The Hagiography Society will be co-sponsoring four sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 14-17 May 2015, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. The Call for Papers is below, with contact information for submitting abstracts to the appropriate panel organizer. The LeGoff panel is almost complete but if you would like to participate we would still appreciate if you could indicate interest (no full abstract required).
1) MULTIDISCIPLINARY ST. BRIDGET: IN HONOR OF SYON ABBEY’S 600TH ANNIVERSARY (co-sponsored with Syon Abbey Society)
This multidisciplinary panel is devoted to Saint Birgitta of Sweden (c. 1303-1373), or Saint Bridget as she was known in England. The only British Bridgettine house, Syon Abbey, was founded in 1415 and flourished alongside the growing devotional cult surrounding Bridget and her texts in England. Syon Abbey is now recognized as one of the most vibrant literary and cultural monastic centers of late medieval England, and this panel will be one of several events in the US and UK to mark the sexcentenary of its foundation. We invite abstracts for papers exploring any aspect of Saint Bridget and her cult in England or the Continent. Papers addressing connections to Syon’s sisters, brothers, texts, history, or influence are welcome but not required. We hope to form a panel that reflects a variety of disciplinary standpoints: e.g., music, liturgy, art, iconography, architecture, theology, textuality, manuscripts, textual transmission, early print, monasticism, gender issues, socio-politico-economic contexts. Please email short abstracts to Laura Saetveit Miles, University of Bergen (email@example.com) by September 15.
2) GLOBAL SANCTITY: DEMONS AND THE DEMONIC
The category of the demonic inflects virtue in many of the world traditions. We invite papers that explore the demonic from the cosmological to the psychoanalytic, addressing the presence of demons in texts and images, in rural and urban places, in experiences of vision and miracle, in acts of divine madness and carnal folly. By examining the demons lurking in different religious traditions, we hope to grasp the shared work performed by the category of the demonic, and to appreciate distinctions in the construction of this category. Please submit a 300-word abstract to organizer Jenny Cathryn Bledsoe, Emory University (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15.
3) ROUNDTABLE: REMEMBERING JACQUES LEGOFF
The newspaper, Le Monde declared of Jacques LeGoff, after his death in April, “Avec lui, le Moyen Age n'a plus été le même.” Indeed, LeGoff's groundbreaking scholarship presented us with an anthropology of history, medieval mentalities, and a fresh chronology of the Middle Ages. Moderated by LeGoff's friend and student, Gábor Klaniczay, this panel will explore the many ways that the French historian changed the practice of medieval history, bringing together four senior scholars to discuss their encounters with LeGoff and his scholarship. A particular attention will be given to his innovative works in the field of hagiography.
4) SAINTS, HERETICS, AND CANON LAW: RE-THINKING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FOURTH LATERAN COUNCIL (Co-sponsored with the ICMAC)
The Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 was a definitive moment in the conciliar history of the Western Church, addressing itself to a wide range of ecclesiastical business, setting out explicitly (for the first time) the sacramental requirements for the laity whilst also making normative rulings for the expansion of the Church, the conservation of Church property and rights, as well as its relations with/position on non-Catholics. Some of these rulings reiterated centuries-old provisions whilst others addressed issues that were of the products of relatively recent and more pressing concerns. On the 800th anniversary of Lateran IV, this session invites papers that address in particular the significance of the canons on heresy and saintly relics, their legal context and implications as well as broader reconsiderations of the importance of Lateran IV in the Western legal tradition. This session is co-sponsored by the International Society of Medieval Canon Law/ Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio. Please submit a 200-word abstract to organizer Kathleen G. Cushing, Keele University (email@example.com) by September 15.
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