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The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400-1600

April 11, 2017 - April 12, 2017
School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD3 1DH
United Kingdom

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Visual and material remains are tantalizing clues to the former glories of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This is particularly the case for surviving religious material culture. Scholars from across many different disciplines have analysed these objects, buildings, and paraphernalia in an attempt to piece together the late medieval and early modern religious experience and the role religion played in daily life. 

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church. From that date, religion in Europe had profound changes. One such change was how people viewed, interacted and created visual and material objects related to religious devotion. This conference aims to bring together medievalists and early modernists approaching religion on either side of the Reformation through a visual and/or material examination. By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, curators and heritage sector representatives it is hoped that a more holistic discussion of visual and material objects will come to light. 

Keynotes include:

Dr Nicolas Bell, Trinity College Cambridge Library

Dr Glyn Davies, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Contact Dr Audrey Thorstad for any questions at 

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