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Call for Papers: „All on Walls“

10. Februar 2022

“All on Walls. Current Issues on Historical Wall Painting Science, Conservation, and Restoration“ 


Take part in the 28th EAA Annual Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, 31 August – 3 September 2022 and present your research on Roman wall paintings or on painted wall decoration from the Hellenistic through the Carolingian/ early Islamic time periods (circa 300 BCE to 800 CE) in the area of the Roman Empire.  

Contribute to the interdisciplinary dialogue between archaeologists, natural scientists, conservators, and curators to address the challenges of collection management and those related to the analysis of archaeological materials. 
If you’d like to be involved, all you need to do is submit an abstract to the EAA for Session 390 All on Walls! 


Four walls make a room, but what happens to them afterwards is what makes them “home”. During the Roman empire decorating wall-spaces was an integral part of ancient life and great effort, both technical and (often) financial, were made to transform a structural necessity into something that could uplift the spirit as well as communicate power and prestige through elaborate motifs and the use of expensive materials. Often this took the form of wall paintings, but decorative plaster, moldings, and tiles were used as well. Technological choices in ancient products and the provenance of resources are interesting meeting points for discussing cultural change and trade interactions in human history. Moreover, although it is a building-related art, the information we take from wall decorations is not always preserved in situ. Often, archaeological fragments are the only accessible resources, collections of which provide valuable information about their excavation, storage, conservation, and presentation history in addition to their archeological meaning.


An interdisciplinary dialogue between archaeologists, natural scientists, conservators, and curators is required to address the challenges of collection management and those related to the analysis of archaeological materials. We invite contributions that inspire this dialogue, and discuss their work on, e.g., the development of analytical instruments and techniques for cultural heritage research, production technology and provenance of materials used for wall paintings and other architectural elements. We also welcome contributions that address issues related to the conservation/restoration of wall paintings, representative and ethical sample selection, and storage, past and current display, and modern reconstruction of decorated wall surfaces.

The Session is organized by the University of Applied Arts, the University of Vienna, the Vienna Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Dresden University of Fine Arts. 
Start of Submission:  18 December 2021 
End of Submission:  10 February 2022, 23:59 CET 
Notification to Authors:  before 24 March 2022 
For more information regarding the submission klick 


10. Februar 2022