- Byzantine spiritual heritage in the history of Ukraine-Rus’ and Eastern churches of the Kievan tradition
- the role and influence of the Byzantine Empire in the formation of Ukrainian national identity
- spiritual culture
- publishing and literature
- theological and philosophical thought
- religious traditions
CALL FOR PAPERS
Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250
21-23rd September 2016, Hatfield College, Durham University
Deadline: 1st June 2016
Abstracts are invited for a conference entitled ‘Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250’ to be held 21-23rd September 2016 at the University of Durham. All are encouraged to submit, from graduate students to established staff, and from all disciplines.
This conference will explore ideas of monastic practice and rhetoric towards the social and material world, both within and outside the cloister. Both individual monks and their communities engaged with the secular world, whether driven by necessity or by their own impetus, despite the perceived dangers of interactions with lay society and their values. This period saw the unprecedented amassing of material wealth by monastic communities, closer interaction with lay society alongside increasing divisions in the interpretation of St. Benedict’s Rule, especially in the sphere of wealth and its appropriate use. How monks endeavoured to maintain their adherence to monastic expectations in this new atmosphere is the chief concern of this conference. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Monastic dealings with money, offering, usury and communal wealth.
- Monks as landlords and secular lords.
- The rule of St. Benedict and the practicalities of life in the medieval monastery.
- Monks as builders and patrons of construction.
- Monks and their relationships with women and the secular social hierarchy.
- Monks and earthly goods.
- Monastic theological approaches to the relationship between the monk and the world.
Transcending disciplinary boundaries, this conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of monastic life and thought in order to examine the various ways that monks in Western Europe from the mid-eleventh to the mid-thirteenth century approached and interacted with the world around them. Papers are encouraged which deal with all areas of medieval western Europe, including Scandinavia.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 200-300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact details. The deadline for submissions is: 1st June 2016. Subsidies will be available for postgraduate delegates.
For more information about the conference, to join the conference mailing list or to submit an abstract, please email the committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: https://treasureinheavenconference.wordpress.com/
17 April 2015, from 10am
Cost: £15 (including coffee, lunch, tea and wine); £10 for students and unwaged. Please register by contacting GCMS@reading.ac.uk.
10.00 registration and welcome
10.15-11.15 – Session 1:
Lindy Grant (Reading); ‘Reading Abbey in a cultural and intellectual, international context’.
Tessa Webber (Cambridge); ‘Reading in the Refectory at Reading Abbey’.
11.15-11.45 – coffee
11.45-13.15 – Session 2:
Michael Gullick (independent scholar); ‘Reflections on the Reading Abbey Romanesque Book
Collections and Documents’.
Laura Cleaver (Dublin); ‘History Books at Reading and Bec’.
Anne Lawrence (Reading); ‘The Reading Abbey computus manuscript and its context’.
13.15-14.30 – lunch
14.30-15.30 – Session 3:
Nigel Morgan (Cambridge); ‘The Calendar and Litany of Reading Abbey’.
Cyndy Johnston (London); ‘“In the custom of this country”: The Transmigration of Bolognese
Decorative Style in Thirteenth-Century Oxford and Reading Abbey Manuscripts’.
15.30-16.00 – tea
16.00-17.00 – Session 4:
Catherine Leglu (Reading); ‘An Anglo-Norman translation of the Bible at Reading Abbey: London BL Royal 1 C III’.
Brian Kemp (Reading); ‘The Reading Abbey Formulary’.
17.00 – closing remarks and update on the Reading Abbey ruins; followed by wine reception.
The religious of medieval Europe were in a privileged position for studying humanity’s interaction with the natural world, whether this was considering the nature of celestial bodies and the cosmos, or deepening their pharmaceutical knowledge to aid patients in the infirmary. This conference asks what unique contributions the religious made to the applied arts and learned disciplines, how their religious vocation coloured their observations, and how this knowledge was applied to their community and wider society. We seek papers on the following areas:
The place within religious life of medicine, technology, philosophy and natural philosophy
Development of medical theory and practical care in religious communities
The definition and legitimisation of learned arts, e.g. magic and alchemy
Material culture and archaeology of artes medicinae/mechanicae within religious life
Representation of activity pertaining to natural philosophy in religious manuscripts and art
Religious conception and expression of humanity’s relationship with the non-human world
Comparison of medieval religious and secular understanding of scientia, medicina, artes mechanicae, philosophia, philosophia naturalis, physica.
Encouragement and promotion to study artes of any kind within religious communities
Reception and diffusion of ars medicina/mechanica/magica/philosopha/physica within religious communities
Historiography of medicine, “sciences” and the natural world within medieval religious life
We are also delighted to announce our keynote speakers: Prof. Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway), who will discuss religious life and medicine, and Dr Sophie Page (UCL) who will explore magic as a learned discipline within monastic life.
This event will be held over two days at the University of Leeds. We welcome contributions from postgraduates and early-career researchers of all disciplinary backgrounds. Interested parties should send a 300 word abstract for a twenty minute paper to email@example.com.
Alternative proposals for one-hour sessions, such as joint papers or panelled debates, are most welcome. Proposals should be submitted no later than 27th February 2015. For more information please see leedsmonasticismconference.wordpress.com.
Call for Papers:
Monastic Europe: Landscape and Settlement. International Conference
Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, 22-25 August 2015
Deadline: 28 November 2014
The Irish Research Council-funded Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement project is a research partnership between the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, the Discovery Programme and the Department of History, University College Cork. The project is examining the unusually well preserved remains of late medieval monastic buildings in Ireland within their broader European context, with a particular emphasis on their architecture and impact on the landscape around them.
The project team is pleased to announce an international conference, to be held 22-25 August in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Located in an area rich with the medieval buildings of the European monastic orders, the conference will balance sessions of papers with a number of site visits, and will stimulate a focused academic debate on the impact of monasticism in shaping the development of the physical environment across Europe between c. 1100 and c. 1700. Conference themes will include:
– The topography of medieval monastic settlement (1100-1700) in both urban and rural environments
– The impact of Church reforms on the physical structures and landscapes of monastic foundations
– Monastic space (liturgical, social, and architectural aspects)
– Patronage networks
– Architecture and identities
– Written sources for understanding the monastic environment
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers exploring this theme across the stated time span, throughout Europe. Papers may deal with either case studies or broader methodological questions, and are not limited to delivery in the English language.
Proposals for posters are also welcomed from doctoral students and early career scholars, and the conference organisers hope to have small subsidies available for accommodation costs>
Please send an email containing both your proposed title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to Dr Rachel Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you intend for apply for a conference subsidy please indicate this on your proposal. Deadline for proposals is Friday, 28 November, 2104.
RSA-Session ‘Artists in Habits’
Berlin, 26-28 March 2015
Deadline: 10 June 2014
This panel seeks papers that explore the dual identities of artists who were members of a religious order. More than fifteen years since seminal studies on the “frate-dipintore” by William Hood and Megan Holmes, on Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi respectively, we ask how scholarship on monastic-artistic occupations has evolved.
Are we closer to understanding if, and if so how, these artist’s personal piety or theological training informed their painterly approach? Did their allegiance to a specific order give rise to iconographies reflecting the spirituality of that order? Is there evidence that they were sought by patrons specifically because of their spiritual ‘purity’? Did their status allow access to religious spaces that ordinary artists could not enter? How did religious institutions make use of the talents of their artist members? And overall, is this even a valid area of enquiry?
The panel invites proposals from scholars wishing to re-address canonical monastic artists as well as those who hope to shine a light on lesser known monk/friar/nun artists.
Please send an abstract (150 words) and a CV (1 page) by June 10 to Joost Joustra (Courtauld Institute of Art, email@example.com) and Laura Llewellyn (Courtauld Institute of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org)