Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 1, September 2008

Workshop Does Memory Have a History?

Date 10 October 2008
Organisation Jesseka Batteau (OSL); Truus van Bueren (Med.); Liedeke Plate (OSL); Ann Rigney (OSL); Els Rose (Med.)
Location Utrecht
Language English
Website Does Memory Have a History?

The Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap; OSL) and the Research School for Medieval Studies (Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek; OZSMed) have organized a workshop for Ph.D. students on the concept of Cultural Memory and its applicability to various historical periods. Does it make sense to try to develop a general theory of cultural memory that is common currency for scholars working with reference to different (historically-defined) societies? Where do the limits (if any) of such a common discussion lie? And what is to be gained by trying?

Please note that this is a closed workshop for Ph.D. students.

Congress Manuscript and Memory in North-Western Europe, 1000-1500

Date 14-15 November 2008
Location Groningen
Language English
Website Congress Manuscript and Memory


Renée Nip (University of Groningen)

Panel I - Manuscript
In the first panel the medieval manuscript will be paramount and the emphasis will be on the study of texts from the culture of remembrance within their material, manuscript context. Rooted in codicological research, the papers cover not only the study of the origin, development and reception of individual texts, but also the (composite) manuscripts as an instrument and material expression of medieval religious practices of remembrance.

J.P. Gumbert (University of Leiden)
Keynote lecture: no title available yet

Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Columbia University, NY/American Academy Rome)
Memory and Scriptorium Practice: The Evidence from an Echternach Charter and its Material Preservation

Alison Beach (College of William and Mary, VA)
no title available yet

Mary Swan (University of Leeds)
Past and Present in Post-Conquest Old English Religious Manuscripts

Thom Mertens (University of Antwerp)
Memory and Reward. Middle Dutch Collections of Convent Sermons and the Motives of Their Editors

Panel II - Typology
In the second panel the typology of sources which still guides the research of memorial practices will be called into question and problematised. This typology is still mainly based on nineteenth-century genre classifications, which disregard the manuscript context of the individual texts. Papers might focus on topics like the rewriting of existing texts or the question of genre continuity in medieval literary culture. As a result of 'rewriting' some memorial texts became reused within completely different genres. For instance, it often happened that a hagiographical text devoted to the life of the founder of an abbey was rewritten and subsequently formed the basis of a gesta abbatum or an abbey chronicle. With regard to the theme of continuity, the papers might discuss, within the chronological perspective of the Congress, the influence of new religious movements like the Modern Devouts from the IJssel-regio in the Northern Netherlands on the (dis)continuity of genres used in practices of remembrance. If indeed they introduced a new genre of memorial texts in the form of so-called sister- and brotherbooks, how was this new genre incorporated in the production of texts and manuscripts in, for example, the Southern Low Countries, where much older traditions continued?

Nikolaus Staubach (Universität Münster)
Keynote lecture: Texttypologie und religiöse Reform: Funktionen von Schriftlichkeit in der Devotio moderna

Georges Declercq (Free University of Brussels)
History, Memory and Remembrance in Libri Traditionum and Early Cartularies

Jeroen Deploige (Ghent University)
Accumulating Stories of Memorable Members. The Liber de gestibus virorum illustrium of the Cistercian Abbey of Villers on the Fringes of Hagiography and Historiography

Koen Goudriaan (Free University of Amsterdam)
Memorial Celebration in the Utrecht Chapter of Tertiaries: An Aspect of Monasticization?

Panel III - Practices
In the third panel, wider cultural themes of religious memorial practices will be discussed, such as historiographical texts serving the collective memory of the religious, the practice of remembrance which connected the living and the dead of the community, the so-called memoria culture which by means of liturgy, art and literature tightened the bonds between the religious community and lay society. Papers in this third panel may explore the practice of remembrance within daily life from an historical-anthropological approach, or the relationship between textualised memoria and material culture, or the analysis of similarities and differences in practices of remembrance depending on variables such as 'religious order' or 'gender'.

John Van Engen (University of Notre Dame, IN)
Keynote lecture: Cultivating Memory in Personal Practices and Written Lives: The Case of the Modern-Day Devout

Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)
Monastic Memory and the Destruction of Historical Identities in High Medieval Flanders

Elisabeth Van Houts (Emmanuel College Cambridge)
The Logistics of Commemoration: The Example of Queen Edith/Matilda of England (d. 1118)

Anne Bollmann (University of Groningen/ University of Antwerp)
no title available yet

Truus van Bueren (University of Utrecht)
Grand Donations and Nice Gifts? The search for gender related patterns in medieval memoria practices

Sabrina Corbellini (Free University of Amsterdam/University of Groningen)
The Spirit of Remembrance: Memorial Practice and Spiritual Education in Female Religious Communities

IT in de mediëvistiek. Het memoria-onderzoek in Nederland

Date January 2009
Time 11.00 - 17.00
Location As of yet unknown
Language Dutch

The symposium IT in Medieval Studies: Research of commemoration practices in the Netherlands will be in Dutch. Non-Dutch speaking researchers who are interested in attending this symposium, are invited to contact the organisation, so that solutions may be found well in advance.


Chairman: Dick de Boer (Academic Director of the Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies)

10.30 - 11.00 Reception, coffee, etc.

11.00 - 11.10

Word of welcome by Peter Doorn (director DANS) and Wiljan van den Akker (dean of the faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University)

11.10 - 11.50

Leen Breure
Title not yet available

11.50 - 12.10

Jeroen Deploige
12 jaar Narrative Sources. Tijd voor een grondige vernieuwing van een 'oudje' onder de Internetdatabanken voor mediëvisten

12.10 - 12.30

Redmer Alma
Het maken van een thesaurus. Ervaringen met het 'Digitaal Oorkondenboek'

12.30 - 12.45

Questions and discussion

12.45 - 14.15

Lunch and demonstrations of various applications
  • Memoria in beeld - Fenna Visser en Andrea van Leerdam
  • Kloosterkleding in beeld - Kassandra van Houdt
  • De monastica - Koen Goudriaan
  • DANS-Easy - Henk Koning

14.15 - 14.45

Rolf de Weijert
XML en memoria-onderzoek. De memorieboeken van het Utrechtse Kartuizerklooster

14.45 - 15.15

Truus van Bueren
Onderzoek met Memoria in beeld. Gendergerelateerde patronen in memorievoorstellingen

15.15 - 15.35

Rutger Kramer
De MeMO-applicatie

15.35 - 15.50


15.50 - 17.00

Forum discussion. Chairman: Dick de Boer




Call for papers!

Fourth Symposium on Memoria Research

(organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen and Utrecht University)

The Fourth Symposium on Memoria Research will take place in the first half of February 2009 in Utrecht. Douglas Brine, Ph.D. has agreed to present a paper on his research of wall-mounted memorials from the southern Netherlands. Dr Anna Adamska of Utrecht University will report on the very interesting recent developments in memoria research in East-European countries.

Scholars who are also interested in presenting a paper on their research project, during this symposium, are requested to contact Rolf de Weijert (download the PDF-file of this issue for contact information).

More information will be available in the second issue of MMR which will appear in the beginning of January 2009.

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