The Hagiography Society will be sponsoring four sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8-11 May 2014, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. The Call for Papers is below; to propose a paper for any of these panels please send a 350-word max. abstract by Sept. 1 to Sara Ritchey at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) THE ECONOMICS OF SANCTITY:
Saintsí cults and definitions of sanctity are invariably bound up with money. We invite abstracts that explore the ways that cash asserts itself in, for example, canonization procedures; the saints' bestowal of favors and miracles; pilgrimage sites and relic display; and artisans' commissions for objects such as reliquaries. Topics might include the production, sale, and use of pilgrimage guides in manuscript and print; saints as guardians of treasure; and visions that reveal deposits of wealth. Did the Middle Ages speculate in saints?
2) MULTIDISCIPLINARY SAINT ANNE:
Each year, the Hagiography Society offers a multidisciplinary panel focusing on a select saint. This year's panel is devoted to Anne, the mother of Mary. Because Anne is not a biblical figure, her cult offers unique perspectives on devotional development, particularly in the later Middle Ages and Early Modern Period when her cult expanded significantly. As a model of domesticity, Anne exemplified gender roles and family life. As Anna Selbdritt, her popular artistic aegis, she made important contributions to northern European tastes in material devotion. And as a favored saint among clerics, she had a role in shaping the appeal of orthodox Christianity.
The Hagiography Society invites abstracts for papers exploring any aspect of the cult of Saint Anne. We plan to form a panel that reflect a variety of disciplinary standpoints, e.g., music/liturgy; art/architecture; gesture and performance studies; textuality/manuscripts/early print; socio-politico-economic contexts; relics and reliquaries; genres and languages; cultural poetics.
3) GLOBAL SANCTITY:
Virtuous exemplars play important roles in all the world religions. We invite papers that address medieval people of extraordinary virtue in, e.g., Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as Christianity. Subjects might include developing cult; liturgical practice; use of relics; associated literature; political implications; vision and miracle; pilgrimage and architecture; gender and asceticism; relevance to contemporary world cult. Scholars may wish to collaborate in submitting papers for a panel that explores a single one of these subjects from a comparative perspective. Our goal is to enable enriching comparisons and contrasts among religions in the pre-modern world.
4) SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS:
Saintsí Lives are written for many reasons. This panel consists of four speakers whose research explores how polemic, devotion, economics, canonization, the arrival of relics, or the experience of miracle may have led to the composition of saintsí "Lives" and substantially shaped the content of those narratives. We look for papers attentive to "Lives" whose compositional contexts have been misunderstood or insufficiently appreciated, and for clarificats that affect our understanding of immediate context, cult history, and hagiographical studies.
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