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Mary Watt to Give Keynote Address at International Conference on Jerusalem

Mary Watt from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has been invited by the Norwegian Academy in Rome to give the keynote address at an international conference, The Impact of Jerusalem, from November 11-13 in Rome, Italy. The conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the impact of Jerusalem on Christian, Jewish, and Muslim identities in medieval and early modern Europe.

Her talk will be “The Role of Jerusalem in the Age of Discovery”

The conference, organized by a group of scholars from the University of Oslo, is intended to elucidate the significance of the city of Jerusalem in the multi-religious Medieval Europe, including an exploration of textual and visual sources from the European peripheries like Iberia and Scandinavia. The core issues to be examined include the notions of sacred history, sacred presence, and sacred topography, physical and spiritual, within the cultural memory of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam together with the exemplary status of Jerusalem for religious, political, and artistic practices formative for religious identities, ideas and myths inherited to the modern world.

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September 7, 2009
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