Celebrating the Saints 2016: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars

Location: Neill Theatre on the second  floor of the Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College, Dublin.

Organised by Nicole Volmering.

Dates:  28-29 October 2016
For programme, see.

This symposium calls attention to martyrologies and calendars from the early medieval to early modern period. In many cases, these texts are understudied by virtue of being used for reference only, and some remain unedited altogether. The aim of the conference is to bring the rich variety of martyrologies and saints calendars surviving to attention, and to bring together scholars from diverse fields of expertise working on these texts. It is hoped that the event will give a new impulse to scholarly debate on the nature and function of the texts as well as create a new network for future collaboration.

This symposium will address, among others, the following themes, but keep an eye out for the final programme!

  • The transmission and reception of martyrologies and calendars
  • The (socio-)historical background to their writing and copying
  • Questions of form and composition; metrical and historical martyrologies
  • Martyrologies and calendars in the light of (local) cult developmen
  • Their connection to the liturgy
  • Secular and scientific material in the martyrologies



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