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Please distribute this CFP widely. Thank you, Laura Miles

Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress 2015 Sponsored Session CFP

MULTIDISCIPLINARY SAINT BRIDGET: In Honor of Syon Abbey's 600th Anniversary

Co-sponsored by the Syon Abbey Society and the Hagiography Society

This year, the Syon Abbey Society and the Hagiography Society are teaming
up to offer a multidisciplinary panel devoted to Saint Birgitta of Sweden
(c. 1303-1373), or Saint Bridget as she was known in England. Bridget
became famous during her lifetime for her divine visions, her campaigns to
bring the papacy back to Rome, her political activism, and her foundation
of the Order of St. Saviour (or the Bridgettine Order as it is often
called). The only British Bridgettine house, Syon Abbey, was founded in
1415 and flourished alongside the growing devotional cult surrounding
Bridget and her texts in England. Syon Abbey is now recognized as one of
the most vibrant literary and cultural monastic centers of late medieval
England, and this panel will be one of several events in the US and UK to
mark the sexcentenary of its foundation.

We invite abstracts for papers exploring any aspect of Saint Bridget and
her cult in England or the Continent. Papers addressing connections to
Syon’s sisters, brothers, texts, history, or influence are welcome but not
required. We hope to form a panel that reflects a variety of disciplinary
standpoints: e.g., music, liturgy, art, iconography, architecture,
theology, textuality, manuscripts, textual transmission, early print,
monasticism, gender issues, socio-politico-economic contexts.

Please email short abstracts to Laura Saetveit Miles, University of Bergen (
[log in to unmask]) by September 15.

Laura Saetveit Miles
English Literature
Førsteamanuensis, Institutt for Fremmedspråk, Universitet i Bergen
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen

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