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CFP: Misericordia International Colloquium 2018: Choir Stalls & Their Patrons, Rijeka (Croatia), 13-16 September 2018

cdi16-32-15Call for Papers: Misericordia International Colloquium 2018: Choir Stalls & Their Patrons, Rijeka (Croatia), 13-16 September 2018
Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Notification of  paper acceptance: March 15, 2018

Misericordia International is an internationally active multidisciplinary network dedicated to the study of choir stalls and their relation to other artistic manifestations during the Middle Ages and to the dissemination of results. The intensive exchange with researchers from neighboring disciplines reveals interfaces between disciplines and subjects of research and provides new impulses for the study of choir stalls. The platform for scholarly exchange is the international conference organized  every two years.

The next colloquium will be held in Rijeka (Croatia) in September 2018. The conference seeks to explore and discuss the relation between choir stalls and their patrons. It aims to present original research in this field as well as to establish productive dialogue between scholars with a particular research interest in choir stalls. Artworks and their patrons have raised and continue to raise many research questions. While choir stalls have been studied extensively for the misericords with profane carvings, less research has been done on the commissions for this type of church furniture. In recent years the focus of choir stall research has moved toward makers and patrons, hence  the previous colloquium’s topic was dedicated to the craftsmen and their workshops. The 2018 conference will focus on problems of ecclesiastical and secular patrons and questions such as who were the patrons of choir stalls and to what extent were they responsible for the final result, or are there differences or similarities between choir stalls considering different patrons – members of chapters, parishes, female and male monastic communities, confraternities and private persons.

We welcome academic papers that will approach this subject in an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse way.

Acceptable topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
– collaboration between patrons and craftsmen (carpenters, sculptors and painters)
– results of the archival research;
– inscriptions and used typography on choir stalls;
– migrations of craftsmen and migrations of stylistic features;
– center versus periphery;
– depiction of patrons on choir stalls.

Following the conference, a two-day excursion – visit to selected choir stalls of the region – is planned.
The conference language is English. A publication of the proceedings of this conference is forseen.
Papers should not exceed anticipated maximum time of 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion.

A paper proposal should contain the title and abstract (500 words maximum). Each proposal should be accompanied by full contact information (home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number) and a short CV.

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to:

There is NO registration fee. Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and
coffee breaks during conference are covered by the organizers. Travel expenses and accomodation ARE NOT COVERED.


Conference: Choir stalls and their workshops (Greifswald, 23-26 June 2016)

IMG_2250 (1)Choir stalls were not only simple seating for the priests and monks. With their highly complex imaging systems they were also one of the most important and complex artistic tasks in medieval cathedrals, monastic churches, and even parishes.

In recent years, research has focused primarily on iconographic research and formal and stylistic analysis, as has the research of Misericordia International. There are very few studies dedicated to the workshops and their working conditions. Therefore this year the Misericordia International conference in Greifswald will deal with the workshop context of the choir stalls for the first time. In addition to questions about substantive and economic mechanisms of art production the conference will deal with basic knowledge craftsmanship such as the structure studies. It also examines the use of drawings and models in the production of choir stalls.

The venue Greifswald is chosen wisely. North Germany has a rich “choir landscape” whose research is a rewarding task. Nevertheless, despite work by relevant scientists that wealth is not well known, let alone scientifically. The colloquium will thus stimulate a reinterpretation of the liturgical furniture and provide new impulses.



23. Juni 2016

12.45 Registration

13.00 Frédéric Billet, President of Misericordia International (Sorbonne Paris IV): Welcome

13.10 Gerhard Weilandt (Universität Greifswald): Introduction

Section I
Workshop practices

13.20 Thomas Eißing (University Bamberg): Science of Joining structures as knowledge reservoir for workshop practices? A methodological introduction

14.00 Anja Seliger (Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung Berlin): To get an idea -Visualization as a starting point in the manufacturing process

14.40 Pause

14.50 Angela Glover (University of Toronto): Module as Model for Early Modern Choir Stalls

15.30 Kristiane Lemé-Hébuterne (Amiens): Big seats for fat Benedictines, small ones for slender Cistercians? – Some statistics on the size

16.10 Pause

Section II
16th- and early 17th-century choir stalls – Tradition or restart?

16.25 Volker Dietzel (Dresden): Berufsbezeichnungen und Werkzeugnamen der Tischler, Schreiner und Kistler

17. 05 Ulrich Knapp (Leonberg): The Choir stalls of Salem Cistercian Monastery Church as testimony of liturgical and economical reforms (1588 till 1593)

17.45 Jörg Lampe (Academy of Science Göttingen): The choir stalls of the monasteries of Pöhlde and St. Alexandri in Einbeck – Observations on their time of origin from an epigraphical and historical point of

18.25 Pause

19.00 Abendvortrag
Dorothee Heim (Berlin): The woodcarver Rodrigo Alemán. An international acting choir stalls maker and businessman in Spain about 1500.

20.15 Get-together

24. Juni 2016

09.30 Begrüßung

Sektion III
Choir stalls made of stone – A forgotten furniture

10.00 Jörg Widmaier (University Tübingen): The stone bench of Burs – Gotland’s masonry in context and their connections to the main land

10.40 Erika Loic (University Harvard): Liturgical Activation of Master
Mateo’s Stone Choir in Santiago de Compostela

11.20 Pause

11.40 James Alexander Cameron (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London): Microarchitectural reflexivity in the design of sedilia and choir stalls

Section IV
Authorshift and groups of work – Case studies

12.20 Willy Piron (Radboud University, Nijmegen): The bilobate misericords of the Lower-Rhine area: a local phenomenon?

13.00 Mittagspause

14.20 Christel Theunissen (Radboud University Nijmegen): Jan Borchman and his fellow craftsmen. The creation of choir stalls in the Low Countries

15.00 Barbara Spanjol-Pandelo (University of Rijeka): Matteo Moronzon – an artist or a project manager of a woodcarving workshop?

15.40 Pause

16.00 Detlef Witt (Greifswald): Die Wangen der Anklamer Chorgestühle

16.40 Kaja von Cossart (Drechow): The choir and other 13th century furniture in the Cistercian Monastery Doberan

17.20 Final Discussion

18.30 General Meeting of Misericordia International

20.00 Get-together

Samstag, 25. Juni 2016

Ganztagesexkursion (Bus)
35 Euro Fahr- und Eintrittskosten
Treffpunkt: 8.00 Uhr Bahnhofsvorplatz

Bad Doberan, Münster
Retschow, Dorfkirche
Rostock, Kulturhistorisches Museum Heiligkreuz und Universitätskirche
Ribnitz-Damgarten, St. Klarenkloster

Sonntag, 26. Juni 2016

Halbtagsexkursion nach Stralsund (Bahn)
12 Euro Fahr- und Eintrittskosten
Treffpunkt: 9.00 Uhr Bahnhof Greifswald

Wir werden die Stadt Stralsund zu Fuß erkunden. Bitte berücksichtigen Sie dies bei der Wahl ihres Schuhwerkes und der Kleidung.

St. Nikolaikirche
St. Jakobikirche (Depot)
Kulturhistorisches Museum Stralsund (ehemals St. Katharinenkloster)

Ende der Tagung gegen 15 Uhr.

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Upcoming Events

Conference: Misericordia International Conference (León, 29th May – 1st June 2014)

Misericordia International Conference
Choir Stalls in Architecture and Architecture in Choir Stalls
León, 29th May – 1st June 2014

Misericordia International was founded by Elaine C. Block (1925-2008) as an association dedicated to the research, awareness and study of choir stalls, and their relationship to other artistic expressions during the Middle Ages. Since its creation, it has promoted the celebration of a biannual international conference as a place for scientific exchange among those members of the research community interested in this topic, from a multidisciplinary point of view. Previous editions, celebrated in Cologne, Barcelona, Amiens, Angers, Sheffield, Rouen, Basel, Paris, Nijmegen and Gdansk, have provided a space to delve into the study of choir stalls from different points of view.

This next edition, under the title “Choir Stalls in Architecture and Architecture in Choir Stalls”, wants to highlight the importance of choir stalls in the spatial conception of cathedrals, and how sculptors used them to rehearse motifs, models and solutions of a formal, stylistic and constructive character, which would later be employed in architectural solutions.

There are four scheduled sessions:
Session I: Space, liturgy and architectural conception
Session II: Symbolism and Iconography
Session III: Study of prominent examples
Session IV: Destructions, interventions and Restorations

For more information, please visit the following website: misericordialeon2014