Conference schedule

Here is the conference schedule for 6-7 May. The schedule might change at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances, so keep an eye on this post. Looking forward to welcoming you to St Andrews in May!

NOTE: each session is scheduled to last one hour and 10 minutes. Please plan accordingly for three 20-minutes-or-less papers, followed by 10 minutes Q&A.


Friday, 6 May 2016

09:30 – 10:00   Registration and coffee (The Undercroft)

10:00 – 10:10   Organizers’ address


10:10 – 11:20   Session 1 – The stuff of everyday life (Old Class Library)

Sarah Mirza (Assistant Professor, College of Wooster, Ohio, USA)

Shoes, Writing: recycled leather in the material culture of writing in pre-Islamic Arabia and early Islam

Neus Serra (PhD Candidate, University of Balearic Islands, Spain)

Medieval pottery as a multifunctional object

Meg Williams (Senior Lecturer, University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Recycled Rags and the Politics of Paper in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe


11:20-11:30 Short break


11:30 – 12:30   Keynote speaker (Old Class Library)

Richard Oram (Professor of Medieval History, University of Stirling, UK)

From Riches to Rubbish: Changing Perceptions of Domestic Waste in Late Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Towns


12:30 – 13:30   Lunch (The Undercroft)

13:30 – 13:40   Relocation to Martyr’s Kirk

13:40 – 14:30   Special Collections Showcase: Reuse and Recycling in the Archive

14:30 – 14:40   Relocation to the Old Class Library

14:40 – 15:10   Coffee break


15:15 – 16:30   Session 2 – Material legacies in the urban world (Old Class Library)

Imogen Tedbury (PhD Candidate, National Gallery and the Courtauld Institute, UK)

Re/Constructing the medieval fresco: the ottocento afterlives of the Lorenzetti San Francesco fragments

Marcus Meer (PhD Candidate, Durham University, UK)

Recycling the Roman Past: The Interplay of Ancient Remains, Representative Strategies, and Historical Narratives in Late Medieval Augsburg

Kaarel Truu (PhD Candidate, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia)

Reuse and afterlife of medieval architecture in Tallinn


16:35 – 17:50   Session 3 – The afterlife of Roman material culture (Old Class Library)

Meg Boulton (Research Affiliate, University of York, UK)

“The Foundations Were Laid”: (re)considering the symbolic significance of spolia in Anglo-Saxon material culture

Indra Werthmann (PhD Candidate, University of Durham, UK)

The Image of the Past in New Contexts – The significance of reusing Roman objects in early Anglo- Saxon society, 5th to 7th century AD

Romy Wyche (Researcher, University of Oslo, Norway)

Pagan iconographies in Christian contexts: thoughts on the reuse of late Roman sarcophagi during the Middle Ages

17:50 – 18:50   Wine reception (The Undercroft)

19:00               Dinner (Prezzo)



Saturday, 7 May 2016

9:30 – 10:00     Coffee (The Undercroft)


10:00 – 11:00   Keynote (Old Class Library)

Kathryn M. Rudy (Senior Lecturer in Medieval Art History, University of St Andrews, UK)

Assembled from disparate parts: Medieval Manuscripts, Upcycled and Recycled

11:00 – 12:15   Session 4 – Ecclesiastical materialities Reading, writing, recycling (Old Class Library)

Ingrid Lunnan Nødseth (PhD Candidate, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Stiches in time: reusing medieval ecclesiastical embroideries

Rebecca Levitan (PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Unburied Treasures: Re-Use of Precious Classical Stone Vessels in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Rachel Hiser (MA Candidate, University of North Texas, USA)

Inheritance of Process: Materialities of the Fourteenth-century Pieta and their reimagined presence in the prints of Kathe Kollwitz

12:15 – 13:15   Lunch (The Undercroft)


13:20 – 14:10 Session 5 – Reading, writing, recycling (Old Class Library)

Jennifer Awes-Freeman (PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA)

The Ashburnham Pentateuch: A sixth-century manuscript reimagined

Katharina Nordhofen (MA Candidate, University of Vienna, Austria)

More Than a Frame: Strategies of appropriation of Byzantine ivories on Ottonian book covers

14:10 – 15:00   Guided tour of ‘recycled’ St Andrews

15:00 – 15:25   Coffee break


15:30 – 16:30   Keynote (Old Class Library)

Emily Butterworth (Senior Lecturer in Early Modern French, King’s College London, UK)

Wrappings and Worse: Early Modern Fantasies of Books’ Afterlives


16:30 – 17:45   Session 6 – Recycled relics and reliquaries (Old Class Library)

Laura Veneskey (Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA)

Everything New is Old Again: The Long History of a Byzantine Icon at Sassoferato

Hannah Iterbeke (PhD Candidate, University of Leuven, Belgium)

Enclosing and Reframing Past Devotion: The Sixteenth-Century Enclosed Gardens as Redefining Structures

Sophie Rigby (MA Graduate, Courtauld Institute of Art, UK)

Another chip off the ivory block? A Twelfth-Century Palermitan box


17:45 – 18:45   Wine reception (The Undercroft)

19:00               Dinner (Ogstons)


Header image: University Library logo stamp. Image courtesy of University Library Special Collections.

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