Centre Highlights 2008



Centre activities consist of discussions with other scholars from relevant areas through their visiting the Centre and through Centre members travelling to other research milieus in other parts of the world. Other – equally important – parts of the Centre work are the publications through which the Centre presents its finalized research results. Below are listed some particularly important events within all these areas:


1: The Centre has been visited by a number of prominent international scholars also in 2008. The most outstanding among these was probably Peter Burke, professor – now emeritus – of cultural history at University of Cambridge. To this day, Peter Burke is very active and productive. He has published many books primarily about Early Modern cultural history and is considered a pioneering scholar in theories concerning the writing of cultural history. Peter Burke held an internal seminar with the Centre staff and also gave a public lecture on the topic of Cultural Translation (29–30 April 2008). In continuation of his visit and his seminar at the Centre, Peter Burke also contributes an article to a book which is now being prepared for publication at the Centre.


2: Memory is currently a ’hot’ topic in the Humanities. A few years ago, the Centre had a visit by  Jan Assmann, one of the major names in that connection. 13 March 2008 the Centre arranged a seminar on Constructing Memory. On this occasion, important international scholars discussed with Centre staff members and other Danish scholars, including PhD students, how remembrance and oblivion are used as tools in the creation of new identities, norms and traditions in times of rupture and new beginnings. Among the international guests were Paul Connerton (University of Cambridge) and Charles Hedrick (University of California, Santa Cruz). The seminar was planned by the Centre PhD student Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen in collaboration with PhD student Gitte Lønstrup (University of Aarhus). The seminar attracted numerous interested scholars.  


3: All centre staff members participate in conferences at the Centre and abroad. The Centre has also planned a number of conference arrangements at other academic venues. Thus, the Centre participated in the big, significant international conference on ritual studies at Heidelberg University, Germany (29 Sept to 2 Oct) arranging a session about ritualized space and sacrosanct objects (in which also other international scholars participated).


4: Centre scholars publish in many contexts. However, the most important medium is the Centre book series at Brepols publishers (Turnhout, Belgium): Ritus et Artes: Traditions and Transformations. Through this highly recognized publishing house important parts of the interdisciplinary research results concerning the religious and cultural practices of the European Middle Ages and their manifestations in the modern arts are made available to a broad international scholarly community. In 2008 two further volumes have appeared: Eyolf Østrem og Nils Holger Petersen, Medieval Ritual and Early Modern Music: The Devotional Practice of Lauda Singing in Late-Renaissance Italy and Mette B. Bruun og Stephanie Glaser (eds), Negotiating Heritage: Memories of the Middle Ages.