Saints and Cults in the World Religions

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Hagiography Society at the Renaissance Society of American in Berlin
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The Hagiography Society will sponsor up to five sessions at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Berlin, March 26-28, 2015. The HS promotes study and scholarly exchange in all disciplinary fields with a focus on sanctity, cults, and traditions of virtue in the world religions. For the RSA conference, we seek papers focused on the global and local in Renaissance and Early Modernity (1300-1700) for panels to be organized around the following themes:

1. Martyrs and Martyrologies

2. Canonization—formal, informal, metaphorical

3. Economies of the Shrine

4. Manuscript & Print

5. Relics, Reliquaries, Ornament

Specific titles for the sessions will emerge from the constellations of abstracts submitted and accepted. We also seek session chairs and commentators.

Send individual paper abstracts (not more than 150 words) with titles by June 5 to HS Program Chair Sara Ritchey at

The RSA also requires a one-page c.v. (not more than 300 words). It must include degrees awarded, institutional affiliation, major publications. Format is not important so long as you do not send a prose bio.

You need not be a member of the HS or the RSA for HS to submit your abstract, but you will need to register on the RSA website as a submitter/speaker. If your abstract is accepted, you must join. For more information, see