Medieval Italy II is the second conference devoted to all aspects of the study of Medieval Italy, by historians, art historians and archaeologists alike. This year we will be travelling to the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland for the conference which takes place on 10 – 11 June 2005. The theme is ‘travel and movement’ and Patricia Skinner will be delivering a paper entitled ‘Byzantine bronze doors, international diplomacy and local politics in medieval Amalfi’.
Medieval Italy II follows two years after the inaugural British conference on medieval Italy which took place at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge in April 2003. Medieval Italy I had as its theme ‘transition and transformation’. Its sessions were: ‘the transformation of the Roman World’, ‘the ‘crisis’ of the 14th century’, ‘education in the later Middle Ages’, ‘money and banking’, ‘ethnicity and gender’ and ‘southern Italy’.
Medieval Italy II’s sessions were: ‘journeys to Rome’, ‘merchants and money’, ‘exile and immigration’, and ‘artists and artworks’. Plans are already afoot to arrange the Medieval Italy III conference in two years time (2007). The venue is to be decided but ideas for a theme included: ‘translation and transmission’, ‘identities’ and ‘perceptions of Italy from outside’ – or – ‘Italy: inside out’.
(Below: photographs of the conference delegates, speakers and guests pictured outside Plassey House, part of the University of Limerick campus.)