IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1319: Cities of Readers, IV: The Performance of Reading - Texts, Objects, Spaces, and Practices

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:NWO Project 'Cities of Readers', Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Joanka van der Laan, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Moderator/Chair:Bart Ramakers, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 1319-aHaving Christ as a Companion: The Significance of Daily Movement in Middle Dutch Devotional Texts
(Language: English)
Joanka van der Laan, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Dutch, Lay Piety
Paper 1319-bThe Impact of Catholic Reform on Domestic Devotional Art in the Southern Low Countries: Case Studies and Avenues for Research
(Language: English)
Sarah Joan Moran, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Religious Life
Paper 1319-cConceptualising the vita activa as a Space for Religious Life
(Language: English)
Margriet Hoogvliet, Vakgroep Mediaevistiek, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Lay Piety, Theology
Abstract

The research project ‘Cities of Readers: Religious Literacies in the Long 15th Century’ aims at reconstructing the impact and the diffusion of religious readership and the making of religious knowledge among lay believers and to study their active role in this process. This session will explore how objects and spaces, both those clearly religious but also those that could be considered ‘worldly’ or ‘everyday’, gained new significance by the ways that texts invited their readers to see, interpret, and use them. Religious texts, through the training of habitus, shaped the ways that their readers conceived of the material world around them and their place in it. The material objects and spaces, on the other hand, often encouraged religious practices and perceptions through materials, inscriptions, and iconographies.