Relics and Remains: Exeter Conference, September 10-12

‘Relics and Remains’
Sponsored by Past and Present and the British Academy
10 – 12 September 2008
Institute of Arab & Islamic studies, University of Exeter

The conference brings together a body of scholars working on a wide range of periods and past societies to explore the relic as a religious and cultural phenomenon and to set it in a broad comparative perspective. The aim is to foster dialogue about the ways in which the bodies and belongings of holy or famous persons have become the objects of worship or reverence in a series of different cultures and eras stretching from antiquity to the twenty-first century, and from Western Europe to Africa, Latin America, Australasia and the Far East.

Papers of particular interest to early modernists will include Howard Louthan, ‘Tongues, Toes and Bones: Remembering Saints in Early Modern Bohemia’; Alex Walsham, ‘Skeletons in the Cupboard: Relics after the English Reformation’; John Strong, ‘The Portuguese Capture and Destruction of the Buddha’s Tooth Relic, Goa, 1561′.

Visit the conference site for further details and full programme.

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