CfP: Medieval copper, bronze and brass. Dinant-Namur 2014

International symposium: Medieval copper, bronze and brass

History, archaeology and archaeometry of the production of brass, bronze and other copper alloy objects in medieval Europe (12th‐16th centuries)*

„Copper and its alloys, bronze and brass with varying concentrations of lead, have been used for a long time for making useful and decorative objects. The steep economic and demographic growth of the Middle Ages however abruptly changed the copper‐based industries and the market for their products. On the raw materials side, the search for ores intensified. Metals such as copper, tin and lead became more accessible and more affordable. Both the labour force and a strong demand for manufactured goods were concentrated in towns where guilds were being set up and trades were becoming organised. Workshops adapted to a rapidly growing market through specialisation, division of work and rationalisation of techniques, as well as offering cheaper goods. There was a gradual increase in the use of copper and its alloys for making everyday objects – examples include candlesticks, dress accessories such as sequins, decorative studs and belt buckles, but also domestic vessels such as, cauldrons, skillets, ewers, basins and other pots and pans for the kitchen or the dining table. In addition to these common objects, more exceptional ones testify to the diversity of the use of copper and its alloys for high class objects, both secular and liturgical. Made‐to‐order masterpieces included aquamanilia, candelabra for churches, lecterns or even more colossal works of art such as columns, gates, baptisteries, fountains, funeral monuments and, of course, bells. Copper is equally sought after for hand‐crafted products such as boilers for baths or dyers, weighing scales and other measuring instruments. Later in the Middle Ages copper alloys were used for artillery, clock making, and also as brass wire in the paper industry. Finally, copper is a component of the main alloys used in early medieval coinage.“

Call for Papers

The intended sessions and thus possible subjects for papers can be seen in the official CfP, downloadable at the bottom of this post. „Abstracts can be written in either French or English, with a title and the contact details of the main author, and should be sent by email as a Word document and with 2500 characters maximum, including spaces, to laiton.mosan@gmail.com. These abstracts will be submitted to the scientific committee. Presentations may be made in either French or English; simultaneous translation will be provided at the conference. The abstracts of the selected papers will be available on the symposium website (www.laitonmosan.org), as soon as the programme is finalised. Proceedings will be published, in French or in English, after the symposium by the Service public de Wallonie – Département du patrimoine in the collection Études et documents – Série archéologie.“

Deadline: „The proposals should be sent as soon as possible and before September 30th.“


Organising Committee

The Public Service of Wallonia (SPW)

The French National Institute for Preventive Archaeology (INRAP)

The Mosan Medieval Heritage Centre (MPMM)

And the Regional Cultural Centre at Dinant (CCRD)

Where and When

Dinant and Namur (Belgium)

15, 16 and 17 May 2014

„This symposium is organised in a town whose main medieval activity was focused on the metallurgy of copper and brass. Its aim is to present current knowledge of not only the medieval products, techniques, workshops and labour force, but also of the market and trade in these products. This symposium will present the research carried out in history.“


 

Original Source

Official CfP (pdf-file), sent to us via email by Jean PLUMIER and Nicolas THOMAS.

*The text of this post consists mostly of quotes from that CfP, extensive quotations are indicated by „…“.


Björn Gebert

Mitgründer und -herausgeber des Wissenschaftsblogs "Mittelalter. Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Rezeptionsgeschichte". Mediävist mit Forschungsinteressen in der Geschichte des Religiosentums und des Kardinalats. Laufendes Promotionsvorhaben bei Gerrit Jasper Schenk (TU Darmstadt) zu den "Ordenskardinälen" im 13. Jahrhundert. Zzt. wissenschaftlicher Bibliothekar an der ULB Darmstadt.

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