Meetings & Events: Conferences, One-day conferences
On 11-12 January 2021, English Heritage and the British Archaeological Association joined together for this major online conference focused on Aelred, abbot of Rievaulx between 1147 and 1167.
Called ‘our Aelred’ by his monks, the abbot was one of the most important monastic leaders of the Middle Ages and remains an inspirational figure to this day.
Bringing together leading scholars and heritage professionals, this conference provided a unique opportunity to examine Aelred’s impact on the architectural development of Rievaulx, his role in the Cistercian settlement of northern England and his activities as an author.
Speakers addressed the abbot’s impact in the wider monastic world and Aelred’s legacy, including his veneration as a saint and how his extraordinary life and achievements can be interpreted for 21st-century visitors to Rievaulx.
The event also featured a round-table discussion focused on debates about Aelred’s sexuality.
The was scheduled to coincide with Aelred’s feast day on 12 January.
DAY 1: MONDAY 11 JANUARY, VIGIL OF THE FEAST OF ST AELRED, ABBOT AND CONFESSOR
12:00-12:10: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: Anna Eavis
12:10-30: Janet Burton, ‘The Cistercian Settlement of Northern England’
12:30-50: Stuart Harrison, ‘Aelred’s Inheritance: the monastic buildings of Abbot William’
THEOLOGY AND PATRONAGE
13:00-13:20: Marsha Dutton, ‘Finding God in the Memory According to Aelred of Rievaulx’
13:20-13:50: Peter Fergusson, ‘The Context of Aelred’s Rievaulx Buildings and Precinct Development in the 1150s’
END OF DAY 1
DAY 2: TUESDAY 12 JANUARY, FEAST OF ST AELRED, ABBOT AND CONFESSOR
12:00-12:10: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
HISTORY AND SAINTHOOD
12:10-12:30: Elizabeth Freeman, ‘Aelred of Rievaulx: the future-looking historian’
12:30-50: Emilia Jamroziak, ‘Aelred of Rievaulx and other Cistercian Saints in the Late Middle Ages’
THE WIDER CONTEXT
13:00-13:20: Brian Golding, ‘The abbot, the bishop, and the earl: Aelred and the early years of Revesby abbey’
13:20-13:50: Alexandra Gajewski, ‘Aelred, Rievaulx and the French Connections’
AELRED IN THE 21ST CENTURY
14:45-15:00: Michael Carter, ‘Our Aelred’: a Rievaulx interpretation for 2021’
15:00-16:00: Dominique Bouchard, Richard Coles, Marsha Dutton and Katherine Harvey: ‘Aelred and Monastic Sexuality: a round table discussion’