CFP: ‘Construction and Reconstruction in Medieval Urban Europe’, VII International Conference of the Middle Ages, Deadline: April 30th 2022

Cities were conspicuous in the Medieval landscape not only for being great concentrations of humanity, but also for their built-up areas.  Buildings served various functions: military, religious, political-administrative, economic, and residential.  Further, not all cities had the same buildings whilst, from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and from street to street, building characteristics could differ according to an assortment of factors including the financial and material resources available, the type of labour-force employed in the building, the technical know-how applied, the length of the construction period, and the interests of those commissioning the work.

In moments of convulsion such as wars and rebellions, urban buildings could be destroyed requiring works of rebuilding and/or renovation that were not always easily affordable. In these present times of reconstruction, the Institute of Medieval Studies of NOVA-FCSH and the Municipality of Castelo de Vide have come together to organize the VII International Conference of the Middle Ages which will be held from 6th to 8th October 2022 under the theme: Construction and Reconstruction in Medieval Urban Europe.

A principal focus will be on Christian and Islamic Medieval Europe, embracing varied angles of approach.  Researchers from any scientific discipline (including, History, Archaeology, Art History, Literature, Law, etc) with an interest in the foregoing, are invited to submit proposals for panels and/or individual papers within the following thematic groupings:

  1. Current construction
  2. Prestigious housing
  3. Military buildings
  4. Religious buildings
  5. Buildings serving urban utilities and facilities/infrastructure
  6. Financing construction and reconstruction
  7. Construction techniques
  8. Supply of construction raw materials
  9. Reuse of construction materials
  10. Construction regulations
  11. The faces of construction: salaried workers, masters and others
  12. Destruction and Reconstruction in “crisis” periods
  13. Archeology of Architecture
  14. Construction and reconstruction in urban space: representations in literature and art
  15. The construction and reconstruction of Castelo de Vide during the Middle Ages

The Conference will comprise 4 plenary sessions featuring researchers invited by the organizing committee, along with separate thematic panels. Each panel will be made up of three paper presentations and will be 60 minutes long. Researchers wishing to participate are requested to submit proposals for whole panels and/or individual papers, the latter being arranged by the organizing committee into coherent panels. The Conference includes a full cultural program with guided tours, Conference Dinner, and a public Book Launch to present the published volume which brings together a selection of articles gathered from the VI International Conference of the Middle Ages and the Autumn School of October 2021.

Conference languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.  

Keynote speakers: Four keynote speakers to be confirmed.

Scientific committee: Adelaide Millán Costa (U. Aberta)
Alberto García Porras (U. Granada)
Antonio Collantes de Terán (U. de Sevilha)
Antonio Malpica Cuello (U. de Granada)
Arnaldo Sousa Melo (U. de Minho)
Beatriz Arizaga Bolumburu (U. de Cantábria)
Catarina Tente (U. Nova de Lisboa)
David Igual Luis ( Castilla-La Mancha)
Denis Menjot (U. Lyon 2)
Dominique Valérian (U. Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Eloísa Ramirez Vaquero (U. Pública de Navarra)
Emilio Martín Gutiérrez (U. de Cadiz)
Gregoria Cavero Domínguez (U. de León)
Hermenegildo Fernandes (U. Lisboa)
Hermínia Vilar (U. Évora)
Iria Gonçalves (U. Nova de Lisboa)
Isabel del Val Valdivieso (U. de Valladolid)
Jean Passini (EHESS-Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales)
Jean-Luc Fray (U. Clermont Auvergne)
Jesús Solórzano Telechea (U. de Cantábria)
José Avelino Gutiérrez González (U. de Oviedo)
Louis Sicking (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Universiteit Leiden)
Luísa Trindade (U. de Coimbra)
María Asenjo González (U. Complutense de Madrid)
Maria João Branco (U. Nova de Lisboa)
Maria Filomena Barros (U. de Évora)
Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho (U. de Coimbra)
Mário Barroca (U. do Porto)
Michel Bochaca (U. de La Rochelle)
Pere Verdés Pijuan (IMF-CSIC)
Peter Clark (U. de Helsínquia)
Raphaella Averkorn (U. Siegen)
Sara Prata (U. Nova de Lisboa)
Sauro Gelichi (U. Ca ‘Foscari de Veneza)
Stéphane Péquignot (École Pratique des Hautes Études/Université PSL)
Wim Blockmans (U. de Leiden)  

Organizing Committee:
Amélia Aguiar Andrade (IEM | NOVA FCSH)
Gonçalo Melo da Silva (IEM | NOVA FCSH)
Patrícia Martins (CMCV)

Mariana Pereira (IEM | NOVA FCSH)
Ricardo Cordeiro (IEM | NOVA FCSH)


Transportation The organization will provide transport by coach for speakers from campus NOVA-FCSH-Castelo de Vide-campus NOVA-FCSH. The registration pack for speakers includes coach transport from Lisbon Airport – Castelo de Vide – Lisbon Airport, lunch during conference days, guided tour of  Castelo de Vide and Conference Dinner.

Deadline for proposals for panels and papers: April 30th
Panels, Papers and Posters acceptance: May 7th

Conference fees Speakers (general): 50 €
University students (undergraduates, MA and PhD): 40 €
IEM integrated researchers and students at NOVA FCSH: 30 €

More information:

Call for Papers PT [PDF]
Call for Papers EN [PDF]
Call for Papers ES [PDF]
Call for Papers FR [PDF]


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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