Conference Program Notes

Be sure to click on the recently added page “Conference Weekend Schedule” to see a program for the conference and associated events.  In addition to a reception on Thursday evening hosted by the Medieval Institute, there will be a reception on Friday evening at the Snite Museum of Art following Herbert Kessler’s keynote, “Medieval Modern: Art in Time.”

I am also pleased to say that graduate students at the Medieval Institute are concocting fun Friday evening plans for conference attendees who might feel at a loss on their own in South Bend.  More details on that will be forthcoming.

Logistics and Details

Taxis are readily available from the South Bend Municipal Airport to the Morris Inn and the Fairfield Inn at the University of Notre Dame and they will charge approximately $12.00-$15.00.  Conference participants should save their receipts for reimbursement.

All conference organizers and panelists have rooms reserved for them at the Morris Inn, where check-in begins at 4:00 pm and valet parking is available.  For attendees who reserved rooms at the Farefield Inn, check-in begins at 3:00 pm and there is free on-site parking.  Conference attendees arriving early can store their baggage at either hotel, (, and (

Visitor parking is also available on campus, please see the campus map for possibilities (

Conference Registration will be available at McKenna Hall on campus from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday afternoon.

There are many possibilities for afternoon activities on and around campus.  In addition to meeting with graduate students or other faculty, you could visit the Medieval Institute on the 7th Floor of Hesburgh Library,
Special Collections on the Main Floor of Hesburgh Library,
or the Snite Museum of Art (

There is also an impressive collection of relics in one of the chapels in the University Basilica,

Campus tours are available through the Visitor’s Center, which is next door to the Bookstore,
and Eddy Street Commons, just south of the main entrance of the University, has various shops and restaurants (

Graduate Students Take Note!

I’m very pleased to write that the graduate students at Notre Dame have generously offered to house graduate students who are traveling to attend the conference and can not afford the price of hotels.  If you are a student working with a limited budget, please do consider this option and contact Anna Larsen for help (

Conference Registration

The Online Registration for this conference is live and ready to go!

The deadline for Online Registration is 5:00 pm March 14.

Please click on the above link then scroll down to the conference dates, March 28-29, where yet another link will take you to the registration page.

If you have questions please contact Danielle Joyner at (

Thank you so much!



Panels and Participants

Keynote Speaker:

Herbert L. Kessler, Emeritus Johns Hopkins University

Objects, Agency, and Efficacy


Beate Fricke, University of California-Berkeley
Cecily Hilsdale, McGill University


Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University
The efficacy of Byzantine statues between practice and theory

Jennifer Borland, Oklahoma State University
Karen Eileen Overbey, Tufts University
Folding and Unfolding the Physician’s Almanac

Ivan Drpić, University of Washington
The Byzantine “Enkolpion”: Object and Agency

Medieval Art History in the Expanded Field


Eric Ramírez-Weaver, University of Virginia
Christopher Lakey, Johns Hopkins University


Christina Normore, Northwestern University
The Work of Hands

Alexa Sand, Utah State University
Interdisciplinary Objects: Thick Description and the Manuscript Studies Paradigm

Allie Terry-Fritsch, Bowling Green State University
Medieval Bodies, Medieval Minds: Somaesthetics and Viewing Bodies in the Expanded Field of Art History

Technique, Technology, and Process


Richard Leson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Danielle Joyner, University of Notre Dame


Ludovico V. Geymonat, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome
From Pages to Walls: Designing a Painted Space in 13th-Century Salzburg

Sarah Guérin, Université de Montréal
Facing Facture and Pygmalion’s Dilemma

Christopher Lakey, Johns Hopkins University
A Critical Account of Photography’s Role in Medieval Sculpture Studies

Ornament and the Decorative: When the “minor” is Major


Alicia Walker, Bryn Mawr College
Aden Kumler, University of Chicago


Benjamin C. Tilghman, Lawrence University
Emergence and Enchantment: The Act of Ornament in Insular Art

Matthew Saba, University of Chicago
Two Encounters with the Architectural Surface of Samarra

Loretta Vandi, Liceo Artistico Statale – Scuola del Libro, Urbino
Meaning on the move. Sacred images and medieval ornamental patterns

Periodizations Past and Present


Glaire Anderson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ittai Weinryb, The Bard Graduate Center


Paroma Chatterjee, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Sense of an Ending: The Triumph of Byzantine Orthodoxy and its Consequences

Megan C. McNamee, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Numeracy and Representation around the Year 1000

Margaret Graves, Indiana University, Bloomington
The Seljuqs by any Other Name

Senior Respondents:

Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University
Charles Barber, Princeton University
Avinoam Shalem, Columbia University




Conference Poster

Many thanks to Chantelle Snyder and Jeff Ganger at the University of Notre Dame Office of Communications for the fantastic conference poster they designed!

Conference Poster

Conference Poster





Welcome to the brand new blog site for the conference, “Medieval Art History after the Interdisciplinary Turn,” taking place on March 28-29, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.

This site is currently under construction, but please keep checking back as new information will soon appear.