Call for Papers: 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9th-14th 2022

AVISTA sponsored sessions:

Restoring Medieval Art and Architecture I: Technology in Documentation and Research

Restoring Medieval Art and Architecture II: Technology and Concepts of Authenticity

Restoring Medieval Art and Architecture III: Technology and Access

Critical discourse surrounding the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame of Paris following the disastrous 2019 fire indicates the continued existence of a nostalgic desire to experience medieval buildings “as they were.” Paradoxically, to conserve or restore medieval buildings and objects “authentically,” cultural heritage practitioners increasingly rely on contemporary technological tools. Such tools, long recognized for their scholarly and pedagogical value, have become crucial for engagement with medieval sites and objects in a time of enforced distance.

Topics to be considered might include, but are not limited to, the use of contemporary technologies to document, investigate, conserve, and/or restore medieval structures and objects, the use of medieval technologies in contemporary conservation or restoration practice, technology as a means of crossing geographical and/or chronological boundaries between medieval objects and contemporary audiences, and the role of technology in making medieval cultural heritage more accessible.

Please contact Sarah Thompson for further information, and submit proposals through the Congress’s website by September 15th, 2021:

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