Aim of the Conference:
This conference aims to bring together researchers from a range of perspectives, to investigate the creation, use, transformation or destruction of sacred space in a variety of specific contexts across the medieval and early modern periods. By tackling the issue thematically, rather than chronologically, we wish to consider these broader questions:
how far was there continuity in concepts of sacred space throughout this period?
what can medieval scholars learn from the approach taken by early modern scholars and vice versa?
Focuses for particular research might include amongst others:
the establishment and maintenance of shrines
the consecration and desecration of sites
concepts of immunity and sanctuary
the role of competition between the sacred and profane in the definition of sacred space
the role of ritual in definitions of sacred space.
Keynote speakers: Dr Margaret Aston, Dr Nora Berend, Prof Roberta Gilchrist, Dr John Goodall, Dr Diana Webb.
Call for Papers: The conference is open to scholars of both the entire medieval and early modern periods, breaking down the conventional chronological divisions. We welcome contributions from scholars from all disciplines in these periods: archaeology, art history, Byzantine studies, Arabic studies, history, Jewish studies, legal history, literature, music and religious studies. We hope that the conference will include contributions based on all the faiths (paganism, Islam and Judaism) in Europe during these centuries, as well as Christianity. Deadline 30 November 2003.
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