Monastic Life 2014




Monastic Life, Art and Technology at Bizere Monastery (Arad County, Romania) is an interdisciplinary three-years research project supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFICDI, that aims to investigate the remains of Bizere abbey (Frumușeni, Arad County).

The Bizere abbey was founded by Benedictines prior to the middle of twelfth century on an island located in the valley of the River Mureş - an important salt route. It functioned with numerous disruptions until the sixteenth century when it gradually fell into ruin. Archaeological excavations conducted in 1981 and 2001-2009 already uncovered many parts of the buildings’ foundations that belonged to the abbey. Among buildings one can note the presence of a rectangular construction (probably the abbot`s palace), a Romanesque main church (a three-nave basilica with two in situ floor mosaics) and a Romanesque chapel; a cloister including the refectory, but also additional built spaces on the eastern, southern, and western sides, connected to the cloister or built as independent constructions. Other buildings still remain unexcavated. Furthermore, the archaeological investigations unearthed many fragments of Romanesque stone carvings, as well as a wide variety of ceramic, metal, and bone artefacts. Some of them suggest that the abbey was a production centre of various everyday life objects.

In close connection with some of the objectives and questions of the Bizere monastery project, the research team members warmly invite scholars from different fields of research to submit proposals for the international conference entitled:


The conference will be held at

University “1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia

Department of History, Archaeology and Museology

16th-18th October 2014

We welcome proposals for individual papers (15-20 minutes in length) and poster presentations (10 minutes in length) on the following topics: 

1. Monastic landscape; spatial organization of monastic complexes

2. Monastic wealth sources

3. Monastery as production centre; resources, craft and technology

4. Usage of art in the monastic milieu; artistic connections

The conference will include plenary lectures (to be announced) and thematic sessions for papers and posters of registered delegates.

Working language: English

Proposal submission

Please include the following information with your proposal:

a) full title of your paper or poster presentation;

b) abstract (ca. 250 words);

c) name of the author, position, institutional affiliation, a short biography (ca. 150 words), and a list of five publications related with the subtopics of conference.

The proposals saved in MS Word or PDF format will be sent by e-mail to:; subject header: “Paper abstract” or “Poster presentation abstract”.

Poster proposals

Posters provide an alternative to presenting a new research or a study case at the conference. They could be displayed during the session posters. Individuals will have then the option to introduce themselves and their poster in during maximum 10 minutes. Poster display requirements will be given later.


Deadline for proposals: 20 March 2014

Notification of acceptance: 28 April 2014


All proposals will be peer-reviewed.


Selected papers delivered at the conference will be eligible for publication. Deadline: 5 December 2014.

Registration fee

Registration: 40 Euros

Accepted speakers should pay the registration fee after the acceptance notification. Enrolment deadline and payment methods are to be specified later.

Student fee: 20 Euros

Guest Lecturer

Xavier Barral i Altet (Emeritus Prof., Universities of Rennes 2 France and Venice Ca'Foscari Italy)

Les mosaiques de pavement romanes de Bizere: un programme iconographique et décoratif occidental de style très original aux portes de l'Orient byzantin

Scientific Committee

PhD József Laszlovszky (Central European University Budapest, HU)

PhD Pál Lövei (Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU)

PhD Adrian Andrei Rusu (Institute of Archaeology and History of Art of Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, RO)

PhD Béla Zsolt Szakács (Central European University Budapest, HU) 

Organising Committee

PhD Ileana Burnichioiu, Head of Organising Committee (University ”1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia, RO,;

PhD Peter Hügel (Arad Museum Complex, RO) 

PhD Oana Toda (University ”1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia, RO)

PhD. Martin Krenn (Bundesdenkmalamt, Landeskonservatorat für Niederösterreich) 


Planned visits at the Roman-Catholic St. Michael`s Cathedral and the Batthyaneum Library in Alba Iulia, will be taking place during the conference.


An exhibition with artifacts from Bizere will be organised in conjunction with the international conference.

Travel and accommodation 

All speakers are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation; relevant information about hotels will be provided later.

Other information

For further information please contact the organizers at:;

To download the Call for Papers as a .pdf Document click here.



List of participants

Workshop 2013: Bizere monasteryold and new research (16-17th October 2013, Arad)