Conference: Worked in Stone: Early Medieval Sculpture in its International Context, Durham University, 31st Aug to 4th Sep 2022

Early medieval stone sculptures that survive across Europe at the wayside, in architectural settings, in churches and graveyards, are an exceptional source for understanding the aesthetics and beliefs of early medieval communities. Celebrating the long-running project, the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, this conference provides an in-depth comparative investigation of the development and deployment of sculptural work in stone as a European-wide phenomenon, situating these monuments and their production within their local, regional, national and international contexts.

With over forty speakers, including four keynote presentations, the conference programme offers a rich array of perspectives, with papers and post presentations bridging European divides in scholarship and addressing the interdisciplinary interfaces between archaeology, history and art history. Themes include memory and commemoration, sculpture, space and place and imagery, iconography and symbolism. Speakers include Jane Hawkes, Catherine Karkov, Martin Carver, John Blair, Sally Foster and Anders Andren.

A full programme is available here: Worked in Stone Sept 2022 programme

Find out more information here.

The conference will be an in-person event in Durham in the UK. To register for the conference and book accommodation, please access the Durham University registration page.

Please do circulate and display details – a .pdf flyer can be accessed here: Worked in Stone Conference Poster 2022

Conference registration fee: £100 pp (20 subsidised places are available for registered PhD students @ £80 on proof of student ID). Conference fee includes the opening Friday evening reception, and lunches on Thursday and Saturday (vegetarian options available) and breaktime refreshments on all days of the conference programme).

Conference dinner fee: £50 pp (vegetarian menu available)

Accommodation options available via booking and registration site.


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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