September 2, 2021 - September 4, 2021

Music and Lived Religion in the Collegiate Church of Our Lady in Antwerp (1370 - 1566). A Multidisciplinary Study in a European context

The study of pre-Tridentine lived religion and musical experience in the Collegiate Church of Our Lady in Antwerp faces many difficulties. Despite its being rich in variety, the source material is often incomplete. Comparative research based on similar cases in the Low Countries and surrounding regions fills many of these gaps and opens new perspectives; an undeniable need for contextualisation in a broader geographic setting therefor manifests itself. Furthermore, as each individual research discipline quickly reaches the methodological and content-related limits it imposes, a multidisciplinary approach proves essential for the study of lived religion in all its facets. Inspite of this, the current study of ‘religion in practice’ is still too often confined to separate research disciplines. These obstacles have led to the acceptance of old hypotheses as truth over the years. When these supposed truths were used as a basis for new theories, this in turn resulted in a biased conceptualisation of socio-religious ideas and processes.

The objective of this workshop is to detect and rectify such dated assumptions. This will be realized principally via the case study of the Antwerp church of Our Lady, as the sensory experience at and the functioning of the collegiate church were exemplary for chapter and parish churches in urbanized areas of the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands and neighbouring regions. Crucial to obtaining its goal is the presence and active participation of researchers from different disciplines: musicology, art history, church history, theology, liturgy, social history, ... Each session will be introduced by one of the below-mentioned experts, who will also act as moderator for the subsequent discussion. In addition, there will be ample opportunity to talk about and try to overcome the challenges with which the organizers or participants are being confronted in their own research. The chosen format, which encourages discussion, will undoubtedly provide an opportunity to forge qualitative and long-term interdisciplinary exchanges and collaborations.



Key words

Music History, Art History, Liturgy, Collegiate Church, Parish Church, Lived Religion, Late Medieval Antwerp

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Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) :
59, rue Néricault Destouches - 37000 TOURS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the basilica of St Martin in the old city centre of Tours, the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance) is a teaching and research institution which welcomes students and researchers seeking initial or supplementary instruction in all aspects of the Renaissance. The Centre was initially constituted in 1956 on the basis of a library and a documentary archive, supplemented by a collection of photographs and databases. It is now a venue for multi-disciplinary instruction, which, in association with the various Faculties of the University, has responsibility for teaching and research in History, History of Art, Literature, Languages, Musicology, and Philosophy. It currently leads a large research programme dedicated to the cultural regional heritage (Intelligence des Patrimoines). As a research centre it brings together fifty or so researchers committed to the investigation of the "civilization of the Renaissance" from Petrarch to Descartes. Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.



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