Gatti co-organizes conference in Salisbury, England

Associate Professor of Art History Evan A. Gatti co-organized a 2-day conference held at Sarum College on the role of the medieval bishop as patron. 

Associate Professor of Art History Evan A. Gatti co-organized a two-day conference held at Sarum College titled "The Power of the Bishop 4: The Medieval Bishop as Patron". 

(Left) Luke Jerram’s installation, Gaia (Right) Bishop Poore holding Model of Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury England (photo by Evan A. Gatti)  
Held May 30-31 at the college in Salisbury, England, this was the fourth installation of a bi-annual conference hosted by The Power of the Bishop study group. This year’s conference was co-sponsored by Cardiff University (Wales), Medium Aevum: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, Episcopus: The Society for the Study of the Medieval Bishop and the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages, with support from Elon’s Center for the Study of Religion, Society, and Culture.

The conference included two days of sessions with presenters at all stages in their careers and from across the globe. The first day culminated in a keynote talk on “Problems with Patronage. The clergy, the laity and the relics of San Gimignano of Modena” by Edward Coleman from University College, Dublin, and ended with a roundtable discussion, facilitated by Gatti. During the roundtable, all conference attendees discussed the themes that will guide the publication of the conference proceedings.

The first conference resulted in an edited volume published by Brepols (;). A second and a third volume are in process. The final order of business for the roundtable was to develop the theme for the next conference.

Keep your eyes open for "The Power of the Bishop 5: The Bishop as Spiritual Leader" in Summer 2021.