The Association holds an annual conference at a centre of established importance in the medieval period, usually in the British Isles and occasionally in mainland Europe, collating the results of recent research on major cathedrals, minsters and abbeys and including visits to places of relevant interest.
The British Archaeological Association's annual conference for 2014 will be held at Old Aberdeen. The conference will be based in the medieval surroundings of Aberdeen University with extended trips throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray. Aberdeen University was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone and 2014 is the 500th anniversary of his death. Papers and tours will cover aspects of his architectural patronage. Highlights will include visits to Elgin Cathedral (the Lantern of the North) and Pluscarden Abbey, the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose. Secular architecture will feature 13th-century Kildrummy Castle, the innovative tower house at Huntly, and lavish Fyvie Castle. Aberdeen offers the well-preserved St Machar's Cathedral with its castellated towers and heraldic ceiling, and King's College Chapel, the only complete medieval church interior surviving in Scotland. Historical overviews will be provided, particularly tackling the moderate Aberdeenshire response to the Reformation which allowed the middle ages to linger into the seventeenth century.
The conference, open to professionals and amateur enthusiasts equally, extends a particularly warm welcome to members from the South who may be unfamiliar with the rich architectural heritage of Aberdeenshire and Moray.
THE PICTISH TRAIL
The conference deals mainly with art of the high and late middle ages, but this region also offers some of the finest early medieval sculpture in Britain. Masterful yet enigmatic Pictish sculpture from the 8-9th centuries is found mainly in Angus, in restricted locations. An extra day trip by minibus is offered by Jane Geddes on Thursday 24 July, to sites at Meigle, Glamis, Aberlemno and St Vigeans, with possible drop off at Arbroath or Aberdeen Stations.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Anyone wishing to contribute a 25 minute paper on a medieval topic in this area should put forward a proposal with title and 200-word summary to Conference Convenor, Jane Geddes by 31 December 2013. email@example.com
Our last conference : 20th -24th July 2013 was Westminster
General description of the Westminster conference:
The 2013 Conference embraced the royal palace and abbey of Westminster, covering the archaeology, history and art history of the complex of religious and secular structures occupying the Island of Thorney, from their origins to the fire of 1834.
A full programme of lectures and visits included access to parts of the Abbey, School and Palace that are not open to the public. The conference dinner was be held in the 14th-century abbots' private hall (now College Hall), and there was be another dinner in the Houses of Parliament.
Speakers included: Jeremy Ashbee, Steven Brindle, Nicola Coldstream, Mark Collins, John Crook, Richard Foster, John Goodall, Roland Harris, Edward Impey, Virginia Jansen, John McNeil, Richard Mortimer, Julian Munby, Warwick Rodwell, Marie Louise Sauerberg, Jane Spooner, Tim Tatton-Brown, Pamela Tudor-Craig and Christopher Wilson.
Delegates had open access to the Abbey, and the arranged site visits included: Norman Undercroft, Pyx Chamber, Shrine of Edward the Confessor, Coronation Chair, Cosmati pavements, Chapter House, Jerusalem Chamber, Library and Museum. There were visits to parts of Westminster School, including the remaining medieval fragments, and Ashburnham House. Visits to the Palace included Westminster Hall, St Mary Undercroft, St Stephen's Cloister and the Jewel Tower.
New Conference Series:
The biennial series on International Romanesque Conferences was launched as the result of a generous donation from one of the Association's members, John Osborn. The first was held in London on 9-11 April, 2010 under the heading 'Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe', and was attended by around 150 scholars, speakers and amateur enthusiasts from a dozen countries. Click here for conference abstracts.
The most recent conference in the biennial series was 'Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean' held in Palermo from 16-18 April, 2012.
Next International Romanesque conference:
7-9 April 2014
A Three-Day International Conference concerned with Patronage in Romanesque Art and Architecture. There is also an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to medieval sites around Barcelona from 10-11 April.
Following earlier conferences on Romanesque and the Past (London, 2010), and Romanesque and the Mediterranean (Palermo, 2012), the British Archaeological Association is collaborating with the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Research project Magistri Cataloniae to stage the third in a biennial series of international conferences concerned with Romanesque art and architecture. This conference, Romanesque: Patrons and Processes, is concerned with patronage and agency - in their broadest senses during the Romanesque period. Thus, in addition to more traditional prosopographical approaches, and examinations of individual patrons, there will be papers on various forms of institutional patronage. The conference will also address the processes involved in commissioning buildings or works of art the mechanics of design authorship - intermediaries and agents and the extent to which patrons are designers. Are there limits to patronal influence?
Speakers include: Claude Andrault-Schmitt, Maria Bonet, Eduardo Carrero, Manuel Castieiras, Hugh Doherty, Eric Fernie, Alexandra Gajewski and Stephanie Seeberg, Ludovico Geymonat, Richard Gem, Dorothy Glass, Colum Hourihane, Armen Kazaryan, Wilfried Keil, Bruno Klein, Esther Lozano, Nathalie Le Luel, Javier Martnez de Aguirre, Geraldine Mallet, Robert Maxwell, John McNeill, Christopher Norton, Anna Orriols, Carlo Quintavalle, Jens Reffer, Carles Snchez, Marta Serrano, Neil Stratford and Rose Walker
Our last International Romanesque conference was in Palermo: 16-18 April 2012
The British Archaeological Association held the second of the biennial series of International Romanesque conferences in Palermo on 16-18 April, 2012. The theme was Romanesque and the Mediterranean, and the aim was to examine points of contact between the Latin West and the Byzantine and Islamic worlds in the 11th and 12th centuries. This took many forms, from the widespread importation of artefacts - textiles, ceramics, ivories and metalwork for the most part - to a specific desire to recruit eastern artists or emulate eastern Mediterranean forms and buildings, particularly those in Jerusalem.
The Conference was held in the historic centre of Palermo from 16-18 April, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to medieval buildings in and around Palermo from 19-20 April.
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