Organized Session Proposal: "Mundane and Profane Uses of Medieval Sacred Spaces"
Although technically reserved for worship, medieval sacred spaces
accommodated numerous mundane and profane activities that included wine
hawking, ball playing, hearing legal cases and sexual encounters. This
session will explore the mundane and profane uses of medieval sacred
spaces and investigate the larger significance of such uses. Papers may
discuss any mundane activity that took place in ritual spaces. They may
also look at violent explosions that sometimes occurred in them (such as the twelfth-century murders of Charles the Good in the castral church of Saint Donatian and of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral). If accepted, this session which hopes to benefit from papers drawing on a variety of relevant disciplines might include presentations on Jewish, Christian (eastern and western) and Muslim sacred spaces; inter- and intra-cultural comparative discussions are also welcome.
If you are interested in participating in this session, please e-mail Dawn Marie Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 31, 2000.
Dawn Marie Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of European History
Department of History and Political Science
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10801
Phone: (914) 633-2519
Fax: (914) 633-2019 Email: email@example.com
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