Appel à contribution : « Saints in Crisis. Emotional Responses to Sanctity in the Middle Ages », Leeds, University of Leeds, 1-4 juillet 2024, date limite le 12 septembre 2023

They were frightened and they hit in great pain their heads and hearts- How do people react when they encounter the sanctity of saints? How do they feel? Are they in crisis – crisis for whom? Does crisis change individuals? The proposed session focuses on the emotional responses of individuals/communities in relation to sanctity. Suggested topics on the emotional reactions of individuals/communities, from any geographic area or time period (between 300-1500), may include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual representations of emotions (behavior of the body, gestures, looks);
  • Textual sources on emotional reactions (hagiographies, miracle stries, narratives in relation to crisis and sanctity);
  • Medical (psychological, neurological, physical, and mental) responses;
  • Liturgy and music culture;
  • Regions/areas of communities (rural, urban, monastic, ecclesiastic), emotions, and sanctity;
  • Living saints, discoveries of saints, relics – reliquaries, icons, and viewership reactions;
  • Performance, sanctity, and emotions;
  • External crisis/internal crisis, positive/negative emotional reactions, and sanctity;
  • Conversion stores/lack of conversion/otherness and emotional reactions;

Submissions from a variety of disciplines are accepted including but not limited to: history, art history, visual culture, social history, cultural history, hagiography, religious studies, cultural studies, textual studies in a transdisciplinary perspective. Please submit a 250- 400 words proposal (in English) for a 15-20 minute paper. Proposals should have an abstract format and be accompanied by a short (V, of no more than 800 words, including e-mail, institution, and profession. The session is planned to be in-presence. Please submit all relevant documents by 12 September, 2023, to the e-mail address:

Contact information:
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (


Florence Larcher

Florence Larcher est doctorante à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches sur les images de saint Roch en Italie de 1350 à 1680 l'amènent à étudier la peinture murale, la sérialité et l'itinérance des peintres.

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