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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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  • Call for papers - Ethnology, anthropology

    Mythologies in Islamic lands

    New Comparative Mythology, international peer-reviewed journal of comparative mythology, launches for its fourth issue a call for contributions for its thematic section (“Thema”) on the theme “Mythologies in Islamic lands”.

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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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  • Paris

    Call for papers - Middle Ages

    Fondements de l'éthique médiévale : Dieu, l'homme et la nature

    La question des fondements de l’éthique médiévale se situe plus que toute autre à la croisée des chemins. Le terme de « fondements » peut en effet s’entendre dans une perspective historique, au sein de laquelle l’historien de la philosophie s’attache à suivre l’évolution des contenus de l’éthique en interaction avec divers facteurs sociaux, culturels et textuels, mais aussi comme une réflexion sur les conditions métaphysiques de l’existence d’une éthique. Destinée à donner la parole aux jeunes chercheurs en philosophie médiévale, doctorants ou post-doctorants, cette journée d'études sera centrée sur l'éthique au Moyen Âge et la question de ses fondements, tant épistémologiques que métaphysique, anthropologiques ou théologiques.

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  • Berlin

    Call for papers - Representation

    Saintes scènes

    Dialogue des époques, dialogue des cultures dans les mises en scène théâtrales de la sainteté à la croisée du Moyen Âge et de la modernité

    La session du Romanistentag 2011 intitulée « Saintes scènes » (25-28 septembre 2011) souhaite mener une réflexion sur la période charnière entre le Moyen âge et la modernité à la lumière d’une figure singulière – le/la saint/e – envisagée dans un cadre spécifique : celui de la représentation théâtrale.

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