The ANU Centre for Early Modern Studies is pleased to welcome Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Western Art Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, as our special guest for the final CEMS event for 2022. Matthew has extensive expertise in early modern European decorative arts across diverse media and in the history of cabinets of curiosity.
Join CEMS for an evening in conversation with Matthew followed by drinks, in-person on the ANU campus. This is the first in-person seminar held by CEMS and promises to be a wonderful evening for our members and wider audience to meet and mingle before the end of year.
Matthew Winterbottom is Curator of Western Art Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Ashmolean Museum. His research interests cover a wide range of European decorative arts from the late medieval to the early twentieth centuries, and he has expertise in furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles and sculpture, with a particular interest in 17th- and 18th-century British and European silver and goldsmiths’ work. He is actively researching the Michael Wellby bequest – a collection of 500 pieces of Continental goldsmiths’ work and Kunstkammer objects – that was bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum in 2012. Matthew has extensive knowledge of the history of Kunstkammern, Schatzkammern and cabinets of curiosities of the early modern period and of the revival of interest in such collections in the 19th and 20th centuries that led to the extensive faking and reproduction of precious objects.
Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working with and researching European decorative arts and is committed to exploring ways of making this material engaging and accessible to museum visitors. He has held curatorial roles at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Collection and the Holburne Museum in Bath. He joined the Department of Western Art in the Ashmolean Museum in March 2014 as Curator of Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts where he was tasked with building a new collection of Nineteenth-Century decorative arts and redisplaying the Nineteenth-Century Art Galleries. Since January 2017, he has been responsible for the entire Western Art Sculpture and Decorative Arts Collections.
Matthew is at ANU in November as an international visitor at the ANU School of Art and Design funded by the ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts.
The Selby Old Fellow inaugural lecture is happening on Wednesday, 19 October 2022.
Join Dr Doru Costache, the University of Sydney Library’s current and inaugural Selby Old Fellow in Rare Books and Special Collections, as he discusses his scholarly research relating to the Orthodox Church and other areas of Christianity.
As part of his Fellowship, Dr Costache has been investigating an early medieval Gospel Lectionary from the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Codex Angus. This text was purported to have been written in one of the scriptoria of Constantinople around the twelfth century.
Following Dr Costache’s lecture, we also have Dr Andrew Mellas deliver an academic response to Doru’s presentation. This academic ‘conversation’ contextualises Dr Costache’s research and encourages reflection and questions on this fascinating manuscript.
Come along and hear some fascinating insights into this unique and complex manuscript!
Dr Victoria Flood (University of Birmingham) will be visiting The University of Western Australia later this month. Dr Flood’s visit is supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UWA.
As well as being one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming ‘Monsters’ conference to be hosted in part at UWA (from 6–9 September), Dr Flood will also give two public lectures later this month. Please circulate the details amongst your networks. All are welcome!
Witchcraft and Communities of Wonder: From Gervase of Tilbury to the Malleus Maleficarum Date: Wednesday 24 August 2022 Time: 7:00pm (AWST) Venue: Arts Lecture Room 8 (ALR8, 160), First Floor Arts Building, The University of Western Australia Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Emotional History of Place: Alderley Edge and the Dead Man Date: Monday 29 August 2022 Time: 6:00pm (AWST) Venue: Arts Lecture Room 4 (ALR4, G60) Ground Floor Arts Building, The University of Western Australia Enquiries: email@example.com
This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 x 10–12-minute research presentations on current research in Gender History with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by discussion. Please be in touch if you would like to present your own research – we have speaking slots available on Wednesday Rāapa 7 September.
Speakers: Amelia Barker PhD Candidate, Massey University
Constance de Rabastens (d. c.1386): a woman who fought to be heard Constance de Rabastens was a lay female visionary during the Great Western Schism (1378-1417), a period in which Western Christendom was divided between two rival papacies, and political and religious differences divided communities and even families. Unlike most female visionaries at the time, Constance’s visions supported the “wrong” pope for her region, and she was forbidden from recording her experiences. Despite this, she fought to be heard by religious authorities, challenging their decisions, and eventually disappearing after being arrested. Her recorded letters and visions reveal her agency in making her voice heard, providing historians with a clear example of how medieval women were not just silent witnesses of great political and religious turmoil in their communities, but actively engaged and desperate to influence those in power.
Amanda McVitty Lecturer in History, Massey University
Sexual regulation and the evolution of patriarchal judicial culture: Towards a feminist history of the legal profession In his now-classic study, Robert Moore stressed the pivotal role of lawyers in transforming premodern Europe into a ‘persecuting society’ that was heavily invested in surveilling and regulating moral and sexual ‘vice’. This new project centres lawyers’ gendered agency in this process, asking how and to what extent these men created and enabled a patriarchal judicial culture in which were born ‘sticky’ myths and stereotypes about sexual misconduct, rape and gendered violence, and about those who perpetrate it. Using feminist methods, I aim to transform the way we think about and teach this legal history across the premodern-modern divide.
Coming up next: Wednesday Rāapa 4 May, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom
Speakers: Hayley Goldthorpe, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington The Three Graces against the Taranaki War, 1860-61
Rachel Caines, Australian Catholic University Interrogating Gender through First World War Propaganda Posters
“Serendipitous findings: about the unexpected appearance of a daughter of King Arthur in a thirteenth-century piece of Spanish hagiography”
25 August | Hélène Sirantoine
Scholars finding themselves reading the late thirteenth-century Life of the Blessed Leander and Isidore, archbishops of Seville, Fulgentius, archbishop of Écija, and Braulio, bishop of Zaragoza might be surprised, as was the presenter of this talk, to find in it a puzzling detail. Among the eccentric kinship relations with which the author filled their text, a Visigothic queen, wife of King Reccared (586–601) and mother of King Liuva II (601–603), was made into no less than the “daughter of King Arthur”. But who was really Reccared’s spouse? And how come that, centuries later, some hagiographer imagined making her the offspring of famous, and legendary, King Arthur? Answering these questions led this bemused investigator to examine a wide range of materials, spanning from the sixth to the eighteenth century. This paper traces the steps of this investigation, the longue durée of this medieval legend, and reflects on the role played by serendipitous findings in the making of history.
Hélène Sirantoine is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Sydney. She researches Iberian medieval history with a focus on written culture, especially historiography, hagiography and pragmatic texts as tools of communication and memorialisation. Sirantoine is the author of Imperator Hispaniae: les idéologies impériales dans le royaume de León, IXe-XIIe siècles (Madrid, 2012) and she co-edited with Julio Escalona Chartes et cartulaires comme instruments de pouvoir: Péninsule Ibérique et Occident chrétien, VIIIe-XIIe siècles (Toulouse, 2013) and the two first volumes of the series Epistola (Madrid, 2018) dedicated to epistolary practices in medieval Iberia.
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The members of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at ACU are delighted to invite you to attend our next virtual seminar on February 18 at 4:00 PM AEDT: “Erasmus on Emotion Between the Old and New Testaments,” presented by Kirk Essary (University of Western Australia)
The members of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at ACU are delighted to invite you to attend our next virtual seminar on Nov 19 at 2:00 PM AEDT: “Medieval Philosophy of Mind: the first treatise,” presented by Margaret Cameron (University of Melbourne)
Please find attached below the poster for this event. To RSVP and receive Zoom details, please email MEMS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The members of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at ACU are delighted to invite you to attend our next virtual seminar on 15 October at 2:00 PM (AEDT/GMT+11): “Blood rain, crucifixions and instruments of the Passion: Christ, visuality and religious identity in sixteenth-century prodigy books,” presented by Jenny Spinks (University of Melbourne)
The members of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at ACU are delighted to invite you to attend our next virtual seminar on Thursday 17 September at 2:00 PM AEST: “Re-Reading the abuses of the age: from seventh-century Ireland to twelfth-century France,” presented by Constant Mews (Monash).