Upcoming symposia and congresses: Issue 3, September 2009

Fifth Symposium on Memoria Research

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

Date 25 September 2009
Location Stadtarchiv in Dortmund: Märkische Straße 14, 44135 Dortmund
Language German and English

The Fifth Symposium on Memoria Research, organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen and Utrecht University, will take place September 25th in Dortmund, Germany. Dutch scholars who wish to attend this symposium are requested to contact Truus van Bueren before the 22nd of September. Scholars from abroad are requested to contact Caroline Horch, also before the 22nd of September. Download this month's issue of MMR for contact information (page 11).

10:30 Reception, coffee and tea, etc.
10:45 Welcome


Presentations of the Dutch participants (20 minutes each):
  • Rolf de Weijert: Towards MeMO DS. A description standard for memoria related source material
  • Viera Bonenkampovà: Late Medieval Remembrance of the Dead as a Tool in the Cultural Construction of the Family: The Case of the Family van der Made
  • Truus van Bueren: The foundation of the convent of Mariënpoel. A Rich internet Application as a Teaching Instrument for Medieval Memoria Culture
12:10 Discussion

12:30 - 15:00

Lunch and break


Presentations of the German participants (20 minutes each):
  • Walter Kettemann: Die Memorialüberlieferung des Klosters Pfäfers
  • Hartwig Kersken: (no title available)
  • Jens Lieven: Rheinischen Grafen des 12. Jahrhunderts als Stifter
  • Viktor Wanka: (no title available)
16:35 Discussion


International Medieval Congress Leeds 2010 'Travel and Exploration'

The MeMO-project is hosting a sequence of four sessions during IMC Leeds 2010. In each of the themed sessions three papers will explore medieval memoria culture. If you would like to participate in one of the sessions by presenting a paper related to commemoration in the Middle Ages, we welcome your proposal before the 23rd of September (contact info on page 11 of this month's issue of MMR). More information about the congress can be found on the official website.

Session A. Medieval commemoration: no borders
In the course of three lectures focussed on memoria in Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia the differences and similarities between diverse memorial cultures will be explored.

Session B. Medieval commemoration: narrative sources and memorial registers
This session will feature papers that concentrate on the written sources related to medieval memorial culture.

Session C. Medieval commemoration: funerary and memorial arts
Studies concerning funerary and memorial art, such as tombs, stained glass, altarpieces, effigies, founders' portraits, etcetera, can be presented during this session.

Session D. Medieval commemoration: the MeMO-project
Last but not least, three papers are given in the light of the MeMO-project, amongst which the presentation of MeMO DS (see MeMO progress report, elsewhere in this newsletter).


Colloquium on the text edition of: Het necrologium van de Sint-Cornelius- en Cyprianusabdij van Ninove. Tekstuitgave van de oudste twee necrologia (1185/1188-1651 en 1652-1694) met inleiding en annotaties.

With an English Summary:
The two older Necrologia of the Abbey of SS Cornelius and Cyprianus at Ninove (1185/1188-1651 and 1652-1694)

Edited by Dirk van de Perre

Date 10 October 2009 (3 PM)
Organisation The City of Ninove and The Public Library of Ninove in collaboration with Analecta Praemonstratensia, State Archives in Beveren and the Research Cell Middle Ages of K.U. Leuven
Location Auditorium of the Public Library, Graanmarkt 12, Ninove (Belgium)
Language Dutch

  • Welcome, by the Municipal Councilor of Culture
  • The role of the Journal Analecta Praemonstratensia in the research on the history of the Premonstratensian Order, by Herman Janssens, Secretary of Analecta Praemonstratensia
  • The international context of the research on Memory, by Prof. Dr. Paul Trio, Coordinator of the Research Cell Middle Ages of the Catholic University of Leuven
  • The archives of the Abbey of Ninove, by Dr. Eddy Put, Archivist of the State Archives
  • Explanation to the text edition, by Dr. Dirk van de Perre, Author

This text edition has been published in the Journal Analecta Praemonstratensia, tomus LXXXIV, 2008, pp. 5-249. This text is also separately available and will be sold at the colloquium for € 20.

Supplemental editions can be ordered at:
Praemonstratensia vzw
Abdijstraat 1
B-3271 Averbode

The Jesuits of the Low Countries: Identity and Impact (1540 - 1773)

Date 3 - 5 December, 2009
Organisation K.U. Leuven - Faculty of Theology, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, Jesuitica Project & Netherlands Institute of Jesuit Studies (NIJS) Amsterdam
Location Maria Theresiacollege, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven (Belgium)
Description International Conference focusing on the Jesuits of the Low Countries (1540-1773), their multiple identities and impact on society, with particular emphasis on recent research and newly available methodologies.
We hope to bring together junior and senior researchers, from all countries, with a special interest in the Jesuits of the Low Countries (Old Society).
Both ends of the information chain will meet: archivists, librarians, and book historians, on the one hand, and researchers, on the other hand.
Website www.jesuitica.be (with downloadable flyer in PDF-format)

From its foundation till its suppression in the eighteenth century, the Society of Jesus had a profound impact on the cultural, religious and political life of the Low Countries. The Jesuits contributed significantly to the shaping of the educational curriculum and to the dialogue with the burgeoning new sciences and the arts. Their pastoral and spiritual methods were equally innovative. Their influence can be measured by their huge number of local vocations and the enormous amount of literature printed in the Low Countries. This conference primarily focuses on these multiple identities of the Jesuits and the way they contributed to developments in the Low Countries.

This conference also sheds light on the largest Jesuitica collection of the world, housed at the Maurits Sabbe Library (Faculty of Theology, K.U. Leuven, Belgium), and the opportunities it creates for research. This collection comprises works from the major former Jesuit libraries in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Since 2004, these volumes are in the process of being described in depth, and the results have been made available to the scientific community thanks to the Jesuitica Project, operating within the Institute for the Study of Spirituality. The website www.jesuitica.be has gained support and appreciation from a score of researchers worldwide. To mark the closing of the first phase of this project, we want to both evaluate the past achievements and look ahead towards the future.

On the occasion of the conference, a new publication will be launched: Jesuit Books in the Low Countries, 1540-1773, in which more than fifty scholars deal with a well-balanced selection of books - by and about Jesuits - which belong to the collections of the Maurits Sabbe Library. The book will be a showcase of Jesuitica research-in-action.

At the Maurits Sabbe Library, an exhibit of these books, put within their context, is scheduled to be opened on the first night of the conference. The exhibit will be on display till January 16, 2010.

Please consult page 14-17 of this month's issue of MMR for the program of this conference.

Call for papers: Monuments and Commemoration in Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe

School of History and Politics,
University of Stirling, 10-11 August 2010

While the study of monumental tombs and religious acts of commemoration in pre-Reformation Scotland have remained remarkably neglected fields of study since the rudimentary antiquarian catalogue of effigies published in 1895 by Robert Brydell, F.S.A., scholars elsewhere in Britain and northern Europe have advanced the study of these themes considerably. There is thus great scope for an inter-disciplinary forum to showcase both the development of tombs and other forms of commemoration on a pan-northern European scale, c.1000-c.1560, and also to focus a variety of comparative and specialist approaches on these key cultural phenomena in a Scottish medieval context. Contributions are invited on any aspect of these themes but with particular emphasis on: tomb style and setting development; changing patterns of lay and ecclesiastical patronage, motive and meaning; family mausoleums, chantries, collegiate churches and urban tomb burial; European artistic, architectural and spiritual influences and connections; ecclesiastical provision, liturgy and ritual; post-Reformation antiquarianism and modern conservation.

The intention is for this to be an international event - one that looks at Scotland, yes, but which sets it into its medieval European context. We want to see what traditions are evolving in the areas with which Scotland has major cultural/economic links and what evidence there is for the permeation of Scotland by those traditions. We are therefore (also) looking to attract papers from people who are working on Low Countries material, and who are discussing purely Low Countries examples and traditions.

Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of the above topics. Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words to Prof Richard Oram, Dept of History, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA (contact info on page 17 of this month's issue of MMR), by 31 October 2009. The language of the conference will be English and all papers should be delivered in English.

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