Category Archives: Conferences

Notice of conferences and descriptions of conference sessions for discussion

Kalamazoo 2019 Abstracts

From the Square to the Scanner: Revisiting the Geometries of Reims and Metz Cathedrals Using LiDAR, Rebecca Smith, Wake Technical Community College; Robert Bork, Univ. of Iowa Modern technologies such as LiDAR scanning and CAD modeling can be used fruitfully in conjunction with each other to address some of the oldest and most fundamental questions Continue Reading

CFP: ICMS Kalamazoo 2020

Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon  I: Personal Perspectives (A Roundtable) II: Interdisciplinarity in Studying Gothic III: Gothic Structure IV: Notre-Dame in Paris Contact: Robert Bork, 150 Art Building West, The University of Iowa, North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242-7000. Email: robert-bork@uiowa.edu Session #1: Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon, I: Personal Perspectives (A Roundtable) Continue Reading

AVISTA Events at ICMS 2019 and Call for Session Proposals for 2020

In advance of our annual meeting and events at the ICMS in Kalamazoo, here are some updates on AVISTA events to attend and upcoming business. We hope to see you at ICMS! If you are not planning to attend, we still hope to hear from you about session proposals and nominations (see below): AVISTA Events Continue Reading

Call for papers: ICMS Kalamazoo 2019

Interested in submitting a proposal? Send a completed PIF (medieval-2019-pif) and a 500-word abstract to the session’s contact person by September 15th, 2018. If you wish to be considered for the Villard Prize (see details below), please also include a copy of your CV; applicants for travel grants should additionally include a CV and a 300-word statement Continue Reading

Pewter Pilgrim Badge Demo 2018

The plumbing solder melts in the ladle

At the 2017 Kalamazoo we had planned to have Darrell Markowitz from the Wareham Forge give a demonstration of casting of pewter pilgrims’ badges, but due to unforeseen border crossing difficulties, we were unable to have him with us last year. So AVISTA restaged the demonstration this year, showing about 50 people how to cast Continue Reading

Abstracts: Enchanted Environs: Architecture, Automata, and the Art of Mechanical Performance I and II

Enchanted Environs: Architecture, Automata, and the Art of Mechanical Performance I Sunday, May 13, 2018 Presider: Amy Gillette, Barnes Foundation Monstrous Machines: Mechanical Wheels of Fortune in Medieval Europe Oliver Mitchell, Courtauld Institute of Art Around the year 1100, Breton bishop Balderic of Dol visited Fécamp Abbey in Normandy. He described in the church there Continue Reading

AVISTA at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting 2018

Zachary Stewart chaired an AVISTA panel, “Restoring Medieval Buildings,” at this year’s MAA meeting at Emory University. Our work was well-received and led to a lively discussion on the ethics of restoration. The presenters and their talks: Post-Medieval Interventions in the North Transept of Reims Cathedral Jennifer M. Feltman, University of Alabama Technology to Freeze Continue Reading

Pilgrim badge casting demo rescheduled for 2018 Congress

Those of you that were at Kalamazoo 2017 may remember that the pilgrim badge casting demonstration by Darrel Markewitz that was partly sponsored by AVISTA had to be cancelled when he was denied entry into the US by the border guards.  Sadly, he will be unable to join us again this next year (and maybe Continue Reading

Abstracts: Buildings, Planning, and Networks of Medieval Cities I and II

Buildings, Planning, and Networks of Medieval Cities I Thursday, May 11, 2017 Session 77 Presider: Mickey Abel, University of North Texas The Congregation of Tiron: Urban Development in Medieval France and Britain Ruth Cline, Georgetown University Founded ca. 1108, and under the aegis of the bishop and cathedral chapter of Chartres, Tiron Abbey was rural Continue Reading

Call for Session Proposals: ICMS Kalamazoo 2018

AVISTA has historically sponsored 3-5 sessions at the ICMS at Kalamazoo, with 3-4 20-minute papers each. All members are welcome and encouraged to propose session ideas. If you wish to make a proposal, please prepare a brief description and an intellectual justification of the topic (250 words or so), making sure to indicate whether your Continue Reading

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