Keynote Speakers

New Perspectives in Castle Studies is very pleased to welcome several keynote speakers for the 2021 Conference. A tentative list of keynote speakers include:

Oliver Creighton is Professor of Archaeology and Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter. Prof. Creighton’s research and publications focus primarily on the archaeology of medieval Britain and Europe (for a list of key books, book chapters and articles, click the ‘Publications’ tab). Oliver’s work has a strong interdisciplinary dimension and he has a particular interest in medieval elite culture, buildings and landscapes. He has published widely on medieval castles and their wider social and landscape contexts, as well as other fortifications, including town and city walls. Oliver is also interested in the archaeology and history of designed landscapes, towns and townscapes, and in conflict archaeology and medieval warfare.

Markus Jeitler studied history and pre-historic and early history at the University of Vienna. He worked in cultural education and on a number of archaeological projects from 1993 to 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he was employed at the Commission for Art History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the framework of the research project ‘Die Wiener Hofburg 1521–1705’. He worked freelance from 2010 and collaborated with the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History in 2016. In 2017, he was employed at the Department of Art History at the Institute of Art History and Musicology at the Austrian Academy and joined the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History in 2018. Since september 2020 he has been working for the research units History of the Habsburg Monarchy and Art History.

After undergraduate and postgraduate study at University of East Anglia, Robert Liddiard worked as a research assistant for the University of Western Australia, Perth. He then spent two years teaching at the University of Wales, Bangor before returning to University of East Anglia to take up his current post in September 2002.  His teaching and research interests are in medieval and landscape history, particularly the history and archaeology of high status landscapes (secular and ecclesiastical), the vernacular landscape, parks and hunting as well as aspects of tenurial geography. His most recent books include Decline and Disparkment: Management Trends in English Deer Parks, 1500-1750 and Late Medieval Castles.

Ed Triplett is a Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. His research has focused on the architecture of Iberia’s military-religious orders, and the use of spatial methods for reconstructing medieval landscapes. He teaches courses on the design and construction of castles, monasteries and cathedrals during the Middle Ages, and on the use of GIS for mapping historical subjects. Ed has been a core member of the the Wired Lab for Digital Art History since 2016, and he is currently developing a 3D mapping project that reconstructs an early 16th century codex of Portuguese castle plans and perspective drawings known as “Book of Fortresses.”