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CFP: Medieval Monks, Nuns and Monastic Life, 15-20 July 2018, Bristol

screenshotCall for Papers: Medieval Monks, Nuns and Monastic Life, 21st Biennial Symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS), 15-20 July 2018, Bristol
Deadline: 30 September 2017
Professor Carolyn Muessig, Head of the University of Bristol’s Department of Religion and Theology and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies
The 2018 IMSSS symposium will explore the breadth and depth of sermon literature and preaching activity relating to monks, nuns, and monastic life, and serve as a microcosm of the religious and cultural landscape of the Middle Ages.
The symposium will be based in the beautiful grounds of the University of Bristol’s Wills Hall, and will include a workshop at historic Downside Abbey, with its medieval manuscripts, incunables, and Centre for Monastic Heritage.
We will also visit Wells Cathedral, as well as the medieval sites of Bristol.
Celebrate 2018—the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage—by delivering a paper or presenting a poster dealing with an aspect of one of the bedrocks of European culture: monasticism
Topics for posters and papers may include:
-the form or content that could distinguish a monastic sermon from others
-monks, nuns, and monasticism in Byzantine or other forms of medieval Eastern and African Christianity
-the Rule of Benedict and preaching
-preaching in monastic churches and chapter houses
-monastic figures preaching in public forums (churches, crusades)
-monastic preaching in or regarding schools and universities
-preaching by and about nuns
de sanctis sermons on holy monks and nuns
-monasticism as treated in sermons
-sermons and the reformed monastic life (e.g., Camaldolese, Carthusian, Celestinian, Cistercian, Cluniac,et alii)
-preaching by and about hermits
-monastic rules in and about preaching
-monastic communities in conflict or in harmony
-monastic rejection/appropriation of mendicant sermons/preaching/identity
-monks as characters in sermons, exempla and religious literature
-gender in monastic preaching
-monks/nuns in ad status sermon literature
-monastic preaching in art
-monks, nuns, and monasticism in pre-modern sermons of religious traditions other than Christianity (e.g. , Islam, Buddhism, Taoism)
-the influence of Christian monks, nuns, & monastic sermons on preaching in other religions
-and more!
How to apply: send your abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) before 30 September 2017 (and any queries) to: imsss-2018@bristol.ac.uk

New Book Series: Christianities Before Modernity


Challenging the perception of Christianity as a unified and European religion before the sixteenth century, this series interrogates the traditional chronological, geographical, social, and institutional boundaries of premodern Christianity. Books in this series seek to rebuild the lived experiences and religious worlds of understudied people as well as landmark disputes and iconic figures by recovering underappreciated vernacular sources, situating localized problems and mundane practices within broader social contexts, and addressing questions framed by contemporary theoretical and methodological conversations.

Christianities Before Modernity embraces an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, publishing on history, literature, music, theater, classics, folklore, art history, archaeology, religious studies, philosophy, gender studies, anthropology, sociology, and other areas.

Grounded in original sources and informed by ongoing disciplinary disputes, this series demonstrates how premodern Christians comprised diverse and conflicted communities embedded in a religiously diverse world.

Series Editors:

Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri

Kathleen E. Kennedy, Pennsylvania State Brandywine

Susanna A. Throop, Ursinus College

Charlene Villaseñor Black, UCLA

Advisory Board:

Adnan A. Husain, Queen’s University

István Perczel, Central European University

Eyal Poleg, Queen Mary University of London

Carl S. Watkins, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Publisher: MIP, The University Press at Kalamazoo

For more information, visit: https://mip-archumanitiespress.org/series/mip/christianities-before-modernity/. For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact the acquisitions

editor, Erika Gaffney (Erika.Gaffney@arc‐humanities.org).


6th June 2017, Public Lecture with Prof Paul Binski: Thomas Becket and the Medieval Cult of Personality

All are welcome to this free event at the Clagett Auditorium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. It will be held on Tuesday the 6th of June from 18.30-19.30.

Professor Paul Binski, from the University of Cambridge, will be exploring Thomas Becket and the Medieval Cult of Personality.

Further details can be found in the accompanying poster:


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

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

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.