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CFP: Pilgrimage and the Senses, University of Oxford, 7 June 2019

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Deadline for submissions: 20 January 2019 

Keynote Speaker: Professor Kathryn Rudy (University of St. Andrews)

With the release of its inaugural issue in 2006, The Senses and Society journal proclaimed a “sensual revolution” in the humanities and social sciences. The ensuing decade has seen a boom in sensory studies, resulting in research networks, museum exhibitions, and a wealth of publications. This interdisciplinary conference hosted at the University of Oxford aims to shed light on how sensory perception shapes and is shaped by the experience of pilgrimage across cultures, faith traditions, and throughout history.

Pilgrimages present an intriguing paradox. Grounded in physical experiences—a journey (real or imagined), encounters with sites and/or relics, and commemorative tokens—they also simultaneously demand a devotional focus on the metaphysical. A ubiquitous and long-lasting devotional practice, pilgrimage is a useful lens through which to examine how humans encounter the sacred through the tools of perception available to us. Focusing on the ways in which pilgrimage engages the senses will contribute to our knowledge of how people have historically understood both religious experience and their bodies as vehicles of devotional participation. We call on speakers to grapple with the challenges of understanding the sensory experience of spiritual phenomena, while bearing in mind that understandings of the senses can vary according to specific cultural contexts. While the five senses are a natural starting point, we are open to including papers that deal with “sense” in a more general way, such as senses of time and place.

Sample topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • the role of beholding (places, relics, miracles, mementos) in the pilgrimage experience
  • haptic encounters with relics
  • ways in which pilgrims are seen: wearing specific clothing and/or badges, public acts (or affects) of devotion, how pilgrims are depicted or described
  • pilgrims’ auditory expressions: wailing/crying, chanting, singing, reciting prayers
  • bathing and purification in preparation for devotions
  • food as a ritual element or means of experiencing cultures along a pilgrimage route
  • the place of music on the pilgrimage route and/or at pilgrimage destinations
  • pain as a facet of the pilgrimage journey
  • the sensory spectacle—visual, auditory, olfactory—of pilgrimage processions
  • devotional objects that require handling, such as prayer beads and prayer wheels
  • psychosomatic sensory experiences as a means of engaging with the divine
  • the evocation of sensory participation through works of art and/or written accounts

The organisers invite 20-minute papers from any discipline on topics related to the themes outlined above, especially in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, literature, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and theology. We welcome submissions relating to aspects of pilgrimage of any faith or historical period. Doctoral students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a title, abstract (max. 250 words), and brief bio to pilgrimagesenses2019@gmail.com by January 20th. Successful applicants will be notified by February 5th. All submissions and papers must be in English.

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Conference: En route pour Compostelle, Montpellier/Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, September 28-29, 2018

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Colloque international

Dans le cadre des manifestations du 20e anniversaire de l’inscription du bien « chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France » sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO

Président d’honneur
Xavier BARRAL I ALTET – Universités Rennes 2 et Ca’ Foscari de Venise

PROGRAMME

VENDREDI 28 SEPTEMBRE
Montpellier – Médiathèque Émile Zola

9h – 9h30
Accueil des participants

9h30 – 9h45
Mot d’accueil
Géraldine MALLET – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM EA 4583
Sophie DUCRET – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM EA 4583
Sylvain DEMARTHE – Université de Bourgogne, UMR 6298 ArTeHis

ÉDIFICES & CULTES
Présidence
Xavier BARRAL I ALTET – Universités Rennes 2 et Ca’ Foscari de Venise

9h45 – 10h05
La crypte de Saint-Gilles-du-Gard : archéologie d’un haut lieu de pèlerinage sur la ‘via Ægidiana’ vers Compostelle
Andreas HARTMANN-VIRNICH – Université d’Aix-Marseille
Heike HANSEN – Université d’Aix-Marseille, UMR LA3M

10h05 – 10h25
Culte des reliques, cadre monumental et prétention communautaire : réflexion sur la collégiale Notre-Dame-du-Port à Clermont
Denis HÉNAULT – Université Clermont Auvergne, MSH

10h25 – 10h45
Pause

10h45 – 11h05
Édifier un sanctuaire de pèlerinages : ambitions monumentales, concurrences et stratégies visuelles à Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
Éric SPARHUBERT – Université de Limoges

11h05 – 11h25
La construcción como metáfora divina: el modelo de los Santos constructores en el Camino de Santiago
Carles SÁNCHEZ MÁRQUEZ – Université Autonome de Barcelone

11h25 – 11h45
Discussions

12h – 14h
Repas

CULTES
Présidence
Manuel CASTIÑEIRAS – Université Autonome de Barcelone

14h – 14h20
Culto dei santi, medicina e pratiche magico-folkloriche nel pellegrinaggio a Santiago
Marco PAPASIDERO – Université de Messine

14h20 – 14h40
‘Là sont ellez près de la mer /Celles que Dieux voult tant amer’ : calamitare i pellegrini a Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Simone SARI – Université de Barcelone, Centre de documentation Ramon Llull

14h40 – 15h
Pause

15h – 15h20
L’image du pèlerin dans l’art gothique polonais
Arkadiusz ADAMCZUK – Université catholique de Lublin, Bibliothèque universitaire

15h20 – 15h40
Les reliques de saint Jacques le Majeur à Toulouse : une série d’énigmes
Michelle FOURNIÉ – Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès

15h40 – 16h
Discussions

17h-18h
Conférence plénière
Saint Jacques et Charlemagne
Adeline RUCQUOI – CNRS, Centre de Recherches Historiques

SAMEDI 29 SEPTEMBRE
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert – Musée de l’abbaye

ÉDIFICES, CHEMINS & TERRITOIRES
Présidence
Géraldine MALLET – Université Montpellier 3

9h – 9h30
Accueil des participants

9h30 – 9h50
Saint-Jacquème, étape lyonnaise du chemin de Compostelle
Nicolas REVEYRON – Université Lyon 2

9h50 – 10h10
Le passage à Saint-Antoine-en-Viennois : le sanctuaire dauphinois et les pèlerins en route vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle au XVe siècle
Julie DHONDT – Université Lyon 3, UMR Ciham

10h10 – 10h30
San Antón de Castrojeriz (Burgos, Castille-et-León) : une fondation hospitalière antonine sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques
Sylvain DEMARTHE – Université de Bourgogne, UMR ArTeHis

10h30 – 10h50
Pause

10h50 – 11h10
‘Marmora’ verso Santiago: strategie del decoro musivo tra Francia e Italia
Maddalena VACCARO – Université de Salerne

11h10 – 11h30
The Genesis of a Twin-Tower Façade: the West Towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Annette MÜNCHMEYER – Université technique brandebourgeoise de Cottbus

11h30 – 11h50
Plonger le pèlerin dans une expérience sensorielle totale : mise en scène de l’arrivée dans la cathédrale de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle
Manuel CASTIÑEIRAS – Université Autonome de Barcelone

11h50 – 12h10
Discussions

12h15 – 13h30
Repas

CHEMINS & TERRITOIRES
Présidence
Philippe MACHETEL – Maire de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

14h – 14h20
L’historiographie des églises de pèlerinage en Auvergne
Dominique ALLIOS – Université Rennes 2

14h20 – 14h40
Rêver le réseau compostellan : les chemins de Saint-Jacques dans le temps et l’espace
Robert MAXWELL – Université de New-York

14h40 – 15h
Pause

15h – 15h20
Dans la cour des grands : naissances et relances de pèlerinages en pays de Figeac au Moyen Âge
Benjamin PHILIP – Service du patrimoine de Figeac

15h20 – 15h40
La réactivation moderne des ‘Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle’ : le reflet de leurs origines au Moyen Âge
Manuel SECO LAMAS – Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, étudiant de Master 2

15h40 – 16h
Discussions

16h – 17h30
Visite conférence de l’abbaye de Gellone à Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
Géraldine MALLET – Université Montpellier 3
Sophie DUCRET – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM

17h30 – 17h50
Conclusions
Xavier BARRAL I ALTET – Universités Rennes 2 et Ca’ Foscari de Venise

Concert de clôture (Horaires et lieu à préciser ultérieurement)

« Domine Deu devemps lauder… »
Chansons narratives, épiques et hagiographiques du Xe au XIIe siècle ; extraits de « La Cansò de santa Fides », « La Passion de Clermont », « La vie de saint Léger » et des « Chansons de Croisades »
Brice DUISIT – Voix et vièle à archet

Organisation : Gisèle CLÉMENT – Université Montpellier 3, CEMM EA 4583 & CIMM

How to apply: Ouvert à tous dans la limite des places disponibles. pelerinages.saint-guilhem@gmail.com

Conference: Gothic Arts: An Interdisciplinary Symposium (Philadelphia, 23-24/03/2018)

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Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Van Pelt Library
University of Pennsylvania

March 23rd-24th, 2018

Organizers
Mary Caldwell, Department of Music
Sarah M. Guérin, Department of the History of Art
Ada Kuskowski, Department of History

In a passage from Thomas Aquinas’s treatise on good governance, a text written for the Cypriot king around 1267, the angelic doctor wrote: “Art is the imitation of nature. Works of art are successful to the extent that they achieve a likeness of nature.” This passage would seem to be the perfect explanation for the exceptionally life-like Adam sculpted for the south transept at the Parisian Notre-Dame, completed a handful of years earlier and possibly seen by Thomas before he left Paris for his Italian sojourn. However, by “ars” Aquinas meant not our “fine arts,” but technique and, even more broadly, human endeavor. The passage comes not from a discussion of the visual arts, but from a justification of benign kingship as opposed to democracy—the former being more akin to nature.

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Call for papers; Conference; Influence of the Arts in the Middle Ages Reflections on the Aquitanian Ms. Paris, BnF, Latin 1139 Paris / 19-21 March 2019 DEADLINE 31 May 2018

CFP ImageThe manuscript Paris, BnF, lat. 1139 is a composite manuscript whose origins are not precisely known. It was preserved in the library of the abbey Saint-Martial de Limoges, one of the most prestigious book collections of the Middle Ages, since the mid-thirteenth century. The manuscript includes the first expressions of a new way of singing divine praise. These compositions do not so much break with older traditions as add to what already existed.

The oldest and most important part of the manuscript (end of the 11th – the beginning of the 12th century) contains many festive chants: tropes, versified songs (versus and Benedicamus domino, so called nova cantica) troped epistles and liturgical dramas (ff. 32r-117r). Also added are votive offices for the BVM, notated in the thirteenth century (ff. 119r-148r), a full sequentiary dating from the end of the twelfth century (ff. 149r-228v), and parts of two other sequentiaries of the thirteenth century (f. 2r-20v). Throughout the manuscript, one can also find texts about liturgical practice and the daily life of the abbey (such as an inventory of altar ornaments, a list of the books in the library, and so on).

This conference is open to scholars from many disciplines (history, art history, history
of literature, musicology, philology, palaeography…) in order to tackle all the aspects of this complex manuscript.

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Conference: Paper and Parchment: Medieval Music, Architectural Drawings, and Illuminated Books

pandp_0Conference: Paper and Parchment: Medieval Music, Architectural Drawings, and Illuminated Books, Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 6, 2016

 

Co-sponsored by the Minter Chair and the Department of Art History.
Free and open to the public.
Schedule:
9:30–9:45 a.m. Welcome
9:45–11:45 a.m. Session No. 1: New Directions in Architectural Drawings
Linda Neagley, “A New Medieval Architectural Drawing”
Rob
ert Bork, “The Regensburg Façade Drawings:
Reality, Fantasy and Geometry”
Discussant: Nancy Wu
Noon–1pm Lunch
1–2:30pm Session No. 2: Workers and Manuscripts
Jennifer Pendergrass Adams, “A Carpenter, a Nobleman, a Fisherman and a Pope: Representations of Class in the Libro dei miracoli”
Layla Seale,”Infernal Labor: Late Medieval Demons at Work”
2:30–4pm Session No. 3: Gender on Paper
and Parchment
Thom Kren, “Toward a Gendered Iconography of Patronage in Books of Hours”
Diane Wolfthal, “Illuminating Infanticide: History and Representation”
4–4:15pm Coffee break
4:15–6:30pm Medieval Music Manuscripts
Rebecca Maloy, “The Old Hispanic Offices of Holy Week”
Peter Loewen, “Singing William Herebert’s English Chant Contrafacta”
Jennifer Saltzstein, “Old French Song Reimagined and Recopied: Contrafacture and Modeling by the Thirteenth-Century Cleric, Trouvères”

For more information, please contact Diane Wolfthal at wolfthal@rice.edu

Spectacular Songs and Private Performances: Images in Musical Books (Kalamazoo 2016 session)

The Wollaton antiphonal, University of Nottingham

The Wollaton antiphonal, University of Nottingham

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 12-15, 2016
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

A wide variety of medieval manuscripts contain visual imagery that coexists with texts originally intended for oral or musical performance. From sacred Latin missals and choirbooks to the vernacular songbooks of the later Middle Ages, the interplay between image, text, and music found in such books is inexhaustibly complex. Images in songbooks may be illustrative, decorative, mnemonic, or exegetical; they may colonize the center of a page or pervade its margins; they may visualize a song’s author, its contents, or both at once; they may instruct, admonish, or entertain. They may perform several of these functions at once, or behave in altogether unexpected ways.

Scholars in recent years have spoken of the “performative” capacity of such imagery, and the word has borne a multitude of meanings and connotations. In all cases, the presence of visual imagery necessarily challenges a straightforward reading of the text. We can and should go farther, however: insofar as pictures generate a new material context for the reception of oral and musical content, they essentially create new texts. This session welcomes papers from historians of art, literature, music, liturgy, and performance to explore the visual culture and performative contexts of medieval song- and music books.

Proposals for presentations of no more than 20 minutes should be sent to D. Lyle Dechant (dennis.dechant@yale.edu) no later than Sept. 15.

Proposals should be accompanied by the Participant Information Form, available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF

The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science Lecture

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Dr. Michael Fleming, of the University of Huddersfield, and Chairman of the Viola da Gamba Society will be giving a talk on “Musical Instrument Making in Early Modern England”.  The talk will be presented on Saturday, 8 March at 2:00 pm at The Warburg Institute (University of London), Woburn Square, London.  The venue is a convenient walk from Euston, Euston Square, and Russell Square stations.

See here for flyer: SHMTS-poster-March2014