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


CFP: Step by Step Towards the Sacred (Brno, 16-17 May 18)

Hans Belting Library, Brno, Czech Republic, May 16 – 17, 2018
Deadline: Feb 25, 2018

Step by Step towards the Sacred
Ritual, Movement and Images in the Middle Ages

Veronika Tvrzníková, Masaryk University in Brno
Martin Lešák, Masaryk University in Brno and Université de Poitiers

The conference aims to reflect on the ways medieval images – ranging from Late Antiquity to the 14th century and across wide span of media – were comprehended and activated through the motions of participants in diverse religious rituals. At the core of these reflections is the moving body, whether individual or collective, which enters into dialogue with the surrounding space (architectural or urban), objects and images, thus awaking their sacred potentiality through each and every step.
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Conference: The Profane within the Sacred in Medieval Art, Aguilar de Campoo, Sept 29th – Oct 1st 2017 (VII Colloquium Ars Mediaevalis)


Conference: The Profane within the Sacred in Medieval Art, Fundación Santa Maria la Real – Aguilar de Campo (SPAIN), Sept 29th – Oct 1st 2017.

CFP for 20-minute ‘free papers’ open until 30 June 2017
How to apply:
send an email with name, Academic institution, 1 page abstract and main bibliography to plhuerta@santamarialareal.org

How to enrol in the conference: email: plhuerta@santamarialareal.org
Regular 125 € Reduced 90 € Special (students) 60 €

In his The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, the sociologist Émile Durkheim formulated the idea that the division of the world into two domains is the distinctive feature of religious thought, one containing the sacred and the other all that is profane. Durkheim’s distinction cannot be applied to medieval art, however, in which the mixing of secular motifs in religious objects, images, and architecture was characteristic –at least not without complicating the theoretical notion. The senmurf on the eleventh-century reliquary of St. Matthew in SS. Cosma e Damiano in Rome, the figure copied from Orestes on the ancient Husillos sarcophagus above the altar at Fromista, a fragment of victory killing a barbarian from a consular diptych re-used on a 11th/12th century book cover, and the incorporation of diagrams and motifs from natural science in the “aula gotica” in SS. Quattro Coronati in Rome are among myriad examples that document why this is the case.

In one of the best-known texts related to medieval art, Bernard of Clairvaux railed against the imaginative variety of profane art displayed in twelfth-century Cluniac monasteries, which he considered to be a subversion of the moral order of monastic life. Bernard’s diatribe not only confirms the fact that linking the two realms was common but also raises the question of audience and hence also spatiality. As the anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard postulated, sacredness (and therefore the profane) might be considered as situational, in a chronological as well as in a spatial sense. An object considered sacred in a given period may be considered profane or magical in a different time and/or space; decontextualization and reuse are thus also important issues related to the topic. Profane does not always imply anti-sacred. Indeed, given the fact that profanus means “in front of the consecrated enclosure,” the inclusion of secular elements within sacred domains suggests a dynamic interweaving that extends beyond the mere incorporation of motifs and objects. Sometimes the contacts between the two domains was regulated by rites that provided the conditions within which the relationship was made possible (i.e. consecration); other times, as when natural science was assimilated into the choice and manufacture of materials, the overlapping of sacred and profane underlies the processes of art.

In recent decades, historians have explored the uses of subversive elements in sacred art –from marginalia in illuminated manuscripts to coin-imagery and stamping incorporated in Eucharistic hosts. The conference Ars Mediaevalis 2017 sets out to assess the results of the advances made by the new art historiography and, more important, to open up still-unmapped paths for future study of the profane within the sacred during the Middle Ages.


Friday, 29th September
Aguilar de Campoo

09.45h : Colloquium Ars Mediaevalis Opening
Chair: Francesca Español UB

10.00h Michele Bacci, Université de Fribourg – Intrusos en los iconos: perspectivas comparativas sobre los retratos individuales en la iconografia sagrada
10.45h Discussion

11.45h Philippe Cordez, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Le repentir d’un magicien ? Les camées de la statuette de David à la cathédrale de Bâle (vers 1320)
12.30h Free paper
12.50h Discussion

16.00h Fernado Villansenor, Universidad de Cantabria – Lo profano y sus espacios: discursos marginales en la Castilla tardogótica
16.45h Javier Docampo, Biblioteca Nacional de España – Las representaciones de los trabajos de los meses en libros de horas: la construcción de un imaginario social
17.15 Discussion

17.45 Round table. “Profano: perímetros espaciales, iconicos y semanticos en el arte medieval / Profane: spatial, iconic, and semantic edges in medieval art” Gerardo Boto.

18.45 Public presentation of the new editorial series “Ars Mediaevalis. Estudios de arte medieval”

Saturday, 30th September

(Chair: Fernando Gutiérrez Baños UVA)

10.00h Kathrin Müller, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main Subversive – Devices: Cosmological Diagrams and the Problem of the Sacred
10.45h Free paper
11.05h Discussion

12.00h Beate Fricke, Universität Bern – Representing the Cosmos’ Origins, illuminating cosmological thoughts
12.45h Free paper
13.05h Discussion
16.00h Academic visit: Burgos: Santa María de las Huelgas Reales; Cartuja de Miraflores

Sunday, October 1st
Agilar de Campoo

(Chair: Javier Martínez Aguirre UCM)

09.15h Milagros Guardia, Universitat de Barcelona – Las pinturas murales de Sant Joan de Boi: de como contextualizar la iconografia profana
10.00h Free paper
10.20h Discussion
11.20h Free paper

11.40h Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University / Masaryk University – From Vanitas to Veritas: the Profane as a Fifth Mode of Seeing
12.20h Discussion

13.00h Conclusions and perspectives
13.15h Closing ceremony


Conference: “The most beautiful is also the holiest”: aesthetic aspects of the sacred in medieval art and Islamic calligraphy

Conference: “Das Schönste ist auch das Heiligste” – Ästhetische Aspekte des
Heiligen in den mittemasterpieces-of-islamic-artlalterlichen Bildkünsten und der islamischen
Kalligraphie, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, May 11-13, 2016


Mittwoch, 11.5.2016, Wassersaal, Orangerie

19.00 Uhr     Begrüßung Klaus HERBERS (Erlangen)
19.15 Uhr     Jens KULENKAMPFF (Erlangen): Das Schöne und das Heilige.
Ein Versuch

Donnerstag, 12.5.2016, Sitzungssaal (2.012), Alte UB (Nachmittag:

9:00 Uhr    Begrüßung und Einführung von Heidrun STEIN-KECKS und
Georges TAMER
Moderation: Georges TAMER (Erlangen)
9:15–10:00     Rebecca SAUER (Heidelberg): Der Schreiber zwischen
Oralität, Ikonizität und Schriftlichkeit: Al-Qalqashandi (1355–1418)
zur Bedeutung der Schrift in der islamischen Kultur
10:00–10:45     Berenike METZLER (Erlangen): Von schöpferischen
Pinselstrichen, Engelsfedern gleich: Auf Spurensuche nach ästhetischer
Motivik in Texten zur islamischen Kalligraphie (14.–17. Jhdt.)

10:45–11.30     Pause

Moderation: Hartmut BOBZIN (Erlangen)
11.30–12:15     Jitka EHLERS (Köln): Mobilia ornamenta. Bildliche und
inschriftliche Ausstattung der sog. vasa sacra des 12. Jahrhunderts.
12:15–13:00     Marina KEVKISHVILI (Florenz): Bild und Schrift, Medien
der Heiligenverehrung in Svanetien (Georgien)

13:26 Uhr     Abfahrt nach Bamberg

14:30–15:15     Führung im Islamischen Museum durch Lorenz KORN
15:15–16:00    Anja-Ruth DREISER (Bamberg): Magically Empowered by
Sacred Language – Islamic Mirrors (Durch Sprache magisch aufgeladen –
Islamische Spiegel), Bamberg, Raum: U11/00.16
16:15–18 Uhr     Besuch des Diözesanmuseums und des Doms

Freitag 13.5.2016, Sitzungssaal (2.012), Alte UB

Moderation: Heidrun STEIN-KECKS (Erlangen)
9.00–9.45    Delia KOTTMANN (Paris): Schönheit in romanischen sakralen
Wandmalereien? Das Beispiel von Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe
9.45–10.30    Miriam KÖCKEIS (Erlangen): “Domum tuam decet sanctitudo
Domine” (Ps. 93,5). Schönheit und Heiligkeit in den romanischen
Wandmalereien von San Tommaso ad Acquanegra sul Chiese

10.30–11.00    Kaffeepause

Moderation: Tobias FRESE (Heidelberg)
11.00–11.45    Emine KÜÇÜKBAY (Bamberg): Hilye-i şerīf: Inwiefern fügen
sich zu den ‚Beschreibungen des Propheten‘ islamische Ästhetik und
religiöse Andacht zusammen? Betrachtungen hinsichtlich kalligraphischer
und graphischer Komponenten
11.45-12.30    Julia GAUS (Tübingen): Byzantinische Enkolpien des
8.-13. Jahrhunderts. Bild, Text, Form und Reliquie – ein Zusammenspiel?
12.30–13.15    Abschlussdiskussion

CFP: Construir lo sagrado en la Europa románica: reliquia, espacio, imagen y rito – VI coloquio Ars Mediaevalis

Call for Papers: cartel_ars_medievalis_2016.jpgConstruir lo sagrado en la Europa románica: reliquia, espacio, imagen y rito – VI coloquio Ars Mediaevalis
Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico, Avda. Ronda, 1-3; Monasterio de Santa María la Real; Centro Cultural Provincial (Diputación de Palencia) in Aguilar de Campóo, Spain, September 30 – October 2, 2016
Deadline: June 30, 2016

The 6th edition of the Ars Mediaevalis colloquium will analyse the notion of the “sacred” in the Romanesque period, its link with artistic production, and the function of art objects in the church space during liturgical ceremonies. For more information on the event’s theme click here.

Organised by: Gerardo Boto Varela (Universitat de Girona); Alejandro García Avilés (Universidad de Murcia); Herbert Kessler (Johns Hopkins University).

Submission: Short summaries of proposed papers (maximum lenght: 2 single-spaced pages, written in Times New Roman 12) and short bibliographies should be sent to plhuerta@santamarialareal.org by June 30, 2016. Speakers will be selected by 15 July.

Inscriptions: standard fee: 125 €; concessionary fee: 90 € (Amigos del Patrimonio, Amigos del Románico, Amics de l’Art Romànic de Catalunya, asistentes al Coloquio de 2014 o 2015 y a los inscritos en otros cursos de la Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico en 2016); special concessionary fee: 60 € (students and unemployed); fee for speakers: 25 €. The fees include didactic material and an excursion, including lunch.
Deadline: 25 September 2016


Friday, September 30, Sede Fundación Sta. María la real
Presidencia de sesión: Alejandro García Avilés / Universidad de Murcia
09.15 h.: Recepción de participantes y entrega del material
09.45 h.: Presentación e inauguración del Coloquio
10.00 h.: Ponencia inaugural: Dominique Iogna-Prat / CNRS-EPHE Un cuadro de oración para la comunidad, una arquitectura para la sociedad
11.00 h.: Descanso
11.30 h.: Quitterie Cazes / Université Toulouse-Le Mirail
 Jerarquizar los espacios en las iglesias románicas
12.30 h.: Comunicación
12.50 h: Debate de la sesión
Presidencia de sesión: Javier Martínez de Aguirre / Universidad Complutense de Madri
16.00 h.: Didier Méhu / Université LavaL, Québec
 L’onction, le voile et la vision : anthropologie du rituel de dédicace de l’église au XIe siècle
17.00 h.: Marcello Angheben / Université de Poitiers 
Los relicarios del Mosa y la exaltación de las funciones eucarísticas y devocionales del altar
18.00 h.: Debate
18.20 h.: Descanso
18.45 h.: César García de Castro / Museo Arqueológico de Asturias La confección de los relicarios en el Reino de Asturias. De la Cruz de la Victoria al Arca Santa (Catedral de Oviedo)
19.45 h.: Debate

Saturday, Otober 1, Palencia, Centro cultural Provincial
Presidencia de sesión: María V. Herráez / Universidad de León
10.0 h.: Bissera Pentcheva / Standford University
 Glittering Eyes: Animation in the Byzantine Eikon and the Romanesque Imago
11.00 h.: Descanso
11.30 h.: Marc Sureda / Museu episcopal de Vic-SCEL
Juxta septem dona sancti Spiritus. Ritual de dedicación y diseño del espacio sagrado (siglos XI-XII)
12.30 h.: Comunicación
12.50 h.: Debate
16.00 h.: Excursión facultativa a la catedral de Palencia, San Martín de Frómista y Olleros de Pisuerga.

Sunday, October 2, Monasterio Sta. María la Real
Presidencia de Sesión: Fernando Gutiérrez Baños / Universidad de Valladolid
09.30 h.: Vincent Dsbiais / CNRS-CESCM
Templo, tiempo, tempo. El silencio en la iglesia románica
10.30 h.: Comunicación
10.50 h.: Debate
11.10 h.: Descanso
11.40 h.: Comunicación
12.00 h.: Ponencia de clausura: Herbert Kessler / Johns Hopkins University Constructing Sacrality in Images of the Host
13.00 h.: Debate
13.15 h: Síntesis y perspectivas del VI Coloquio Ars Mediaevalis Gerardo Boto / Universitat de Girona
13.45 h.: Clausura y entrega de certi cados a los asistentes