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Sight, Sound, and Self in Fifteenth-Century Commemorations

Posted By Jane Daphne Hatter, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Death and commemoration were central to the devotions that filled the side chapels and altars of fifteenth-century churches with sacred harmonies, forms, and colors. This creative outpouring of musical and visual innovation was driven by the anxiety to be remembered after death on the part of the women and men who funded the sensorial embellishment of these spaces. While information about memorial objects and the soundscapes of the spaces they occupied are recorded together in the same kinds of sources, the connections between these two realms—the visual and aural—have only rarely been explored. This series of sessions seeks to foster an interdisciplinary exchange, welcoming papers by musicologists, art historians, and cultural or religious historians that explore connections between the sights (devotional art, wall-mounted memorials, altarpieces, etc.) and sounds (chant, improvised harmony, votive motets, cyclic Masses, etc.) of fifteenth-century commemorations, especially in but not limited to Northern France and the Burgundian Netherlands.

 If you are interested in being included in this series of sessions please submit the following to Dr. Jane Hatter ( by May 22, 2017:

  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) 
  • keywords
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).
  • general disciplinary area of expertise

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Tags:  Art History  Devotion  image and text  music  personal commemoration 

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