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THE SUBSTANCE OF SACRED PLACE: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz: Call for Papers

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THE SUBSTANCE OF SACRED PLACE:  

organised by Laura Veneskey and Annette Hoffmann
20th/21st June 2013

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Call for  Papers

The study of holy places has long been a central concern of not only the humanities, but also the social sciences. Much of this body of scholarship has focused on pilgrimage and sacred centers, either as theoretical constructions or as concrete places, such as Jerusalem, Mecca or Benares. These subjects have been explored, on the one hand, through the study of ritual and liturgy, and on the other, through various modes of representation, be they architectural, cartographic, iconic, or textual. Complementary to these lines of inquiry, we invite papers that explore the material and tactile dimensions of locative sacrality across religious traditions. How is a sense of place communicable through physical means? What can a consideration of matter tell us about the often fraught relationship between the tangible world and its representation?

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We seek analyses of all materials evocative of a particular sacred milieu, not only earth, dust, stone, but also wood, metal, pigments, oil, or water. Presentations exploring either the substances and places themselves or textual and iconic depictions thereof are equally welcome. We invite papers from all disciplines on any locale conceived of as sacred, whether scriptural, pilgrim, monastic, ascetic, or cultic, between antiquity and the early modern period. The workshop is aimed at young researchers, and is intended to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those in the early stages of their teaching or professional careers.

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Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

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– Sacred landscapes (deserts, mountains, caves, etc.)

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– The material dimensions of topographic representation (iconic or textual)

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– Earthen, geographic, and locative relics

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– Transportable versus site-specific sanctity – The physicality of built environments and places of worship

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Interested applicants should send a current c.v. and an abstract of no more than 250 words (for presentations of twenty minutes) to hoffmann@khi.fi.it andlv2308@columbia.edu).

Proposals must be received by date 30th November 2012.

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Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies: Call For Papers

A medieval deer park was an enclosed area containing deer.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_deer_park

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies Special Call For Papers for Issue on Medieval Space and Place

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR VOLUME 7, Issue 1: 1 March 2012

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed journal devoted to the literature, history, and culture of the medieval world. Published electronically twice a year, its mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe may share their ideas. Article submissions on the selected theme are welcome in any discipline and period of Medieval Studies. We are also interested in book reviews on recent works of interest to a broad audience of Medieval Studies scholars. Recently, place and space theories have manifested themselves in Medieval Studies in a number of ways, from analysis of specific spaces and places, such as gardens, forests, cities, and the court, to spatially theorized topics such as travel narratives, nationalism, and the open- or closedness of specific medieval cultural areas. Over an array of subjects, the spatial turn challenges scholars to re-think how humans create the world around them, through both physical and mental processes. Articles should explore the meaning of space/place in the past by situating it in its precise historical context.

 Possible article topics include, but are not limited to:

Medieval representations of spatial order

The sense of place in the construction of social identities

Mapping and spatial imagination

Topographies of meaningful places

Beyond the binary of center/periphery

Spatial policies of separation: ethnicity, religion, or gender

Travel and the sense of place

Creating landscape

The idea of place in medieval religious culture

Pilgrimage

Workplaces

Intimate space, public place

Liminality and proximity as social categories

The 2011 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies will be published in May of 2012.

All graduate students are welcome to submit their articles and book reviews, or to send their queries, via email to:

submit@hortulus.net by March 1, 2012.

For further information please visit our website at www.hortulus.net

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, www.hortulus.net

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