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11 September 2021 - 15 September 2021

8:30AM - 5:00PM

Online (Zoom webinar link available upon registration)

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Early medieval stone sculptures that survive across Europe at the wayside, in architectural settings, in churches and graveyards, are an exceptional source for understanding the aesthetics and beliefs of early medieval communities. Standing crosses, inscribed stones, rune stones and grave markers are some of the highly varied forms that exist, spanning Christian and non-Christian societies.

Worked in Stone

Early Medieval Sculpture in its International Context

Early medieval stone sculptures that survive across Europe at the wayside, in architectural settings, in churches and graveyards, are an exceptional source for understanding the aesthetics and beliefs of early medieval communities. Standing crosses, inscribed stones, rune stones and grave markers are some of the highly varied forms that exist, spanning Christian and non-Christian societies. These reveal artistic styles, external connections and influences, technological abilities, literacy and commemorative practices. They provide a catalyst for exploring the identity, tastes and ideas of early medieval populations in a time when political connections and religious affiliations were variable and far-reaching.

Celebrating the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, this conference will offer an in-depth comparative investigation of the development and deployment of sculptural work in stone as a European-wide phenomenon, situating these monuments and their production within their local, regional, national and international contexts. Speakers will bridge divides separating northern, southern and eastern European scholarship, and address the interdisciplinary interfaces between archaeology, history and art history, discussing traditions of stone sculpture production and context and providing comparative and contextual dialogue on prehistoric and Classical/late antique traditions. Our aim is to develop novel and significant understandings of the arrival of monumental work in stone in early medieval societies in terms of purpose, influences, connections and meaning.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jane Hawkes
  • Martin Carver
  • John Blair
  • Sally Foster
  • Nancy Edwards
  • Jane Geddes
  • David Stocker
  • Paul Everson
  • David Petts
  • Catherine Karkov
  • Francesca Dell Aqua
  • Lilla Kop├ír
  • Meggen Gondek
     

Papers and poster presentations will take a comparative perspective and fit the five following key conference themes:

  • Imagery, iconography and symbolism
  • Memory, commemoration and inscription
  • Technologies of production
  • Visual narratives
  • Sculpture, place and space

 

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This is a free event.