Four days of academic sessions will get underway at 11h15, following the first coffee break of many. I will start with
In Search of Spiritual Pleasure, sponsored by the Institute of History of Art & Culture, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków, and organised by Dariusz Tabor, Institute of History of Art & Culture, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków.
Piotr Łukasz Grotowski, also of the Institute of History of Art & Culture, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków, will chair the following papers
In the Battle for Overcoming Earthly Pleasures: Psychomachia (Language: English), by Kalina Nieć, Institute of History of Art & Culture, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków The Pleasure of Possessing Books: Cracow Bishops as Manuscript Collectors (Language: English), by Justyna Kuska, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw ‘These Rural Woodlands’: The Conquest of Space and Landscape in Merovingian Francia, c. 480-600
(Language: English), by John Terry, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
The Cistercian Garden: The Source of Sensual and Spiritual Pleasure (Language: English), by Dariusz Tabor, Institute of History of Art & Culture, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków The Pleasures of the Unicorn: Depictions of the Lady and the Unicorn in Tapestries after Richard de Fournival’s Bestiary of Love (Language: English), by Zofia Jackson, Institute of History of Art & Culture, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków
Next comes a quick lunch – I’ve opted for the packed lunch for the first two days to get me outside into the fresh air between sessions – followed by
Medieval Feasting: Legacy through the Centuries, sponsored by Leeds University Library, and both moderated and chaired by Katy Goodrum, Special Collections, Leeds University Library. The speaker is Eileen White, of the Leeds Symposium on Food History. This is a great opportunity, for my professional geekeries of medieval studies and librarianship, “to examine the role of feasting from the 14th century onwards using examples from the renowned cookery book collection in the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections. The collection features long sequences of editions of popular works, through which we can trace the evolution of the texts and see the innovation and changes in taste and fashion, as well as developments in the book trade. The earliest book in the collection is Platina’s De honesta voluptate, Venice, 1487, and there is a second incunable, the Regimen sanitatis, also printed in Venice before 1500. The collection becomes more comprehensive from 1584 onwards, the date of A Booke of Cookrye by the unidentified ‘AW’, one of only two copies in the UK. John Partridge’s The Widowes Treasure, 1585, and Sir Hugh Plat’s Delightes for Ladies, 1605, are the only copies recorded in UK academic libraries, and there are many other works of comparable rarity. In addition to the cookery book collection, Special Collections houses over 200,000 rare books and seven kilometres (4.3 miles) of manuscripts and archives, including the celebrated Brotherton Collection, the Melsteth Icelandic Collection, the Archives of the Dean & Chapter of Ripon, the Roth Collection, and The Oriental Manuscript Collection”.
The next session that I planned to attend has been cancelled, so I think I’ll be at
Visions of Community, II: Related Narratives, Entangled Communities – Strategies of Identification in Central European Historiography and Hagiography, sponsored by Sonderforschungsbereich 42, ‘Visions of Community: Comparative Approaches to Ethnicity, Region & Empire in Christianity, Islam & Buddhism, 400-1600’, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien and organised by Rutger Kramer, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien. Steffen Patzold, Abteilung für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen will chair the following papers:
Narrating Community: Methodological Approaches
(Language: English), by Christina Lutter, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
A Community in Search of Itself: Sankt Gallen and the Making of St Otmar (Language: English), by Bernhard Zeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie de Wissenschaften, Wien Communities of Violence: Saracens and Saints in Medieval Bavaria (Language: English), by John Eldevik, Department of History, Hamilton College, New York The Stories of a Community: Zwettl and the Magnum Legendarium Austriacum (Language: English), by Martin Haltrich, Stiftsbibliothek Klosterneuburg
The next coffee break will be followed by what I think is likely to be the final session of the day for me:
Between Worldly and Spiritual Pleasure: Texts and Spaces for Observance and Transgression in Medieval Iberian Nunneries, organised, chaired and moderated by M. Raquel Alonso Álvarez, Departamento de Historia del Arte y Musicología, Universidad de Oviedo (where I studied for a term). The papers are:
Royal and Aristocratic Religious Women in Medieval Spain, c. 950-1200: Between the Cloister and the World (Language: English), by Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers Protecting Enclosure, Promoting the Mystical Union: Observant Textual Models for the Portuguese Dominican Women (Language: English), by Gilberto Coralejo Moiteiro, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria / Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa Sensuality and Devotion: Spaces for Penance versus Spaces for Leisure in the Castilian Dominican Nunneries
(Language: English), by Mercedes Pérez Vidal, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Gijón
After a dinner in the University Refectory (very good quality, if last night’s meal is representative), I’m planning to mosey along to the International Medieval Bibliography reception. I’ve been following their work for a while now, and feel that as a medievalist librarian, I could help with the development of such an excellent resource.
An unexpected delight awaits me tonight, once the work of the day is done. After my writing of a blogpost on which evening events I wanted to attend at the conference, the lovely Magister got in touch and invited me to an evening meet-up of medievalist bloggers. Some of these I already follow, so I’m really keen to meet them.
What a day this promises to be!