Croch Saithir: Envisioning Christ on the Cross in the Early Medieval West

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Croch Saithir: Envisioning Christ on the Cross in the Early Medieval West

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Date limite : 1er décembre 2009


As far as the medieval world was concerned, Ireland represented the very ends of the earth. The peripheral lands were perceived to be irregular in their practice and unorthodox in their faith. Despite this, there were certain constants of universal significance across the Christian world. One such constant was Christ's crucifixion, which represented a defining moment central to every branch of Christian theology. Yet even this was interpreted in ways divergent enough to cause controversy and the image of Christ on the cross was represented by variant groups accordingly.

The Passion is the moment when Christ's divinity and his humanity are fully realised, and the synthesis of salvation and sacrifice is achieved. Christ in glory resonates through text and image across the early medieval West; less well documented is the hardship of the cross, the croch saithir. This conference invites new responses to depictions of Christ's Passion in a variety of texts and images during the early medieval period from both centre and periphery, including Rome, the Carolingian Empire, the Iberian Peninsula and the Insular world.

Topics to be addressed might inlcude:
• Liturgical responses to the rituals of Holy Week
• Texts and their accompanying manuscript images
• Audience, response and participation
• Blending of traditions
• Devotional piety
• Public and private spheres
• Performance

Keynote speakers: Dr Jennifer O'Reilly (UCC); Professor Celia Chazelle (The College of New Jersey); Professor Louis van Tongeren (Tilburg University).

Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and it is expected that selected papers will be published in an edited volume of conference proceedings. Abstracts of 200 words should be sent by 1st December 2009 to: Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. . Further details of the conference are available at: Lieu de la manifestation : University College Cork, 29 – 30 March 2010

Source : FMRSI

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