Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 10, September 2012 (2)

10th Symposium on Memoria Research (Deutsch-Niederländische Gespräche)

Theme The medieval clergy and their care for their own salvation
Date Friday 14 September 2012
Times 10.00 - 17.00 h.
Location Walburgiszaal, Ontmoetingscentrum St. Walburgis, St. Walburgisplein 45, 6811 BZ Arnhem (next to the church, on the north side)
Languages German and English
Organisers Jan Kuijs (RU) and Sophie Oosterwijk (UU)


10.00 - 10.25 h. Registration and coffee
10.25 - 10.30 h. Brief welcome by Truus van Bueren
10.30 - 11.00 h. Jan Kuijs: 'Secular canons in the Low Countries and their salvation'
11.00 - 11.30 h. Harry Tummers: 'Canons and their tombs. The predilection for certain types of monument in the Low Countries in the late Middle Ages'
11.30 - 12.00 h. Sandra Büttner: title to be confirmed
12.00 - 13.00 h. Lunch
13.00 - 14.15 h. Visit to the Eusebiuskerk
14.15 - 14.45 h. Thomas Schilp: title to be confirmed
14.45 - 15.15 h. Susanne Ruf: title to be confirmed
15.15 - 16.00 h. Closing discussion and tea
16.00 - 17.00 h. Visit to the St. Walburgiskerk and Treasury

The 25-minute papers will each 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. There are 30 places available so early booking is essential.

Call for Papers: Art & Death

Three workshops: 1 November 2012, 21 February and 23 March 2013

A series of three workshops will be held at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2012-2013 to explore the interrelationship between art and death. These workshops have arisen from an informal group of doctoral students with shared interests in funerary monuments. The workshops will be structured to recognize that the certainty of death is accompanied by the foreknowledge and uncertainty of what may come after, and that visual representations of these phases have varied over time and between countries. The first workshop will focus on the images and objects related to the impact that the certainty of death has on individuals and the community; the second on art in the context of dying, death and burial; and the final one on representations of the perceived fate of body and soul after death, as well as the continuation of a relationship (if only in memory) between the living and the dead.

Subjects for the workshops could include, but are not limited to:

Workshop 1 (1 November 2012): Anticipation and Preparation
  • Death insurance? Religious gifts and foundations
  • Protective objects and amulets
  • Tombs commissioned during a lifetime, testamentary desire and fulfilment
  • Contemplating images of death, warnings to the living
  • The cult of the macabre, images of illness and decay
  • Apocalyptic visions

Workshop 2: (21 February 2013): Death and Dying
  • A 'good death'
  • War and violence
  • Funerals/Professional mourners
  • Funerary monuments, memorial architecture, cemetery design
  • Post-mortem portraits
  • Images of the corpse in painting, sculpture, film, photography, etc.
  • Crucifixion imagery
  • Death in museum collections

Workshop 3 (23 May 2013): Life after Death
  • Images of the soul /resurrected or re-incarnated body
  • Depictions of the afterlife
  • The incorruptible body, saints, relics and reliquaries
  • Remembering the dead, commemoration in art and/or performance
  • The 'immortality' of the artist, post-mortem reputations

Format and Logistics:
  • Length of paper: 20 minutes
  • Four papers per workshop
  • Location: Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Timing: 10 am-midday
  • Expenses: funds are not available to cover participants' expenses (this includes travel expenses)

We welcome proposals relating to all periods, media and regions (including non-European) and see this as an opportunity for doctoral and early post-doctoral students to share their research.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words to Jessica Barker and Ann Adams (contact details available in this issue of MMR, page 8) by the following dates:
  • 20 September 2012 for workshop 1 (1 November 2012): Anticipation and Preparation
  • 10 January 2013 for workshop 2 (21 February 2013): Death and Dying
  • 11 April 2013 for workshop 3 (23 May 2013): Life after Death

For planning purposes, it would be helpful to have an indication of interest in the later workshops, in advance of submission of a proposal.

Call for papers: Death: the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life

Leiden University Graduate Conference

Location and date Leiden University, Netherlands, January 24 - 25, 2013
Deadline November 15, 2012

Death is a defining factor in the explorations of our subjectivity, art, history, politics, and many other aspects of our social interactions and perceptions of the world. In the modern age, conceptions of death have continued to shift and evolve, yet our perceptions are still fuelled by an instinctive fear of the end of life.

Despite our attempts to shut-out death or overcome its inevitability, the end of life has remained a visible and unavoidable aspect of our society. From antiquity to the present day, perceptions of death have been represented through various different mediums: visual culture, art, literature, music, historical writing, cinema, religious symbols, national anniversaries, and public expressions of mourning.

This conference aims to explore how death has been represented and conceptualized, from classical antiquity to the modern age, and the extent to which our perceptions and understandings of death have changed (or remained the same) over time. The wide scope of this theme reflects the historical range of LUCAS's (previously called LUICD) three research programs (Classics and Classical Civilization, Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Modern and Contemporary Studies), as well as the intercontinental and interdisciplinary focus of many of the institute's research projects.

The LUCAS Graduate Conference welcomes papers from all disciplines within the humanities. The topic of your proposal may address the concept of death from a cultural, historical, classical, artistic, literary, cinematic, political, economic, or social viewpoint.

Questions that might be raised include: How have different cultures imagined the end of life? What is the role of art (literature, or cinema) in cultural conceptions of death? How might historical or contemporary conceptualizations of death be related to the construction of our subjectivity and cultural identity? What is the cultural meaning(s) of death? To what extent has modern warfare changed our perceptions of death? How is death presented in the media and how has this changed? In what ways has religion influenced our reflections on death and the afterlife?

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) to present a 20-minute paper to the organizing committee (contact details available in this issue of MMR, page 9). The deadline for proposals is 15 November, 2012. You will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 December, 2012.

As with the previous LUCAS Graduate Conference (2011), a selection of papers will be published in the conference proceedings. For those who attend the conference, there will be a registration fee of €45 to cover the cost of lunches, coffee breaks, and other conference materials. Unfortunately we cannot offer financial support at this time.

If you have any questions regarding the conference and/or the proposals, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee. Further details will be available online in the Fall.

The organizing committee:
Odile Bodde
Maarten Jansen
David Louwrier
Jenny Weston

The Art of Death & Dying

Location The University of Houston
Date October 24-27, 2012
Languages English and Spanish
Website http://artofdeathanddying.blogspot.com/

The University of Houston, in partnership with the Blaffer Art Museum, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, National Museum of Funeral History, and Preservation Houston, will host a three day interdisciplinary symposium on artistic explorations of commemoration, death, and dying.

Papers will be presented in the fields of architecture and landscape architecture, art criticism and theory, art history, cultural studies, dance, film and television, literature, and music. The programme also includes several papers which may be of interest to medieval memoria researchers.

The program includes museum and cemetery tours, gallery and artists' talks, a Brahms recital, and documentary screening.

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