The Center for Research on Global Catholicism is delighted to announce plans for a major conference, entitled "Translations, Transgressions, and Transformations: the Global Movement of Objects in Catholic Cultures," to be held at Saint Louis University October 20-21, 2023.
This interdisciplinary conference examines the cultural mobility of Catholicism through the physical movement of Catholic objects from the European Middle Ages into the twenty-first century. Building on recent scholarship that integrates analysis of objects into religious studies, attends to the agency of things, and engages movement as a heuristic for making sense of dynamics of historical change, the conference interrogates the place of material items as Catholicism has moved into new spaces and returned into familiar ones, attending to the role played by objects in mediating meanings at the nexus of Catholicism and cultures.
Calls for papers have been posted on the conference website here. Please circulate and consider submitting a proposal!