Posts Tagged ‘Leeds International Medieval Congress’

“A Leper with a Bell,” vellum, English School (15th century). British Library, London, United Kingdom.

Leper with a bell (f.127, Pontifical; Tabula, MS Lansdowne 451, England; 1st quarter of the 15th century, British Library “A Leper with a Bell,” vellum, English School (15th century). British Library, London, United Kingdom.

Disclaimer: this is not my way of breaking the news that the blog, or my health, is taking a dramatic new direction. I am emphatically not the Victorian Leper. (more…)


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I’ve just about managed to move forward into the 21st century – the opportunity to revel in Wimbledon without thinking that I should be rushing off to hear conference papers has been decidedly helpful in that regard – following a wonderful week in Leeds at my first ever International Medieval Congress. That said, I now have weeks of blog material for Medieval Mondays, as well as years of research material, just out of that one week. As an introduction to those weeks of blogging, today’s post contains my initial thoughts on the conference and on what I could do to be better prepared for next year’s extravaganza. (more…)

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Walter Crane as Cimabue, by Sir Emery Walker (whole-plate glass negative, 1897?), at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Walter Crane as Cimabue, by Sir Emery Walker (whole-plate glass negative, 1897?), at the National Portrait Gallery, London

It is decidedly difficult to write a post about something – anything! – in the Victorian line, following a week immersed in all things medieval. Today is the final day of the International Medieval Congress of 2013 at Leeds University; the conference proper ended yesterday, but I’ve stayed on to attend a “professional career development workshop” (sounds terribly serious, but it’s unlikely to stay that way, or I don’t know my medievalist tribe). The workshop is called:‘Ad Futuram Rei Memoriam’: Using Ecclesiastical Sources – Papal and (Archi-)Episcopal Registers in Research and Teaching. Immediately thereafter, I am homeward bound (not wishing I were).

To ease myself gradually back into a more modern time frame – Victorian is often as modern as I’m willing to go – today’s blogpost is a blend of the medieval and the Victorian, i.e. Victorian medievalism. Although now I’m wondering about how Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones would fair at the IMC; perhaps it’s time to add a creative writing day to the blogging schedule? (more…)

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The official mascot of IMC 2013

Today is an early start; I am determined to get a seat at the opening keynote lecture of the Leeds International Medieval Congress of 2013. William M. Reddy (Department of History at Duke University) is speaking on “Is pleasure an emotion? Historicism and anachronism in the history of emotions”. He will be followed by Esther Cohen (Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), who asks “What’s wrong with pleasure?” Their lectures take place in the Great Hall, which in itself is pretty exciting. I have visions of fireplaces taller than I am, vaulted ceilings, and great hunting hounds lying on the floor. I suspect that it won’t be quite like that, but that’s why we have imaginations; ask yourself, what would Sara Crewe do in less than satisfactory surroundings?

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Archimedes of the Two Hats (Greek philosopher Archimedes in his bath – 16th Century woodcut by Peter Flotner, Illustration from ‘Vitruvius Teutsch’, the first German translation of “De architectura” (“Of architecture”) by the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius Pollio (1st century BC), published in Nuremberg in 1548 – via Wikimedia Commons).

It’s been a Eureka! kind of a morning. Starting on Wednesday 10 July, I will be creating my ideal museum via this blog. It has to wait until then as I leave for the Leeds International Medieval Congress tomorrow – a glorious week of medieval marvellousness.

The Mid-Week Museum will feature one new object per week, always on Wednesday, chosen from real museums across the world and from my own hoard (bear in mind that I am not saying for a second that I actually buy art and artifacts in any serious fashion, although all donations are welcome …). It will be my own (Tardis-like) cabinet of curiosities, subject only to my collecting whimsy and scholarly (possibly geeky) interests. Each entry will include detailed information on the object itself – fabric, origin, provenance, and so forth – as well as my reasons for including it. I also propose to discuss how and where I would display it were I the curator of a physical museum space.

A Baroque “Cabinet of Curiosities”: frontispiece engraving by G. Mitelli in Lorenzo Legati, Museo Cospiano annesso a quello del famoso Ulisse Aldrovandi e donato alla sua patria dall’illustrissimo Signor Ferdinando Cospi (Bologna, 1677) – Image via Macroevolution.net

It is also my hope that my museum will encourage others to comment and critique the items included. In a few months, if people are interested in participating, I plan to have temporary exhibitions with guest curators. Who would like to run their own museum for a day?

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In less than a month, the Leeds International Medieval Congress for 2013 will be over, and I will be back in Scotland on holiday. While the latter fills me, as ever, with the utmost glee, I cannot comprehend how the conference now looms so close. I am aware that the world as I understand it,

from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint [is] more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff*

but still. (more…)

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