Monastic Europe: Landscape & Settlement

The Irish Research Council-funded Monastic Europe: Landscape and Settlement project is a research partnership between the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, the Discovery Programme and the Department of History, University College Cork. The project is examining the unusually well preserved remains of late medieval monastic buildings in Ireland within their broader European context, with a particular emphasis on their architecture and impact on the landscape around them.

The project team pleased to announce an international conference, to be held 22nd – 25th August in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Located in an area rich with the medieval buildings of the European monastic orders, the conference will balance sessions of papers with a number site visits, and will stimulate a focused academic debate on the impact of monasticism in shaping the development of the physical environment across Europe between c.1100 and c.1700.

Conference themes will include:

  • The topography of medieval monastic settlement (1100-1700), in both urban and rural environments
  • The impact of Church reforms on the physical structures and landscapes of the monastic Church
  • Monastic space (liturgical, social and architectural aspects)
  • Patronage networks
  • Architecture and identities
  • Written sources for understanding the monastic environment

The conference programme and further details will be released shortly.

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