Appel à contribution : « Defend Sacred Spaces in the Medieval Mediterranean », Isola di Lipari, Parco Archeologico Luigi Bernabò Brea, 3-5 octobre 2024, date limite le 16 juin 2024

Starting from the end of the 9th century, important events including the disintegration of the Carolingian empire and the advance of populations from northern and eastern Europe and the Arab world triggered a phase of insecurity and political instability. The Mediterranean, a place of meetings and exchanges between culturally and geographically distant populations, was particularly affected by these events. In a climate full of tension, threatened by internal conflicts and the advance of non-Christian populations, it became essential to defend the “home of God”. This concept translated architecturally into the adoption of design solutions inherited from military architecture. Throughout the eastern and western Mediterranean, numerous monasteries, abbeys, and churches acquired the appearance of fortresses, marked by high defensive towers and wall-walk, often integrated with the walls and defensive structures of the cities. Architectural innovations, useful for the defence of a single monument or entire villages and cities, spread quickly across the Mediterranean and its areas of influence, acquiring territorial specificities.

Considering the historical context between the 9th and 14th centuries, the II International “Mm3a” Conference in Lipari proposes the development of a framework on fortified religious architecture through: the analysis of the relationships between the regional architectural solutions and the socio-economic contexts, the studies of exchange methodologies and models dissemination and their adjustments according to local building traditions.

To this end, the study topics on fortified religious complexes are:

  • the formation of the architectural phenomenon in relation to the respective regional, cultural, and religious contexts;
  • the main players: commissioner, creators, users;
  • the diffusion of architectural models and construction techniques;
  • the contributions of the ecclesiastical and knightly religious orders in the architectural field;
  • restoration as a tool for knowledge;
  • historical sources, ecclesiological doctrines, and monastic culture.
  • art, iconography, and forms of representation

The Scientific Commitee of the Conference is composed:

  • Coordinator: Rosario Vilardo
  • Members: Xavier Barral i Altet, Tancredi Bella, Giovanni Coppola, Lamia Hadda, Andreas Hartmann-Virnich, Vinni Lucherini, Andrea Pala, Alessandro Taddei, Carlo Tosco, Guglielmo Villa

The Conference will include papers and a poster session. Proposals for participation relating to reports or posters must include:

  • the title;
  • adhesion to one of the thematic areas;
  • an abstract of a maximum of 2000 characters;
  • five key words;
  • a curriculum vitae of the proposer (not exceeding 500 characters);

and must be sent by June 16th to the address:

Interventions of maximum 20 minutes are expected. The Scientific Committee will evaluate the proposals sent by June 30th and will communicate their possible acceptance, as a report or as a poster, inserting them in the Conference session deemed most suitable. The Conference includes the publication of the contributions in a monographic volume within the “Architettura Medievale” series (directed by Silvia Beltramo and Carlo Tosco), published by “All’insegna del Giglio”. Adequate space in the publication will also be reserved for posters admitted to the specific session. The languages of the Conference are the following: Italian, English, French and Spanish. The organization of the conference will offer lunches on 4 and 5 October, dinners on 3 and 4 October and coffee breaks for all participants.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 16 June 2024
  • Notification of acceptance of proposals: 30 June 2024
  • Conference date: 3-4-5 Cctober 2024

Scientific secretariat
Fabio Linguanti

Organisational secretariat and information
Fabio Linguanti
Arianna Carannante


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Florence Larcher (29 mai 2024). Appel à contribution : « Defend Sacred Spaces in the Medieval Mediterranean », Isola di Lipari, Parco Archeologico Luigi Bernabò Brea, 3-5 octobre 2024, date limite le 16 juin 2024. Collectif d'Historiens de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 19 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

Florence Larcher

Florence Larcher est doctorante à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches sur les images de saint Roch en Italie de 1350 à 1680 l'amènent à étudier la peinture murale, la sérialité et l'itinérance des peintres.

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