CFP: Imago & Mirabilia (Barcelona, 18-20 Oct 2018)

Extended deadline!

The Ways of Wonder in the Medieval Mediterranean

18-20 October 2018 | Museu Nacional d’Art de Cataluyna

The ways of wonder in the middle Ages were shaped by a variety of places, stories and beliefs with ancient sources reworked by the Christian tradition. Activated by the opening of the Mediterranean, religious, commercial and military travels spread Christian worship, accounts and prized objects throughout Christianity. The real and the imaginary adventures confronted their protagonists with fabulous characters and places. The cult of Eastern saints found anchor points in the Western world where they sometimes developed as strongly or even more, proving, therefore, their polycentric nature.

The aim of the Symposium is to bring together scholars from diverse fields of Medieval Studies to discuss the wonder and its images in the middle Ages. Three different areas of studies are proposed: Geographies / Stories / Objects.

You are welcome to submit your papers about one of the following three areas:

I Geographies

The sacred and the profane trace a topography of the wonder that fills the geography with unique places that are remote or potential scenarios of all kinds of prodigies. Traditional sacred history and heterogeneous hagiography, literature and pseudo-scientific treatises of antiquity, travelers and pilgrims’ chronicles and cartography contribute to regarding these places as lieux de mémoire.

II Objects

Relics and valuable, unusual or exotic objects are eagerly sought, believed to carry prodigious virtues or to be vestiges of creatures both remote and fabulous. Present in royal courts, in church treasuries or in wealthy homes, they are tangible forms of the supernatural. Some objects from the Eastern Christian world will achieve a remarkable legendary dimension.

III Stories

Written and visual stories were fundamental vehicles to consolidate and spread the wonder in the middle Ages. Its various forms find a great means of expression in both profane and hagiographic literature. Chronicles, novels and hagiographic tales report extraordinary events. Miracle, legend and adventure are constant in literature and in figurative arts.

Instructions & Information

• Deadline for submission of paper proposals is June 15, 2018.

• Personal details including e-mail address and phone number must be sent together with the title and paper proposal (max. 2100 characters), the name of your university / institution and a short CV to the email

• The length of the paper is 20 minutes. Papers will be submitted in Catalan, English, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese.

• Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals before July 1, 2018

For more information please visit the website


Published by ameliahyde

Amelia Roché Hyde holds an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she studied cross-cultural artistic traditions of medieval Spain, taking an in-depth look at the context and role of Spanish ivories within sacred spaces. Her favorite medieval art objects are ones that are meant to be handled and touched, and she has researched ivories, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum. Amelia is the Research Assistant at The Met Cloisters.

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