Date: Thursday 23 May to Saturday 25 May, 2013
Times: Thursday 23 May - 1.30 pm to 5.15 pm
Friday 24 May - 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Saturday 25 May - 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Venue: Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, The University of Melbourne
Keynote: Thinking with Rome: Space, Place and Emotion in the Making of the First World Religion Simon Ditchfield, 6:30 pm
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This conference will explore the emotions created in response to sacred place or space from the late antique to the modern period and how these emotions are deployed to build, strengthen and defend different forms of community and communal identity. There will be a focus on European pilgrimage sites and their associated rituals and material culture, between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries, particularly the way these sacred places promote collective and personal emotions through direct experience of a site or shrine, and through constructed or extended memory. Papers will also consider the continuities between these roles of pre-modern religious shrines and the emotional investment that underpins sacred place and commemoration in secular nations and states.
Registration is free but RSVP is essential as space is limited. For more information contact Jessica Scott.