45th International Congress on Medieval Studies (2010)

University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13–16, 2010

Business Meeting
The IAS Kalamazoo Business Meeting was held Friday at noon in Fetzer 1045.  Minutes.

IAS-Sponsored Sessions
The IAS is sponsoring four linked sessions on the topic of Sanctity and the Arts in Medieval Italy; the original conference proposal may be found below.

Foreign Saints in Italy, Italian Saints Abroad
Session 481, Saturday, 1:30 PM, Bernhard Brown & Gold Room
Organizer & Presider: Véronique Plesch, Colby College
Dorothy F. Glass, Independent Scholar: “Neither Corpus nor Cult: The Strange Case of Saints Barlaam and Joasaph at the Baptistery of Parma”
Jessica Noel Richardson, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art: “The North Portal of San Leonardo in Lama Volara (Apulia) and the Cult of Saint Leonard of Noblat in Twelfth-Century Italy” (IAS Travel Grant recipient)

Sites of Veneration: Spurring New Devotion
Session 532, Saturday, 3:30 PM, Bernhard Brown & Gold Room
Organizer & Presider: Gregor A. Kalas, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
Maya Maskarinec, University of California–Los Angeles: “Newly Constructed Antiquity: Saturn in Late Fourth-Century Rome”
Maura Lafferty, University of Tennessee–Knoxville: “Speaking to the Martyrs of Rome in the Early Middle Ages”
Alan M. Stahl, Princeton University: “The Virgin in the Garden: The Making of a Pilgrimage Site in Medieval Venice”

Moveable Icons, Moveable Cults
Session 539, Sunday, 8:30 AM, Bernhard Brown & Gold Room
Organizer & Presider: Rebecca W. Corrie, Bates College
Alison Locke Perchuk, Yale University: “A Papal Cult in Lazio? The Madonna della Clemenza at Castel Sant’Elia”
Rebekah Perry, University of Pittsburgh: “The “Inchinata” Procession and the Madonna delle Grazie: Francescanesimo and Civismo between Rome and Tivoli in the Late Thirteenth Century”
Meredith Fluke, Columbia University: “Sanctifying the City: High Medieval Verona and the Ritual Reproduction of Rome”

Novel Narratives, Narrative Novelties
Session 605, Sunday, 10:30 AM, Bernhard Brown & Gold Room
Organizer & Presider: Charles S. Buchanan, Ohio University
Marius Hauknes, Princeton University: “Transgressive Narratives in the Sancta Sanctorum”
Julia I. Miller, California State University–Long Beach, and Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, Hood College: “New and Revised Narratives in the Church of Ognissanti in Florence: Taddeo Gaddi’s Crucifixion and the Gucci Chapel”
Amber A. McAlister, University of Pittsburgh–Greensburg: “The Interplay of Word and Image in the Migliorati Chapel, San Francesco (Prato)”

Text of the proposal for these linked sessions:

Sanctity and artistry went hand in hand in medieval Italy, whether in religious or civic contexts. Churches and shrines arose on the sites of miracles and at the tombs of the very special dead. Artists and patrons developed visual narratives, presented as multiple episodes and as synthetic epitomes, that represented, altered, and exceeded textual recollections of the lives and deeds of the saints, while iconic images, in a variety of media, provided loci for cultic veneration. The arts also had a generative effect on the cult of saints, helping to expand local veneration, spread the cults of specific figures, and reshape existing cults by providing new intellectual or devotional contexts.

This series of linked sessions examines several aspects of this intersection between the visual and architectural arts and the cult of saints in medieval Italy.

1. Sites of Veneration: Spurring New Devotion. How important were the arts–buildings, reliquaries, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts–in spurring devotion, particularly at the moment of the creation of a new cult or the transportation of an extant cult to a new location?

2. Novel Narratives, Narrative Novelties. Changing circumstances often led to the changes in the presentation of hagiographical narratives, as for instance during the ecclesiastical reform in late eleventh- and early twelfth-century Rome.

3. Movable Icons, Movable Cults Cults. How did new icons change the cultic landscape, what can we learn about a foundation from the presence of a specific icon, and how were icons used as devotional propaganda, particularly by the new Orders?

4. Foreign Saints in Italy/Italian Saints abroad Abroad. While many cults were insistently local, others achieved transregional importance. This session examines the visual and material representation of “out of place” saints, be they saints from afar who achieved great Italian significance (e.g., Nicolas of Myra, later of Bari) or Italian saints who gained pan-Christian importance (e.g., Benedict).

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