many cases, the stone is itself consecrated, especially when marked by the sign of the cross, becoming neither natural nor handmade, but imbued with the supernatural. Stones can be skeumorphic, representing other materials such as wood and metal which play with or even reject the materiality of the physical object. This transitional essence may also be contained in the imagery or inscriptions carved or incised on the stone, as representations of distant places, ancient myths or names of the absent dead, embodying distant places, people and times. In this sense, carved stones can be seen as transgressive of place, time and substance. We invite papers which challenge a functionalist perspective on carved stones in early medieval north-western Europe and pose new questions on the lived experience of sculpture.

Keywords:sculptured stones northwestern Europe Christianity

Main organiser:Anouk Busset (Switzerland)
Co-organisers:Adrián Maldonado (United Kingdom)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers
8th International Insular Art Conference
Glasgow and Edinburgh, 10-14 July 2017

8mh Co-labhairt Eadar-Nàiseanta Ealain Èireann agus Bhreatainn
nam Meadhan-Aoisean Tràtha
Glaschu agus Dùn Èideann, 10-14 an t-Iuchar 2017

Peopling Insular Art: Practice, Performance, Perception

The International Insular Art Conference, which convenes approximately every four years, is the established forum for international scholars of the visual and material culture (e.g. manuscript illumination, sculpture, metalwork, textiles, etc.) of early medieval Ireland and Britain. The 8th Conference will be based in Glasgow with additional events in Edinburgh. There will be an optional day trip to see Pictish sculpture and, providing there is sufficient interest, a further optional excursion to Iona. Additionally, we are launching mentoring workshops and sessions at this conference, for academics and professionals at all stages of their career, from postgraduate onwards.

We welcome contributions which discuss any aspect of the visual and material culture of Ireland and Britain in any medium in the period c.400-1100. Papers which consider the antecedents of Insular art, or its reception in later periods, including the Celtic Revival will also be considered provided there is a clear link to the Early Medieval period. Similarly, papers which compare Insular material to the art of Continental Europe or Scandinavia are encouraged, as are papers which consider the conservation and heritage management of early medieval art objects. In another new departure IIAC8 welcomes posters which will be displayed for the duration of the conference.

The theme of the 8th IIAC takes its inspiration from Glasgow City’s slogan ‘People make Glasgow’ and is intended to direct focus on the those who commissioned, created and engaged with Insular art objects, and how they conceptualised, fashioned and experienced them. Speakers are encouraged to address the conference theme, but this is not a requirement. In addition, the conference will include two themed sessions to which contributions are also invited: (1) Iona (2) Digital Humanities: Reception, Use and Engagement

If you wish to propose either a paper (20 mins) or poster please complete the attached abstract form and send to arts-iiac(a)glasgow.ac.uk no later than December 12, 2016. Proposals should be accompanied by an image relevant to your topic for inclusion in the
abstract booklet issued to delegates.

We look forward to hearing from you.
The Conference Organisers
Katherine Forsyth, Heather Pulliam, Cynthia Thickpenny (Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh)

Save the Date: The 8th International Insular Art Conference

The International Insular Art Conference series is the established forum for international scholars of the visual and material culture (e.g. manuscript illumination, sculpture, metalwork, textiles, etc.) of early medieval Ireland and Britain.

The Conference convenes approximately every four years. The 8th International Insular Art Conference will be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh, 10-14 July 2017, with optional day trip to see Pictish sculpture and, providing there is sufficient interest, a further optional excursion to Iona. More details and cfp will be sent out in the very near future, but please save the date!

Conference Organisers: Katherine Forsyth (Katherine.Forsyth(a)glasgow.ac.uk), Heather Pulliam (h.pulliam(a)ed.ac.uk) and Cynthia Thickpenny (c.thickpenny.1(a)research.gla.ac.uk)

Pictish Studies at the University of Glasgow in honour of Dr Isabel Henderson

Glasgow University’s Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies—Ionad Eòlas na h-Alba is na Ceiltis—warmly invites you to attend a day conference celebrating:

Pictish Studies at the University of Glasgow in honour of Dr Isabel Henderson on the occasion of her 80th Birthday

Friday 7 June 2013  10.15am – 5.30pm

Boyd Orr Building (Lecture theatre 222) University Avenue, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Featuring current staff and post-graduate students: Adrian Maldonado, Dauvit Broun, Ewan Campbell, Guto Rhys, Katherine Forsyth, Simon Taylor, Cynthia Thickpenny, Stephen Driscoll, Thomas Clancy

Registration is free but booking is essential for catering arrangements

Register on-line: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6559478577

Further details from:  Michelle Nicholl, School of Humanities

michelle.nichol(a)glasgow.ac.uk   Tel: 0141-330-5690
or from the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies web-site

To commemorate the occasion, you are invited to contribution to a fund in Dr Henderson’s name to support students and younger scholars in Pictish Studies and related fields to participate in the XVth International Congress of Celtic Studies, Glasgow 2015.

Donations may be made on the day (cash or cheques to ‘Glasgow University Trust’) or via the Development and Alumni Office (Attn. Bicola Barratt-Crane), University of Glasgow, 3 The Square, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Please complete a copy of the attached donation form which will enable us to benefit from Gift Aid.