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July-October 2016

Tuesday 29 November 2016

From 1 September, Dr Karen Brown will be the coordinator of a new, 2.4 million euro Horizon2020 project on the topic of ‘EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean’. Over 48 months, EU-LAC-MUSEUMS will research small to medium-sized rural museums and their communities in the EU and LAC regions, and develop associated history and theory. Divided into eight work packages, we will work with universities, museums, and policy makers in France, Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru and the West Indies. Major deliverables will include publications on museums and social sustainability, an EU-LAC youth exchange between eco and community museums on the Isle of Skye and Costa Rica, 3D scans of ‘community icons’ facilitated by Open Virtual Worlds, a Virtual Museum of Women’s Migration Histories, and an international touring exhibition on Contemporary Caribbean Art and Migration, co-curated between the University of St Andrews and the University of the West Indies.

This summer in Milan, Karen presented EU-LAC-MUSEUMS to the Advisory of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). She was also re-elected to the Board of ICOM-Europe, and elected to the Board of ICOM’s museology group, ICOFOM.

Dr Natalie Adamson has published a special issue of Art History (39/4 September 2016) entitled Material Imagination: Art in Europe, 1946–72. Co-edited by Steven Harris (University of Alberta), the issue contains a joint-authored introduction (Material Imagination: Art in Europe, 1946–72 (pages 640–653)) and Natalie’s article Black Flowers Blossom: Bachelard, Soulages and the Material Imaginary of Abstract Painting (pages 654–675) plus articles by seven other scholars. For the full issue, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ahis.2016.39.issue-4/issuetoc

Dr Elsje van Kessel co-organised, with Bram van Leuveren (St Andrews) and Andrew Horn (Edinburgh), a panel at the Society of Renaissance Studies conference in Glasgow, 18-20 July: 'Word and Image, Performance and Time: the Early Modern Spectacle'. She also gave a paper in this panel: '”Words for pictures”: text in temporary art exhibitions of the long Renaissance’.

On Friday, 30 September, 6-7 pm Dr Laura Moretti and Dr Linda Borean (Università degli Studi di Udine) will give a public lecture at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh) entitled “Two Generations of Artists in Scottish Collections: Battista and Giacomo Franco: Draughtsmen, Illustrators and Publishers in the Context of Renaissance Venice”. Details available here. The event is part of a research project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Dr Sam Rose is giving invited talks on 'Global Post-Impressionism' at the University of California at Berkeley (1 September), the University of East Anglia (17 October), and the University of Cambridge (late November). He has also joined the Executive Steering Committee of the British Association of Modernist Studies (www.bams.ac.uk).

Dr Kathryn M. Rudy (Kate) published an article titled ‘Adding Images to the Book as an Afterthought’ in Reactions: Medieval/Modern (University of Pennsylvania), a catalogue edited by Dot Porter and produced in conjunction with an exhibition of Philadelphia-area manuscripts. 

She will give several invited lectures this term: 6 September at Rice University; 8 September at the University of Arkansas; 28 October as Keynote speaker at the Radboud University, Nijmegen; 5 November at a conference on medieval manuscripts in Boston; and 9 November at the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen.

Kate has signed a contract with Getty Publications for her next book, provisionally titled Touching Skin: Why Medieval Users Rubbed, Touched, and Kissed Their Manuscripts. The contract includes a grant of up to $15,000 to pay for images and copyright fees. The book should appear in 2018.

Kate is a member of the organizing committee for the international conference ‘Opera omnia and authority: Single author anthologies and the emergence of authorship’, hosted by the Department of Dutch Literature of Ghent University on 22-23 September 2016. Scholars will discuss the relationship between the emergence of authorial oeuvres in vernacular, medieval literature and the concepts of authorship and authority.

Papers relating to a session Dr Catherine Spencer co-chaired at the Association of Art Historians Conference 2015 with Amy Tobin (York) and Dr Harry Weeks (Edinburgh) were published in issue 25 of Tate Papers on the theme ‘mediating collaboration’: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/25

This summer our newest member of staff, Dr Ilse Sturkenboom,participated in two conferences: the Twelfth Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society, 30 June–3 July 2016, at the Technical University Berlin; and the Eleventh Biennial Iranian Studies Conference, 2–5 August 2016, University of Vienna. In Berlin Ilse presented the paper ‘The Bāysunġur-Handschrift: The Myth and the Manuscript’ and chaired the session ‘Architecture and Architects’. At the Iranian Studies Conference she presented ‘The Visual Aesthetics of the Persian Qaṣīda in Anthologies Produced for Iskandar b. “Umar Shaykh”’ and functioned as chair and discussant of the session ‘Gendered Counternarratives of Representation in Qajar Society’.