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Job: Director of The Warburg Institute

JOB: Director of The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Employment Type: 5 year appointment. Hours Per week: 35 hours per week. Salary: Starting from £87,000 per annum. Job Reference: 00798.

The Warburg Institute possesses the most important library in the world dedicated to the afterlife of the classical tradition. It has a worldwide reputation for research and teaching in art history, medieval and renaissance studies, the classical tradition, and Arabic, medieval and renaissance philosophy.

The Institute is located within the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The School of Advanced Study is a unique institution in UK higher education. Comprising a set of postgraduate institutes and a variety of central academic initiatives, it is located within the Bloomsbury precinct of the University in the intellectual heart of London.

It is the UK’s national and international centre for the support, promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities, broadly defined. It does this in collaboration with other organisations, notably the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, learned societies and government agencies.

A new Director for the Warburg Institute is sought to provide intellectual leadership, contribute to the vision of the Institute and sustain and develop the academic programme. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a track record of successful academic, intellectual, and managerial leadership and of securing external research funding.

The successful candidate will be an effective advocate on behalf of the Warburg and will bring fundraising experience. They will be a scholar of international standing in an area of study relevant to the Institute. A secondment will be considered.

Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

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Short Term Research Fellowships at the Warburg

FELLOWSHIPS: Short Term Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History (2017-18), The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Job Ref: 000526.

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is cross-disciplinary and global. It is concerned with the histories of art and science, and their relationship with superstition, magic, and popular beliefs. Its researches are historical, philological and anthropological. It is dedicated to the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present. In setting out the historical, psychological, anthropological and political dimensions of art and culture, the work of Aby Warburg underlines the continuing relevance of the humanities today.

The Institute is offering several short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months for tenure during the academic year 2017-18:
•Brian Hewson Crawford Fellowship – two months
•Henri Frankfort Fellowship – two months
•Albin Salton Fellowship – two months
•Grete Sondheimer Fellowship – two months
•Frances A. Yates Fellowships –two, three or four months.

The Fellowships are generally intended for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have completed at least one year’s research on their doctoral dissertation by the time they submit their application for a Fellowship and, if postdoctoral, must normally have been awarded their doctorate within the preceding five years, i.e. after 1 October 2011. If their doctorate was awarded before this date, candidates must make a clear case in their application for any modification of this general rule.

The Fellowship does not provide a stipend but gives financial support towards living and subsistence costs in London and towards travel expenses. The values of the fellowships (rates for: 2017/18) are: £2,680 for two months, £3,860 for three months, and £5,140 for four months. The amount of these payments is absolute; no additional costs will be paid.

Applications must be made using the application form, be completed in English.

Deadline: 25 November 2016.

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The Warburg Institute is Safe (so far)


NEWS: Warburg Institute safe as High Court rules contents not the property of University of London.

This past week the High Court ruled that the Warburg Institute and its contents are not the property of the University of London, ensuring the Warburg Institute and the community it draws to together to be safe for the time being. However, the University of London has decided to appeal the decision, and this petition will be a space to watch for updates as these events unfold.

To the benefit and relief of scholars worldwide, the High Court has rejected the University of London’s claims that all additions to the Warburg Institute since 1944 belong to the University, and instead agreed that they form part of the Institute. Furthermore, the judge, Mrs Justice Proudman, held that the University is obliged to provide funding for the activities of the Warburg Institute.

Leticia Jennings of Bates Wells Braithwaite, who advised the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute, commented: “This decision ensures that the wealth of important material housed within the Institute will remain available, as before, in its entirety, and that the University will not be free to in any way restrict the access of the many scholars who use and rely on the Institute’s outstanding resources.”

The Institute grew out of the private library of the art historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929), who collected books in art history, literature, intellectual history, religion and the history of science and magic. As a Jewish institution based in Germany, the Institute was forced to close, and its very existence was threatened by the Nazi-organised book-burnings of April 1933. To escape destruction, the entire library of 60,000 books, as well as photographs, papers and furniture, were shipped to the safe-haven of London in December 1933. Many of the Institute’s staff also transferred to London.

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Save the Warburg Institute!


NEWS: The Times Higher Education recently reported that the University of London has taken legal action to challenge its own deed of trust concerning the care and integrity of the Warburg Institute. Possible results of this action include the dispersal of the library, or its relocation abroad.

This is not the first time the Institute has been threatened: it was relocated from Hamburg to London in 1933, endangered by Hitler’s rise to power, and although the University of London accepted the collections in 1944 (the agreement currently under review), similar action was considered in 2010.

We call on the University of London to withdraw their legal action and keep the Warburg Institute just as it is, for three reasons:

1. To keep the Warburg Institute’s collections intact. In over 50 years since the library’s resettlement in London, it has grown from 80,000 to 350,000 volumes, 40% of which are unique and not held in the British Library.

2. To preserve Aby Warburg’s intellectual legacy. The Institute’s collections are organised unlike any other in the world – according to a system developed by Warburg as a product of his own research. Dispersal is tantamount to destroying one of Warburg’s greatest works of scholarship – the library itself.

3. To maintain the vibrant intellectual community the Warburg fosters. A one-of-a-kind collection both in content and form, the Warburg has drawn together a world-class scholarly community for decades. Taking the collections outside of the space of the Institute would displace that community of researchers.

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The Warburg Institute and the High Court

NEWS: The Warburg Institute, London. Statement on High Court Proceedings.

The University of London is the trustee of the Warburg Institute, and holds it on charitable trust pursuant to the terms of a 1944 Trust Deed, a copy of which is publicly available to view on the Warburg Institute’s website.

The University issued proceedings to seek clarification from the High Court of what the trust comprises, what its obligations as trustee are, and whether its conduct (including in relation to the Institute’s finances and funding) is and has been in accordance with the provisions of the Trust Deed.

The 10 day trial of the matter, between the University of London, HM Attorney General and the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute, concluded in London last week. The parties are now awaiting judgment, sometime in the autumn.

The Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute is very grateful for the immense support it has received and continues to receive related to this matter. However, respecting entirely the Court process, it does not consider it appropriate to make any comment at this time, save where considered necessary to correct any misinformation published.

The Advisory Council was concerned to read the article by Nick Clark of The Independent published on 25 June (click here), which contained several inaccuracies. In particular, it is not correct that the Warburg wants “the collection” to be entirely independent and to be free to move it should it so desire, or that the Advisory Council wants to change the way in which the library is arranged including the loss of the Institute’s “open stack” arrangements, which are of course at the very heart of the Institute.

To be clear, the Advisory Council simply wants the terms of the trust deed respected and adhered to, which includes preserving the Institute and its unique, world class library.

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Job: Assistant Reading Room Librarian

JOB: Assistant Reading Room Librarian, The Warburg Institute, London. Two Years Fixed Term, from 1 Ocotber 2012.

Description of Post

The Assistant Reading Room Librarian will be responsible to the Librarian for the following duties:
* Supervision of the Reading Room three evenings a week (6-8PM, together with a student helper), Saturdays (10AM-4PM, together with another member of the Library staff) and one half-day a week during normal opening hours (10AM-6PM, morning or afternoon, together with the graduate trainee); in August and September (when the Library is not open in the evenings or on Saturdays), three days per week during normal opening hours.
* Desk work: issuing readers’ tickets, showing new readers around the Library, answering queries.
* Assisting the Curator of Digital Resources with the identification and downloading of online digitized copies of the Library’s holdings.
* Assisting the Head Cataloguer with catalogue maintenance.
* Assisting the Library Administrator with acquisitions (orders and exchanges).
* Assisting the Librarian with book selection from periodicals and publishers’ catalogues.
* Assisting the Reading Room Librarian and Deputy Reading Room Librarian in the supervision of the graduate trainee’s work (interlibrary loans, offprint cataloguing, identifying books for conservation, etc).
* General clerical tasks, including acknowledgements and filing of correspondence.
* Additional Library duties, after consultation with the Librarian.

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Medieval Maps and Diagrams

CONFERENCE: Medieval Maps and Diagrams, The Warburg Institute (Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB), Fraday, 9 March 2012, 10.00-18.00. The conference has been organized by Hanna Vorholt and Alessandro Scafi.

In the past, maps were defined as representations of the surface of the earth or a part of it, but modern cartographical theorists and map historians define maps more widely as forms of graphic representations facilitating ‘a spatial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes, or events’ (J. B. Harley and D. Woodward). This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the relationship between medieval maps and diagrams. Brief presentations (15 minutes each) will concentrate on specific examples, which will be discussed in view of wider topics such as the art of memory, divination, typology, and page layout. The concluding panel will be concerned with the underlying question of the relationship and distinctions between medieval diagrams and maps, with the ways in which they have been examined by scholars in the past, and with how they might be investigated in the future.


10.00, Registration
Peter Mack and Hanna Vorholt, Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Peter Tóth (Warburg Institute)
* Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, London), One Image, Several Guises: the Mapping of the Desert Encampment (Numbers 2-3)
* Peter Barber (British Library), From Jerusalem to Alpine Pride: the Geographical Diagrams of Albrecht von Bonstetten of 1479

Chair: Megan C. McNamee (Warburg Institute and University of Michigan)
* Paul D. A. Harvey (University of Durham), English Manorial Accounts: Their Visual Impact
* Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Mapping the Shoulderblade

Chair: Michael Kauffmann (Courtauld Institute of Art and Warburg Institute)
* Mary Carruthers (New York University and All Souls College, Oxford), How the Tower of Wisdom Diagram Works
Sandy Heslop (University of East Anglia), Typology as Diagram in the Stained Glass at Canterbury Cathedral

15.00 Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard University), Rhabanus redivivus: Berthold of Nuremberg’s Marian Supplement to De laudibus sanctae crucis

Chairs: Alessandro Scafi and Hanna Vorholt

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Registration: £25 (£12.50 for concessions) including coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch. Please note that this conference is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list please email at The Warburg Insrtitute.

Post of Graduate Trainee One-Year Fixed Term

JOB: Post of graduate trainee one-year fixed term, The Warburg Institute, London.

Description of Post: The Library Trainee will be responsible to the Librarian and will work under the direction of the Assistant Librarian in charge of the Reading Room.

Duties will include:
1. Reader Services — including issuing of readers’ tickets, enquiries from readers, some supervision of the Reading Room
2. Interlibrary loans
3. Catalogue record capture and editing
4. Assistance with the ordering of books (creating electronic records and mailing the printed order forms)
5. Assistance with book conservation
6. Assistance with the digitization programme
7. Preparing correspondence (e.g. template, acknowledgement letters)
8. Selling photocopying cards and accounting for cash taken in line with University financial regulations
9. Missing book searches

Knowledge of a modern European language would be useful, as would an interest in the subject areas served by the Library. The successful candidate should be able to work effectively, independently and as part of a small team, and will be expected to undertake occasional other duties in the absence of colleagues.

Conditions of Appointment:
This is a one-year fixed-term appointment to commence in mid-September 2012. The appointment will be made to Point 6, Level 2 of the University of London pay scale. The current salary is £17136 (including £2134 London Weighting). Deductions from salary for National Insurance contributions will be made at the statutory contracted-out rate. Salary is payable in arrears no later than the last day of each month by bank transfer.

The appointment will be full-time. The person appointed will work for 35 hours per week during Library opening hours according to a rota to be determined. The Library’s opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term-time or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during vacations. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (other than in August and September). No other paid work may be undertaken without permission of the Director.

Method of Application:
There is no application form. Applications should be made by letter addressed to the Institute Manager, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB and should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae with the names and address of two referees.

Applicants are also asked to download an Equal Opportunities form from the Institute’s website, which they should complete and send in along with their application. Any further enquiries should be addressed to the Librarian, Professor Jill Kraye.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January 2012.

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The Warburg Institute, London

«Il Warburg Institute, già diretto dal compianto maestro [Fritz Saxl], è forse il solo centro di studi dove siano di proposito tenute in onore ricerche che si pongono al punto d’incrocio tra discipline diverse, e che proprio da ciò attingono la possibilità di una visione più larga e spesso luminosi risultati a problemi di storia culturale.» (Augusto Campana)

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A Conference in Memory of A. C. de la Mare

CONFERENCE: Palaeography, Humanism & Manuscript Illumination in Renaissance Italy: A Conference in Memory of A. C. de la Mare, London, 17-19 November 2011, organized by ROBERT BLACK, JILL KRAYE and LAURA NUVOLONI.

Albinia de la Mare (1932–2001), OBE, FBA, received her doctorate from the Warburg Institute (1965), worked as an assistant librarian in the Bodleian Library (1964–1988) and was Professor of Palaeography at King’s College London (1989-1997). She was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding palaeographers and the world’s leading authority on Italian Renaissance manuscripts. Among her greatest achievements was tracing the careers of hundreds of scribes writing the new humanist script in Italy during the fifteenth century. The purpose of this conference is to honour her contribution to research and to illustrate how the main areas of her scholarly interests – the palaeography, humanism and manuscript illumination of the Italian Renaissance – have developed in the ten years since her death.

The conference will be held at King’s College London on Thursday 17 November 2011, and at The Warburg Insititute London on Friday and Saturday 18-19 November 2011.


Thursday 17 November 2011
King’s College, Council Room, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS
9.30 – Registration and coffee
10.00 – Professor Sir Richard Trainor, Principal, King’s College
Session 1: The Contribution of A. C. de la Mare – Chair: Robert Black (University of Leeds)
10.15 – Laura Nuvoloni (Cambridge University Library), Genius at Work: Bartolomeo Sanvito and Tilly de la Mare; Xavier van Binnebeke (University of Messina and Bodleian Library, Oxford), Albinia’s House of Treasures, a Mare magnum manuscriptorum; Vincenzo Fera (University of Messina), L’umanesimo di Albinia C. de la Mare

Session 2: Palaeography – Chair: Nicolas Barker
14.00 – Mirella Ferrari (Catholic University, Milan), Italian Manuscripts in the Burney Collection at the British Library; Stefano Zamponi (University of Florence), Strutture grafiche gotiche nella prima scrittura umanistica; Irene Ceccherini (University of Florence), Manuscripts in the Early Humanist Period: Production, Models, Script; Teresa De Robertis (University of Florence), I primi dieci anni della riforma grafica umanistica

Friday 18 November
The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, WC1H OAB
9.30. Registration
10.00. Professor Jill Kraye (Librarian, The Warburg Institute)
Session 3: Palaeography – Chair: Mirella Ferrari
10.15 – Giliola Barbero (Catholic University, Milan), Manuscripts and Script in Lombardy during the First Half of the Fifteenth Century; David Chambers (Warburg Institute), Matteo Contugi of Volterra (d. 1493): Scribe and Secret Agent; Gabriella Pomaro (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino), Copisti stranieri in Italia nel Quattrocento in Codex – Inventario dei Manoscritti Medievali della Toscana

Session 4: Manuscript Illumination – Chair: Christopher de Hamel (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge)
14.00 – Jonathan Alexander (Institute of Fine Art, New York University), Script and Ornament in Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts; Giordana Mariani Canova (University of Padua), La dimensione universitaria della miniatura a Padova nel Rinascimento; Martin Davies (I Tatti Renaissance Library), Further Adventures of the Master of the Barbo Missal; Angela Dillon Bussi (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana), Vespasiano e la miniatura

Saturday, 19 November
The Warburg Institute
9.30. Registration
Session 5: Humanism – Chair: Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute)
10.00 – James Hankins (Harvard University), Leonardo Bruni: Humanistic Manuscripts; Sebastiano Gentile (University of Cassino), Nuove considerazioni sullo ‘scrittoio’ di Marsilio Ficino: tra paleografia e filologia; Lorenz Böninger (The Letters of Lorenzo de’ Medici), The Ricordanze of Lorenzo di Francesco Guidetti: Manuscript Production and Circulation

Session 6: Humanism – Chair: Cristina Dondi (Oxford University and CERL)
14.00 – Silvia Rizzo (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’), Il copista del nuovo codice petrarchesco delle Tusculanae: filologia vs paleografia; Stephen Oakley (Emmanuel College, Cambridge), Tilly de la Mare and the Manuscripts of Saint Cyprian; Concetta Bianca (University of Florence), Biblioteche senza inventario.

Registration fee (including morning coffee and afternoon tea): £ 5.00 (per day).
Registration is now open. Please contact Jill Kray

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June Seminars at the Warburg Institute

Three Seminars in June at the Warburg Institute (Woburn Square, London WC1H). All Seminars start at 4.30 p.m. in the Lecture Room. Admission free.

6 June: LISA MONNAS, Angels and Theatrical Dress in Fifteenth-century Florentine Painting, with Particular Reference to Verrocchio

13 June: DONAL COOPER, Blood in the Frari: Art, Ritual and Empire in Renaissance Venice

20 June: CHIARA FRANCESCHINI, Children’s Games in the Renaissance.

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Part-Time Assistant at the Warburg Institute

JOB: 2 Years Part-Time Assistant Photographic Collection – Digitization Project, The Warburg Institute, University of London, School of Advanced Study; Woburn Square, London.

The Institute has obtained a two-year grant from the Dean’s Development Fund of the School of Advanced Study to digitise the Gods and Myths section of the Photographic Collection, and the c.500 sixteenth- and seventeenth-century books relevant to the survival of classical mythology in the Warburg Institute Library. Combined digitisation of these sections will result in a rich interdisciplinary resource for the study of the heritage of the classical tradition in literature and art. The digital images will be created by the Institute’s Photographer.

Two fixed-term posts are available in the Photographic Collection for the period October 2011 to September 2013 to work on the project. Both members of staff will be responsible to Dr Rembrandt Duits, currently Deputy Curator, who will act as project manager for the Photographic Collection.

Duties will include:
1. Entering digitised images of the Gods and Myths section into the on-line Warburg Institute Iconographic Database.
2. Providing metadata for these images.

The Assistant will be required to enter and provide metadata for 150 images a week. The Academic Assistant should hold a BA in Art History. A sound knowledge of art history, particularly the iconography of European art, will be required. A knowledge of foreign languages would be an advantage (Latin, Italian, French and German being particularly relevant). IT skills are essential. The above duties will be shared with the other members of staff of the Photographic Collection. The nature of the work is such that all staff must be prepared to cover for one another. It is essential that the person appointed is able to act independently as well as form part of a team.

Conditions of Appointment:
The appointment will be to Level 4 (clerical), point 16 currently £19,822 p.a. plus London Allowance of £2,134 p.a., making a total of £21,956 p.a. for full-time staff. The salary for this half-time post will therefore be £9,911 p.a. plus London Allowance of £1,067 p.a. making a total of £10,978 p.a. Subject to satisfactory work, the Assistant will receive a pro-rata increment on the scale on 1 October 2012.

The person appointed will work for 17.5 hours per week (excluding lunch hours) during Institute weekday opening hours. The Institute’s weekday opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term-time or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during vacations. The appointment is terminable by one month’s notice in writing on either side. The appointment will be probationary for a period of one month.

The salary will be paid monthly in arrears no later than the last day of each month by bank transfer and will be liable to deductions at source for tax and National Insurance. Deductions for National Insurance contributions will be made at the statutory contracted-out rate. The person appointed will be deemed automatically to be a member of the SAUL Pension Scheme and will have contributions deducted accordingly. Once full information on the Scheme has been received, the individual may elect in writing to withdraw from the Scheme.

The leave entitlement for full-time staff on clerical scales is five weeks (25 working days) in addition to public holidays and Warburg Institute closures, approximately one week at Easter and at Christmas. As this is a half-time post, the leave entitlement will be 12.5 full working days plus days of Institute closure. The appointment will be subject to the terms and conditions for clerical staff of the University of London.

Method of Application:
There is no application form. Candidates should make clear in their letter of application for which post they are applying. The application should include a full curriculum vitae giving contact information (including e-mail address), details of qualifications, of linguistic competence, experience, current salary (if any) and the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two referees (present/previous employers or academic references). Applicants are asked to send with their application the Equal Opportunities form which can be downloaded from the Institute’s website under Vacancies or can be obtained from the Secretary and Registrar. Applications should be sent to the Secretary and Registrar, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB or by fax to +44 (0)20 7862 8955. Applications may not be sent by e-mail.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 6 June 2011. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28 June 2011.

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