Conference: Pillaging Sacred Spaces (Cologne, 3-4 May 18)


Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln, Weyertal 59 (Rückgebäude), 3. Stockwerk, Bibliothek, 50937 Köln, Germany, May 3 – 04, 2018
Pillaging Sacred Spaces. Diachronic and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

While plundering has been an intrinsic part of warfare throughout human history,  his workshop will explore the specifi c notion of pillaging sacred space from  iachronic and cross-cultural perspectives. How is looting and destroying sacred space negotiated, conceived, and judged within the framework of conquest? Are individual ‘arch-plunderers’ discernible in various ancient and medieval cultures? How should we read accounts of pillaging sacred space? The speakers address these and related questions by analysing the plundering histories of particular sites and by tackling broader cultural trends and infl uences such as economic factors, religious zealotry, and the possibility of creating or enforcing norms.


Thursday, 3rd May 2018

9:30 Welcome and Introduction
Mabi ANGAR (Cologne) and Yvonne PETRINA (Munich)

Chair: Hansgerd BRAKMANN

10:00 Yuval LEVAVI (Ramat Gan)
Pillaging the First Temple: Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE

10:45 Galit NOGA-BANAI (Jerusalem)
Seconda Casa Gerusalemme – Roma: The Arch of Titus and Jerusalemite Relics in Rome

11:30 Katharina PALMBERGER (Jerusalem)
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Its History of Plundering

12:15 Lunch Break

Chair: Susanne WITTEKIND

14:00 Peter ORTH (Cologne)
Plundering Constantinople in 1204. The Latin Accounts

14:45 Mabi ANGAR (Cologne)
The Plundering of Hagia Sophia in 1204 as Pictured by Niketas Choniates

15:30 Coffee Break

Chair: Beate FRICKE

16:00 Konstantin KLEIN (Bamberg)
Letters of Stone: Narratives of Destruction in the Late Antique East (4th–7th centuries)

16:45 Han Hsien LIEW (Cambridge, MA)
Caliph Yazid ibn Mu‘awiya‘s Attack on Mecca and Medina in Islamic Historical Memory

17:30 Eva ORTHMANN (Göttingen)
Plundering Hindu and Buddhist Sanctuaries in India under Mahmud of Ghazna

Friday, 4th May 2018

Chair: Karl-Joachim HÖLKESKAMP

10:00 Sonya NEVIN (Roehampton)
Pillaging Sacred Space in Late Archaic and Classical Greek Warfare

10:45 Sema KARATAŞ (Cologne)
How to Plunder Thoroughly? – C. Verres and the Sacred Island of Sicily

11:30 Béatrice CASEAU (Paris)
Religious Rage or Economic Reasons: Pillaging Sacred Spaces in Late Antiquity

12:15 Lunch Break

Chair: Sabine von HEUSINGER

14:00 Miriam CZOCK (Duisburg-Essen)
Pillaging Churches in the West During the Early Middle Ages

14:45 Susanne WITTEKIND (Cologne)
Cities Destroyed, Treasures Removed. How Medieval Chronicles Report on Pillaging in the Iberian Peninsula

15:30 Felicitas SCHMIEDER (Hagen)
The Mongolian Sack of Bagdad in 1258 and Its Perception in the West

16:15 Final Discussion



Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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