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

AVISTA at ICMS 2021

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: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress 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

Villard’s Hydraulic Saw

Reconstruction of the hydraulic saw drawn by Villard de Honnecourt created by Buzz Dawson and George Brooks, based on earlier work of Jean-Pierre Adam and François Bucher

Villard’s Hammerwheel

Villard's Hammerwheel

A short video of a physical reconstruction of Villard de Honnecourt’s sketch of a “machine that moves itself”, that is, a supposed perpetual motion machine. To give you the long version short: it is NOT a perpetual motion machine. In fact, it works as a self-braking wheel because the center of gravity is always below 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

Kalamazoo 2019 Abstracts

From the Square to the Scanner: Revisiting the Geometries of Reims and Metz Cathedrals Using LiDAR, Rebecca Smith, Wake Technical Community College; Robert Bork, Univ. of Iowa Modern technologies such as LiDAR scanning and CAD modeling can be used fruitfully in conjunction with each other to address some of the oldest and most fundamental questions Continue Reading

Kalamazoo Sessions 2019

New Approaches to Old Problems: Using Modern Technology to Investigate Medieval Material Culture Thursday 10:00 AM Bernhard 209 Organizer and Presider: Vibeke Olson, Univ. of North Carolina–Wilmington “From the Square to the Scanner: Revisiting the Geometries of Reims and Metz Cathedrals Using LiDAR,” Rebecca Smith, Wake Technical Community College; Robert Bork, Univ. of Iowa [Abstract] Continue Reading

CFP: ICMS Kalamazoo 2020

Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon  I: Personal Perspectives (A Roundtable) II: Interdisciplinarity in Studying Gothic III: Gothic Structure IV: Notre-Dame in Paris Contact: Robert Bork, 150 Art Building West, The University of Iowa, North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242-7000. Email: robert-bork@uiowa.edu Session #1: Remembering Robert Mark and Andrew Tallon, I: Personal Perspectives (A Roundtable) Continue Reading

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