Conference: British Archaeological Association Post Graduate Conference 2020, Thursday & Friday, 19-20 November 2020, 1-5.15 pm (GMT)

We are excited to present a diverse conference which includes postgraduates and early career researchers in the fields of medieval history of art, architecture, and archaeology. The British Archaeological Association postgraduate conference offers an opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present their research and exchange ideas.

This year the conference will take place online over two days: Thursday & Friday, 19-20 November 2020, beginning from 1pm (GMT)

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Conference Programme

Thursday 19 November 2020, 1 -5.15 pm (GMT)

1:00 – 1:10 pm – Welcome

1:10 – 2:30 PM – Panel 1: Iconography: Transmission, Adaptation and Interpretation

Chair: Dr Emily Guerry (University of Kent)

  • Elena Lichmanova (School of History, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow), An Alternative to the Cross Pattern in Early Christian and Early Medieval Art
  • Nadezhda Tochilova (Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design), New perspectives on studying art of the Baltic region in the 10th -12th centuries: The issue of artistic interaction between Scandinavia and Ancient Rus´
  • Millie Horton Insch (UCL), Skeuomorphic Exchange Between Embroideries and Wall Paintings in Eleventh and Twelfth-Century England

2:30 – 2:55 pm – Break

3:00 – 4pm – Panel 2: Making and Meaning of Medieval Tombs

Chair: Dr Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art)

  • Jack Wilcox (University of Kent), The Mystery of the Tree of Jesse Tomb Slab in Lincoln Cathedral
  • Richard Asquith (Royal Holloway, University of London), Epigraphy, Executors, and Encounters: contextualising the trope of the ‘bad executor’ on pre-Reformation English tombs

4:00 – 4:15 pm – Break

4:15 – 5:15 pm – Panel 3: Visual Culture in English Religious Spaces

Chair: Dr Richard Plant (BAA. Publicity Officer)

  • Lydia McCutcheon (University of Oxford), Children and Families in the ‘Miracle Windows’ of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Crystal Hollis (University of Exeter), Graffiti as a Historical Resource: Parish History on Church Walls

5:15 pm – End

Friday 20 November 2020, 1 – 4.50pm (GMT)

1:00 – 1:10 pm – Welcome Back

1:10 – 3:00 pm – Panel 4: Encountering Architecture and the Urban Space

Chair: John McNeill (BAA. Honorary Secretary)

  • Giulia Bison (University of Leicester), Metalworking and the transformation of Late Antique Rome
  • Marta Vizzini (Università degli Studi di Firenze), A miniature Rome, away from Rome: Montefiascone and its medieval San Flaviano church
  • Thomas Pouyet (Université de Tours-CNRS), The Romanesque tower of the monastery of Cormery in the Loire valley: some architectural and liturgical aspects
  • Virginia Grossi (Scuola Normale Superiore – Università di Pisa) and Giuseppe Tumbiolo (University of Pisa), When colour matters: materials and historical significance of stone polychromy in medieval Pisa

3:00 – 3:20 pm – Break

3:20 – 4:40 pm – Panel 5: Art & Patronage of Royalty & Nobility

Chair: Dr. Jana Gajdošová (Sam Fogg, London)

  • Cécile Lagane (Centre Michel de Bouärd – CRAHAM / UMR 6273 Caen), The “throne of Dagobert”: real royal artefact or tool of propaganda by Suger?
  • Laura Castro Royo (University of St Andrews), Royal Symbols from Above: Sīmurgh and the representation of Kings in medieval Persian manuscripts
  • Dr Katherine A. Rush (University of California, Riverside), Ivories and Inventories: Tracing Production and Patronage in Late Medieval French Household Records

4:40 – 4:50 pm – Closing Remarks

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Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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