Call for Papers: ‘Visualizing Infrastructure in the Middle Ages’, Special Session for the 2023 Midwest Art History Society Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 30 March – 1 April 2023 (Deadline 9 December 2022)

Roads, bridges, aqueducts, canals: all were part of the impressive infrastructural, environmental, and ecological legacy that the Roman Empire left to the medieval world. This session aims to explore that inheritance and subsequent developments in medieval infrastructure through the visual,
material, and textual record. The organisers invite submissions that examine remains or representations of infrastructure as well as related matters including but not limited to political power and symbolism, construction or repair practices, materials and media, financing and taxation, and practicalities of transportation and communication. The organisers welcome papers that deal with any period in the Middle Ages with a focus on Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.

Proposals from graduate students or early-career scholars are especially welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 works and a two-page CV to by December 9.

The 49th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society will be held from March 30 to April 1, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Those attending will find an iconic example of contemporary architecture and leading research universities within a vibrant cultural setting along Lake Michigan. On Thursday, March 30, the Haggerty Art Museum at Marquette University will host sessions at the Raynor Memorial Library and will offer tours of the museum. That evening, the Milwaukee Art Museum will host the keynote speaker—internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist and member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe) Rebecca Belmore—and a reception. On Friday, March 31, sessions will be offered at the Art History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and tours will be available of the Art History Department’s Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery. For weekend events and more information, click here for the Fall 2022 edition of MAHS eNews.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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