Meetings & Events: Conferences, Romanesque Conference

2016 Romanesque Art, Oxford: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage

4 – 6 Apr 2016

The British Archaeological Association will hold the fourth of its biennial International Romanesque conference series in Oxford on 4-6 April, 2016. The theme is Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage, and the intention is to examine the material culture of sanctity over the period c.1000-c.1250. The Conference will be held at Rewley House in Oxford, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April.


The papers fall into three broad categories: the geography of sanctity – more specifically the construction of architectural settings for the display of relics, along with the corresponding spatial, scenographic and mnemonic arrangements devised for pilgrims, for the most part at individual sites; cults and reliquaries – considerations of the ways in which reliquaries helped to define a cult, and how they might be designed to draw attention to the particular attributes, virtues or miracle-working character of individual saints; visual hagiography – the public representation of sainthood, how and where this is found, and how and why this changed over the late 11th and 12th centuries.


Speakers include Javier Martinez de Aguirre, Claude Andrault-Schmitt, Mañuel Castiñeiras, John Crook, Gaetano Curzi, Øystein Ekroll, Meredith Fluke, Barbara Franzé, Richard Gem, Deborah Kahn, Jeremy Knight, Ryan Lash, Nathalie Le Luel, Gerhard Lutz, John McNeill, Montserrat Pages, Marta Poza Yagüe, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, Neil Stratford, Béla Zsolt Szakács, Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo, Michele Vescovi, Rose Walker, Tomasz Weclawowicz and Susanne Wittekind.



The conference will open at 09.30 on Monday, 4 April with lectures in the main auditorium at Rewley House (corner of Wellington Square and St John’s Street, Oxford). Teas, coffees and lunches will be provided on all three days, and there will be dinners at New College on the Monday and Merton College on the Wednesday.



There is be an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April. The visits on Thursday will be to Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Kempley, with visits on Friday to Old Sarum, Malmesbury and Iffley.



These will be sent to all participants in early March. They will also be available to download from this page.