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

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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.

Click here for more information

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: The Body Politics of Mary Magdalen, November 23 – 24, 2017, The Warburg Institute, London

carlo_crivelli_-_maria_magdalena_001Conference: The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB, November 23 – 24, 2017

The Warburg Institute is holding a two-day conference on Mary Magdalen, a figure of great historical importance and cultural resonance. Coming together for this free event, the multidisciplinary speakers will present new research on the representation of her body and its discourses across time and space.
Registration: bit.ly/Mary-Mag

PROGRAMME
Thursday 23 November 2017
5.30pm Welcome and Introduction

Conference keynote:
Penny Jolly (Skidmore College)
“Addressing and Undressing the Female Body in the Magdalene Chapel at San Francesco, Assisi”
Supported by the Coffin Trust, University of London

Reception

Friday 24 November 2017
10am Registration and Coffee
10.30am Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Chair – Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck)
10.45am
Paper 1: Joan Taylor (KCL)
What did Mary Magdalen look like?
11.30am
Paper 2: Joanne Anderson (WI)
Materialising the Body of the Saint: Pilgrimage Politics and Art

12.15-1.30pm Lunch (for speakers and chairs only)

Session 2: Chair – Rose Marie San Juan (UCL)

1.30pm
Paper 3: Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (Georgetown)
“An ‘athlete of God’ or simply naked?: The Magdalene in the Wilderness from Isenbrandt to Etty”

2.15pm
Paper 4: Francesco Ventrella (Sussex)
Morelli’s Magdalen and the Sexual Politics of Reading

Tea/Coffee – all delegates

Session 3: Chair – Rose Marie San Juan (UCL)

3.30pm
Paper 5: Lucy Bolton (QMUL)
Beautiful repentant whore: Mary Magdalen, Movie Star

4.15pm
Paper 6: Henrietta Simpson (Slade School of Art, UCL)
The Implications of Absence: Mary Magdalen and the Wilderness Landscape

5pm Roundtable chaired by Michelle O’Malley (WI)

6.15-7.30pm
Magdalena. A Portrait in Song of One of Christianity’s Most Beloved Sinners
Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes
Supported by the Coffin Trust, University of London
The Warburg Institute Lecture Room. Refreshments provided

CFP: Topographies of devotion. Visual cultures of pilgrimage in the 14th and 15th century @International Medieval Congress 2017, Leeds, 3-6 July 2017

20140125-010711CFP: Topographies of devotion. Visual cultures of pilgrimage in the 14th and 15th century @International Medieval Congress 2017, Leeds, 3-6 July 2017
Organiser: Isabella Augart, University of Hamburg, Department of Art History
Deadline: 10th September 2016.

The medieval pilgrimage routes were spaces of cultural and material exchange upon which diverse travellers set off on a common path. The research focus on the link between geography and religion over the last few years has considerably broadened our understanding of medieval art and architecture. The proposed session seeks to provide perspectives on images, church spaces, sacred topographies and material culture of pilgrimage with a regional concentration on the Holy Roman Empire, focusing in particular on the following areas of interest:

  • accounts of pilgrimage journeys in illuminated manuscripts and prints
  • the relation of pilgrimage churches and routes to the surrounding landscape
  • social dimensions of accessibility and mediation in topographies of pilgrimage
  • visual and tactile practices of veneration related to churches and artworks

How to submit: Please send your abstract (max.150-words) for a twenty-minute paper and a short biography to the session organiser (isabella.augart@uni-hamburg.de) before 10th September 2016.

Illuminating Becket?

Canterbury chasse, Met Museum NYOn 7 June 2016 a group of Becket scholars and enthusiasts met for a one day workshop, ‘Illuminating Becket’ at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, which ended with a fascinating public lecture by Rachel Koopmans (York University, Toronto) on the relationships between narratives in the ‘miracle’ windows in Canterbury cathedral’s east end and the structure of contemporary miracle collections. The workshop and lecture are one of a series of events planned in the lead up to 2020, the 800th anniversary of Becket’s translation to a new shrine in Canterbury cathedral (details of an earlier handling session at the British Museum are available here). During the workshop discussants were asked briefly to present one ‘eloquent‘ object, text or space that raised key issues for understanding Becket’s life and cult, and one ‘unexpected‘ object, text or space. You can see their proposals by clicking the links, and new proposals for other ‘eloquent’ or ‘unexpected’ objects, texts or spaces are warmly invited (if you’d like to send an image, just send as an attachment, with a full caption, to mail@medievalartresearch.com)!

British Museum Handling Session: Becket and Pilgrimage

In January 2016 Courtauld staff and students enjoyed another chance to see some of the BM’s hidden treasures thanks to the kind help of Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman of the BM. This time the theme was the cult of Thomas Becket and other objects associated with pilgrimage

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The BM has dozens of Becket pilgrims’ badges, produced in astonishing variety and throughout the Middle Ages. Most of these examples were dredged up from the river Thames:

13c badge showing Becket’s shrine

14c badge with a bell, inscribed with Thomas’ name

Best of all, the collection includes a number of moulds that are closely linked to badges, such as this one:

Late medieval badge showing Thomas on horseback

Mould for a badge

Or this one:

Becket gloves

Mould for gloves badge

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We also looked at representations of Becket’s murder, from this early 13c Limoges reliquary chasse to this late medieval alabaster, as well as this 15c seal matrix showing Thomas in a in ship and this magnificent 13c seal from Langdon Priory. To finish off the session we also looked at a couple of late medieval prints promoting the shrine of the Beautiful Virgin at Regensburg: one showing the original church, the other the church planned (but never built) for the site.

This was partly an exploratory session for a series of workshops and conferences planned by Lloyd de Beer (UEA/British Museum), Tom Nickson (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Emily Guerry (University of Kent) in the lead up to the anniversary of Becket’s death and translation in 2020.

In preparation for the handling session we read the following texts for a reading group the night before:

Sarah Blick, ‘Votives, Images, Interaction and Pilgrimage to the Tomb and Shrine of St. Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’, In: Sarah Blick and Laura Deborah Gelfand, eds, Push me, pull you. Imaginative, emotional, physical, and spatial interaction in late medieval and Renaissance art, Leiden, 2011, 21-58
Martina Bagnoli, Holger A. Klein, C. Griffith Mann and James Robinson, eds, Treasures of heaven: saints, relics, and devotion in medieval Europe, Cleveland, Ohio, 2010, pp. 148-61 and catalogue nos 97-102
William D. Wixom, ‘In quinto scrinio de Cupro. A Copper Reliquary Chest Attributed to Canterbury: Style, Iconography, and Patronage’, In: Elizabeth C. Parker and Mary B. Shepard, eds, The Cloisters: studies in honor of the fiftieth anniversary, New York, 1992, 195-228
Jennifer Lee, ‘Searching for Signs: Pilgrims’ Identity and Experience made visible in the Miracula Sancti Thomae Cantuariensis’, In: Sarah Blick and Laura Deborah Gelfand, eds, Push me, pull you. Imaginative, emotional, physical, and spatial interaction in late medieval and Renaissance art, Leiden, 2011, 473-491.

 

The Constitutions of Clarendon blog also has a useful collection of images of Becket chasse reliquaries and manuscripts