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Saints' Liturgies: Profiles of a Practice in the Middle Ages

Story imageThis conference will address the representation of saints in the medieval liturgy, on the premise that liturgical commemorations were as distinctive as any other form of visual or textual portraiture.  In an effort to direct attention to the inventive compositional character of sanctoral liturgies, the conference will examine the subject from comparative or contextual perspectives.  How (for example) did composers adapt preexisting texts for liturgical use?  To what extent did the framework of a given service determine the presentation of a particular saint?  What musical or other aural considerations informed the text?  Or to what extent did a given office lend itself to use in other places?  As this sample of questions suggests, the conference emphasizes substantive interaction between historians, musicologists, and liturgists, so that we might better appreciate the full range of factors that gave shape to saints' liturgies as a creative production in their own right; and in doing so, to better connect these rituals to the societies that enacted them.

Location: Dickinson Hall 211

Date/Time: 11/12/10 at 2:00 pm - 11/13/10 at 6:00 pm

moderator: Giles Constable, Institute for Advanced Study
“Early Medieval Liturgies for Saints: St. Martin and St. Gallâ€? Susan Rankin, University of Cambridge “How to Build a Community: Sermons and Saints in the Early Middle Agesâ€? Marianne Pohlheimer, Universität Wien “The Office of Saint Martin and the Vita Odonis of John of Salernoâ€?
Susan Boynton, Columbia University
Saturday, 13 November SESSION 2, 9:30-11:00 THE ART OF SYNTHESIS moderator: Nino Zchomelidse, Princeton University (Department of Art & Archaeology)
“Making History with the Virgin of Chartres: A Methodological Overviewâ€? Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame “Old Testament and Apocryphal „Saints‟ in Irish Devotional Textsâ€? Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, University College Cork
SESSION 3, 11:15-12:45 SIGNS OF CELEBRATION: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES moderator: Jamie Greenberg, Princeton University (Department of Music)
“The Wurzburg Comes: Roman Saints in Anglo-Saxon Englandâ€? David Ganz, King’s College London “Martyrs as Markers: Reading a Liturgical Manuscript through Its Saintsâ€? Henry Parkes, University of Cambridge
SESSION 4, 2:30-5:00 SHAPE SHIFTERS: NEW IDENTITIES FOR OLD SAINTS moderator: Helmut Reimitz, Princeton University (Department of History)
“Liturgical Portraits of the Apostles in the Early Medieval Westâ€? Els Rose, Universiteit Utrecht “The Mission Song: Antiphonae and Responsoria for the Feast of Saint Emmeram (ca. 800)â€? Max Diesenberger, Universität Wien “New Songs for an Old Saint: The Office for Saint Columba and Scottish Politicsâ€? Kate Kennedy, Princeton University

Category: Conference

Department: Co-sponsored events