Category Archives: Conferences

Notice of conferences and descriptions of conference sessions for discussion

Abstracts: Stone: New Research Concerning Masons & Sculptors I and II, 49th International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo

AVISTA’s two stone sessions brought together new research concerning the makers of architecture and sculpture during a critical period of the Middle Ages. The Congress in Kalamazoo provided an open forum for the community of scholars to join the discussion. Stone: New Research Concerning Masons & Sculptors I Saturday, May 7, 2014 Session 427 Presiding: Continue Reading

Symposium Honoring William W. Clark

AVISTA is proud to co-sponsor a symposium honoring Bill Clark’s contributions to the study of medieval architecture.  The symposium is planned for February 10, 2015, at the Segal Theater, The Graduate Center, CUNY.  For information about the tentative schedule, speakers, and registration, visit More information will be added as plans are finalized. Registration is Continue Reading

Recent News in Medieval Art and Architecture

A roundup of recent items of interest: Shows “Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral at the Cloisters” will be ending May 18th.  The New York Times ran a very positive review, including a slideshow; check it out if you haven’t been able to get to New York. “Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Continue Reading

Kalamazoo 2014

For the upcoming 49th ICMS, AVISTA is pleased to have the following sessions in the works: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt Organizer: George Brooks, Valencia College Presider: Michael Davis, Mount Holyoke College Speaker 1: “Carl Barnes and Villard de Honnecourt: a 50-year voyage of discovery,” William W. Clark, Queens College and Continue Reading

Local media coverage of the iron smelting

Iron bloom being consolidated

The Kalamazoo Gazette set a reporter to the iron smelting demo on Saturday and a number of media reports resulted: “Medieval smelting demonstration at WMU brings the heat, despite wind and rain“ Iron Smelting Demonstration (photos) Gallery: Iron Smelting Demonstration We had a great turnout of over 100 people, despite the cold front and squall Continue Reading

Kalamazoo 2013

AVISTA will sponsor the following sessions and papers at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in May 2013: I. New Studies of the North Transept of Reims I: Archeology, Architecture, and Stained Glass Session 530 Fetzer
1010, Sunday 8:30am Presiders: Nancy Wu, The Metropolitan Museum of Art William W. Clark, Queens College and the Graduate Center Continue Reading

CFP Kalamazoo 2013

AVISTA Sessions at Kalamazoo, MI, 2013  Call for Papers AVISTA, the Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science, and Art in the Middle Ages, is pleased to announce FOUR sessions at the International Congress for Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo next year, which will be held from 9-12 May 2013: New Studies Continue Reading

Kalamazoo 2012

For the upcoming Conference, May 10-13, 2012, AVISTA will be offering sessions on the following topics: Thursday, May 10, 1:30 pm, Bernhard 157 Medieval Environments II: Religion and the Environment Organizer: Ellen F. Arnold (Ohio Wesleyan University) Presider: Robert Babcock (Hastings College) “The Lynn White Thesis: The View from Outside Medieval Studies,” Elspeth Whitney (University Continue Reading

Kalamazoo 2009

AVISTA sessions for the 44th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI 7-10 May 2009 New Directions in Medieval Architecture I (Robert BORK and William W. CLARK) Presider: Robert BORK (The University of Iowa) “The Longue Durée and the Life of Buildings”, Nick Camerlenghi (Louisiana State University) “Money, Documents, and Stones.  A New Chronology for Continue Reading

Kalamazoo 2000

    AVISTA Sponsored Sessions at the 35th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2000 JEAN GIMPEL: FIVE DECADES OF MEDIEVAL TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND ART KALAMAZOO, 4-7 MAY 2000 1) Medieval Technology Organizer and Presider: Kelly DeVries, Loyola College Charles Stegeman, Haverford College, “Gimpel and the legacy of medieval technology” (10 minutes) Bert S. Hall, University of Toronto, “The gunpowder Continue Reading