Recorded Conference: British Archaeological Association Postgraduate Conference 2020

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 took place online via Zoom across two days. Whilst we would have loved to have hosted the conference in-person, the silver lining is that we were able to have scholars and academics across the world attend and present their work. So fear not if you missed out – as we recorded the conference and you can view the panels here.

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

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

Panel 3: Visual Culture in English Religious Spaces

Chair: Dr Richard Plant (BAA. Hon. 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

Panel 4: Encountering Architecture and the Urban Space

Chair: John McNeill (BAA. Hon. 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

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


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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