Past Event

39th Fordham Medieval Conference: Ritual and Religion in the Medieval World

March 30, 2019 - March 31, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fordham Lincoln Center

Long regarded as among the most esoteric and static aspects of premodern civilizations, religious ritual is now the focus of probing and evocative studies of medieval governmental, social, intellectual, spiritual, and domestic life. Rituals of purification and petition, birth and death, friendship and war are now seen as essential to our understanding of everything from the drama of high politics to the rhythms of quotidian life. Moreover, scholars recognize that practitioners and participants in such rituals were not exclusively members of closed communities of specialist performers preserving ossified rites, but also creative and subversive agents who often sought to effect change in public and private spheres. This conference seeks to continue widening the conversation about ritual and religion in the medieval world by bringing into dialogue contributions from across several religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

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