Circulation as a Factor of Cultural Aggregation Conference, Czech Rep.

Deadline: 1 November 2013
Open to: any qualified individual involved in art historical research and its related fields.
Venue: 7-11 May 2014 in Telč, Czech Republic


The conference will be held on May 7 – 11, 2014 in Telč, Southern Bohemia, in international cooperation of the Department of Medieval Art of the Institute of Art History at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Centre of Early Medieval Studies, Department of Art History of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Department of Art History at University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

The central topic of the international and interdisciplinary conference is the study of motion (the transfer of persons as well as objects such as reliquaries, books, altars, ivory diptychs) as a cultural factor. Attention will be paid to the objects produced and/or used in relation to the cult of relics and/or deads, as well as to the models of ideal or holy cities perceived as a realization of the kingdom of heaven.

The conference aims to raise and assess a variety of questions related to:

  1. how does the object change its function in connection with its relocation;
  2. how do the important objects and ideas change the identity of the place that accepts them;
  3. the impact that the ideas and sacred objects may have on the social and the spiritual topology of a city.


This conference is open to any qualified individual involved in art historical research and its related fields.

Please mind the conference will be held in English, French, Italian. Conference proceedings will also be published in these languages.


The organization of the conference will pay the accommodation and meal costs. For the travel, it may be possible that part of the costs will be also covered. This point should be discussed with the organization.


Candidates may submit proposals that should include an abstract (max 2500 characters) and a brief biography. To offer a paper, please contact the secretary of the conference ( or The final date for receipt of proposals is November 1, 2013. Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by December 20, 2013.

For further information, please visit the official website.

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