[H-verkko] CFP: Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

A one-day symposium at the University of Chester,

hosted in collaboration with Plymouth University

24 June 2016

Plenary Speakers: Anthony Bale (Birkbeck) & Elizabeth Tingle (Plymouth)

Call for Papers

Pilgrimage is a spiritual undertaking with a long history. Taken up by
Christians as early as the second century, pilgrims journeyed to holy sites to
enhance their faith with prayers and also for the expiation of sin in the
performance of public penance. The association with early Christian shrines as
spaces for healing replaced earlier pagan traditions and, in turn, generated a
thriving medieval material culture of pilgrimage inextricably connected to the
cult of saints. Pilgrimage has also long been more broadly symbolic of
devotional life. Spiritual doubt and temptation, conversion, and the pursuit of
salvation have historically been represented using the language and vocabulary
of the spiritual journey.

If the Reformation brought this tradition of Christian pilgrimage into question
via its attack on indulgences, it nonetheless proved resilient. Recent histories
have begun to trace the enduring nature of pilgrimage as a devotional practice
in early modern Catholic Europe, as pilgrims continued to flock to shrines to
venerate relics and sacred sites, in return for indulgences, healing and
spiritual comfort. As a number of scholars have recently observed, the
celebration of sacred landscapes through the promotion and veneration of local
and regional shrines was particularly characteristic of post-Tridentine
Catholicism. For the literate elite, mental pilgrimage was also advocated as a
meditative technique to facilitate interior journeys to more distant holy sites.

The aim of this one-day colloquium is to explore continuity and change in
material and spiritual pilgrimage across the late medieval and early modern
period. We are seeking contributions from scholars whose research speaks to
these themes in the pre- and post-Reformation eras.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on themes that might include (but are
not restricted to):

Pilgrimage: local, regional, international
Sacred landscapes and architecture of pilgrimage
Pardons and indulgences
Shrines and the cult of saints
Healing and miracles
Relics, paintings, ex-votos and the material culture of pilgrimage
Confraternities and collective pilgrimage
Pilgrims and their representation
Mental pilgrimage and meditation
Spiritual journeys

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to Jennifer Hillman at
j.hillman at chester.ac.uk by Friday 11 March 2016.


Contact Info: 

Dr. Jennifer Hillman

Lecturer in Early Modern European History

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 2013 - 2016

Department of History & Archaeology

University of Chester

Parkgate Road, Cheshire CH1 4BJ

j.hillman at chester.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0) 1244 511221

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Ilmoituksen lähetti: Rose-Marie Peake <rosemarie.peake at gmail.com>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 11.3.2016
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