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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

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

Renewal Information for 2018

AVISTA memberships expire at the end of the calendar year. Funding from dues and generous gifts from our members allows AVISTA to continue to sponsor conference sessions, book projects, travel grants, publication subventions, and special events relating to interdisciplinary scholarship on the Middle Ages. Members are encouraged to submit proposals for conference sessions and papers, 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 Papers: Kalamazoo 2017

The AVISTA CFP is now live! Our sponsored sessions for the 52nd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies are on medieval urban planning, new research on the chapter house, and medieval tools. Visit the CFP page for more information and to find out how to propose a paper. The deadline is September 15th.

IMC Leeds Sessions 2016

AVISTA is pleased to announce the schedule for our sponsored sessions for the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, 2016. The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture I: Manuscripts and Virgins, Patronage and Performance Wednesday 6 July 2016, 2:15-3:45 Organizer and moderator: Amanda W. Dotseth, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London / Consejo Superior Continue Reading

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