New Publication: Treasure, Memory, Nature: Church Objects in the Middle Ages, by Philippe Cordez

Precious metalwork, relics, chess pieces, ostrich eggs, unicorn horns, and bones of giants were among the treasury objects accumulated in churches during the Middle Ages. The material manifestations of a Christian worldview, they would only later become naturalia and objets d’art, from the sixteenth and the nineteenth century onwards, respectively. Philippe Cordez traces the rhetoricalContinue reading “New Publication: Treasure, Memory, Nature: Church Objects in the Middle Ages, by Philippe Cordez”

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

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,Continue reading “CFP: Pilgrimage and the Senses, University of Oxford, 7 June 2019”

New Publications: Relics, Identity, and Memory in Medieval Europe  Edited by M. Räsänen, G. Hartmann, E. J. Richards 

Relics, Identity, and Memory in Medieval Europe  Edited by M. Räsänen, G. Hartmann, E. J. Richards  ISBN 978-2-503-55502-7 BREPOLS PUBLISHERS This volume contributes to current discussions of the place of relics in devotional life, politics, and identity-formation, by illustrating both the power which relics were thought to emanate as well as the historical continuity in the significance assignedContinue reading “New Publications: Relics, Identity, and Memory in Medieval Europe  Edited by M. Räsänen, G. Hartmann, E. J. Richards “

International Workshop: Relics @ the Lab, KIK-IRPA, Brussels, October 27-28 2016.

International Workshop: Relics @ the Lab, KIK-IRPA, Brussels, October 27-28 2016. Over the past decade the scientific interest in relics and kindred artifacts has grown enormously. Without any doubt relics as well as relic shrines and associated objects have played a prominent role in European history since the introduction of Christianity. While in the pastContinue reading “International Workshop: Relics @ the Lab, KIK-IRPA, Brussels, October 27-28 2016.”

Illuminating Becket?

On 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 ofContinue reading “Illuminating Becket?”

Call for Papers: International Workshop Relics @ the Lab (Brussels, 27-28 October 2016)

Over the past decade the scientific interest in relics and kindred artefacts has grown enormously. Without any doubt relics as well as relic shrines and associated objects have played a prominent role in European history since the introduction of Christianity. While in the past primary, secondary as well as tertiary relics were merely studied inContinue reading “Call for Papers: International Workshop Relics @ the Lab (Brussels, 27-28 October 2016)”