Cosmopolitan Architecture: Travels, Exchanges, and Transmission of Architecture in the Middle Ages

Cosmopolitan Architecture: Travels, Exchanges, and Transmission of Architecture in the Middle Ages, session at the UAAC/AAUC 2014 Conference, University of Toronto, October 23–26, 2014

Session Chairs: Jean-Sébastien Sauvé (UQAM, Montreal) and Candice Bogdanski (York University, Toronto)

With the foundation and expansion of the European Union, scholars of medieval architectural history have been eager to employ the notion of free trade in order to suggest the idea of movement and exchange, however, Medieval Europe was not segregated according to modern nationalistic boundaries. Thus, the ways in which styles, as well as the people responsible for bringing these ideas from one major architectural site to another, were able to transgress substantial distances requires detailed investigation. This session will consider not only the clear visual relationships between medieval architectural and decorative programmes, but also the distinct processes of transmission that facilitate this symbiotic exchange of ideas, styles and people. How can we qualify the relationship between construction sites when medieval architecture borrows, blends, adapts and distorts its models to create a new style? Papers may examine any aspect of this process of architectural stylistic transmission in order to determine whether or not a tangible process of exchange, based on practical commercial and socio-political networks, can be found behind the visual evidence.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words should be sent to the session chairs by June 18, 2014.

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Calls for Papers



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