In contrast to the arts of the so-called ‘golden age’ of English religious life during the High Middle Ages, the visual culture of subsequent generations of monks, nuns, and canons has received little attention. Recent scholarship, however, has challenged the long-held consensus that the Late Middle Ages was a period of decline for the monastic and religious orders in England and elsewhere in Europe. Many historians now argue that monasticism adjusted adeptly to changing social, devotional, and economic practices and several important studies have recently devoted to this period of monastic patronage. Nevertheless, many aspects of monastic art and architecture remain largely unexplored. These include the role of continuity within orders, the expression of particular institutional and confessional identities, and the importance of innovation. The Last Orders symposium seeks to generate discussion on these questions and others, and we welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of monastic art and architecture in late medieval England.
This symposium welcomes proposals from doctoral students and established researchers. Proposals of not more than 250 words (for 15 minute papers) should be sent to Michael Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 November 2010.
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London
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