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Call for Papers 4th Conference of the International Bridges Group in Regensburg (August 25 – 26, 2018) Deadline 28/02/2018


After three successful conferences in London, Prague and Salisbury, the International Bridges Group will meet next in Regensburg on August 25 & 26, 2018. This year, we will cooperate with the “Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung” (https://gsu-stadtgeschichte.com/), the Chair of European History at Regensburg University and the Research Training Group KRITIS at Technische Universität Darmstadt. The conference willbring together historians, art historians, linguists and literary scholars, archaeologists and engineers in order to present and discuss new ideas on medieval bridges and the cities in which these bridges reside. Topics may include the construction and maintenance of medieval bridges, the evolution and growth of medieval cities with stone bridges, the iconography of statues on bridges, the functions (practical and symbolic) of stone bridges, and the types of institutions connected with medieval bridges. Bridges as a cultural heritage could be another topic: How are medieval bridges in cities today perceived, preserved, staged and marketed?

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CFP FOR AN EDITED COLLECTION: Architectural Representation in the European Middle Ages

ramsey censerCFP FOR AN EDITED COLLECTION: Architectural Representation in the European Middle Ages, edited by Hannah Bailey, Karl Kinsella, and Daniel Thomas

Deadline: 1 November 2017

The architectural remnants of the Middle Ages—from castles and cathedrals to village churches—provide many people’s first point of contact with the medieval period and its culture. Such concrete survivals provide a direct link to the material experience of medieval people. At the same time, exploring the ways in which architecture was conceptualized and depicted can contribute to our understanding of the ideological and imaginative worldview of the period.

This volume seeks to investigate all aspects of architectural representation in the medieval period, encompassing actual, symbolic, or imaginary architectural features, whether still standing today, observable in the archaeological record, or surviving only through depiction in literature or art. Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to) the social and symbolic value of architecture, architectural metaphor or imagery, architecture in visual representations, architecture in the depiction of other spaces, memory and architecture, and architectural style.

The volume is interdisciplinary in outlook and we welcome contributions from across the spectrum of academic disciplines, including literature, history, art, theology, and archaeology.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, with a brief biographical blurb, to the editors at: architecturalrepresentations@gmail.com by 1st November, 2017.

New Publications: Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe


Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe: 
Architecture, Ritual and Urban Context

Boto Varela, J. E.A. Kroesen (eds.)

Brepols Publishers

This volume explores the architecture and layout of Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, especially around the Mediterranean, paying special attention to liturgical ritual, church furnishings, iconography, and urban context.

The architecture, interior settings and urban environment of Romanesque cathedrals around the Mediterranean offer unique insights into religion and culture in southern Europe during the 10th-13th centuries. In this period, cultural and artistic interchange around the Mediterranean gave rise to the first truly European art period in Medieval Western Europe, commonly referred to as ‘Romanesque’. A crucial aspect of this integrative process was the mobility of artists, architects and patrons, as well as the capacity to adopt new formulas and integrate them into existing patterns. Some particularly creative centers exported successful models, while others became genuine melting pots. All this took shape over the substrate of Roman Antiquity, which remained in high esteem and was frequently reused.

In these studies, Romanesque cathedrals are employed as a lens with which to analyze the complexity and dynamics of the cultural landscape of southern and central Europe from the tenth to the twelfth centuries. The architecture of every cathedral is the result of a long and complicated process of morphogenesis, defined by spatial conditions and the availability of building materials. Their interior arrangements and imagery largely reflected ritual practice and the desire to express local identities. The various contributions to this volume discuss the architecture, interior, and urban setting of Romanesque cathedrals and analyze the factors which helped to shape them. In so doing, the focus is both on the influence of patrons and on more bottom-up factors, including community practices.

Conference: Modelling Medieval Vaults London, 14 July 2016

Wells CathedralThe University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square. Seminar Room 4,
July 14, 2016  Registration deadline: Jul 7, 2016

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 architecture.

Digital analysis has enabled new research into design processes,
construction methods, structural engineering, building archaeology and
relationships between buildings. Recent research on Continental
European and Central American architecture has established the
significance of these techniques, however, as yet there has been little
exploitation of digital technologies in the context of medieval
architecture in the British Isles. This is despite international
recognition of the importance of thirteenth and fourteenth-century
English vault design to the history of Gothic architecture in an
international context.

The aims of the present symposium are to present new research in this
emerging field to establish appropriate methodologies using digital
tools and identify significant questions for future research in the

The symposium will be relevant to anyone with an interest in:
Medieval architecture
Three-dimensional digital methodologies
Digital techniques used for the analysis of historic works of

Welcome (tea and coffee)
Keynote: Prof Norbert Nussbaum, Thomas Bauer and Jörg Lauterbach:
Benedikt Ried’s Deconstructive Vaults in Prague Castle – Design,
Construction and Meaning
10:30 Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 1
Carmen Pérez de los Ríos:
Researching tas-de-charge Design and Construction Methods: an Approach
Supported by Digital Techniques
Danilo Di Mascio:
Morphological and geometric complexities of built heritage
Marco Carpiceci and Fabio Colonnese:
Medieval vaults for Renaissance architecture. Modelling the vaults on
sheet 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s Code B
Enrique Rabasa-Díaz, Ana López-Mozo, Miguel Ángel Alonso-Rodríguez and
Rafael Martín-Talaverano:
Technical knowledge transfer in European Late Gothic: multi-star vaults
12:10 Questions
Keynote: Prof Santiago Huerta:
Cracks and distortions in masonry arches and vaults

13:10 Lunch break

New questions in 14th-century vaulting
Nick Webb:
Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: digital documentation and analysis
Alex Buchanan:
Wells cathedral choir aisle vaults: issues of interpretion
Andrew Budge:
Design changes: the macro- and micro-architectural vaults of
fourteenth-century collegiate churches
Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson:
From Two to Three Dimensions: Drawings and Design Processes in Medieval
15:00 Questions
15:10 Tea and coffee break

Digital processes 2
Rosana Guerra and Paula Fuentes:
The construction of the vaults of Mallorca cathedral
Weiyi Pei and Lui Tam:
Comparison of Digital Documentation Methodologies of Neo-gothic
Vaulting System: A Case Study of Dominican Church, Ghent, Belgium
Balázs Szőke, Balázs Szakonyi and Gergely Buzás:
Role of the “Horizontal ribs” in late gothic vault constructions in
16:30 Questions
16:40 Keynote: Prof Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla

Enquiries to be addressed to njwebb@liverpool.ac.uk

Further information about the symposium can be found at:

Job: Postdoctoral Researcher “Le chiese della città di Roma nel Medioevo (1050-1300)” (Mendrisio)

Postdoctoral Researcher
Project “Le chiese della città di Roma nel Medioevo (1050-1300)” (Corpus Cosmatorum II)
Accademia di Architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) di Mendrisio / Istituto di Storia dell’arte dell’Università di Zurigo
Deadline: 6 October 2014

L’Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Università della Svizzera italiana) offre un posto di assistente di ricerca post doc a tempo parziale al 70% (inizio 1° gennaio 2015) nell’ambito del progetto di ricerca “Le chiese della città di Roma nel Medioevo (1050-1300)” (Corpus Cosmatorum II), finanziato dal Fondo Nazionale Svizzero (FNS).

Accademia_di_Architettura_di_MendrisioIl progetto di ricerca ha come obiettivo riprendere e concludere a medio termine i lavori svolti dal 2002 al 2010 sotto la direzione del Prof. Dr. Peter Cornelius Claussen dell’Università di Zurigo per la stesura del Corpus Cosmatorum II in 6 volumi. L’opera, dedicata all’architettura e agli arredi liturgici delle chiese medievali di Roma dall’undicesimo secolo fino alla fine del tredicesimo, è un progetto congiunto delle cattedre di Arte medievale dell’Istituto di Storia e teoria dell’arte e dell’architettura dell’Accademia di Architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) di Mendrisio (Prof. Dr. Daniela Mondini) e dell’Istituto di Storia dell’arte dell’Università di Zurigo (UZH, Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi). Nello specifico, entro la fine del 2017 dovrà essere ultimato il volume 4 dedicato alle chiese con iniziali M-N che comprenderà le numerose chiese romane dedicate a Maria. Questo volume si aggiungerà ai primi tre volumi del Corpus, accolti con favore dagli studiosi e alcuni dei quali già esauriti, oltre a dare nuovo impulso al progetto per potere procedere con i successivi volumi 5 e 6.

Il/La candidato/a deve avere esperienza di ricerca in storia dell’arte e dell’architettura medievale. All’interno di un gruppo di lavoro fortemente motivato, si occuperà autonomamente di una selezione di chiese per il quarto volume. L’incarico a tempo parziale al 70% avrà durata triennale. L’incarico avrà decorrenza dal 1° gennaio 2015 (o secondo accordi). È richiesta un’eccellente conoscenza della lingua tedesca (scritta e parlata), dell’italiano e dell’inglese. I candidati, preferibilmente con un PhD in storia dell’arte e dell’architettura medievale, sono invitati a inviare il proprio curriculum, un breve riassunto della propria tesi di dottorato (2 pagine) e un saggio di prova (articolo scientifico o capitolo della tesi in formato .pdf) all’indirizzo di seguito indicato. 

La documentazione completa dei candidati, con CV, copie dei diplomi accademici, attestati di eventuali esperienze didattiche e CD con saggi di prova, deve essere inviata all’Ufficio Risorse Umane in formato digitale e cartaceo entro il 6 ottobre 2014 (la documentazione non verrà restituita):

Sig.ra Christiane Schroeder, Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, Largo Bernasconi 2, CH-6850 Mendrisio, Svizzera; personale.me@usi.ch

Per ulteriori informazioni contattare la responsabile del progetto Prof. Dr. Daniela Mondini: daniela.mondini@usi.ch