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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

Launch of AVISTA Series with Brill

AVISTA is proud to announce our book series with Brill! AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art. Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer M. Feltman, University of Alabama Editorial Board: Robert Bork, University of Iowa; George Brooks, Valencia College; Ellen Shortell, Massachusetts College of Art & Design; Sarah Thompson, Rochester Institute of Technology AVISTA Studies Continue Reading

Year in Review 2019

AVISTA sponsored three sessions, “Buildings that Aren’t Churches: The Wider Field of Medieval Architecture,” “New Approaches to Old Problems: Using Modern Technology to Investigate Medieval Material Culture,” and “Medieval Ales Revisited: the Continuing Debate about Hops and Gruit,” at this year’s ICMS at Kalamazoo, as well as a roundtable co-sponsored with ExARC, “Archaeology & Experiment: 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

Year in Review 2018

AVISTA sponsored a well-attended session, “Restoring Medieval Buildings,” at the Medieval Academy of America’s annual meeting in Atlanta in March. This year at Kalamazoo we sponsored “Enchanted Environs: Architecture, Automata, and the Art of Mechanical Performance I and II,” led by Zachary Stewart and Amy Gillette; “Experimental Archaeology,” led by Sean Winslow and co-sponsored by 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

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