The Anecdotal Way to Santiago de Compostela


 The Anecdotal Way to Santiago de Compostela

Keynote Lecture by David L. Simon

Given at the 34th Annual Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum

travelPlymouth State University hosted its 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum last weekend, with this year’s theme on Travel, Contact, Exchange.

Some of the questions asked for this year’s conference include:

  • How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
  • What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
  • What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
  • How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?

The keynote speaker, David L. Simon, is the Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is co-author of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Click here to learn more about the Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum

Sharan Newman