This special session wishes to analyze the multiple sources and multimedia of Marian processions and pilgrimages. The scientific importance of the session lies in understanding how these devotional practices could be perceived as a form of theatrical performance. The polysensoriality of these ephemeral events encouraged liturgical unity outside the church. Therefore, how did the civic environment interact and participate in these religious rituals? And finally, how did processions and pilgrimages contribute to developing an urban Marian cult by enhancing a deep local cohesion?
The session will encourage an interdisciplinary approach. Liturgy, music, drama, and visual arts were deeply interconnected with the expression of Marian devotions. For this reason, these elements will be examined in relation to processions and pilgrimages to understand the dramatization of the Virgin’s cult. This multimedia approach provides the groundwork for new perspectives on Medieval performance in general. Moreover, the analysis of case studies will not only aim to highlight specific aspects and general phenomena in Late Medieval Europe, but also to define identities and devotees’ experiences in the reality of processional performance.
Scholars are invited to submit a 300-word abstract, excluding references. Proposals should also include name, affiliation, email address, the title of the presentation, 6 keywords, a selective bibliography, and a short CV. The panel is expected to take place as part of the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will be in a hybrid format, Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, 2023. Please send the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 13, 2022.