ExChanges : Rome across Time and Space

3 July 2008 - 5 July 2008

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane


Dr Claudia Bolgia (Lecturer in the History of European Art, University of Edinburgh)

with the assistance of
Dr Gianluca Raccagni (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of History, Cambridge)



Taking Rome as the pivotal point of enquiries, and covering a period of a thousand years, the conference proposes to explore the theme of cultural transmission across time (from ancient Rome to 'medieval' Rome) and/or space (from Rome to its 'neighbours' - Anglo-Saxon England, Carolingian Francia, Byzantium, Southern and Northern Italy, Gothic 'Europe' - and back to Rome itself).


The title, 'Ex Changes', aims to convey the reciprocity and mutual enrichment that derive from the transmission/reception of ideas and the processes of assimilation and transformation that secure and bring about cultural changes.


The interdisciplinary conference aims to centre on culture in its widest sense (including the legacy of Antiquity and the Classical Tradition, religious and political thought, liturgy and music, literacy, art and architecture), and explores how a wide range of cultural 'exports' developed a new independent life, which - in due course - was able in its turn to be influential in Rome itself. Discussed themes include, inter alia:

  • Imitation and recreation of Rome

  • Cultural transmission from the past to the present in Rome itself (i.e. from ancient Rome to medieval Rome)

  • Mechanisms that initiate and facilitate exchanges

  • Responses to cultural change and innovations (including resistance, misunderstanding, emulation)

  • Re-transmission of ideas

By bringing together scholars across a wide range of disciplines, articulating the quest across a number of case studies and wide time/place axes, and exploring how cultural exchanges work as catalysts for change in their turn, an implicit aim of the conference is to offer scholars an opportunity to engage each other, and their specialties, in a productive 'exchange' of ideas on the role of Rome in the transmission of culture throughout the Middle Ages.



The Trevelyan Fund


 All delegates are offered 20% discount on CUP books both at the reception (see programme for details) and for the duration of the conference.


3 July 2008







The insular scene
Moderator: Dr Anna Gannon, University of Cambridge 

14.00-14.20  Dr Jennifer O’Reilly (University College, Cork)
‘Rome and  Romanitas: Views from the Ends of the Earth’
14.20-14.40  Dr Jesse Billett (University of Cambridge)
‘The Liturgy of the “Roman” Office in England from Augustine to Aethelwold’ 
14.40-15.00  Questions
15.00-15.20  Prof. Éamonn O’Carragáin (University College, Cork)
‘The Periphery Rethinks the Centre:
Inculturating Roman Ideas in the Atlantic Islands AD 650-800’ 
15.20-15.40  Dr Jane Hawkes (University of York)
‘Through a Glass Darkly: Re- visualizing Rome in Anglo-Saxon Sculpture’
15.40-16.00  Questions and discussion


Coffee Break 


Imitating Rome in Carolingian Francia
Moderator: Prof. Rosamond McKitterick, University of Cambridge

16.20-16.40  Prof. Judson Emerick (Pomona College, Claremont, CA)
‘Building more romano in Francia during the third quarter of the  eighth century: The abbey church of Saint-Denis and its model ’
16.40-17.00  Prof. Yitzhak Hen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
‘The Romanisation of the Frankish liturgy:
Ideals, Practices, and the Rhetoric of Reform’
17.00-17.30  Questions and discussion


 Display of medieval manuscripts in the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College 


Dinner at Pembroke College 

4 July 2008


9.30 - 11.00

The Mediterranean World
Moderator Prof. Dale Kinney, Bryn Mawr College
9.30-9.50  Prof. John Osborne (Carleton University, Ottawa)
‘A Tale of Two Cities: Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between
Rome and Constantinople in the early Middle Ages’

9.50-10.10  John Mitchell (University of East Anglia)
‘Giudizio sul Mille: Rome, Montecassino,
San Vincenzo al Volturno, and the Beginnings of the Romanesque’
10.10-10.30  Dr Gianluca Raccagni (University of Cambridge)
‘Italia non est provincia sed domina provinciarum'. Perceptions of the privileges of ancient Roman Italy in the central Middle Ages ’
10.30-11.00  Questions and discussion

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break


Roman Texts and Roman Histories
Moderator: Dr Thomas Brown (University of Edinburgh)
11.30-11.50  Prof. Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge)
‘Roman texts and Roman History in the early Middle Ages’
11.50-12.10  Dr Frances Andrews (University of St Andrews) and
Dr Maurizio Campanelli (Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”)
‘Monumenta et historie: Combining Sources in Fourteenth-century
Descriptions of Rome’
12.10-12.30  Questions and discussion

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch and Coffee

14.00 - 15.40

The Legacy of the Past in Words and Stones
Moderator Prof. John Osborne, Carleton University
14.00-14.20  Dr Brenda Bolton (University of London)
‘Imitation and re-creation: Papal reflections on Rome and the Patrimony 1150-1216’
14.20-14.40  Prof. Sible de Blaauw (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen)
‘Reception and Renovation of early Christian Churches in High Medieval Rome’
14.40-15.10  Prof. Dale Kinney  (Bryn Mawr College, PA)
‘The Discourse of Columns’
15.10-15.40  Questions and discussion  

15.40 - 16.10 

Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.45 

Patrons, Artists and Ideas on the Move: Rome and France in the Thirteenth

Moderator Dr Claudia Bolgia, University of Edinburgh
16.10-16.30  Prof. Julian Gardner (University of Warwick)
‘French Patrons Abroad and at Home: 1260-1300’
16.30-16.50  Prof. Paul Binski (University of Cambridge)
‘Etienne d’Auxerre’s Visit to Rome in 1298’
16.50-17.20  Questions and discussion   


 Wine reception at Cambridge University Press (CUP will offer all
delegates 20% discount on CUP books both at the reception and
for the duration of the conference) 


 5 July 2008


9.30 - 10.30

Cultural Exchanges between Rome and Florence
in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
Moderator Dr Brenda Bolton, University of London 
9.30-9.50  Dr William R. Day, Jr  (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
'Antiquity, Rome, and Florence:
coinage and transmissions across time and space'
9.50-10.10  Prof. George Dameron (Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT)
‘From Rome to Florence and Back Again:
The Rôle of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Disputes
in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-century Tuscany’
10.10-10.30  Questions and discussion

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break


The Classical Tradition
Moderator Prof. Rosamond McKitterick, University of Cambridge
11.00-11.20  Prof. Michael Reeve (University of Cambridge)
‘Rome, Reservoir of Ancient Texts?’
11.20-11.40  Prof. Zygmunt Baranski (University of Cambridge)
‘Dante and the Transmission of the Latin Classics: The Case of Horace’
11.40-12.00  Dr Louise Bourdua (University of Warwick)
‘Exports to Padua Trecento Style: Altichiero’s Roman Legacy’
12.00-12.30  Questions and discussion

12.30 - 12.45

Final remarks  by Prof. Rosamond McKitterick 


End of Conference