CFP: Power, Prayer and Public Archaeology, Trim, 2 – 3 Jul 2013

Closing date for proposals:

Power, Prayer and Public Archaeology,
Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland (Knightsbrook Hotel),
July 2nd-3rd 2013.

A conference in celebration of 750 years since the foundation of the Black Friary.

The conference aims to explore the archaeology and material culture of Religious Houses in late medieval Europe, through innovative approaches to new stories.

Download: IAFS Conference Call for Papers 02-2013

Through interdisciplinary approaches, we want to address how the introduction of continental monastic orders impacted locally on social order, material culture, economy, burial practice, and the role of men, women and children.Themes will include European-wide research, Ireland-focused studies, architectural style and technologies and a focus on the Black Friary Dominican site in Trim Co. Meath as a case study. The latter will include papers on community and public archaeology, an integral part of the Black Friary Archaeology Project.Papers are invited from established researchers, specialists and students on any subjects that may inform the themes of the conference. All sessions will include a short-paper section to allow students and recent graduates to showcase new or on-going research.The conference will be held in the medieval town of Trim, Co. Meath, home to the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, and situated on the banks of the River Boyne.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Dr. Ann-Julie Lafaye – University College DublinDr. Rachel Scott – Arizona State UniversityDr. Steinunn Kristjnsdttir – National Museum & University of Iceland SetbergDr. Steve Mandal – IAFSFinola O’Carroll – Principal Investigator, Black Friary Archaeology Project

Session formats

  •  Four sessions
  • 30 min. Speaker presentations
  • 10/20 min. New Researcher or
  • Student Speaker presentations
  • Field Trip
  • Conference function
  • Community event

 Important Dates

  •  February 2013  Call for Papers
  • Late April 2013  Papers Announced
  • May 2013   Registration
  • July 2nd-3rd 2013 Conference

Further details available here.


Costs will be confirmed later in the year, but it is the intention of the conference organisers to keep these to a minimum.


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