Conference:The Making of a Female Memory – Texts, Images, Rituals ,Basel University, May 20-21 2016.

Don’t miss it – SEIFMAR’s second annual conference ‘The Making of a Female Memory – Texts, Images, Rituals’ will happen at Basel University May 20-21 2016. For registration and information please contact Annalena Müller:

Friday, May 20th

13.00- 13.15

Introduction: Annalena Müller (Basel)

13.15-16.30 I  Death and Commemoration

Chair: Caroline Schärli (Basel)

Mads Heilskov (Aarhus University), From Gown to Chasuble: The Donation and Transformation of Gendered Objects in Late Medieval Denmark

Miguel García Fernández (Santiago de Compostela), The Memory of noblewomen in Northwest Spain during the Late Middle Ages: Chronicles, documents and tombs

Coffee Break

Sonsoles García ( London), Women as memory keepers in the kingdoms of Asturias and León ( 10th-13th c)

Patricia Stoop (Antwerp/ Utrecht, Dutch Collections of Sermons as Tools for Commemoration of Death (c. 1450–1650)

Discussion & Break

17.00   Keynote: Alison Beach (Ohio State),  Monastic necrologies and the Politics of Female Memory in the Central Middle Ages

19.00 Conference Dinner


Saturday, May 21st


09.30 – 10.00 Coffee and Tea

10.00-12.00   II     Creation of Origin Narratives

Chair: Claudia Opitz-BelakhalJirki Thibaut (Ghent), Remembering female monastic origins in tenth-century Metz

Kirsty A. Day (Leeds), Rethinking the Origins of the Franciscan Nuns in Wrocław

Doris Bieñko (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia), Our Mothers’Writings. The Seventeenth Century Mexican Nuns’ Manuscripts and their Cultural Background

12.30 Conference Lunch

14.00-17.00 III    Material Culture and Memory

 Chair: Mercedes Pérez Vidal (Padua)

Stefanie Seeberg (Cologne/ Städel Museum), Commemorative Function of Art in the Female Monastery of Altenberg under Gertrud of Thüringen (1227-1297)

Anja Rathmann-Lutz (Basel), Books of Hours as melting pots of Devotion, Memory and Wishes in 14th-Century France

Discussion and Closing Remarks by Laura Cayrol Bernardo (EHESS)

 Flyer Female Memory

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