Call for Papers: ‘Saints in the Slavic Christian World (900-1400)’, 9 November 2021 (Deadline 30 September 2021)

Saints in the Slavic Christian World (900–1400): Assessing Culture, Power, Religion and Language in Slavic Hagiographies and Religion Literature, Online, November 9, 2021

Prof. dr. Dieter Stern, University of Ghent: ”Founder saints and the consolidation of Christianity among the Slavs”

Research fellow, Emil Hilton Saggau, Lund University: ”Killing the Tsar again – power, revenge and warriors in early Slavic hagiographies”

The various Slavic realms of the early medieval period converted to Christianity in different pace and modes. This religious turn was also one that encompassed cultural and social change, which is mostly visible in the broad ranges of Slavic hagiographies and religious literature airings after 900. The formation of Slavic saints provide in-roads into the Slavic societies and their cultivation and localization of Christian culture and religion. The early Christian Slavic literature calls for further examination and assessment to shed further light on the shaping of culture, power, religion and language, which we hope this seminar will provide room for.

In this seminar, a range of scholars are invited to present and discuss this particular Slavic sense of Christianity in order to bring together different perspectives and methods on the topic. The session invites speakers to focus on the brokering and shaping of Slavic Christian culture, power, religion and language, as its comes to the surface in these types of sources.

Papers focusing on conversion, power and hagiographies are in particular welcomed, as well as papers that discuss the development of Slavic saints and hagiographies in relations to Byzantium, Scandinavia or Western Europe.

Please send a title, abstract (200 word) and short bio to before 30th September 2021.

Jointly hosted by Lund University, Ghent University, and the Balkan History Association.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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