Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 4, February 2010

Workshop on Memory, Re-writing, Adaptation for Ph.D. students

Date Thursday, 20 May 2010. Further information will be available in March on the MeMO website.
Location Utrecht
Organisation Jesseka Batteau (OSL); Truus van Bueren (Med.); Dennis Kersten (OSL), Liedeke Plate (OSL), and Els Rose (Med.)

As a follow-up to the workshop Does Memory have a History of October 2008 the Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap; OSL) and the Research School for Medieval Studies (Onderzoekschool Mediėvistiek; OZSMed) are organizing a workshop for Ph.D. students on Memory, Re-writing, Adaptation.

In the workshop we shall approach the concepts of memory, re-writing and adaptation from the perspective of (modern) literary studies and medieval studies.

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

Symposium on Problems and Challenges in medieval Memoria Research

Date Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Location Utrecht
Organisation Kim Ragetli and Truus van Bueren

On Wednesday 26th of May the MeMO-project will host a symposium in Utrecht dealing with recent developments in the memoria field of research. National and international experts in the field will be discussing themes and theses concerning methodological and content-related problems and challenges in memoria research. An article by the organizers will be used as a starting point for discussion. A limited number of places is still available for this symposium.

More information and the possibility of registering will be offered on the MeMO website in March.

Sixth Symposium on Memoria Research

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

The Sixth Symposium on Memoria Research will take place in September 2010. Further information shall be available in the next issue of MMR (May 2010).

The MeMO-project at IMC Leeds 2010

During the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 12-15 July 2010, the MeMO-project will host three consecutive sessions.

Session I. Medieval Commemoration: Narrative Sources and Memorial Registers
What can different types of written sources tell us about medieval memorial culture? The first lecture by Koen Goudriaan addresses two types of sources, namely historiographical and necrological sources, in order to analyze how Geert Grote of Deventer, the 'founder' of the Devotio Moderna, was remembered. The second speaker, Annemarie Speetjens, discusses some issues concerning the use and function of pittance books. The development of the foundation of meals and bread distributions for the poor will be reconstructed, using the research of a 16th-century provisor and his medieval sources. The memorial practices of an abbey in Thorn are the point of departure for the third paper, presented by Hartwig Kersken. This session will be chaired by Dick de Boer.

Session II. Medieval Commemoration: Funerary and Memorial Art
The first paper by Charlotte Dikken sheds light on six stained glass windows which together form a portrait series representing a male ancestral line going back six generations. Why were these windows created and what were the intended functions? In the second paper Laura Stefanescu will address the issues of gift-giving and memoria in medieval sources from the Principalities of Walachia and Moldavia in Romania. She will focus on the functions and meaning of the votive portraits of princes and their wives as founders of churches and monasteries. The final paper in this session, presented by Kim Ragetli, will deal with the visualizations of travels to the hereafter. This session is chaired by Truus van Bueren.

Session III. Medieval Commemoration: Medieval Memoria Online, New Research Tools
In this session MeMO DS, an internationally approved description standard to enhance the exchangeability of both the research data and the research infrastructure, will be presented by Rolf de Weijert. MeMO DS offers a standard to describe sources that are essential for the study of medieval commemoration practices, namely 1) memoria-related narrative sources; 2) memorial registers, 3) sepulchral monuments and gravestones and 4) memorial pieces. Secondly, Truus van Bueren will introduce the Rich Internet Application (RIA) 'Prayer and Politics' to show how new media can assist in mapping out and understanding the complexity of the medieval commemoration of the dead. Finally, Anna Adamska will reflect in a final presentation on the papers presented in the three sessions. This final session is chaired by Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld.

Call for papers: "Death, Commemoration and Memory: An Exploration of Representation, Concept and Change"

Thursday 24th and Friday 25th June 2010

The Death, Commemoration and Memory (DCM) Research Group is based within the School of Arts, Culture and Environment at the University of Edinburgh. Founded in 2008, DCM provides a forum for postgraduates and staff whose research engages with any aspect of the Group's remit, attracting junior and senior scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. Building upon the Group's success, a two-day conference is planned in Edinburgh for June 2010 to provide a platform for further interdisciplinary discussion and to create new networks between researchers across the UK.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
  • Acts of commemoration, mourning practices and rituals
  • The social aspects of individual memory, collective memories and cultural attitudes towards memory
  • The ethics and etiquette of death studies: the treatment of human remains in archaeology, pathology and museum practice
  • Death in the visual arts: commemoration through architectural and artistic practices
  • Poetic, literary and musical interpretations of death
  • The dichotomy between history and memory
  • Psychological and sociological studies of bereavement
We welcome abstracts of 300 words on any aspect of the conference's themes, accompanied by a short academic resume of 200 words maximum. While the focus of the conference lies with the UK, we are very keen to attract a broad range of international scholars and would also be more than happy to accept papers which concentrate on Memoria in the Low Countries.

Submission deadline: 12 March 2010 (contact info on page 10 of this month's issue).

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