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Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The session wishes to analyze the Marian presence in Late Medieval European cities. The scholarly importance of the session lies in understanding how the Virgin became a part of urban landscapes and how the political and civic powers enhanced religious place‐making practices. How was the Mother of God accommodated and exhibited in civic space? What does Marian images’ location reveal about the relationship between devotion and public places? Why did the Virgin become the guarantor of civic unity? And finally, how did Mary personify the “urban ideology”?

Announcement

Call for Papers for Special Session at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western Michigan University, May 9-14, 2022

Online Event

Argument

The session wishes to analyze the Marian presence in Late Medieval European cities. The scholarly importance of the session lies in understanding how the Virgin became a part of urban landscapes and how the political and civic powers enhanced religious place‐making practices. How was the Mother of God accommodated and exhibited in civic space? What does Marian images’ location reveal about the relationship between devotion and public places? Why did the Virgin become the guarantor of civic unity? And finally, how did Mary personify the “urban ideology”?

On a methodological level, the session will encourage an interdisciplinary socio-spatial approach. Topography, urbanism, and art will be examined in relation with Marian devotion to understand the semantization of the civic space. The analysis of case studies will aim not only to highlight specific aspects and general phenomena in Late Medieval Europe, but also to define key concepts, identities, and devotional practices in urban development processes.

Submission guidelines

Scholars are invited to submit a 300-word abstract, excluding references.

Proposals should also include:

  • name,
  • affiliation,
  • email address,
  • the title of the presentation,
  • 6 keywords,
  • a selective bibliography,
  • and a short CV.

Please send the documents to maryandthecity.imc2022@gmail.com

by September 1, 2021.

Contact information:

maryandthecity.imc2022@gmail.com

Fiammetta Campagnoli will be in charge of the selection of papers.

Places

  • Kalamazoo, America

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Keywords

  • city, Virgin Mary, topography, civic religion, ritual, confraternity

Information source

  • Fiammetta Campagnoli
    courriel : maryandthecity [dot] imc2022 [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« The Virgin and the City : Urban Marian Spaces in Late Medieval Europe », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021, https://calenda.org/897819

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