Professor Lawrence Nees has been elected to a four-year term as a Delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. He will represent the International Center of Medieval Art, and will be a member of the governing Council of ACLS, along with the organization's Board of Directors. Founded in 1913, ACLS is the leading organization for learned societies in the Humanities and humanistic Social Sciences, and sponsors a wide range of grants and programs in this country.
Nees also recently published his sixth book, Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Arts and Archaeology of the Islamic World 5 (Leiden: Brill, 2016). He is currently working on his next book, Illuminating the Word: On the Beginnings of Medieval Book Decoration, which deals with book arts in the seventh and eighth centuries of the Common Era, especially in northwestern Europe.
His most recent conference presentations have been: Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, University of Notre Dame, March 12-14, 2015, keynote lecture for session sponsored by the Fellows: "A Dagger from Korea, a Buddha from Sweden, and the Unknown Unknowns"; conference on "Books and Readers in the Pre-Modern World," Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia, April 16-17, 2015: "From ancient to medieval books: on reading and illuminating manuscripts in the seventh century"; international conference on "Graphic Compositions and Monogrammatic Initials in the Early Medieval Illuminated Book: Origins and Functions," Norwegian Institute in Rome, May 7-8, 2015: "Graphic quire marks and Qur'anic verse markers in the seventh and eighth century"; conference on "Les représentations du livre aux époques carolingienne et ottonienne," Paris, INHA and Sorbonne, 2015: "Design, Default or Defect in Some Perplexing Represented Books."