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

Kalamazoo Sessions 2018

*note: abstracts for Enchanted Environs I and II may be found here. Learning in Action: Geometry and Cathedral Design (A Demonstration) Thursday 3:30 PM Intramural Fields Near Valley Apartments Organizer: Jennifer M. Feltman, University of Alabama We will layout the floor plan of a medieval cathedral using stakes, strings, and geometric principles. All are welcome 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

Pilgrim badge casting demo rescheduled for 2018 Congress

Those of you that were at Kalamazoo 2017 may remember that the pilgrim badge casting demonstration by Darrel Markewitz that was partly sponsored by AVISTA had to be cancelled when he was denied entry into the US by the border guards.  Sadly, he will be unable to join us again this next year (and maybe 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

Call for Papers: Kalamazoo 2018

The AVISTA CFP is now live! Our sponsored sessions for the 53rd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies include 1. Architecture, Automata, and the Art of Mechanical Performance (paper session) 2. Experimental Archaeology (paper session, co-sponsored with ExArc) 3. Experiential Pedagogy (roundtable, co-sponsored with TEAMS) and 4. Learning in Action: Geometry and Cathedral Design (demonstration). 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

Kalamazoo Sessions 2017

Note, 5/17: Abstracts for Buildings, Planning, and Networks of Medieval Cities may be found here Medieval Tools (A Roundtable) Thursday 10:00 AM Sangren 1710 Sponsored by AVISTA and DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion); EXARC; Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages; Research Group on Manuscript Continue Reading

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