Appel à communication : « The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400-1600 » (Huddersfield, 11-12 avril 2017)

Hendrick Van Steenwick le Vieux (atelier) - Vue de l'intérieur d'une église gothique en Hollande, après 1550, Libourne
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church. From that date, religion in Europe had profound changes. One such change was how people viewed, interacted and created visual and material objects related to religious devotion. This conference aims to bring together medievalists and early modernists approaching religion on either side of the Reformation through a visual and/or material examination. By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, curators and heritage sector representatives it is hoped that a more holistic discussion of visual and material objects will come to light.

Topics for papers may include but are certainly not restricted to:

– Commemoration of the dead
– Household or individual devotion
– Accessories of devotion (eg crucifixes, clothing, jewellery, books, etc.)
– Books, manuscripts and paintings as religious objects
– Religious space, architecture, landscape
– The destruction or salvage of religious iconography
– Change/continuity of religious objects
– Region, national, or international comparisons of material culture through different disciplines: art history, archaeology, architecture, literature, history, etc.
– (Un)Gendered objects
– Intercessory objects (eg Books of Hours, Bibles, rosaries, relics, etc.)
– Religious objects from the New World; colonial territories; religious missions

Please send a short abstract (c. 200-300 words) to Audrey Thorstad ( no later than 15 July 2016 .

Conference Information
The ‘Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400-1600’ will take place from Tuesday 11 April until Wednesday 12 April 2017 at the University of Huddersfield.

Keynotes include:
Dr Nicolas Bell, Trinity College, Cambridge Library
Dr Glyn Davies, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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