Conferentie KU Leuven: “The Dynamics of Devotions: About signposts, Thresholds and Stumbling Blocks in the History of Christian Religious Life”

Op 27 en 28 Oktober organiseert de faculteit voor Theologie en Religieuze Studies de conferentie “The Dynamics of devotions”. Meer informatie zoals het programma en praktische informatie kan u vinden op de website: https://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/research_units/ru_pastoral/the-dynamics-of-devotions/

This Conference will be held on the occasion of the establishment of the Chair of Popular Religiosity at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the KU Leuven.

According to John of the Cross, statues of saints should draw the attention of the faithful to the imaged saints and through them to the invisible God. He believes the fact that so many saints are venerated and that there are so many statues of saints, has to do with the fact that every person is different and that some are more sensitive than others to a particular devotion. He also points out the existence of numerous pilgrimage sites and other holy places. The place where, according to him, one can best go to pray is simply a place to which one is particularly attracted an at the same time a place where one is not distracted from the way to God (Ascent of Mount Carmel, III). He refers to the Samaritan woman who questioned Jesus about the best place of worship. Jesus’ answer was that true prayer does not depend on the mountain or the temple, but that those who please the Father with their prayers are those who worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:20-24).

The two types of John of the Cross are characteristic of the Christian faith tradition. They have something basic, and at the same time they contain a warning. They are basic, because religion is hard to imagine without observable, material things. Humans are physical, sensory beings, and in the expression of religion, objects, places and images provide a certain hold. It can hardly be otherwise. The warning is that one must realize that one is merely on the way, that one must not cling to the visible because the invisible God is the goal. There is a danger of becoming entangled in ‘ritualism’ in worship and of becoming too attached to devotions in private piety. This conference is about devotions, both their concrete and their risky side.

Many devotions have arisen in the long history of Christianity. As a product of their time, they often gained great popularity only to decline or disappear afterwards. Because of their risky side, concrete devotions are often the subject of fierce criticism. For example, the Church Father Augustine opposes the veneration of saints:

“You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only. Do you want to be sure to honor holy angels and martyrs? Glory then to Him, in whom they only want to receive glory. For if they are holy, they will be angry with you if you should honor them individually instead of Him alone from whom they have received the grace of their bliss. Precisely because they are holy, you must not offend them even more by wishing to venerate them, as it were, set apart. For by honoring God, you honor everyone who remains united to God in pious love and holy devotion” (sermo 198:46).

A thousand years later, Thomas a Kempis, in his Imitation of Christ, sneers at the pilgrimage practice of his days: “those who go on pilgrimage rarely become saints” (1: 78). With this sharp criticism Augustine and Thomas did not object to the existence of devotions as such. For example, Augustine is proud of the miracles that are said to have happened in places where a relic of St Stephen is present (De civitate Dei, 22, 8), and Thomas is proud of the statues of Mary in the church of Agnietenberg Priory and the indulgences that can be earned in this church (Chronicle of Agnietenberg).

Devotions have also given rise to the separation of minds within Western Christendom. For example, the worship of the host was rejected by reformers as the worship of a ‘bread god’. Catholics, in turn, made the Sacramental Procession a grand triumphalist event to shame the heretics.

The conference will be held at the University of Leuven, hosted by the Faculty of Theology. Some of the keynote speakers are  Wendy Wauters, Anne Harrison, Rob Faesen, Paul van Geest, and Nicolas Balzamo. The organization consists of Prof Dr Hans Geybels and Dr Charles Caspers. 

Conferentie: ‘Of Foxes and Fish: Interdisciplinary approaches to Medieval Animal Lore and its afterlife’

Van 14 tot en met 17 september 2022 organiseert het ‘Instituut voor de studie van de Letterkunde in de Nederlanden (ISLN)’ aan de universiteit Antwerpen een colloquium rond de rol van dieren in Europese literatuur tijdens de Middeleeuwen. Neem gerust een kijkje naar de website voor meer informatie: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/foxes/

44ste samenkomst van het Réseau des Médiévistes belges de Langue française – 11 en 12 januari 2022

Op 11 en 12 januari vindt aan de ULB de 44ste bijeenkomst van het Réseau des Médiévistes belges plaats. Het thema voor deze editie is: patrimoine et Archéologie en péril ! De défi-sites en défi-sciences.

Bijkomende informatie over de sprekers, de agenda en de locatie is op de website van het RMBLF terug te vinden: Rencontre du RMBLF — Patrimoine et Archéologie en péril ! De défi-sites en défi-sciences | RMBLF.be

Lancering netwerk “Observatory of Written Heritage | Low Countries” – 23 en 24 november 2021

Voor de lancering van het door BelSPo gesubsidieerde netwerk “Observatory of Written Heritage | Low Countries”, zal op 23 en 24 november 2021 in Brussel een bijeenkomst plaatsvinden. Hieronder kan u de uitnodiging zelf met alle verdere details terugvinden.

Observatory of Written Heritage | “Low Countries” (owhlc.hypotheses.org)

Meeting 2021

Brussels, KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), 23rd and 24th November 2021

Organized by

Funded by

Over the course of the Middle Ages and the first Renaissance, what was called the ‘Low Countries’ (BeNeLux, Northern France, Northern-Western Rhine Regions) developed an original written culture. The essential part of what has been preserved of this important heritage has fortunately survived in the libraries and manuscript collections of our regions, sometimes abroad. Over the last few years, important survey and recovery projects have been started. However, not all the heritage collections have been identified or explored, especially in the private and ecclesiastical libraries. Moreover, not all the pre-modern sources useful for the study of this written heritage have yet been identified, surveyed or edited.

To facilitate these scholarly activities, we must call on information technologies and particularly on digital humanities for inventory, research, preservation and enhancement of this heritage. Relevant technologies include managing metadata, digitization, electronic editions, data mining, virtual libraries and virtual digital museology or digitally restoring medieval books. However, all these initiatives have not yet necessarily been surveyed, and they are still not all accessible from a central point of information. Moreover, many manuscripts and the relevant sources that document their history are still poorly known to scholars working in this field.

It therefore seems timely and opportune to make an assessment of the initiatives and to establish a research community around the written heritage of the historical Low Countries and the application of digital humanities to this field. An ‘observatory of written heritage’, comparable to Biblissima  and in close collaboration with this pioneering French portal in the field, would be a good approach to creating a synergy between keepers of the historical collections, expert librarians, academic scholars and teachers and digital humanities researchers.

In order to launch this contact group’s activities, a webinar has already been organized in May 2021. Now that the relaxation of the Covid-19 rules allow for in-person meetings, we are able to organize a meeting on 23rd and 24th November. This will not be a conference, but working groups deliberating on the need of such a network, the expectations for it, and the possible activities it could undertake in the next future.

If you are a librarian, an archivist, a written heritage preservation or digitization specialist, a Digital Humanities specialist, a researcher or a teacher involved in the field of written cultures of the area in question, and if you are a representative of your institution, unit, laboratory, etc., you are friendly invited to participate in the working days (there may be several participants for each institution, depending on their skills).

!!! Due to Covid health measures in Brussels-Capital Region, access might be made conditional on presentation of a ‘Covid Safe Ticket’ !!!

REGISTRATION FORM

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PROGRAM

Tuesday, November 23rd

10:00     Welcome Coffee

10:30     Opening Speeches

Lunch Time

13:00     Working Groups (Metadata and Cataloguing, Preservation and Heritage Management, Digitization, Research, Education and Training in Written Heritage and Digital Humanities, Virtual Museology and Enhancement of Written Heritage, etc.).

15:00     Visit of KBR Museum

Wednesday, November 24th

09:30     Presentation of the Working Groups Summaries (1)

10:30     Coffee Break

11:00     Presentation of the Working Groups Summaries (2)

Lunch Time

13:30     General Discussion

15:00     Closing Drink

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Last Call. Henri Pirenne Autumn School in Medieval Languages and Culture 2021 – Gent en Fordham – 18 t.e.m. 22 oktober 2021

Van 18 tot en met 22 oktober 2021 zal de Henri Pirenne Autumn School in Medieval Languages and Culture 2021 plaatsvinden aan de Universiteit Gent en de Fordham University. De vraag welke geografische en chronologische afbakeningen het meest gepast zijn om de Europese middeleeuwse geschiedenis te bestuderen, dient als uitgangspunt voor deze editie die als titel “Scales of Knowledge. From Cosmos to Book” heeft. Het twaalfde-eeuwse Liber Floridus dient als toetssteen bij het beantwoorden van die vraag.

De Autumn School wordt georganiseerd voor doctoraatsstudenten en masterstudenten en zal zowel fysiek als online plaatsvinden. Het concrete programma is in de pdf in bijlage terug te vinden. Meer details over de Autumn School, wat praktische informatie en de registratieprocedure zijn hier terug te vinden: https://www.ugent.be/pirenne/en/autumnschool.htm/as2021/introduction

Health and Wellbeing in the Cities of the Low Countries (Later Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century) – Gezondheid en welzijn in de steden van de Nederlanden (late middeleeuwen tot 20e eeuw)

Op vrijdag 22 oktober 2021 vindt in het STAM in Gent een lezingenreeks plaats in verband met gezondheid en welzijn in steden in de Nederlanden. Het aantal deelnemers wordt beperkt tot 35. Er is een verplichte registratie, gelieve hiervoor een e-mail te sturen naar Christophe.De.Coster@vub.be vóór 15 oktober 2021.

Het programma is in pdf-bijlage aan dit bericht toegevoegd.

Henri Pirenne Autumn School in Medieval Languages and Culture 2021 – Gent en Fordham – 18 t.e.m. 22 oktober 2021

Van 18 tot en met 22 oktober 2021 zal de Henri Pirenne Autumn School in Medieval Languages and Culture 2021 plaatsvinden aan de Universiteit Gent en de Fordham University. De vraag welke geografische en chronologische afbakeningen het meest gepast zijn om de Europese middeleeuwse geschiedenis te bestuderen, dient als uitgangspunt voor deze editie die als titel “Scales of Knowledge. From Cosmos to Book” heeft. Het twaalfde-eeuwse Liber Floridus dient als toetssteen bij het beantwoorden van die vraag.

De Autumn School wordt georganiseerd voor doctoraatsstudenten en masterstudenten en zal zowel fysiek als online plaatsvinden. Het concrete programma is in de pdf in bijlage terug te vinden. Meer details over de Autumn School, wat praktische informatie en de registratieprocedure zijn hier terug te vinden: https://www.ugent.be/pirenne/en/autumnschool.htm/as2021/introduction

Call for Papers – Centre for Medieval Literature. Conferentie Scale(s) of Literary History – Europe c. 500-1500

Het Centre for Medieval Literature organiseert van 5 tot en met 7 april 2022 een conferentie in Rome over de ruimtelijke, chronologische en archivalische begrenzingen van de middeleeuwse Europese literatuurgeschiedenis. Het voorlopige programma is op de website van het Centre for Medieval Literature terug te vinden: https://cml.sdu.dk/news/cfp-cml-conference-scales-of-literary-history-europe-c-500-1500.

Het is nog mogelijk om voorstellen voor panels of papers bij de organisatie in te dienen. Deze voorstellen dienen verstuurd te worden tegen 1 september 2021 naar cml@sdu.dk. Voor voorstellen voor panels en papers moeten een kort abstract (250 woorden) en een cv van een halve pagina opgestuurd worden. Voorstellen voor panels moeten ook een overzicht van het panel (100 woorden) bevatten en de abstracts en cv’s van alle papers die deel zullen uitmaken van het panel. Deelname aan de conferentie is gratis maar deelnemers moeten hun eigen reis- en accommodatiekosten betalen.