[UPDATE]Materiality of Devotion and Piety: The Middle Ages and Beyond

full name / name of organization: 
Purdue University/ Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium
contact email: 
park307@purdue.edu

“The hooly blisful martyr for to seke” is the alleged goal for the pilgrimage that structures Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. What remains under-discussed is the actual goal of the Canterbury pilgrimage, or any other medieval pilgrimage: the pilgrims seek not “the hooly blissful martyr” himself, but things related to him—hair shirt, body parts, or any other object related to the saint and available for view. Devotion in the Middle Ages (Christian and non-Christian) took a tangible, material form that was considered as important as the saints, deity, or feelings of devotion itself. Such material manifestations of devotion continued to evolve throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. This conference calls for papers that discuss such tangible signs of devotion and their significance in literature, art, architecture, and other forms of expression from the Middle Ages and onwards. Possible themes include but are not limited to:
 Depictions of devotional objects in literature
 Religious books: prayer books, printed Bibles, etc..
 Text and art that represent materials of devotion, their uses, or methods of creation
 Marginalia, illuminations, woodcuts, scribal and printing practices
 Religious architecture
 Tools of mortification, such as scourges and hair shirts
 Relics and reliquaries
 Jewelry, such as rosaries and crucifixes; clothing and textiles, such as tapestry, vestments and cassocks, tzitzit, tallit, and tefillin
 Comparative examinations of the development of devotional objects through time and across cultures
 Secular and lay use of religious materials
 Destruction of devotional materials
Please submit a proposal of no longer than 200 words to Hwanhee Park (park307@purdue.edu)
by October 25, 2012.

cfp categories: 
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
graduate_conferences
medieval
religion
renaissance