Category Archives: Conferences

Notice of conferences and descriptions of conference sessions for discussion

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 Continue Reading


The International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo is going to be held virtually this year, but there are many AVISTA-related events to attend! The Congress is being held over Zoom; information and registration links may be found here: Registrants should watch for the full 2021 Congress website to go live on May 7th. The Continue Reading

Year in Review: 2020

The unprecedented difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic meant the regretful, but necessary, cancellation of many AVISTA activities. In May, we successfully held our 2020 business meeting in a virtual format. Due to the cancellation of the ICMS in 2020, AVISTA has chosen the option to present our planned sessions at the 2021 congress. The 2021 Continue Reading

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: 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

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