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Auteur : xav le 2010-04-14 17:47:31

Popular Wisdom on Medieval Choir Stalls

24 – 26 June 2010

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Call for papers

The 9th Misericordia International Colloquium is organized by the Art History department of the Radboud University, Nijmegen, and Misericordia International. The conference takes place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on June the 24th, 25th and 26th 2010.

The title Popular Wisdom refers to the visual representation of proverbs, fables and tales which forms an important part of non-verbal communication, mainly between the 11th and the end of the 17th centuries in Northern European Art. Its importance for the exchange of world knowledge in pre-modern culture seems to be clear at first sight, though research has only been done with respect to either long established traditions or famous artists. Indeed, much previous scientific research on proverbs, fables and tales has been conducted imprimis from the point of view of literary or linguistic studies: the visual sources still have to be explored.

The figurative sculpture on medieval choir stalls shows an amazingly rich iconography which encompasses both high and low culture. Until now, visual representations of popular wisdom have most usually been employed merely as illustrations of textual sources, but they should also be considered as visual sources in their own right. This important, yet neglected or at least not fully exploited, source of imagery of popular wisdom forms the central aspect of the conference.

The prime focus of this Misericordia International Colloquium will, of course, be late medieval choir stalls and misericords in particular. However, papers from related fields and disciplines will be very welcome. In addition to iconography, approaches may include considerations of patronage, audience(s) and interpretation.

We invite proposals for papers of twenty minutes. Topics can (but do not have to be) related to the overall conference theme. Proposals for papers in the form of abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be sent as e-mail attachments to by 1 December 2009. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 January 2010. The conference language is English.


For informations please visit :

Further details:

Christel Theunissen
Radboud University
Department of Art History
P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)24 36 126 23


Conference programme committee

Prof.dr. Jos Koldeweij (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Prof.dr. Frédéric Billiet (Université Sorbonne Paris IV)
Dr. des. Birgit Ulrike Münch M.A. (Universität Trier FB III)
Dr. Paul Hardwick (Leeds Trinity and All Saints)
Drs. Christel Theunissen (Radboud University Nijmegen)