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„Afterlives of the Gregorian Sacramentary“

International interdisciplinary Symposium on liturgical manuscripts of the Western Middle Ages in Regensburg attracts numerous renowned scholars

14 Sept 2023

From September 6–8, the International Symposium “Afterlives of the Gregorian Sacramentary: Latin Mass Books and the Oganisation of Liturgical Knowledge (c. 850–1200)” took place in Regensburg. Organisers were Dr. Paweł Figurski (Polish Academy of Sciences & Alexander von Humboldt-Fellow) and Dr. Arthur Westwell (DFG position), together with Prof. Harald Buchinger, Chair of Liturgical Studies, where their projects are allocated, and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies “Beyond Canon_” at Universität Regensburg. 

Regensburg and Cambridge as centers of an interdisciplinary network

Numerous international scholars followed the invitation of the organisers, many of them associated with the Universität Regensburg and with the University of Cambridge: Dr. Paweł Figurski used to be a fellow in Cambridge, Dr. Arthur Westwell and other speakers hold a PhD from there; with Susan Rankin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Music at the University of Cambridge, the doyenne of international musical medieval studies gave a presentation. The speakers represented a strong mix of established and younger researchers, members of renowned international universities and small but excellent institutions alike. All this was made possible by the co-funding from the Regensburger Universitätsstiftung Hans Vielberth and the Institutum Liturgicum Ratisbonense. 

Culmination of long-standing agglomeration effects of the Chair of Liturgical Studies and “Beyond Canon_”

This international symposium was a culmination of a long-standing network of many years, which emerged in thematic continuation of an interdisciplinary conference held in 2016 (the conference volume was published this year, https://www.aschendorff-buchverlag.de/author/Irving%2C%20Andrew/). The synergies of Dr. Figurski, Humboldt, and Dr. Westwell, DFG, with long-standing research interests of the Chair of Liturgical Studies in the field of liturgical manuscript research, the CAS “Beyond Canon_” and other collaborative projects were clustered into strong agglomeration effects: numerous speakers, presenters, and audience members of the symposium have either visited Regensburg multiple times, are past or present DFG or Humboldt fellows, or have other associations with our institution. 

Dr Paweł Figurski opens the conference, left outside Dr Arthur Westwell. © Charlotte von Schelling/“Beyond Canon_”

Next conference scheduled for November 2023

This specialised international and interdisciplinary conference on liturgical manuscripts of the Western Middle Ages concluded with the prospect of yet another conference already scheduled for November this year: from November 23–24, a likewise international and interdisciplinary conference on Byzantine liturgical manuscripts will take place, then in synergy with a project of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, which was recently settled in Regensburg under Dr. Marie-Ève Geiger. 

Prof. Dr. Harald Buchinger  © Charlotte von Schelling/“Beyond Canon_”


Prof. Dr. Harald Buchinger
Lehrstuhl für Liturgiewissenschaft
Centre for Advanced Studies "Beyond Canon_" (FOR 2770)
UR - Universität Regensburg
E-Mail: Harald.Buchinger@ur.de

Charlotte von Schelling
Centre for Advanced Studies "Beyond Canon_" (FOR 2770)
UR - Universität Regensburg
E-Mail: Charlotte.Von-Schelling@ur.de

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