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ENID meeting Groningen (NL), 7-9 may, 2019

On 7-9 May 2019, nine network members gathered in Groningen, the Netherlands, for two days of presentations on ongoing research projects (please see the attached programme) and a day’s excursion to a number of sites in Groningen province. Of nine presentations, three were on medieval topics while five others discussed the Early Modern period. Geographically, the conference focused on the Low Countries (three papers), Ireland (two). Italy (two) and Norway (two). The excursion comprised visits of two medieval churches, the Museum Helmantel with paintings of church interiors and a considerable collection of medieval art, the former Protestant church of Houwerzijl that is now a tea parlour, and the church of Warfhuizen, now a hermitage. The programme also included meet & greet’s with the painter Henk Helmantel and Father Hugo, the Netherlands’ only hermit. The conference was hosted by the Foundation of Old Groningen Churches (www.groningerkerken.nl) whose director, Peter Breukink, gave a presentation about the foundation’s work since 1969. The ENID meeting was organized by members Justin Kroesen (secretary) and Jacolien Wubs.

The nine participants in the medieval church of Westeremden

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Upcoming Conference in Portugal

V MEDIEVAL EUROPE IN MOTION: Materialities and devotions
(5th-15th centuries), at Batalha, Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery, from
the 7th to 9th November 2019.

Note: Deadline for the submission of proposals: 15th May 2019

The Conference:
The last decades have witnessed the development of studies on material
culture, favouring an inter- and multidisciplinary approach. This has
enabled a more cohesive reading of the way in which the medieval Man
related to his material environment, manipulating, adapting and
transforming it, of the uses given to the objects he produced, the
meanings attributed, how he interacted with them in cognitive and
affective terms. The colloquium thus aims to be a broad space for
debate, both in the plurality of knowledge and in the diversity of
sources, historical, geographical and religious contexts (Christian,
Jewish, Islamic and other), and in analytical perspectives.

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Symposium Ornamenta Sacra

This interdisciplinary research project initiated by our member Barbara Baert, gathering scholars from different institutions (UCL, KU Leuven, KIK-IRPA Brussels), aims at conducting an iconological and anthropological research devoted to the late medieval and early modern liturgical heritage. The historical anthropology of the visual, the sensible and the ritual will offer a methodological framework within which we will consider the material and symbolic nature as well as the spatial and ritual context of these objects, so as to provide a renewed analysis of their forms and functions.

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Reformation without the People. Catholic Norway before and after the Reformation

(Reformasjon uten folk. Det katolske Norge i før- og etterreformatorisk tid)

The Reformation in Norway took place as a result of a Danish royal decree in 1536/37, and from then on the state and its citizens in the Danish-Norwegian double-monarchy were obliged to profess the Evangelical-Lutheran faith. In this process, Norway lost its independence and was united with Denmark. To this day, the story of Reformation is told of as a kind of “victory narrative”, wherein the impression is often given that people in general quickly and calmly slipped into the new religious fold. In this version, both the official ecclesiastical resistance, as well as that of the “populace” have been marginalised and made invisible. The same also applies to a large extent to the organised counter-reformation work that in Norway’s case extended well into the first half of the 17th Century, and which was the historical background why the Constitution of the new independent nation of Norway in 1814 placed a prohibition on the Jesuits (not abolished from the Constitution until 1956).

The purpose of the book is to present a story about the Catholic Church and Catholicism in Norway before, during and in the first centuries after the Reformation. The objective is to present a different story and a different perspective on both the church’s organised resistance and “popular” opposition, as well as the survival of Catholic beliefs and practices. The latter also discusses the importance of what would later come to be defined as “popular” religious ideologies, beliefs and practices, and how official sources attempted to redefine the Catholic “faith” as “superstition”.
See: https://www.stolavbok.no/produkt/65325731/reformasjon-uten-folk 

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Invitation to contribute on Domestic Devotions in Medieval Europe

ENID member Salvador Ryan has been invited to guest-edit a special issue of the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Religions, on the theme of Domestic Devotions in Medieval Europe. Authors are invited to propose contributions in an effort to build on the excellent work that has been done in recent years on the early modern period. Of particular relevance are new voices across a broad geographical range, as well as articles on domestic devotion in medieval Judaism and Islam.

Please find further relevant information here >>>