Presentation of the lecturers

Lecturers at the conference Roof trusses as historical sources – craftsmanship, constructions and datings of medieval churches, November 8th-9th 2022.

Markus Dahlberg

Markus Dahlberg, Sweden. PhD in art history. Dissertation in 1998 at the University of Gothenburg with a thesis on medieval churches near the diocesan town of Skara, assistant project manager for the project “The parish churches. Cultural heritage and building history” and editor of the project’s national overview, published in 2008. Now head of the unit Cultural Heritage Support at the Church of Sweden’s Central Office in Uppsala.

Robin Gullbrandsson

Archaeologist and buildings conservator at Västergötlands museum, PhD Student at The Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg. He has been engaged in several surveys of medieval timber roofs since 2010.

Nathaniel Alcock

Dr Alcock is an Emeritus Reader at the University of Warwick. He has made a lifelong study of vernacular architecture and social history, publishing extensively in these fields, and he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and former president of the Vernacular Architecture Group. His interests focus particularly on medieval buildings in Britain and their timber structures, also including the relationship between early roofs in England and in continental Europe.

Tilo Schöfbeck

To be completed.

Per Kristian Madsen

Per Kristian Madsen, 1953–, (medieval archaeology and art history). I began as a Museum Curator in Ribe from 1982–1995 (pottery and church roofs), then Museum Director in Vejle until 1998 (Viking Age Jelling etc.). I joined the National Museum of Denmark as a Head of the Department of Middle Ages and Renaissance until 2003 (churches). 2004 to 2008 I was a Deputy Director and Head of Research and Dissemination and then Director General of the National Museum until 2017. I then returned as a Museum Curator until 2020 (churches). Since my retirement, I happily continued working voluntarily at the Museum as a researcher (Jelling Monuments, medieval churches and their roofs, pottery).

Karl-Magnus Melin

Karl-Magnus Melin is a craft researcher and carpenter. In 2014–2022 Project Manager of “Historic carpentry art in the Diocese of Lund”. Since 2018 PhD student at the University of Gothenburg. The aim is to understand craft from perspectives within the zeitgeist it was a part of.

Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist

Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist is Associate Professor both of History and Physical Geography at Stockholm University, Sweden. His current research interests range from legal history to the link between past climate variability and historical harvest yields, the effect of plague outbreaks on the history of European building activity, and socio-political aspects of historical food (in)security. He is the author and co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, the author of two scholarly monographs, and the author of four popular science books.

Frédéric Epaud

Frédéric Épaud, a CNRS research fellow at the Laboratoire Archéologie et Territoires, UMR 6173 in Tours, specialises in the study of ancient and medieval carpentry techniques. His work focuses on the evolution of Romanesque and Gothic frameworks, timber, forestry and the forest in the Middle Ages, as well as the wooden architecture of ancient times through archaeological excavations, ethnography and experimentation.

Panu Savolainen

Panu Savolainen is an architect, historian and professor of history of architecture at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland). He earned his MA in Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology (2009), MA in history from University of Turku (2013) and PhD in history from University of Turku (2017). He is currently specializing in medieval archaeology and 20th century suburbs but his earlier research has focused on 18th and 19th century Turku and urban history. Savolainen has authored six books, including a children’s book, and over 40 scholarly articles. He has also worked as a practicing architect, including housing design, urban planning and ruin conservation. He is leading the project ‘Deciphering roofs: Historic Timber Structures of Finland and Architectural Innovations in Late Medieval Europe’ (@keskiajanpuu) 2020–2024 (Funded by the Finnish Cultural Foudation and Kone Foudation).

Ola Storsletten

Ola Storsletten was educated as an architect. As an employee he has mainly worked with old churches in Norway. In 2002 he delivered a doctoral dissertation about the original roof construction in Norwegian churches from the period 1100–1350.


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