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  • Call for papers - Religion

    Iconotrop

    Symbolic and Material Changes to Cult Images in the Classical and Medieval Ages

    Iconotropy is a Greek word which literally means “image turning.” William J. Hamblin (2007) defines the term as “the accidental or deliberate misinterpretation by one culture of the images or myths of another one, especially so as to bring them into accord with those of the first culture.” In fact, iconotropy is commonly the result of the way cultures have dealt with images from foreign or earlier cultures. Numerous accounts from classical antiquity and the Middle Ages detail how cult images were involved in such processes of misinterpretation, both symbolically and materially. Pagan cultures for example deliberately misrepresented ancient ritual icons and incorporated new meanings to the mythical substratum, thus modifying the myth’s original meanings and bringing about a profound change to existing religious paradigms. Iconotropy is a fundamental concept in religious history, particularly of contexts in which religious changes, often turbulent, took place. At the same time, the iconotropic process of appropriating cult images brought with it changes in the materiality of those images...The conference hopes to generate new research questions and creative synergies by initiating conversation and the exchange of ideas among scholars in the arts and humanities.

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  • Rome

    Call for papers - History

    Meanings of rituals

    Incense and religion in ancient societies

    Although several studies have drawn attention to the role of incense as an ingredient in ritual and a means of communication between men and gods, there remains no comprehensive examination of the practical functions and cultural semantics of incense in the ancient world, whether as a purifying agent, a performative sign of a transcendent world, an olfactory signal to summon the deity, a placatory libation, or food for the gods. Moreover, recent archaeological research has provided evidence (alongside literary, epigraphic and iconographic evidence) that the physical origins and chemical constituents of incense are complex and diverse, as are their properties : resins, vegetable gums, spices, and a welter of aromatic products that could be exhibited and burned before ancient eyes and noses. These were components of a multi-sensory religious experience in which music, colourful costumes, lavish banquets and tactile encounters defined the ritualsensibilities of the community.

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  • Kalamazoo

    Call for papers - Representation

    Body and Soul in Medieval Visual Culture

    52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

    This session seeks papers that explore the range of ways in which medieval artists responded to the anthropological duality of body and soul in the visual arts of the Byzantine and Western medieval worlds.

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  • Madrid

    Call for papers - Europe

    Gods in the city

    Approaches to the urban and suburban religious landscape in the West (1st-6th centuries AD)

    La Casa de Velázquez et l’Institut archéologique allemand de Madrid organisent la septième édition de leur atelier de formation pour jeunes chercheurs du 17 au 21 juin 2013, à Madrid, coordonnée cette année par Bertrand Goffaux, Dirce Marzoli et Fedor Schlimbach. Les travaux porteront cette année sur le paysage religieux urbain et suburbain en Occident, entre le Ie et le VIe siècle ap. J.-C. 

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  • Lyon

    Conference, symposium - History

    Norms and Hagiography in the Latin west, 5th-16th century

    Le colloque « Normes et hagiographie » étudie les sources hagiographiques du Moyen Âge latin. Une journée « Intentions normatives » examinera comment, par le discours hagiographique, des autorités justifient des définitions dogmatiques, des relations institutionnelles, des pratiques : de l’exemple d’un saint, elles passent à une généralisation pédagogique. « Sources hagiographiques de la norme » permettra ensuite de suivre le déplacement du discours hagiographique vers des genres documentaires multiples à des fins normatives : comment la mention des saints accroît-elle l’autorité d’un texte juridique, historique, d’une charte ou d’un testament ? Enfin, le discours hagiographique est adapté aux compétences supposées du public qui doit le recevoir : une journée « Communication, public, réception » décrira l’adaptation, notamment langagière, que la fonction normative de l’hagiographie rend nécessaire.

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