Cfp: "Cave Art and Architecture" International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 7-10 May 2020. (Deadline extended)

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Call for Papers
May 7, 2020 to May 10, 2020
Michigan, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies

Cave Architecture and Art in the Middle Ages.


Cave churches, monasteries and dwellings can be admired throughout the Mediterranean, where they often appear next to and even intertwined with the built environment. And yet, with the exception of southern Italy and Cappadocia, they are rarely included in studies of the art and architecture in the Mediterranean (broadly understood). This session seeks to explore the role of cave architecture and art in the urban topography of Eurasia and Africa.


With the exception of Ethiopia and Cappadocia, caves structures are often dismissed because of their small size and simplicity. However, caves and other underground spaces played essential roles in medieval cultures, as demonstrated by their mural decorations and how they appear in hagiographies, pilgrimage accounts and other genres of literature. We are looking for multi-disciplinary papers that argue for the integration of cave architectures within our understanding of the broader Mediterranean during the medieval period. Papers from all disciplines are encouraged.


Please send paper proposals of 300 words to the session organiser, Maria Harvey (, by 30 September 2019, together with a short C.V. and a completed Participant Information form.

Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract.

All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

Contact Info: 

Organiser: Maria Harvey, PhD

Department of History of Art,

University of Cambridge. 

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