Call for Papers: Saint Angelus, Carmelite: between history, hagiography & iconography on the Eighth Centenary of his martyrdom, deadline mid-December 2020

Licata (Sicily, Italy), 15th May 2021

The Eighth Centenary of the martyrdom of Saint Angelus (1220-2020) who is, together with Saint Albert of Trapani (†1307), one of the earliest saints of the Carmelite Order represents an important occasion to rediscover and revalue this figure. For this reason, the Postulator General and the General Archive of the Carmelite Order are organising an academic conference, for the purpose of reflecting on and deepening the study of Saint Angelus from historical, hagiographic and iconographic angles. 

Saint Angelus is counted as pater Ordinis of the Carmelite Order and his role was symbolically and iconographically central in the late medieval period, where he is represented in hagiographical and spiritual works. The conference will bring attention to a figure of great relevance who has not been the subject of focussed or systematic academic study.

Proposals for contributions are invited on topics including, but not limited to the following: 

• The history and reception of Saint Angelus in the Carmelite Order over the centuries. 

• Aspects of iconography and artistic history. 

• Liturgical aspects. 

• Hagiographical texts, literary traditions and references, including in non-Carmelite texts. 

• The late-medieval history of the Carmelite Order in Sicily, with particular reference to the historical context of Saint Angelus. 

• Connections between Saint Angelus, and Saints Francis and Dominic, founders of the other mendicant orders. 

Proposals of up to 300 words are invited, which should be sent, together with your biography and academic bibliography to before mid-December 2020. Presentations of up to 25 minutes may be given in Italian, English, Spanish or French, and will be subsequently collected in a volume published by Edizioni Carmelitane. 

Academic advisors: 

Fr. Mario Alfarano O.Carm. (General Archivist), 

Dr. Marco Papasidero


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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