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									                           Ninth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

                               The Fabric of Community
                        Parish Material Cultures in Perspective
                               A one-day cross-disciplinary conference
                    Held jointly by the departments of History and History of Art
                                            IATL Studio
                              Millburn House, University of Warwick
                                        Saturday 21 May 2011
                                            11 am – 6 pm
Scope and Content
This one-day conference seeks to examine how scholars engage with works of art, architecture, and
other objects associated with late medieval and early modern parishes. Papers will offer a variety of
perspectives on use of the ‘fabric’ of parish churches as both a subject and source of evidence. Papers
from art historians, historical archaeologists and socio-cultural historians will enrich understanding
of parish communities and their material cultures through a synthesis of methodologies and
resources. The conference will additionally serve as a showcase for recent contributions by leaders in
the various fields, highlighting the risks and rewards for interdisciplinary endeavour. Delegates
should anticipate lively debate and an exploration of the methodological implications of the material
aspects of parish life in both British and wider European contexts.

As a joint venture between the departments of History and History of Art, this conference is
interdisciplinary in both structure and content. We have been fortunate to assemble a diverse group
of speakers, each working on a distinctive facet of parish material cultures and representing a
different scholarly perspective:

      Professor Nicholas Orme (University of Exeter, Department of History)
       Title: Doorway to Another World: Medieval Chapels in the Landscape, Church Life and Literature
      Dr Kate Giles (University of York, Department of Archaeology)
       Title: Stratford-upon-Avon Guild Chapel, Warwickshire: a medieval guild chapel and its Antiquarian

      Dr Federico Botana (Courtauld Institute of Art)
       Title: The Case of San Nicola at San Vittore del Lazio
      Dr Jennifer Alexander and Sofija Matich (University of Warwick, History of Art Department)
       Title: Creating and Recreating the Tombs to the Dukes of York in Fotheringhay Church

This programme underlines the Warwick Parish Network’s commitment to cross-disciplinary
collaboration and resource sharing by exposing participants to new approaches and a greater variety
of subject matter.

General Information
Cost of attendance is £12 for postgraduates and £25 for all other delegates (incl. lunch and

Registration forms are available online. The number of places is limited, so please complete and
return the form by 23 April 2011 at the latest to:

Sue Dibben
Centre Secretary/Conference Administrator
Humanities Research Centre
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Further general information about the Symposium available from the organisers, Sue Dibben at the
Humanities Research Centre, and on Warwick Parish Network homepage:


For a map and directions, see:


Co-organised by:
Dr Joanne Anderson                              Don White
History of Art                                  Department of History
University of Warwick                           University of Warwick
Joanne.W.Anderson@warwick.ac.uk                 dpwhite3@aol.com


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