The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals and the Cult of Saints: Local and National Identities

From 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2014, the Centre will lead a new collaborative research project under the EuroCORECODE programme of the European Science Foundation, a project involving universities in Trondheim (Norway), Tallin (Estonia), Krems (Austria), and the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary). Each of the research teams at the five involved universities has its own research project; together the five projects form a large collaborative project with the title: Symbols that Bind and Break Communities: Saints' Cults as Stimuli and Expressions of Local, Regional, National and Universalist Identities.

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The Centre has been funded since 1 February 2002 by the Danish National Research Foundation, a funding which - after two periods - will terminate at the end of 2010 (funding from the Danish National Research Foundation can only be obtained for two periods). However, the new project will enable the centre to continue its investigations into the reception of medieval rituality into later and modern Western cultures in a specific area concerning how medieval cults of saints have influenced and have been appropriated in various ways in the building up of identities at local, regional, and national levels. Each team - from the five countries involved - is supported by their national research council, the centre team is thus supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research: Humanities.

The specific subproject of the Centre has the title: Saints, Identity and Cultural Memory in the Regions around Øresund and Gotland, from c. 1100 to the Present Day. The Copenhagen team will consist of Associate Professor Dr. Tracey Sands (USA), Postdoc Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen, and Centre Leader Nils Holger Petersen. In addition, previous members of the staff of the centre over past years remain as affiliate centre members.