Meetings & Events

Romanesque Conferences

The biennial series on International Romanesque Conferences was launched as the result of a generous donation from one of the Association’s members, John Osborn. The first was held in London on 9-11 April, 2010 under the heading ‘Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe’, and was attended by around 150 scholars, speakers and amateur enthusiasts from a dozen countries. This was followed by a conference on ‘Romanesque and the Mediterranean’ held in Palermo from 16-18 April, 2012,  ‘Romanesque: Patrons and Processes’ organised jointly with the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona in 2014 and ‘Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage’ in Oxford in 2016. In 2018 conference was based in Poitiers on 4-6 April and considered the regional and trans-regional in the art and architecture of Romanesque Europe. The next conference in the series had to be postponed as the result of measures taken to control the spread of COVID-19. This was to have been held in association with the Dommuseum in Hildesheim in 2020but instead took place online from 7-10 September, 2021 with a largely unchanged programme. It entertained a chronological theme – Romanesque and the Year 1000 the aim having been to examine art and architecture in the Latin West between c.970 and c.1030.

The 2022 conference will be held in the British School at Rome from 28-30 March, 2022 on the theme Image and Narrative in Romanesque Art. Given continuing restrictions on numbers in Italian lecture theatres, however, numbers are restricted and we will operate a waiting list in the hope that the cap on numbers – currently 60 – will rise to 90.

Previous conferences

2021, Hildesheim: Romanesque and the Year 1000

2018, Poitiers: The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque

2016, Oxford: Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage

2014, Barcelona: Romanesque Patrons and Processes

2012, Palermo: Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean

2010, London: Romanesque and the Past