Dear all,

There will be a special event later this week to celebrate the arrival
of Prof. Henrike Lähnemann in Newcastle: an inaugural lecture cum drinks
reception afterwards, to both of which colleagues are cordially invited.
Please note that this talk will – in contrast to the usual Thursday slot
of our research seminar series – take place on Friday!

Best wishes,
Beate Müller

Inaugural Lecture of the new Chair of German Studies 
Date: Friday 11 May 2007
Time: 4pm 
Place: Room Beehive 2.22, Olb Library Building, Newcastle University

Prof. Henrike Lähnemann (Newcastle University): Playing on the Harp
Strings of the Soul. Vision and Audition in Medingen Convent (followed
by a reception)
The history of imagination, of conjuring up powerful images and making
them come alive for a wider audience, is deeply rooted in medieval
spirituality.The nuns of Medingen in Northern Germany drew on a long
tradition of divine visions and auditions when they composed and
illuminated their prayer-books. After a reform of the convent in the
late 15th century they wanted to convey the sense of renewed monastic
life by collecting German hymns, commenting on the Latin liturgy of the
Mass and making all this accessible by explaining the texts as part of
an inner process of staging them as sacred drama.
The inaugural lecture, in its turn, will try to make these beautiful
illuminated manuscripts accessible. What do they tell us about the
spiritual adventures of the late Middle Ages and how does one play on
the harp strings of the soul?