New Communities of Interpretation:
Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

A strong European network
Over 120 researchers from 21 countries
A new approach to religious and cultural history

This Action aims to coordinate research activities being currently developed at several European universities and research institutes and create a (virtual) centre of expertise for the study of religious culture in late medieval and early modern Europe, a period traditionally depicted as one of great cultural discontinuity and binary oppositions between learned (Latin) and unlearned (vernacular) and ecclesiastical hierarchy and the lay believers. Challenging stereotypical descriptions of exclusion of lay and non-Latinate people from religious and cultural life the project, this Action will concentrate on the reconstruction of the process of emancipation of the laity and the creation of new "communities of interpretations". The Action will therefore analyze patterns of social inclusion and exclusion and examine shifts in hierarchic relations amongst groups, individuals and their languages, casting new yet profoundly historical light on themes of seminal relevance to present-days societies.

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Grant Holder: University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Action Chair:
Sabrina Corbellini, Arts Faculty, Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG)
Vice Chair: John Thompson, Queen's University Belfast 


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Lecture by Professor Gigliola Fragnito (PDF)
Plenary meeting Tours, 15-17 October 2015