University of York
Berrick Saul Building
The praesentia of holy bodies, the material remains of saints, is a
seminal aspect of late antique and medieval Christianity and has long
received scholarly attention. The art-historical debate on the eleventh
and twelfth centuries has focused, in particular, on pilgrimage, from
the monumental 1923 monograph by Arthur Kingsley Porter to the most
recent studies that examine the relationship between architecture and
pilgrims’ pathways in approaching holy bodies and venerated relics.
The idea of pilgrimage, however, unveils only a part of the richness of
the topic. In this conference, sponsored by the Department of History
of Art and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of York,
and funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Foundation Small Grant,
speakers are invited to reflect on the different layers of meaning
associated with the praesentia of holy bodies. What was, for example,
the ecclesiological relevance of the possession of holy bodies at a
given site? To what extent did the praesentia of a saint have an
institutional, or even political importance? And, finally, in which
ways have these aspects been materialised in architectural structures
or visualised in images?
MICHELE LUIGI VESCOVI (University of York)
Image, Architecture and Memory
Chair: M. L. Vescovi
10.45 Transformative sculptures: the ‘graven image’ and the human
figure in Anglo-Saxon sculpture
JANE HAWKES (University of York)
11.15 Architectural provision for secondary saints, prospective
saints and the blessed
RICHARD PLANT (Christie’s Education)
11.45 Inscribing memory: Bernward and Saint Michael of Hildesheim
WILFRIED E. KEIL (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
Locating Holy Bodies
Chair: T. Ayers
14.00 Moving the body of a saint: St John of Beverley and the
architecture of Beverley Minster
CHRISTOPHER NORTON (University of York)
14.30 Absent body, double bodies: visualizing Bologna’s civic cults
JESSICA N. RICHARDSON (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz –
Holy Bodies and Pilgrimage
15.00 The Apostle is present! A new setting for pilgrims in the
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
MANUEL CASTIÑEIRAS (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
15.30 Ubi populo, qui huius miraculi fama magnus in ecclesia
confluxerat, omnia hec sunt narrata. Saint-Gilles-du-Gard and
Saint-Trophime at Arles: recent archaeological investigations on two
major Romanesque pilgrimage churches in Southern France
ANDREAS HARTMANN-VIRNICH (Laboratoire d’Archéologie Médiévale et
Moderne en Méditerranée, LA3M UMR 7298 Aix-Marseille Université
For further queries please contact the organiser, Michele Luigi Vescovi
The British Archaeological Association will hold its fourth biennial International Romanesque conference in Oxford on 4-6 April, 2016. The theme is Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage, and the aim is to examine the material culture of sanctity over the period c.950-c.1200. The Conference will be held at Rewley House in Oxford from 4-6 April, 2016, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April.
We wish to encourage contributions on a number of broad themes, which we have provisionally grouped under three headings.
The Geographies of Sanctity. This covers architecture and archaeology, but in addition to the development of spaces for reliquary display and studies of individual sites, we would be interested in papers concerned with the provision of accommodation for pilgrims, saints as protectors of cities, and the phenomenon of substitute holy places and vicarious pilgrimage.
Cults and Reliquaries. How were cults promoted through reliquaries, and how might reliquaries be designed to draw attention to the particular attributes, virtues or miracle-working character of individual saints? We would be interested in papers on sites where objects help to define a cult, and papers that discuss how the promotion of a cult through manuscripts, monumental painting or sculpture may have changed during the period.
New Saints and New Orders. We would welcome papers on the new saints of the 11th and 12th centuries, and papers that touch on the attitudes of the new monastic orders towards saints and pilgrimage, as well as the infrastructure that these provide (particularly the Templars and Hospitallers), the sanctification of their founders, and the revival of earlier cults.
Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the conference convenors, John McNeill and Richard Plant, at email@example.com, by 15 May
Call for Papers:
Holy Heroes of Reform : Saints and their Roles in Medieval Reformation Movements, from Late Antiquity to the Protestant Reformation
International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2014
Whether involved in local reformations of monastic houses, larger-scale regional reformations such as the Anglo-Saxon Benedictine Reform and the Cistercian movement, or the global Protestant Reformation, throughout the medieval period saints played a variety of roles as monastic and ecclesiastical institutions cleaned house. This session seeks papers that will explore the myriad ways in which saints – including ex- and would-be saints – might be implicated in the many reform movements of the Middle Ages. Papers from a wide array of disciplines, including art history, music history, literary studies, economic history, etc will be considered, and researchers taking an interdisciplinary or cross-cultural approach will be particularly welcome.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English. Proposals including abstracts of about 250 words and a CV should be sent by 15 September to Kathryn Gerry ; email is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org but hard copy proposals will also be accepted : Kathryn Gerry, Assistant Professor of Art History, Memphis College of Art, Gibson Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN 38104, USA. Informal enquiries are also welcome.
Session 1135, Wednesday 9 July 2014: 11.15-12.45
Local Heroes: New Approaches to the Study of Minor Saints and Their Cults
Organizer: Anne E. Bailey, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Chair: Rodney M. Thomson, School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania
One of the Hagiography Society sessions at Leeds this year has had a speaker pull out and is in need of a replacement. The session topic is on minor saints’ cults, and the session is intended to be interdisciplinary, so there is plenty of room for art-historical work. Although Leeds is a medieval conference, the Hagiography Society is expanding its reach to include a broader historical and geographical range, so papers outside of the strictly interpreted realm of medieval studies would also be welcome. If you are interested in contributing a paper, please email Anne Bailey (email@example.com); or, if you know someone who might be interested, please forward this information.