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Appel à communications – Loci Sepulcralis

Lieu : Monastère Santa Maria da Vitória (Monastère de Batalha), Portugal

Dates : 21-23 septembre 2017

Date limite de réponse à l’appel : 31 mai 2017

Throughout the Middle Ages, the choice of a particular burial place, as the option for a monumental tomb, speak volumes about the fundamental questions that the men who felt compelled to define the fate of their remains and their wealth before they died must have asked themselves. Such choice was never made by chance, on the contrary, they took extreme care to define how their mortal remains were to be kept for eternity and what needed to be done in order to guarantee their eternal rest.

Kings and queens were obviously paramount in this process, as royal pantheons grew to become more and more relevant in the construction of royal legitimacy. Yet Kings were not the only ones worrying about lineage and personal memory. Noblemen and ecclesiastics, just as much as rich tradesmen, and their wives and daughters, were all involved in such tendencies.

The study of all sorts and styles of pantheons have fascinated scholars of all disciplines in the last thirty years or so, to a point that one might wonder what there is still to be said. But as is often the case, the more one topic is studied, the greater the questions which arise thereof. New interdisciplinary readings and approaches of this subject have promoted new questionings and problems and it is perhaps time to try and re-think the whole evidence and point out new ways of looking at such important witnesses of the concepts of life, death and their value for the medieval men.

Taking up the topic of Royal Pantheons as the leading theme, we therefore propose to host a 3-day Conference, in the Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery (commonly known as Monastery of Batalha), one of the most important medieval royal pantheons of Portugal and the obvious venue for a multidisciplinary meeting like this, which aims at gathering well established scholars as well as young and upcoming academics in an environment where the debate and discussion on death and burial will have an ideal environment in which to develop.

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