Appel à contribution – Religious Landscapes in Mediterranean Europe (14th-19th centuries)

The Institute of Studies on Mediterranean  Societies (ISSM – Naples, Italy), Italian National Research Council (CNR), in collaboration with the University of Barcelona (Spain), the Instituci6 Milà i Fontanals of Consejo Superior de Investigaci6n Cientifica of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Suor Orsola Benincasa (Naples, Italy), the Italian Historical Institute in Medieval Studies, the Maison Méditerranéenne  des Sciences de l’Homme – LabexMed of Aix-Marseille University (France), the University of Rouen-GRHis and the Institute of History of Mediterranean Europe (ISEM CNR – Cagliari, Italy), announces a competition  for 12 scholarships for young researchers (graduate, PhD and postdoctoral research students) in order to attend the fifth seminar of doctoral studies on the topic of Religious Landscape in Mediterranean Europe.

The Landscape, understood  as a space/fabric  of communication, relationship and action, and as the constantly renewed materialization of historical processes resolved in its territorial organization, is inextricably linked to one’s own religious history. If, on the one hand, the natural environment attracts because of its position, configuration and history so as to introduce the choice of the place destined to become sacred, on the other, it is the environment itself to be marked and transformed by the religious presence, in a relationship  that we could state as of mutual determination.  Monasteries, convents, parish churches and votive shrines are some conspicuous elements of the religious and social landscape of Europe, tangible traces of the intangible circulation of ideas and people in the medieval and modern past.

So, aware of the different issues that the binomial landscape-religion could reflect and mean, the seminar aims to analyze all the complex correlations that contribute to its construction: social, family and political relationships, assets linked to the economy of religious bodies and to parental networks, community life, the function and impact of liturgical and devotional practices, urban-architectural aspects, territorial organization, and  the  organizational  complexity  of  parishes  and  dioceses  over  a  long  period  of  time.

The goal of the seminar is to:

  1.  trace a complete historiographic panorama of the research themes to discover the power of the spatial dimension in the study of the religious phenomenon;
  2.  compare the different regional and national realities to arrive at a comparative history of religious environments;
  3.  identify new research paths in the history of the religious landscape by linking the spatial dimension with new perspectives and methods of approach (gender-related, liturgical, archival, network analysis, etc.);
  4.  identify the chronological  differences and the various diachronies  of development.

The school has a residential  character and will last one week. Classes will be held in Italian, French, English and Spanish to facilitate communication among the participants, and Power Point presentations will be in a language other than the one spoken by the participant.

The seminar consists of two sessions:

  1. A morning session dedicated to lectures and to visits to some of the city archives in which the historical documents on the topic of the seminar are
  2. An afternoon session for presentations of the work of young scholars (30 minutes), followed by

Applicants should send a signed PDF dossier by e-mail and no later than August 31, 2018, to, along with the following:

  • an application for admission with an indication of the area of studies;
  • a short CV (2-3 pages) of the research accomplished and a brief summary of ongoing research projects;
  • an abstract (maximum 4000 characters) and the title of the paper you wish to present in the afternoon;
  • a letter of introduction.

The Scientific  Committee  reserves the right to accept other participants who, willing to take on travel and accomation  expenses, motivate  their interest in the seminar. Scholarship winners will be notified by September 7, 2018. The participants will be required to attend all sessions.

For information contact Dott. Antonio De Lorenzo, Secretary of Seminar of Doctoral Studies

Tel. +39081 6134086 int. 214, email

Scientific Committee


Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo-CNR


Istituto di Storia delllEuropa Mediterranea-CNR


Istituto Storico italiano per il Medioevo


Università Suor Orsola Benincasa


Instituci6 Milà i Fontanals-CSIC-Barcelona


Universitat de Barcelona


Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme LabexMed, Aix-Marseille Université


Università di Rouen-GRHis IUF

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