THE COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART [*Call for participants – Religion, Art and Conflict: disputes, destruction and creation – Deadline 17th March 2014]

Religion, Art and Conflict:

disputes, destruction and creation


Throughout history religion and belief have been the catalyst for the creation of great buildings and works of art. However, religious art has frequently been disputed, despised and destroyed. Members are sought for a research group that will examine the role of reform, ideology and conflict in the destruction and preservation of religious art and architecture. The group will also investigate how theological disputes and religious conflicts have been the impetus for new intellectual and creative approaches to the visual and material arts.

Prospective members are likely to be early career scholars and PhD research students. Applications are sought from scholars working with any methodology, on any period of art history, on any aspect of the material and visual arts and on any culture and world region.

Possible areas of scholarly specialism include but are not limited to:

  • Byzantine iconoclasm
  • Cultural encounters between Christianity and Islam
  • Monastic reform movements in the Middle Ages
  • The Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the religious wars of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Antiquarians and efforts to preserve and record buildings and artefacts
  • The Enlightenment, Napoleonic Wars and European revolutions
  • Western imperialism and indigenous religious art
  • Nationalism and religion
  • Destruction and looting in the world wars
  • Religious fundamentalism of the 20th and 21st centuries

Meetings and outputs

The research group will meet at The Courtauld for a one-day workshop on 20 June 2014. Discussions will inform a 1.5 day conference to be held at The Courtauld on 5-6 December 2014. Limited funds may be available to support participation from scholars based outside the UK. It is anticipated that the proceedings of the conference will be published (subject to quality and peer review).

Expressions of interest

Please submit your CV with a short statement (300-500 words) summarising your research interests and reasons for wanting to join the research group to Dr Michael Carter:

The deadline for expressions of interest is 17 March 2014


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