Programme

you can download a PDF with the programme here: rm_programme

Saturday, May 4th 2013, 09:00 – 17:30
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Division of Archaeology,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
Cambridge CB2 3DZ

08:00 – 09:00: Registration

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Session 1

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome (Sebastian Becker, University of Cambridge)

09:10 – 09:30: The Art of Connecting: religious imagery in secular artefacts of late medieval Scandinavia (Visa Immonen, University of Helsinki)

09:30 – 09:50: Working Miracles: the statue of the Madonna dell’Orto and Venetian cult images (Marie-Louise Lillywhite, University of Warwick)

09:50 – 10:10: ‘They even iced out Jesus’ hair’: ‘Jesus pieces’, hip hop materialities and religious media (Benjamin Kirby, University of Leeds)

10:10 – 10:30: ‘Embroidery is Prayer’: the production of Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical embroideries in the post-Soviet period (Luba Dovgan Nurse, Conservation Centre, Vejle)

10:30 – 10:50: Discussion

10:50 – 11:20: Coffee

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Session 2

11:20 – 11:40: Investigating the Instability of Religious Material Culture in the Prehistoric Aegean (Matthew Haysom, British School at Athens)

11:40 – 12:00: Stones, Shamans and Pastors: pagan and Baptist temporalities of death in tribal India (Piers Vitebsky, University of Cambridge)

12:00 – 12:20: The Case of the Invisible Idols: missionaries, museums and materiality (Chris Wingfield, University of Cambridge)

12:20 – 12:40: A Case Study of Domestic Objects and the Middle Anglo-Saxon Worldview: how thinking about artefact biography can help archaeologists to access belief systems (Alexandra Knox, University of Reading)

12:40 – 13:00: Discussion

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

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Session 3

14:00 – 14:20: On Religion, Materiality and Dead Human Bodies: lessons from Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon (Peter Pels, Leiden University)

14:20 – 14:40: Mediating the Ritual Body: rhythmic aspects of semiotic materiality in contemporary forms of Japanese mountain asceticism (Tatsuma Padoan, Free University of Bozen & University of Venice)

14:40 – 15:00: Wax, Wood and Miracles: material records of religious experience in   Renaissance Italy (Mary Laven, University of Cambridge)

15:00 – 15:20: Discussion

15:20 – 15:50: Coffee

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Session 4

15:50 – 16:10: Communally Constructed Vocabularies of Commemoration in Nineteenth Century Cemeteries (Matilda Duncker, University College London)

16:10 – 16:30: The Role of Material Culture in the Ritual Practice of Prehistoric Malta (Caroline Malone, Queen’s University Belfast; Simon Stoddart, University of Cambridge)

16:30 – 16:50: Style and Sanctuaries: what role did sanctuaries play in the cultural interactions between communities in Thrace and Greece during the Iron Age? (Bela Dimova, University of Cambridge)

16:50 – 17:10: How Defensive? A look at the ritualisation of hillfort ‘defences’ in Iron Age Britain (Georgie Peters, University of Cambridge)

17:10 – 17:30: Discussion

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