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GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT: Art and architecture across borders in the medieval world APPLICATIONS DUE 15 SEPTEMBER 2023 This grant of $500 is intended to support an early-stage graduate student’s research on the theme of art that crosses the borders or peripheries of the medieval world. Funds should support research and/or dissemination of scholarship, which Continue Reading

Call for papers/roundtable participation: American Gothic sessions, ICMS 2023

We are looking for participant proposals for our sessions at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, to be held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11-May 13 2023. The “American Gothic” sessions (three sessions of papers and one roundtable) take a historiographical turn, and we are looking for participants interested in analyzing Continue Reading

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

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