4th Conference of the International Bridges Group

4th Conference of the International Bridges Group

Jana Gajdosova, International Bridges Group; Tina Enders, KRITIS-Graduiertenkolleg TU Darmstadt; Gerrit Jasper Schenk TU Darmstadt; Rainer Liedtke, Universität Regensburg
University of Regensburg, Vielberth Building H25
Vom - Bis
24.08.2018 - 26.08.2018
International Bridges Group

After three successful conferences in London, Prague and Salisbury, the meeting of the International Bridges Group in 2018 will be taking place in Regensburg (24–26 August). The partners of this year’s conference are the Chair of European History at Regensburg University, the Chair of Medieval History at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Research Training Group KRITIS at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.
The conference will bring together historians, art historians and archeologists. The goal is to discuss new ideas on medieval bridges and cities in which these bridges are located.
One focus of the meeting will be English medieval bridges, followed by bridges of Central Europe and the Byzantine region.

The weekend programme will include a guided tour of the city and the cathedral of Regensburg, and a close study of the stone bridge, its existing and non-existing towers, and the hospital close to it.
The conference fee for all delegates will be 60 Euros (including admission fees and catering on Saturday).

If you are interested in participating in the conference please send an e-mail to schilz@pg-tu-darmstadt.de until 10th of August 2018.


Friday, August 24

7 pm Dinner

Saturday, August 25

8:45 pm Welcome
9-10 pm Guided tour of Regensburg Cathedral

Section I: London and beyond: Bridges of medieval England
(Chair: Gerrit Jasper Schenk)

11-12:30 pm
Peter Cross Rudkin: The Waterloo Bridge
Dorian Gerhold: The buildings on the London Bridge
David Harrison (London): Eleventh and twelfth century bridges: A comparison of England and continental Europe

12:30-2 pm Lunch

Section II: Medieval Bridges of Central Europe
(Chair: Jana Gadjosová)

2-3:30 pm
Christian Forster (GWZO, Leipzig): Annotations of a map of medieval bridges in Central Europe
Alice Klima (University of Georgia): Bridge of Reform: the Roudnice Bridge on the Elbe in the Medieval Bohemian Landscape
Charlotte Neubert (University of Regensburg): Bridge and hospital of Regensburg

3:30-4 pm Coffee break

Section III: Construction, Desctruction and Restauration of Bridges
(Chair: David Harrison)

4-5:30 pm
Galina Finagarova (University of Vienna): Byzantine Stone Bridges: Building Materials, Construction Techniques, and Structural Innovations
Stephanie Eifert/ Gerrit Jasper Schenk (TU Darmstadt): Destructive powers and conserving rituals: Frankfurt's bridge as 'critical infrastructure' and the Magdalena-flood of 1342
Saliah Yeke (Bursa): The Irgandi Bridge

8 pm Conference Dinner

Sunday, August 26

9:30-10:30 am Visit of the Regensburg bridge
10.30-12 pm Visit of the Hospital and Old Town
12-1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30-2:30 pm Visit of the Historisches Museum
7 pm Informal Dinner


Anita Schilz

TU Darmstadt, Institut für Geschichte
Dolivostraße 15, 64293 Darmstadt