Calls for Papers/Sep 16, 2022

Hagio-Scape! How Mobility and Materiality Shaped Pre-modern Geographies of Devotion (400–1700)

Hagio-Scape! How Mobility and Materiality Shaped Pre-modern Geographies of Devotion (400–1700) lead image

Hagio-Scape! How mobility and materiality shaped pre-modern geographies of devotion (400–1700), Norwegian Institute in Rome May 24–26, 2023

Ever since fourth century CE, iconic objects and places have played a formative role in articulating Christian sacred space. This conference investigates the specific role of mobility and materiality in the creation of (trans)regional sacred landscapes and cityscapes, taking a longue durée perspective.  In particular, our aim is to address the role of mobility of objects, texts, and persons in the creation of sacred topographies. This explicitly includes objects and materials with the potential to reference or invoke sacred topographies further afield, as well as translated sacred topographies, and sites with a multi-scalar sense of place. Moreover, this conference aims to address to the interplay between narrative/documentary sources and material culture: what role did cross-fertilization between narratives, and iconic objects and locations play in the creations of pre-modern hagioscapes?

We are particularly interested in bringing together scholars specialized in different geographical areas, in order to confront and connect the process of hagio-scaping along the axes of the North and South, old and new. Ultimately, the aim is to put into dialogue practices from North Sea and Baltic area and with the Mediterranean basin, as well as Old and New World contexts.

Possible topics may include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Versatile and mobile topographies of the Cross and/or of relics.
  • Geo-referencing sacred locations through objects and images
  • (Hagiographical) narratives about travelling sacred objects
  • Ritual topographies
  • Traveling images and objects (including trade and trafficking).
  • Mapping mobile topographies of the sacred (including historical maps and plans)

Marianne P. Ritsema van Eck
Kaja Merete Hagen