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AVISTA, the Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science, and Art*

Since 1984, we have been bringing medievalists interested in medieval architecture, machines, design, numismatics, and much more so that we can interact and develop the field of medieval technology, science, and art.

If you are a fan of books like The Medieval MachineThe Cathedral Builders, or  Medieval Technology and Social Change, then AVISTA is for you.  Our “home” is largely the International Congress on Medieval Studies held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo each May, where we sponsor up to a half dozen sessions on various themes.

Please explore, learn, and enjoy our web home. 


* Given the official name, yes, the acronym should be AVITSA, or more properly, AVdHISTSA, but for unclear historical reasons, the founders went with the more mellifluous AVISTA, which at least sounds like medieval Latin (though it would, at best, mean something like “unseen”, if it existed).

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