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Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2018–19

Posted in fellowships by Editor on November 12, 2017

Cuypers Research Library at the Rijksmuseum (Photo by Davidh820, Wikimedia Commons, September 2017). From the Rijksmuseum: “The Cuypers Library is the largest and oldest art historical library in the Netherlands. Following an intensive restoration campaign, it has now been fully returned to its former glory. In the newly reopened museum, the visiting public will finally be able to admire the nineteenth-century library’s splendid reading room.”

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Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme, 2018–19
Applications due by 14 January 2018

We welcome international research proposals which open new perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history, and activities. The purpose of the programme is to enable applicants to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum and thus to strengthen the bonds between the museum and universities. The focus of research should relate to the Rijksmuseum’s collection and activities and may encompass any of its varied holdings, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography, and historical artefacts. The programme offers students and academic scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories, and curatorial expertise. Furthermore, the museum facilitates opportunities for fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage the exchange of knowledge—both amongst themselves and the broader museum audience.

Please review the eligibility, funding and application requirements by visiting the Rijksmuseum website. For the 2018–2019 academic year, candidates can apply for
• Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research – Apply here
• Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research – Apply here
• Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation research – Apply here
• Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fellowship for art historical research – Apply here

The closing date for all applications is 14 January 2018, at 6:00pm (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted. Selection will be made by an international committee in February 2018. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from European universities and institutions and members of the curatorial and conservation staff of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2018. All fellowships will start in September 2018.

Further information and application forms are available here. For questions concerning the application procedure, contact Marije Spek, Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme, m.spek@rijksmuseum.nl.

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New Book | Writing Britain’s Ruins

Posted in books by Editor on November 12, 2017

Michael Carter,‎ Peter Lindfield, and Dale Townshend, eds., Writing Britain’s Ruins (London: British Library Publishing, 2017), 240 pages, ISBN: 978 07123 09783, £30.

Over the course of the long eighteenth century, Britain’s ruined medieval or ‘Gothic’ abbeys, castles, and towers became the objects of intense cultural interest. Turning their attention away from Classical to local and national sites of architectural ruin, antiquaries and topographers began to scrutinise and sketch, record, and describe the material remains of the British past, an expression of interest in domestic antiquity that was shared by many contemporary painters, poets, writers, politicians, and tourists. This book traces the ways in which a selection of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ruins served as the objects of continuous cultural reflection between 1700 and 1850, drawing together essays on the antiquarian, poetic, visual, oral, fictional, dramatic, political, legal, and touristic responses that they engendered. Writing Britain’s Ruins provides an accessible and engaging interdisciplinary account of the ways in which Britain’s ruins inspired writers, artists, and thinkers during a period of extraordinary cultural richness.

Michael Carter is Senior Properties Historian at English Heritage. Peter N. Lindfield is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow based at the University of Stirling. Dale Townshend is Professor of Gothic Literature in the Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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