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Subject: CFP: From Transi Tomb to Castrum Doloris (PNRS Conference, 18-21 Oct 2012)
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:57:49 +0200
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From: Aleksandra Idzior <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Jul 4, 2012
Subject: CFP: From Transi Tomb to Castrum Doloris (PNRS Conference, 
18-21 Oct 2012)

Abbotsford, British Columbia, October 18 - 21, 2012
Deadline: Jul 20, 2012

The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society Conference
Call for Papers

“From Transi Tomb to Castrum Doloris: Lost and Found in Translation, or 
Early Modern Sepulchral Art and Ritual in East-Central and Northern 

During the early modern period in Europe new religious, political, and 
social concepts and attitudes led to a new mentality in relation to 
death with a growing practice of creating monuments to the deceased. At 
the same time this period was marked by a rapidly expanding and 
international, if not homogenous, process of migration and cultural 
interaction. As a result, new frameworks of contact and exchange were 
established across physical geographies, cultural traditions and 
religious differences. These new frameworks contributed to the 
formulation of new forms of visual and material culture related to 
sepulchral art and ritual. North of the Alps, commemorative visual 
culture and ceremony took place in response to imported and local 
stimuli, and it often required translation, adaptation, and 
transformation of its themes and forms. Early modern funerary art, 
tombs and burial ceremonies demonstrate not only Christian values but 
also reinforce political and social hierarchies by representing both 
private and public display of civic virtues. Those who commissioned 
tomb portraiture and sculpture usually possessed wealth and power, and 
often transferred - through commissions and wills - their earthly 
ambitions and excess into sepulchral monuments and ceremonies This 
practice was often in conflict with the value of humility and the 
teaching of the Christian church. Furthermore, following the 
Reformation, funerals became a means of exhibiting wealth and 
translating it into status for both Catholics and Protestants alike. 
Concurrently, people’s concern for the pomp and ceremony of their own 
funerals testified to piety, charity and sense of personal reputation. 
Ranging from religious to political instruments, from Roman-Catholic 
(pre-Reformation and post-Tridentine) to Protestant, and from the 
political body of the monarch to the individual aristocrat and 
bourgeoisie, these tombs, monuments and rituals, while mixing Western 
traditions with Ottoman elements, show broader cultural context of 
transmissions of particular religious, social and ideological vision of 
the world and were translated into and conveyed through material means.
This panel aims to explore how cross-cultural encounters in Europe — 
south-north and west-east –- can be seen to have shaped the production 
of funerary art. Across these broad networks of exchange the 
participants of European culture — patrons, intellectuals, artists and 
architects –-shaped, promoted and disseminated new forms, motifs and 
functions of sepulchral art through the processes of translation and 

Submissions related to all geographical areas of Eastern, Central and 
Northern Europe are welcome, in particular those related to 
cross-cultural encounters and translations; through the time period of 
1450-1700; as well as contributions that engage the art and visual 
culture of East-Central Europe – including Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, 
Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

-  Materiality of memory: tombs, chapels, mausolea, monuments, 
-  Ephemeral architecture: catafalques, castra doloris
-  Pompa funebris or funerary rite as performance and theatre 
-  Celebration of the deceased: transient moment and enduring 
-  Translatio of relics
-  Death masks
-  Coffin portraiture 
-  Armored bodies as transmission of property
-  Tombs of children
-  Engraved brasses and sculpted tombs with shrouded figures
-  From verbal to visual: eulogies and epitaphs
-  From vanitas to melancholy
-  Adaptations and translations of various funerary customs from 
ancient/pagan rites or different ethnic traditions 
-  Material marking of the transformation from life to death, from 
transient to eternal, and from body to soul
-  Transitional states of mourning
-  The fashion of mourning: public expressions of grief through customs 
and costumes
-  Transitions from one medium to another: drawn, painted, printed and 
literary records of tombs, sepulchral architecture and funerary 

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for a 20-minute 
paper with a paper title and one-page CV with institutional affiliation 
and contact information to Aleksandra Idzior 
([log in to unmask]), University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford 
by 20 July 2012.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: From Transi Tomb to Castrum Doloris (PNRS Conference, 18-21 Oct 
2012). In: H-ArtHist, Jul 4, 2012. <>.


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