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, ‘Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage’ in Oxford in 2016, and ‘The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Europe’ in Poitiers in 2018. 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. This 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 most recent conference was held in the British School at Rome from 28-30 March, 2022 on the theme Image and Narrative in Romanesque Art.

The 2024 conference will be held in Valladolid from 8-10 April, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque sites within reach of Valladolid. The conference theme is ‘Romanesque and the Monastic Environment’. For details and a booking form see below.

Previous conferences

2022, Rome: Image and Narrative in Romanesque Art

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