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CFP: Leo Steinberg’s Sexuality of Christ Revisited (New Orleans, 22-24 Mar 18)

steinbergNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA, March 22 – 24, 2018
Deadline: May 10, 2017

Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 22 (Thursday) -24 (Saturday) March  ’18

Leo Steinberg’s Sexuality of Christ Revisited

Despite the controversy that it provoked more than thirty years ago, Leo Steinberg’s insight about ostentatio genitalium has become almost a commonplace.  Through that motif, Steinberg claimed, artists created what was prominently preached from roughly 1400 to 1600, a theology of palpable Incarnationism.  Critics countered variously: Textual evidence supporting his conclusion was weak.  Treatment of sexuality was too narrowly male.  The visual evidence itself was too inconsistent and unconvincing.  Others simply found the entire subject discomforting.

Today among Renaissance specialists Steinberg’s insight is more invoked than examined, though new reasons to interrogate it have emerged. Medievalists have called attention to the nudity of Christ in earlier centuries.  The body of Christ was not just a penis.  The relationship between the religious and the sensuous is an increasingly vibrant subject of research.  Studies of sexuality and gender have become more finely granular.  In contrast to the parochially western Christian and Greco-Latin perspectives that have heretofore dominated, specialists have started to incorporate other ancient influences, notably Egyptian, as well as interactions within all-Christendom and between it and Judaism/ Islam.  The lives of the great art historians have been explored to offer insight into their scholarship.  Provocative and wide-ranging proposals integrating these and related approaches are welcome.

Proposals (MS Word attachment ONLY — no PDF or Google Doc) submitted to Benjamin Braude <Braude@bc.edu>, before 10 May, must include name and affiliation, short title (15 word max), abstract (150 word max), cv (not in prose, 300 word max), e-address, cell and land line numbers, keywords, as well as scheduling and a-v needs.  To participate one must be a member of the RSA.

Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017

238d-5c94-4eb4-bd92-3202Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017
Fees: Standard Registration Fee – £160.00; graduate Registration Fee – £120.00; dinner – £60.00
Register by June 21

After Chichele adopts an investigative and interdisciplinary approach. The period has been chosen precisely because the inner workings of English intellectual and religious life during these years have proved challengingly resistant to the formation of grand critical narratives. What are the chief currents driving the intellectual and cultural life of the church in England during this period? What happened to intellectual questioning during the period, and where did the church’s cultural life express itself most vividly? What significant parochial, regional, national and international influences were brought to bear on English literate practices? In order to address these questions, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from historians, literary scholars, and scholars working on the theology, ecclesiastical history, music and art of the period.

 

CFP: Worship in Regensburg’s Institutions: On the Diversity of Liturgical Traditions in the Pre-Modern Period, Regensburg, 6-8 July 2017

dom_st_peter_regensburg_hCall for Papers: Worship in Regensburg’s Institutions: On the Diversity of Liturgical Traditions in the Pre-Modern Period (Gottesdienst in Regensburger Institutionen. Zur Vielfalt liturgischer Traditionen in der Vormoderne) Regensburg, 6-8 July 2017
Deadline: October 31, 2016

In der Vormoderne war Regensburg als weit überregional bedeutendes politisches Zentrum und international vernetzte Handelsstadt auch kirchlich durch eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Institutionen geprägt: Neben dem von Bonifatius gegründeten Bistum, das manche seiner liturgischen Traditionen bis lange nach dem Konzil von Trient hochhielt, gingen auch die selbstbewußte Benediktinerabtei St. Emmeram und das Kollegiatsstift der Alten Kapelle genauso wie die Kanonissenstifte Niedermünster und Obermünster auf das Frühmittelalter zurück; insbesondere St. Emmeram betrieb neben seiner reichen Bibliothek ein auch künstlerisch herausragendes Skriptorium. Im Hochmittelalter ergänzten das Benediktinerinnenkloster Mittelmünster auf weiblicher und das Kollegiatsstift von St. Johann auf männlicher Seite die kirchliche Landschaft, wenn auch nicht die erhaltene liturgische Handschriften-überlieferung. Das Schottenkloster St. Jakob strahlte im Rahmen der zweiten iroschottischen Bewegung durch Neugründungen aus, die Abtei Prüfening vor den Toren der Stadt gehörte zur Hirsauer Reform; das Doppelkloster Prüll wurde später zur Kartause.
Mit dem Spätmittelalter erweiterten Klöster männlicher und weiblicher Bettelorden die kirchliche Vielfalt, die in der Neuzeit zusätzliche Komplexität gewann, als sich die Stadt mehrheitlich der lutherischen Reformation anschloß, was zur Übernahme neuer Bräuche, aber auch zu bemerkenswerten Kompromissen führte. Als Tradentinnen und
Produzentinnen von Handschriften, aber auch als Bauherrinnen liturgischer Räume und Auftraggeberinnen von Kunstwerken, nicht zuletzt in ihrem Zusammenspiel im städtischen Raum und in ihrer Prägung durch überregionale Einflüsse sind Regensburger Institutionen ein Prisma, durch das die bunte Vielfalt vormoderner Liturgie und ihrer kulturellen Ausdrucksformen sichtbar wird.
Angesichts großer Unterschiede in Quellenbestand und Forschungslage lohnt sich ein neuer Blick auf die wichtigsten kirchlichen Institutionen, historischen Phasen und überregionalen Bezugssysteme der Liturgiegeschichte Regensburgs in der Vormoderne. Beiträge aus Liturgiewissenschaft, Musikwissenschaft, Kunstgeschichte und verwandten Disziplinen sollen exemplarisch die verschiedenen Dimensionen liturgischen Lebens und ihre künstlerischen, musikalischen und architektonischen Ausdrucksformen erhellen, die bisherige Forschung kritisch sichten, auf bestehende Lücken hinweisen und neue Perspektiven künftiger Erschließung eröffnen. Äußerer Anlaß für die Tagung ist die Wiederbelebung des Institutum Liturgicum Ratisbonense des Bistums Regensburg, welches sich seit der Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts der Liturgiegeschichte im Spiegel ihrer handschriftlichen Quellen sowie der Erforschung lokaler Eigentraditionen widmet.
Die vom Lehrstuhl für Liturgiewissenschaft der Universität Regensburg mit Mitteln des Institutum Liturgicum Ratisbonense und in Zusammenarbeit einerseits mit dem Akademischen Forum Albertus Magnus des Bistums Regensburg, andererseits mit dem Forum Mittelalter der Universität Regensburg und dem Themenverbund “Metropolität in der Vormoderne” organisierte Tagung findet von Donners-tag 6. bis Samstag
8. Juli 2017 voraussichtlich in den Räumen der Bischöflichen
Zentralbibliothek statt und wird von einer kleinen Ausstellung
begleitet.

How to Submit: Bewerbungen für Vorträge (25 Minuten) und Kurzbeiträge (15 Minuten) auf Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch oder Italienisch werden bis 31. Oktober
2016 mit einem Abstract von maximal 250 Worten an
harald.buchinger@theologie.uni-regensburg.de erbeten; ein
interdisziplinär besetzter Beirat wird bis 30. November 2016 darüber
entscheiden. Es ist geplant, den akzeptierten Beitragenden die Spesen
für Aufenthalt und Verpflegung sowie – im vertretbaren und möglichen
Rahmen – die Reise zu vergüten; die Tagung ist zur Publikation
vorgesehen. Neben etablierten Kolleginnen und Kollegen sind auch
Jungwissenschaftlerinnen und Jungwissenschaftler besonders herzlich
eingeladen.

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

relics to deleteInternational 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 past primary, secondary as well as tertiary relics were merely studied in relation to their religious and (art) historical background, recently the rise of a more scientific and archaeological approach is noticed. Nowadays researchers become more interested in the origin and nature of these sacred objects and ask different questions:
  • What information can relics give us about the people buried in the shrines? Who were these people? What do we know about the way they lived? When did they live? What about diseases and other disabilities?
  • What information can be retrieved from the objects kept with the relics and made of textile, wood, stone or metal. What was their purpose? Are they contemporaneous to the relic or are they older or younger additions? Why would they have been added? How should we preserve them?
Scientists of many different disciplines are involved in the study of relics and kindred artefacts, but till now there was no real forum for these people to exchange ideas and discuss methods. Therefore the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) is organising a two-day workshop on the scientific study of relics.
During this meeting we want to give analytical scientists, textile specialists, conservators, anthropologists, historical researchers, people involved in 3D-reconstruction as well as radiocarbon dating specialists a forum to exchange ideas about relics.

A full programme can be found here
Tickets: The registration fee is €75. This includes two lunches, coffee, tea and refreshments during the breaks and a book with the summaries of all the oral presentations and posters. Click here to register.

Call for Papers: Religious identities in conflict? Coexistence, Exchanges and Confrontations in the Mediterranean in the 12th-18th centuries (University of Valencia, 7-8 May 2015)

Detail from Francisco Ribalta - Saint James the Moor-Slayer in the Battle of Clavijo (1603)

Detail from Francisco Ribalta – Saint James the Moor-Slayer in the Battle of Clavijo (1603)

The question of “identity”, as well as the integration of minorities under a specific legal, political and religious framework is one of the most relevant topics in international research. This conference will focus on the multidisciplinary analysis of the evolution of this trans-cultural reality, specifically on the mechanisms for integration and exclusion existing during the 12th to the 18th centuries in the Mediterranean, due to the presence of diverse religions.

Objectives
The topics for analysis and discussion will be: 
• Analysis of the formation of religious identity in the Mediterranean.
• Spaces for living together. 
• Inquisition, violence and repression.
• The image of the “other”.
• Inter-religious solidarity networks.

Guest speakers
Dr. Luis Bernabé Pons (Universidad de Alicante-Cátedra Unesco Islam, cultura y sociedad)
Dra. Giovanna Fiume (Università degli Studi di Palermo)
Dra. Beate Fricke (University of California, Berkeley) 
Dr. Fernando Marías (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) 
Dr. Maurizio Sangalli (Univesità per Stranieri di Siena)
Dr. Amadeo Serra Desfilis (Universitat de València)
Dr. Antonio Urquízar Herrera (Universidad Nacional a Distancia).

Scientific committee 
Dr. Joan Aliaga Morell (Universitat Politécnica de València)
Dr. Luis Arciniega García (Universitat de València)
Dr. Ximo Company Climent (Universitat de Lleida)
Dr. Simon Ditchfield (University of York)
Dra. Mercedes García Arenal (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)
Dr. Vincenzo Lavenia (Università degli Studi di Macerata)
Dr. Felipe Pereda (Johns Hopkins University)
Dr. Enrique Soria Mesa (Universidad de Córdoba)
Dr. John Tolan (Universitè de Nantes)

Organizing committee
Organized by the Research Group Identidades en conflicto: la expresión artística e identitaria de las minorías religiosas en el Reino de Valencia medieval y moderno (ICEMM) GV/2014/048. – Identities in conflict. The artistic and identity expressions of the religious minorities in the Medieval and Modern Kingdom of Valencia.

Members
Dr. Borja Franco (Universitat de València)
Dr. Felipe Jerez (Universitat de València)
Dr. Manuel Lomas (Universitat de València)
D. Bruno Pomara Saverino (Universitat de València)
Dra. Nuria Ramón (Universitat Politécnica de València)
Dña. Bárbara Ruiz-Bejarano (Universidad de Alicante)
Technical secretariat
Rubén Gregori
Karen Gregorio 
Miguel Ángel Herrero

Call for communications
If you wish to present a communication, please, send an abstract of maximum 400 words, in Spanish, English, Italian or French, together with a brief academic summary, including main research milestones and publications. Deadline for abstracts is March 31st 2015. Confirmation of participation will be on April 7th 2015. Abstracts and résumés should be sent to the e-mail: identidadesenconflicto@gmail.com.

Communications will be 15-minute long. The scientific paper will be published in the Conference Book, following a double-blind peer review process.

Updates on the Conference can be followed in the FaceBook page:https://www.facebook.com/identidadesenconflicto
Registration fees

University students – attendance only: 10 € (Eur). 
Professors of professionals – attendance only: 20 € (Eur)..
In both cases, a certificate of attendance will be issued provided the person has participated in at least 75% of the sessions.
Participants with communication: 50 € (Eur). This inscription includes the Conference Book, which will be published by December 2015.

Fees must be paid by bank transfer BEFORE MAY 2ND 2015 to the following bank account (Bankia):
IBAN ES80 2038 9938 4260 0026 7500
BIC: CAHMESMMXXX

To register, send the proof of payment and your personal and contact information to: identidadesenconflicto@gmail.com

Call for papers: International Postgraduate Workshop on Religious Architecture (Leifers, 4-8 June 2015)

Agia Irene in Constantinople

Agia Irene in Constantinople

The workshop addresses postgraduate students, who are preparing a thesis on any topic related to medieval church architecture between the 9th and 14th century. It aims to be a platform for the discussion of individual research projects and current results. The circle of participants is intended to include art historians and building researchers as well as theologians, historians, archeologists
and architects, in order to enable an interdisciplinary exchange.

At present, new research on medieval church architecture is hardly imaginable without an interdisciplinary approach. In recent years, a multitude of new technological resources were made useful for building research and an increasing number of new methodologies, especially concerning questions of liturgy and spatial use, came to the center of attention – all leading to a wide range of new discoveries. Even if the importance of including diverse approaches has long been recognized, an according platform for young researchers dealing with medieval churches has not been established yet. In consequence, this workshop wants to create a possibility for a free, institutionally independent discourse on current issues of the individual research, in which all participants will contribute their own experience. In addition to the evaluation of research contents, enough space will be given to discuss matter of organization and future career possibilities.

The workshop, which will take place from 4th till 8th of June 2015, is laid-out for the participation of up to fifteen postgraduate students, who will present their PhD projects – or new results, specific questions from these – for discussion. As the workshop is generally open to all interested researchers on postgraduate level, applications in German or English are possible and welcome.

We would kindly ask for the submission of applications until the 15th of February 2015. Applications should comprise of a short curriculum vitae and an abstract/paper proposal including the following:
– PhD topic, a short summary of the main research question, applied methodology
– supervisor and scheduled deadline for the completion
– current progress and issues to be presented/ discussed during the workshop

In order to prepare a fruitful exchange of ideas, all participants will receive the abstracts of the other contributions before the workshop. The final program will be fixed, as soon as the participants are selected. Each contributor will dispose of one hour of time, which can be allocated to the presentation of the topic and the subsequent discussion at his/her own discretion.

Thanks to the generous support of the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation, the workshop will be held at their conference house Buchnerhof. The estate is located in the mountains of Alto-Adige/Südtirol, 50 minutes walking distance from Leifers in the Etsch valley. The foundation will organize a transport of the luggage from the train station in Leifers and ensures the highest possible independence of the event through covering the expenses of accommodation and meals. Further information on the foundation can be found here: http://eh-uhl-stiftung.org/.

The organizers will be glad to support participants in organizing their journey (e.g. through carsharing). Travel grants will presumably be available. After the workshop, a field-trip of several day´s duration to the medieval churches of the surroundings (Etsch valley, Vinschgau) is intended, during which the discussion and exchange can be continued and intensified. Expenses for this field trip will have to be covered by the participants and will amount to approx. 35 € per night. Applicants are kindly asked to state in their application, if interested in participating in the field-trip.

Applications should be sent by 15 February 2015 to:
mittelalterliche-Sakralarchitektur@web.de

Organizing committee:
Pascal Hess (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Thomas Kaffenberger (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz / King´s College London)
Mareike Liedmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Verena Smit (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Call For Papers: Magic, Religion, Science

Call For Papers: Magic | Religion | Science
Indiana University, Bloomington. March 7-8, 2014
Deadline: 10 January 2014

26th Annual Indiana University Medieval Studies Symposium

question-3109789In his famous work, The Golden Bough, James Frazer proposed that human societies evolved from cultures dependent on magic to ones subject to religion and finally to ones guided by science. Scholarship since Frazer has worked to destabilize and expand upon this tidy theory, pointing out that the distinctions between these three categories of belief are not always clear and that, in fact, all three tend to exist simultaneously within the same societies, schools, and even individuals. Nonetheless, Frazer’s division of belief into magical, religious, and scientific modes of thought provides a useful lens for examining the ways that truth can be legitimated, and offers us a clear heuristic paradigm for exploration into human thought and behavior throughout history. Asking questions about magic, religion, and science offers us avenues into different epistemes and windows into the habitus of a group or society.

It is particularly useful for exploring the Middle Ages, which presents a wealth of examples in which the boundaries between magic, religion, and science are blurred, re-drawn, or entirely confounded. Indeed, the designation “medieval” across cultures often signifies a perceived interim period, between classical and modern thinking, in which multiple paradigms–magic and superstition, the hegemony of religion, and scientific exploration–coexist and compete for dominance. Investigating magic, religion, and science further within the context of the Middle Ages helps us not only to understand medieval thinking and culture more accurately and to see how the boundaries of magic, religion, and science were policed at the time, but to disturb modern assumptions about the operation of knowledge in these time periods.

Questions may include (but are not limited to):
– What role did “magical” items/practices (such as amulets, oaths, and curses) play in medieval life, and on what principles were they thought to operate? How, if at all, were they distinguished from religious or scientific practices?
– How does the examination of epistemology help undermine or reinforce distinctions between elite and popular culture?
– How (and how effectively) did medieval religious authorities police the boundaries of religious thought?
– What pursuits were seen as “science” and what distinguished them from other forms of inquiry?
– How did knowledge, obtained through magic, religion, science, or any combination of the three, affect life in the Middle Ages?
– How is scientia used and defined in the Middle Ages, considering that the modern word “science” in modern parlance often denotes an exit from the medieval world and into the Renaissance?
– How do epistemologies vary between genres? For example, how do the views of a culture’s technical texts vary from its literary texts?

Please submit 300-word abstracts to Diane Fruchtman (dsfrucht@indiana.edu) by 10 January, 2013.