Conference: The Art of Ritual: Object, Image and Space in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (17th May 2014)

Senate Room, Senate House, London, United Kingdom, May 17, 2014
Registration deadline: May 6, 2014

This conference is organized by three Junior Fellows of the Institute
of Historical Research from diverse scholarly backgrounds: Dhwani Patel
(KCL), Wendy Sepponen (University of Michigan) and Jo Edge (RHUL). It
will bring together two fields of research – the material and the
ceremonial – that are intimately connected but rarely explored together
in a conference setting.

The Art of Ritual aims to bring focus to how material culture and art
(broadly defined) fits into and shapes ritual, and will be organized
into three principal thematic strands. The first is art that influenced
ritual, for example space and site specificity, or the importance and
history of a particular place, site or space in connection with ritual.
The second is art that reflected ritual, for example representations of
processions. The final strand concerns objects and images that
functioned as an integral part of ritual, for example relics and
magical diagrams.


Registration and coffee

Urban Architecture and Religious Ritual
Chair: Dhwani Patel

Zoë Opacic (Birkbeck)
‘The Architecture of Ritual in Central Europe’

Tom Nickson (The Courtauld Institute)
‘New Rituals? Art in the Age of Reconquest’

10.45-11.15 Morning coffee

Art and Communal Devotion
Chair: Wendy Sepponen

Achim Timmermann (University of Michigan)
‘Golgotha, Now and Then: Image and Sacrificial Topography in Late
Medieval and Early Modern Europe’

Marianne Gilly-Argoud (Université Pierre-Mendès-France)
‘Living Incarnation within depictions of the sacraments: art and ritual
in late medieval alpine iconography’

12.30-1.30 Lunch

Ritual and the Unorthodox Imagination
Chair: Jo Edge

Natalia Petrovskaia (University of Cambridge)
‘Literary Fiction or Anthropology: Mapping Imaginary Ritual’

Sophie Page (University College London)
‘Art and ritual in medieval learned magic’

2.45-3.15 Afternoon coffee

Place, image and everyday ritual
Chair: Wendy Sepponen

Andrew Murray (University College London)
‘Everlasting and Transitional Rituals Amongst the Mourners of Philip the

Adriana de Miranda (University of Bologna)
‘Ancient custom between Art and Rituality’

Round table discussion

5.00-7.00 Wine reception

Registration costs £10 (£5 students/retired/unwaged) which includes
refreshments, lunch and wine reception on the day. Registration deadline
is Tuesday 6 May 2014.

To reserve your place please email as
soon as possible.


Published by James Alexander Cameron

I am an art historian working primarily on medieval parish church architecture. I completed my doctorate on sedilia in medieval England in 2015 at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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