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Upcoming symposiums and congresses: Issue 15, May 2015
Call for Papers: Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam
The idea that the shaping of tombs and funeral places goes beyond aspects of personal welfare, by also reflecting social functions and meanings of commemoration, including political claims, is very popular in medieval research. Its effects can be noticed on examples of funerary monuments from both Christian and Islamic contexts. In addition to showing an enhanced interest in ritual integration, recent investigations show a wider perspective on concrete location and spatial situation as a main factor for the understanding of tombs and their function. As a result, space is interpreted beyond physical boundaries and frames, as a relational definition based on social constructs in the sense of collective perception, use and appropriation.
The conference will give the opportunity to discuss these approaches within comparative perspectives on medieval objects, buildings, and places of commemoration in Christianity and Islam. The focus lies on the relevance and the integration of tombs as places and spaces of formative and constitutive character in both religious cultures. Our interest is the reflection on the analysis of medieval burial monuments, with regard for the theoretical concepts of the Spatial turns. Case studies related to the choice of a burial place and the associated negotiation processes, questions of visualization in relation to space through shaped features or rituals, and religious and political intentions, will be the subject of discussion. Within this idea, the comparison of memorials and their related space in Christian and Islamic contexts raises questions about contact and frontier zones, as well as cultural exchange and transfer processes. This can sharpen the set of methodological instruments. Contributions from related disciplines such as History and Medieval Archaeology would ideally complement the focused perspective of Art History.
Keynote Speakers: Doris Behrens-Abouseif, London / Tanja Michalsky, Berlin/Rome
The organizers invite submissions on the following topics:
Location of the sepulchral monument: appropriation and construction of commemoration places
7th International colloquium of the Abbey Museum of the Dunes: Dead Men Talking. Interdisciplinary research into archaeological burial contexts in Northwest Europe (10th-16th centuries)
The 7th International colloquium highlights the interdisciplinary research into archaeological burial contexts in northwest Europe (10th-16th centuries). Various speakers will discuss their latest research findings, and the possibilities for including research into skeletal remains and their funerary context, in the general 'life stories' of the dead, both in the communal and the individual sense. This new research offers tools for assessment of sources, methodology, and a broader study of medieval burial contexts and excavated individuals in northwest Europe.
Over 1,000 graves have been uncovered at the site of the medieval Abbey of the Dunes in Koksijde. This Cistercian abbey was the largest in Flanders, founded by the Count. In the 13th century, the community included up to 500 monks and lay brothers. The large number of well-preserved skeletons, found in one location and dating from a specific period (12th-16th centuries), is one of northwest Europe's largest collections of individuals.
The remains are now mainly kept at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, where they are still being studied by physical anthropologists, medical examiners and students from all over the world. Unfortunately, incomplete excavation reports and gaps in the excavation archives complicate their interpretation and comparison with similar collections from our neighbouring countries.
A thorough analysis of the relic of the Blessed Abbot Idesbald, held in Bruges, may be an important reference point in the research into the collection of individuals of the Abbey in Koksijde. The question is, however, to what extent interdisciplinary research into the best-documented individual, excavated in Koksijde, can fill in the gaps?
Call for poster sessions proposals
Are you involved in an interesting project or in an area of work that you would like to discuss with or show to other congress attendees? Why not present your work in one of the two poster sessions at the 'Dead Men Talking' congress of the Abbey museum of the Dunes? This is an ideal opportunity to present your work in an international conference and to get acquainted with the most recent developments in the research on medieval burial contexts and excavated individuals.
The deadline for the proposals for the poster sessions is August 1st, 2015.
For further information, please visit the website of the Abbey museum of the Dunes in Koksijde.
Symbols in Life and Death - Monumental Brass Society
About the Event
The Monumental Brass Society's 2015 Conference will be held on the theme 'Symbols in Life and Death' in the historic city centre of Norwich, in the Maid's Head Hotel, Tombland, 18-20 September 2015.
Friday 18 September
Saturday 19 September
Sunday 20 September
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