Session Title

Saints and Animals

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Hagiography Society

Organizer Name

Mathilde van Dijk

Organizer Affiliation

Centre for Religion and Heritage, Rijksuniv. Groningen

Presider Name

Mathilde van Dijk

Paper Title 1

Animals and Saintly Charisma in the First Life of Saint Francis and the First Life of Saint Bernard

Presenter 1 Name

Anne Parker-Perkola

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Rice Univ.

Paper Title 2

Contested Popular Rituals in Late Medieval Italy: Franciscan Saints and Animal Baptism

Presenter 2 Name

Bianca Lopez

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Southern Methodist Univ.

Paper Title 3

Dogs, Lions, and Saints

Presenter 3 Name

Anna Taylor

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Paper Title 4

Holy Cat! Virtuous Felines and Their Medieval Saints

Presenter 4 Name

Ann M. Martinez

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Kent State Univ.-Stark

Start Date

9-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 212

Description

Saints and animals

Power over the animals has been a characteristic of saints from their beginnings in the Early Church. This session operates on the cusp of hagiographical and animal studies. Its intention is to explore how the connection between saints and animals is constructed: the saint as a very special human, rising beyond humanity, and the animal as a creature, which may or may not have agency or which is a symbol of evil or virtue. Moreover, it explores the educational value of tales about saints and animals: how were saints, in their connections to animals, portrayed as being models, or, for that matter, how did the animals function in this respect?

Sponsored by: The Hagiography Society

Organized by: Mathilde van Dijk, Centre for Religion and Heritage, University of Groningen

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Saints and Animals

Bernhard 212

Saints and animals

Power over the animals has been a characteristic of saints from their beginnings in the Early Church. This session operates on the cusp of hagiographical and animal studies. Its intention is to explore how the connection between saints and animals is constructed: the saint as a very special human, rising beyond humanity, and the animal as a creature, which may or may not have agency or which is a symbol of evil or virtue. Moreover, it explores the educational value of tales about saints and animals: how were saints, in their connections to animals, portrayed as being models, or, for that matter, how did the animals function in this respect?

Sponsored by: The Hagiography Society

Organized by: Mathilde van Dijk, Centre for Religion and Heritage, University of Groningen