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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1245: Material Culture in Towns of East Central Europe, II: Religion - Between Spirituality and Materiality

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Monika Saczyńska, Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Warszawa
Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1245-aSacrum in the Service of the Community: The Chapel of the Cracow City Council as an Example of Urban Piety in the Comparative Perspective of Late Medieval East Central Europe
(Language: English)
Monika Saczyńska, Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Warszawa
Index terms: Lay Piety, Local History, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1245-b'Might I but know thee by the household badge?': Dress Accessories as Instruments of Communication in Medieval Towns of Central Europe
(Language: English)
Jakub Sawicki, Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Local History, Social History

Sacral geography of a given space evoked a dialogue with God and put the space under the protection of sacrum. It built furthermore a sense of unity amongst the group living in the area, because religious rituals (processions, liturgy), which combined materiality (spaces, objects) and spirituality (contact with the sacrum), allowed the creation of communities with strong social bonds generated by collective emotions.
The session intends to focus on these phenomena by showing examples of various cities from East Central Europe. These examples refer either to an entire city as a space organized according to the rules of sacral geography or to some groups of inhabitants who created their own identity by their own sacred spaces, rituals and materials.