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Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 8, September 2011
Deutsch-Niederländische Gespräche, 8th meeting
The eighth meeting of the Deutsch-Niederländische Gespräche about memoria will take place on 9 September 2011 in Utrecht. The theme of this symposium is "Memoria and Reform Movements".
The 25 minute papers will be followed by a short discussion. A general discussion will take place at the end of the meeting. Due to limited number of seats and the organisation of lunch and drink we kindly ask you to let us know if you will attend.
Does Memory Have a History?Part Three: Myth. Workshop OSL & Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek Research Group Transnational Memories (UU) & Memory: Cultural and Religious Identities (RU)
In October 2008, the Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies (OSL) and Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies (Med.) organized their first joint workshop for PhDs, focusing on the concept of cultural memory and its applicability to different historical periods. The goal was to get a discussion going between representatives of different disciplines and historical periods, exploring how the theoretical concept of Cultural Memory could be of use to the study of communities and societies throughout history. A second workshop, devoted to the subject of rewriting, followed in the spring of 2010.
In this third edition of the DMHH-workshop series the focus will be on myth, a concept that is notoriously hard to define, but was nevertheless used repeatedly until quite recently (scholarly amnesia?) and was also the subject of much theoretical reflection. During the workshop we will investigate the analytical potential of 'myth' for cultural memory studies and reflect on what has been lost and gained in its erasure as well as potential recovery. We will explore myth's relation to 'memory', 'history' and 'experience' and inquire into its temporality as it contrasts and intersects with other concepts of time such as historical time and phenomenological time. The focus will be on the ways in which myth functions in cultural memory, discussing its relationship to remembrance and forgetting, to rewriting, politics, and emotions. How does myth function as a figure of memory and of forgetting, and what is its relationship to cultural narratives, to archetypes, and typologies? Should 'myth' be understood as a separate temporal mode of cultural memory? Or can we perhaps point out a mythmaking potential in all forms of shared remembrance?
How is myth employed - if at all - by researchers of Classical, Medieval, Early Modern and contemporary culture? In what respects do these approaches resemble or differ from one another and what do they reveal about the transhistorical study of cultural memory? Can we even think of a definition that 'works' for everybody, regardless of the historical period or medium under consideration? These are some of the central questions we hope to address in the discussions and presentations structuring the workshop.
Keynote address: prof. dr. Judith Pollmann, leader of the NWO research programme 'Tales of the Revolt: Memory, Oblivion and Identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1700'.
Organisation: Truus van Bueren (Med.), Dennis Kersten (OSL), Liedeke Plate(OSL), Ann Rigney (OSL) & Els Rose (Med.).
21st Signum symposium Memoriepraktijken in de Nederlanden (Memorial practices in the Low Countries)
Each year the Contactgroep Signum organizes a symposium on a specific theme, related to social-economic and institutional-juridical history of religious and ecclesiastical institutions in the Low Countries. In 1997 the Signum symposium was devoted to medieval memoria culture. Since then a lot of has happened in this research field in Belgium and the Netherlands. There have been expositions and symposiums about the commemoration of the dead; several dissertations on this topic have been published or will be published in the coming years and various websites have been launched. To put it short, memoria research is alive and kicking in the Low Countries.
Additionally, since 2009 there is the Medieval Memoria Online project (MeMO), which aims to catalogue and describe source material that is fundamental for the study of memoria culture. One of the source types that was selected to be included into the MeMO project were memorial registers. An inventory of these sources was created in the early 90's by members of the Contactgroep Signum. MeMO uses this inventory together with the descriptions of these memorial registers that were made from 2004 on by the Focus Group Memorial Registers (Werkgroep Memorieboeken) that consisted of members of Signum.
Given all of these developments in the research field, there is reason to once again devote a Signum symposium to the medieval memoria culture in the Low Countries. The emphasis during this symposium will be on ongoing research projects in Belgium and the Netherlands. The subjects of this symposium include the memorial practices in the monastery of Saint John in Haarlem and in the church of St Martin in Kortrijk (Courtrai), as well as the memorial practices among the canons in Flanders, and in communities of the Modern Devotion in the Northern and Southern Low Countries.. There will also be an excursion to the Jacobikerk in Utrecht, where a memorial painting can be found that was altered during the Reformation and given a second life. This excursion will also lead past churches drawn and painted by Pieter Saenredam.
Truus van Bueren and Rolf de Weijert
The fees for this symposium will be EUR 10.00 for Signum members, EUR 15.00 for students and EUR 20.00 for non-members. The fees can be paid in cash on the day itself.
International Conference: Gesellschaft im GebetsgedenkenErgebnisse und Perspektiven der Erforschung frühmittelalterlicher Libri vitae
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Die Ordnung des Gedenkens: Libri vitae und ihre Gliederungskonzepte
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lubich, Bochum
Friday, 9 December 2011
Religiöse Gemeinschaften: Bischöfe und Kleriker, Mönche und Nonnen im Gebetsgedenken
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Scholz, Zürich
Herrschermemoria: Könige und Fürsten
Moderation: Dr. Franz Neiske, Münster
Saturday 10 December 2011
Amici et benefactores
1st Arenberg Conference for History: Dynastic Identity in Early Modern EuropeThe dynamics of aristocratic identity formation in comparative perspective: actors, motives and strategies
It is with great pleasure that the Arenberg Foundation announces the 1st Arenberg Conference for History on 'Dynastic identity' in Amsterdam.
As an ancient European family, the Arenbergs have always viewed history as an invaluable asset in understanding the world, and the numerous challenges it encountered in its nearly 1000 years of existence. Therefore the Arenberg family is glad to pursue its historical commitments - after opening-up the family's private archives in Enghien, Belgium - by organising this new series of conferences. By doing so, we hope to contribute to historical sciences, since it is of great help in grasping the numerous complexities of our ever-changing modern society. History not only helps us to define where we stand, but especially where we want to go in our respective communities, countries, Europe, and of course in the world at large.
The conference's theme 'Dynastic identity in Early Modern Europe. The dynamics of aristocratic identity formation' is especially dear to us, not only for family reasons, but also because identities are very much present in today's discourses. Too often they are seen as seemingly unchangeable safe havens in a constantly changing environment, and not enough as the immensely dynamic concepts that they truly are.
By bringing together scholars from all over Europe, we hope that history will remain an inspiration for tomorrow's world.
Few doubts can persist today on the existence of specific dynastic identities of Europe's great families. The self-definition of these aristocrats focussed on claims of eternity and universality (as Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann recently defined it). Aristocrats developed a sense of lineage and continuity between past, present and future generations. So far, these identities have been studied mostly for ruling dynasties. However, exclusive identities were not just a prerogative of the "great dynasties" - as for instance the Habsburgs - they were carefully cultivated and promoted by noble houses throughout Europe.
These last few years, discussions on identity have dominated popular and scientific discourse alike. Definitions on identity are abundant, whether on national, ethnic or collective or other grounds. This conference will be concerned with identities relevant to families. Identities are rarely static or unchanging, and often influenced by a multitude of factors. It is not another definition of identity we seek, but rather an insight into the development of identity formation in the Europe of the Ancien Regime. This will allow us to reconstruct the worldview and motives of the most powerful individuals and families in early modern societies.
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