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CFP - The Transmission of Style: Medieval Architecture and its Revivals

13 Feb 2020 6:16 PM | Kathy Cawsey (Administrator)

On behalf of the Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM), we are soliciting paper proposals for the session ‘The Transmission of Style: Medieval Architecture and its Revivals.’ This session will be part of the CSM Annual Meeting within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Congress 2020), which will be hosted by Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, 1-3 June 2020. Please submit an abstract (250 words max) and brief CV (1-page max) to Candice Bogdanski ( or Jessica Mace ( by 15 March 2020. Papers can be submitted in French or English. Successful candidates will be contacted via email prior to 31 March. Please note that participants must be members of the Canadian Society of Medievalists ( as well as registrants for Congress 2020 (


Please circulate this CFP widely, and we look forward to receiving your paper proposals soon!


The Transmission of Style: Medieval Architecture and its Revivals


The legacy of medieval scholarship and material culture stretches far beyond its traditionally drawn boundaries. Particularly when living and working in a place like Canada, it is important to look for continued connections and associations, even if inconspicuous, and to consider a multitude of approaches to our understandings and interpretations of the medieval past. In line with the 2020 Congress theme of Bridging Divides, then, this session seeks to respond to the call to “focus on interdisciplinarity (bridging disciplinary divides) and on internationalization (bridging national divides)” and to “assembl[e] scholars, artists and members of the general public who engage with the world from differing viewpoints, offering a forum to share perspectives;” that is, perspectives and individuals that might extend beyond the temporally narrow category of “medievalist.”


As such, this session invites papers that broadly examine the transmission of style through time and space, from the medieval to modern eras. Contributors are encouraged to consider how architectural principles are developed and interpreted in their respective contexts, and more specifically, how specific decorative and structural aspects are translated and transferred from one place or era to another. To understand how and why these architectural styles are transmitted, presenters are urged to look beyond the formal aspects of architecture to considerations of patronage, masons/schools of architecture, literal networks of road and waterways, post-humanist narratives, the iconography of architectural copies, and notions of identity and belonging, among others. Papers might address the relationship of one building to another, several buildings as part of a style/school, the translation of medieval ideas to its modern revivals, and/or medieval revival buildings in their contemporary contexts. We welcome papers in both English and French from scholars at all stages of their careers. 


Session Chairs:

Jessica Mace, Ph.D. 

Candice Bogdanski, Ph.D. Candidate, FSA Scot.

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