'Material Engagements with the Friends of God in Post-Roman Europe', May 14-17, 2015, Medieval Congress at Western Michigan U

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Friends of the Saints: The Hagiography Workshop
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Sponsored by The Friends of the Saints, a hagiography workshop,
Panel theme: 'Material Engagements with the Friends of God in Post-Roman Europe.'

Association with and promotion of holy figures and their relics has long been recognized as a way those in the Middle Ages laid claim to being part of a group and to that group's authority. This panel proposes to explore how identities (e.g., individual, community, national, religious, legal) were claimed and formed through the material evidence of sanctity in post-Roman Europe. Papers addressing the following themes are particularly invited:

–Manuscripts and the written word
–Material culture
–Intersections of east and west in the former Roman Empire

Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and a CV by September 15 to Jay Paul Gates (jgates@jjay.cuny.edu).