Category: The Performance of Coats of Arms (Torsten Hiltmann)

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Just published: Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms (Heraldic Studies 3)

Just in time for Christmas, we are pleased to announce the publication of the long-awaited third volume of the “Heraldic Studies” series. Under the title “Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms” Miguel Metelo de Seixas and Torsten Hiltmann present a collection of fifteen richly illustrated articles that have emerged from the corresponding workshop held at the University of Münster from 16 to 18 March 2016. The volume...

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[Paper] Detection, description, analysis – Towards an integrated approach to heraldic representations on seals using machine learning and semantic web technologies (Linked Pasts 6 conference, 2 December 2020)

From 2 December to 16 December 2020, the sixth edition of the conference Linked Pasts, organised by the Institute of Classical Studies in London, will be held online. Linked Pasts is an annual conference on the use of Linked Open Data for the study of history. This year, one of the panels of the conference, organised by the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Saint Louis, will...

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News on “Heraldica Nova” and the “Coats of Arms in Practice” Project

Lately it has become a little quieter on Heraldica Nova. This was partly due to the effects of the Corona pandemic, which has not left us unaffected as well, but above all to the relocation of the research project “Die Performanz der Wappen” from Münster to Berlin to the Humboldt University, where Torsten Hiltmann was appointed to the Chair of Digital History. As some time has passed since the...

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Zwischenstand und Ankündigungen

Es ist einigen sicher nicht entgangen, dass unser Blog Heraldica nova in der letzten Zeit etwas verstummt ist. Dies liegt unter anderem daran, dass sich die erste Förderphase des „Performanz der Wappen“-Projektes langsam dem Ende nähert und wir uns  – neben all den anderen Verpflichtungen und Engagements – gerade vorrangig um die Publikation der Projektergebnisse kümmern. Das meint unter anderem die zwei bzw. drei noch ausstehenden Tagungsbände, von denen als...

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Digitale Heraldik. VolkswagenStiftung bewilligt Fortsetzung des „Performanz der Wappen“ Projektes

Eine Mitteilung in eigener Sache: Bereits seit längerem arbeite ich ja daran, die neuen kulturhistorischen Ansätze zur mittelalterlichen Heraldik mit den Methoden der Digital Humanities zu verbinden und zu erweitern. Diese Bemühungen waren unter anderem Gegenstand eines Antrags bei der VolkswagenStiftung zur Fortsetzung des Projektes „Die Performanz der Wappen“ in genau diese Richtung. Ich freue mich sehr, nun mitteilen zu können, dass dieser Antrag bewilligt wurde. Die VolkswagenStiftung wird...

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Heraldry is Vanity! Moral Criticism of Heraldic Commemoration in Germany – A European Phenomenon?

Medieval churches still abound in coats of arms depicted on tombs, epitaphs, windows, altarpieces and other commemorative devices. And of course it was not just knights, nobles, princes and kings that tried to preserve their memory by means of heraldry. Medieval townspeople, too, left behind heraldic reminders in the churches in England and Germany, for instance. The Nuremberg patrician Sebald Schreyer (d. 1520) noted a stained-glass window embellished with...

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‘Heraldic Artists and Painters’ volume is now forthcoming!

I am pleased to announce that the first volume of our new ‘Heraldic Studies’ series has now been sent off to the printers and will be published just in time for Christmas! Under the title ‘Heraldic Artists and Painters in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times’, Laurent Hablot and I present a collection of fourteen English and French papers bringing together contributions from our Poitiers conference in 2014...

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What we have done so far: List of publications and lectures from the “Coats of arms in practice” project

The project “Coats of arms in practice” aims to reassess medieval heraldry from the perspective of cultural history. In order to keep track of the results of the project, we publish here a list of the publications and lectures that emerged from this project so far. Of course, there is still more to come!       Edited Volumes Hiltmann, Torsten; Hablot, Laurent (eds.): Heraldic Artists and Painters in the...

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Bellenville’s two armorials

The »Bellenville« armorial is one of the most famous and admired of the Middle Ages. Its production context however remains shrouded in mystery. This brief blogpost discusses the relations between its two main sections and demonstrates how focus on the material aspects of the manuscript can clarify a somewhat confusing statement in the most recent heraldic edition of the armorial. The manuscript The manuscript with the »Bellenville« armorial consists...

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Heraldry in the royal palace of Sintra: ‘In the Service of the Crown’ project on national TV in Portugal

The show Visita Guiada (‘Guided Visit’) by Portuguese journalist Paula Moura Pinheiro is currently the most popular program of Portugal’s public broadcasting channel RTP 2. Every week, a Portuguese monument of cultural importance is presented by a specialist, generally a historian. Last week, the chosen monument was the royal palace in Sintra and its sala dos brasões (‘hall of coats of arms’). It was presented by Miguel Metelo de...

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[Paper:] Torsten Hiltmann: Heraldry and Materiality – Oxford, 1 March 2017

In recent years the concept of materiality has become more and more important in historical research. In going beyond the study of texts and images, scholarship now also addresses the materiality of their media, as well as the role physical objects may have played in different historical settings. This talk will explore the relationship between coats of arms and the concept of materiality. First, the talk will focus on...

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[Paper:] Torsten Hiltmann: Digitale Erschließung und Analyse heraldischer Quellen – Berlin, Verein “Herold”, 25. Februar 2017

Die Digitalisierung bringt erheblichen Umbrüche mit sich. Dies gilt auch für die Wissenschaften. Die damit einhergehenden Herausforderungen für die Geschichtswissenschaft wurden vor einiger Zeit anhand eines Positionspapiers des Historikerverbands näher diskutiert[1]. Die Hilfswissenschaften und die Digitalisierung Mit der Digitalisierung umfangreicher Quellenbestände hat sich unseren Zugriff auf die Quellen erheblich verändert. In Form von Digitalisaten stehen uns zumindest Abbildungen der Texte und Bilder in ungekannter Breite zur Verfügung. Um diese...

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