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Poitiers Romanesque Conference 2018

4 – 6 Apr 2018


The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Art and Architecture

4-6 April 2018 and two additional days to view additional site visits

A Three-Day International Conference in Poitiers concerned with the relationship between material culture and locality. There is also an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings

The British Archaeological Association will hold the fifth in its biennial International Romanesque conference series in conjunction with the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale in Poitiers on 4-6 April, 2018. The theme is The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Art and Architecture, and the aim is to examine the cultural geography of the Latin West between c.1000 and c.1200. The Conference will be held at the University of Poitiers, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April.

The categorization of Romanesque by region was a cornerstone of 20th-century scholarship, and the subject is ripe for reappraisal, particularly in relation to transregional and pan-European artistic styles and approaches. In addition to a review of the historiography of the subject, individual papers are concerned with the strength, durability, mutability and geographical scope of regional styles, the extent to which media are important, the assumption and transmission of forms and motifs, the conditions that give rise to the development of transregional styles and the agencies that cut across territorial boundaries.

Speakers include Marcello Angheben, Claude Andrault-Schmitt, Rosa Bacile, Tancredi Bella, Sheila Bonde and Clarke Maines, Philip Bovey, Jordi Camps, Mañuel Castiñeiras, Kristen Collins, Gaetano Curzi, James D’Emilio, Eric Fernie, Alexandra Gajewski, Richard Gem, Cecily Hennessy, Teemu Immonen, Wilfried Keil, Gerhard Lutz, Aleuna Mackarenko, John McNeill, Julia Perratore, Richard Plant, Béla Zsolt Szakács, Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo, Michele Vescovi, Tomasz Weclawowicz and Benjamin Zweig.


The conference will open at 09.30 on Wednesday, 4 April with lectures in one of the main auditoria at Poitiers University. Teas, coffees and lunch will be provided on all three days, in addition to dinner on two evenings. The conference will also include an early evening visit to the early medieval baptistery. More information will be provided in the joining instructions. Participants will need to arrange travel and accommodation. Poitiers is well provided with hotels and bed and breakfasts, and the conference organisers will send a list of hotels and B&Bs when they acknowledge receipt of your booking form.


We will also organise two days of visits to Romanesque sites for those who wish to stay on. These will include all major surviving Romanesque monuments in Poitiers itself, along with Nouaillé-Maupertuis, Montmorillon, Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe and Chauvigny.


A limited number of scholarships for students are available to help cover the cost of the conference. Please apply by 30 November 2017, attaching a short CV along with the name and contact details of one referee. Applications should be sent to; or

It would not be possible to mount this conference without John Osborn, and the British Archaeological Association wishes to take this opportunity to thank him for the boost to Romanesque scholarship afforded by his great generosity.

Conference Convenors: Marcello Angheben and John McNeill

Conference Secretary: Ann Hignell