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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Fr. Mario Alfarano O.Carm. (General Archivist),
Dr. Marco Papasidero