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New and interesting items in medieval technology, science, and art

Meeting and reception at ICMS-Kalamazoo, 2016

Current and prospective AVISTA members are welcome to join us at the annual reception at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The reception begins Friday, May 13th, at 5:15 in Fetzer 2040. Hope to see you there! The annual business meeting of AVISTA is open to all members and Continue Reading

Calls for Papers: AVISTA sessions at Kalamazoo and Leeds, 2016

AVISTA will be offering a series of related sessions, entitled The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture, at the ICMS and IMC next year. Rather than privileging an assumed moment of origin or a classical phase of an object’s existence, these sessions encourage scholars to explore medieval objects diachronically. Three sessions are planned for Continue Reading

Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals now available!

The ninth volume in the AVISTA series for Ashgate Press, Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals: Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache, eds. Kathleen Nolan and Dany Sandron, is now available. Beautifully illustrated with 31 color and 126 black and white images, this volume emerged from several AVISTA sessions at Continue Reading

Abstracts: Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle, I and II

Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle I Saturday, May 16, 2015 Session 360 Presiding: Steven A. Walton, Michigan Technological University Castles, Cloisters, and Churches: Examining the Larger Context of Medieval Architecture William W. Clark, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY Activating Architecture: New Perspectives on Medieval Walls Maile S. Hutterer, University of Oregon Continue Reading

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies: AVISTA events

A reminder to all members about Kalamazoo events this year: AVISTA has a reception on Friday, May 15 at 5:15 in Bernhard 208, and our sponsored sessions are Saturday morning and afternoon in Schneider 1140. Our general meeting is at noon Saturday, also in Schneider 1140. We are cosponsoring an ale tasting with the Medieval Continue Reading

Call for Session Proposals

51st annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo May 12-15, 2016 AVISTA has historically sponsored 3-5 sessions at Kalamazoo, with 3-4 20-minute papers each. If you have an idea for a session that you would like to see AVISTA sponsor, please submit a title, brief topic description, and an intellectual justification of the topic (250 Continue Reading

Conf. of interest: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

AVISTA fans may wish to know about a conference coming up at Univ. of Pennsylvania next weekend: Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World 20-22 March 2015, The Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Flyer attached here (click for full size) or see their website for more information.  (A number of AVISTonians also participated Continue Reading

AVISTA at the 50th Medieval Congress

It’s a big anniversary year, and AVISTA has multiple events lined up for the annual Medieval Congress. The schedule is now available for download here. You can find AVISTA: – At our reception, 5:15 Friday evening, in Bernhard 208 – At part one of Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle, 10:00 Saturday morning, Continue Reading

Report from the Clark Symposium

Along with the Medieval Studies Certificate Program of the CUNY Graduate Center, AVISTA cosponsored William W. Clark: A Celebration, a symposium honoring long-time AVISTA member Bill Clark’s contributions to the field of medieval architecture on the occasion of his 75th year, on February 10th, 2015. The Segal Theater at the Graduate Center was filled to Continue Reading

Abstracts: In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt

In Memoriam Carl F. Barnes, Jr. I: Villard de Honnecourt Friday, May 9, 2014 Session 269 Presiding: George Brooks, Valencia College Vellum to Vectors: Computerized Analysis of Architectural Drawings Dr. Banu Pekol bpekol@gmail.com It has been known for some time that geometry and proportions were standard tools in the design and construction of medieval cathedrals. Continue Reading