CFP: Modelling Medieval Vaults Second Symposium, University of Liverpool (19 August 2021), deadline 30 April 2021

This symposium is a follow up to that held in July 2016, which began to explore shared interests in gothic vaults, particularly research aided by digital methods. Our second event aims to take the conversations further and share findings from our ‘Tracing the Past’ research project investigating the design and construction of English medieval vaults.

The use of digital surveying and analysis techniques, such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, 3D reconstructions or reverse engineering offers the opportunity to re-examine historic works of architecture. In the context of medieval vaults, this has enabled research into three-dimensional design processes, construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and relationships between buildings.

To date much of this research, including our own, has focussed on individual sites or regions. The aim of our second event is to support discussion of the international and cross-temporal dimensions of this research and foster potential collaboration.

Abstracts (500 words maximum and one optional image) are invited for twenty-minute presentations on the following subjects:

  • Representation and analysis of medieval vaults using digital technologies.
  • Investigations of tierceron, lierne or fan vaults.
  • Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of architecture applicable to gothic vaulted buildings.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2021

Enquiries and abstracts to be addressed

Symposium date: 19 August 2021
Location: Online via Zoom, hosted by the University of Liverpool
Conference organisers: Dr Alex Buchanan and Dr Nick Webb

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Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Santiago Huerta (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Professor José Calvo-López (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena)
  • Professor Robert Bork (University of Iowa)


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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