Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 8, September 2011

Deutsch-Niederländische Gespräche, 8th meeting

Date and time 9 September, 11.30 - 17.00 hrs, followed by drinks
Location Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06
Languages German and English

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".


11.45 - 11.50 Short Introduction by Truus van Bueren
11.50 - 12.20 Jens Lieven: Monastische Reform und Memoria
12.20 - 12.50 Susanne Ruf: Individuelles Gedenken durch Inschriften und Kirchenausstattungen der Neuzeit - Einige Beobachtungen in lutherischen Gemeinden Thüringens

12.50 - 13.20


13.20 - 13.50

Corinne van Dijk: A Mass of St. Gregory changed into a text panel. The Reformation in St. James's church in Utrecht at the end of the 16th century
13.50 - 15.30 Jeannette van Arenthals: a short introduction to the painter Pieter Saenredam and his paintings of the Utrecht medieval churches in the 17th century, followed by a walk to St James's church, passing the churches that Saenredam painted

Corinne van Dijk and Truus van Bueren: the text panel and St. James's church looking through the eyes of Saenredam, followed by a walk back to Janskerkhof
15.30 - 16.10 Caroline Horch: Protestantische Form des Totengedenkens

Thomas Schilp: Von den Wittenberger Memorialbildern der lutherischen Reform zu Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften
16.10 - 16.40 Truus van Bueren: Reformation? Which Reformation? Memoria and remembrance in the second half of the 16th century in the convent of St. John in Haarlem


Closing discussion

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)

Date 18 November 2011
Location Utrecht
Website http://oslit.nl/does-memory-have-a-history/

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'.

Registration: http://oslit.nl/does-memory-have-a-history/

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)

Date 2 December 2011
Location Utrecht, Universiteit Utrecht, Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal
Language Dutch

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.

MeMO-Signum symposium
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.


9:45 Reception and coffee
10:15 Welcome and short introduction


Bas Diemel - 'Daer es leven sonder sterven. Memoria en gemeenschapsvorming in Windesheimer kringen uit de laatmiddeleeuwse Zuidelijke Nederlanden (1350-1550)'
11:00 Anne Bollmann - 'Voerwaer weerdich in gedenckenisse te hebben. Over de memoriepraktijk in de historiografie van de Moderne Devotie'
11:30 Marjan de Smet - 'Uitdelingen van proven tijdens middeleeuwse jaargetijdevieringen in de Kortrijkse Sint-Maartenskerk'
12:00 Discussion




Corinne van Dijk - 'Een tweede leven voor een vijftiende-eeuwse memorievoorstelling in de Utrechtse Jacobikerk'
Jeannette van Arenthals - 'Saenredam in Utrecht'
13:45 Excursion to the Jacobikerk by Jeannette van Arenthals and Corinne van Dijk


15:00 Member meeting Contactgroep Signum


Brigitte Meijns - 'Memoria als drijfveer bij de oprichting van gemeenschappen van kanunniken in het graafschap Vlaanderen (9de-12de eeuw)'
15:45 Truus van Bueren - 'Memoriecultuur in het Haarlemse Jansklooster. Het koor als plaats van memorie- en herinneringspraktijken'
16:15 Discussion



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 Gebetsgedenken

Ergebnisse und Perspektiven der Erforschung frühmittelalterlicher Libri vitae

Date 8-10 December 2011
Location Katholische Akademie "Die Wolfsburg", Mülheim an der Ruhr
Organisation Historisches Institut der Universität Duisburg-Essen
Language German


Thursday, 8 December 2011
14:30 Grußworte: NN
Begrüßung und Einführung: NN, Prof. Dr. Uwe Ludwig

Die Ordnung des Gedenkens: Libri vitae und ihre Gliederungskonzepte
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lubich, Bochum

15:00 Prof. Dr. Meta Niederkorn, Wien: Der Salzburger Liber vitae
15:30 Prof. Dr. Dieter Geuenich, Duisburg-Essen: Das Reichenauer Verbrüderungsbuch
16:00 Diskussion




Prof. Dr. Uwe Ludwig, Duisburg-Essen: Die St. Galler Verbrüderungsbücher
17:30 Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Jakobi, Münster: Der Liber memorialis von Remiremont
18:00 Diskussion
18:30 Abendessen


Abendvortrag: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schieffer: Memorialquellen in den Monumenta Germaniae Historica

Friday, 9 December 2011
Religiöse Gemeinschaften: Bischöfe und Kleriker, Mönche und Nonnen im Gebetsgedenken
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Scholz, Zürich

9:00 Prof. Dr. Alfons Zettler, Dortmund: Ordo fratrum - Verzeichnisse der Reichenauer und St. Galler Mönche
9:30 Dr. Peter Erhart, St. Gallen: Klerikergemeinschaften in Sankt Gallen und Pfäfers
10:00 Diskussion




Prof. Dr. Nicolangelo D'Acunto, Brescia: Mönchs- und Nonnenkonvente aus dem Regnum Italiae in den Libri vitae
11:30 Prof. Dr. Thomas Schilp, Dortmund: Überlegungen zur Memoria der Essener Sanctimonialen unter forschungsgeschichtlichen Aspekten
12:00 Diskussion


Mittagessen und Pause

Herrschermemoria: Könige und Fürsten
Moderation: Dr. Franz Neiske, Münster

15:00 Dr. Eva-Maria Butz, Dortmund: Herrschereinträge in den Libri memoriales
15:30 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Haubrichs, Saarbrücken: Romanische und bairische Personennamen im Salzburger 'Liber vitae'
16:00 Diskussion




PD Dr. Maximilian Diesenberger, Wien: Könige und Herzöge im Salzburger Verbrüderungsbuch
17:30 Prof. Dr. Herwig Wolfram, Wien: Die Libri vitae von Salzburg und Cividale und das Ostland Bayerns (799-907)
18:00 PD Dr. Andreas Bihrer, Freiburg/Breisgau: Angelsächsische Könige in der kontinentalen Memorialüberlieferung
18:30 Diskussion
19:00 Abendessen


Abendvortrag: Prof. Dr. Joachim Wollasch, Münster/Freiburg: Formen und Inhalte mittelalterlicher Memoria

Saturday 10 December 2011
Amici et benefactores
Moderation: NN

9:00 Prof. Dr. Volkhard Huth, Bensheim: Amici et benefactores in der mittelalterlichen Gedenküberlieferung
9:30 Dr. Walter Kettemann, Duisburg-Essen: Freunde und Wohltäter im Liber viventium Fabariensis
10:00 Diskussion




Dr. Jens Lieven, Bochum: "Große Personengruppen" und amicitiae
11:30 Schlussdiskussion. Leitung: Prof. Dr. Dieter Geuenich, Duisburg-Essen




1st Arenberg Conference for History: Dynastic Identity in Early Modern Europe

The dynamics of aristocratic identity formation in comparative perspective: actors, motives and strategies

Date October 6-7, 2011
Location VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Website http://dynasticidentity.let.vu.nl/

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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