sábado, 3 de noviembre de 2012

International conference: Les catedrals catalanes en el context europeu (s. X-XII).

7 - 10 noviembre, 
Facultat de Lletres, Universitat de Girona.

During the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries, the regions of Europe exchanged artistic ideas and formulas that gave rise to the first international art in medieval Western Europe and its spheres of influence. Crucial to this undertaking were the exchange of artistic formulas and the movements of artisans and patrons. Some centers of creativity generated fruitful formal and architectural designs. Others became veritable melting pots. All  these exchanges took place over the substrate of Roman Antiquity, which was highly valued and recreated throughout the various Mediterranean lands.
Romanesque cathedral complexes provide an excellent setting for analysing the complexity and importance of the artistic panorama in southern Europe during the 10th to 12th centuries. As such, this conference aims to call into question those traditional historiographical proposals that Romanesque art first emerged and consolidated in northern France and the Iberian kingdoms. The meeting also aims to highlight the creative dynamism of Mediterranean coastal areas, and others of continental Europe, in order to improve  understanding of the cathedral complexes in “Old Catalonia”, regardless of whether these complexes had direct contact or not with these Mediterranean areas. The architectural profiles of the cathedral complexes, in terms of both their residential and cultural characteristics, are the result of a complex morphogenesis that took place over the centuries. For this reason, we have analysed the processes and factors that have affected the material configuration of the buildings. Although traditional historiography has established planimetric genealogies and relations with other complexes and areas, our methodological approach adopts a different perspective. On the one hand we question whether the morphology of the architectural structures exclusively reflects the preferences of their patrons who hypothetically and to the detriment of all other factors favoured the liturgical protocol. On the other hand, we provide evidence of the criteria which diachronically defined certain places of worship and community use. Furthermore, we look in greater detail at the role of visual programmes and elements of liturgical furnishings in defining and articulating cathedral complexes. Having questioned the determining role of liturgy in the organization of spaces of worship in Catalan Romanesque cathedrals, it is therefore essential to contrast our analysis and results with those from other important sites in the Mediterranean arc; hence the need for this international conference.
The new findings that will be presented at this symposium of prestigious researchers from the international scientific community will be complemented and enriched by our own findings during the research project HAR2009-13211. The conference’s objective is not only to present our results to the conference so they can be contrasted in academic circles, but also to transfer these advances in knowledge to society as a whole. 
The main papers have been commissioned from several professors at European universities in Germany, Low Countries, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, predominantly Catalonia.

Source: SEEM

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