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Making Europe: Columbanus and his legacy 615 – 2015

This year 2015 will mark the 1400th anniversary of the death of Columbanus, Ireland’s missionary saint. The anniversary is accompanied by a series of conferences held at Bangor in Ireland, Luxeuil in France and Bobbio in Italy.

Since 2008 a group of Scholars from Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland and England has worked together to explore the life and times of Columbanus. The project has worked to organise three colloquiums in Bangor, Luxeuil and Bobbio in May, September and November. Around the scientific programme a series of open lectures and events have also been organised together with the relevant local organisations and institutions.

So far only the programme for Bangor has been posted, but interested may contact the organisers via the dedicated website www.columbanus2015.

The titles of the three colloquia

Lectionnaire de Luxeuil. Initiale T. Luxeuil. Fin du VIIe siècle. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale Lat 9427 F 144
Lectionnaire de Luxeuil. 7th century
Bibliothèque Nationale Lat 9427 F 144. Source: Wikipedia

Identity and construction of identity in Europe in the early Middle Ages
Focus will be on how the specific Columbanian identity was construed in terms of material and intellectual
22.05.2015 – 24.05.2015

Columbanus and his Influence. Monks and Monasteries in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
Keynote speakers will focus on archaeology, the role of his pupils and disciples and their formations of the specific monastic traditions in terms of architecture.
Luxeuil, France
18.09.2015 – 20.09.2015

During the event in Luxeuil a special exhibition will open showing a collection of extremely rare manuscripts lent by St. Gallen Library

Les Manuscrits de Luxeuil au Haut Moyen Âge. L’influence des scribes luxoviens dans les scriptoria en Gaule au Haut Moyen Âge.
Musée de la Tour des Èchevins
Bibliothèque et à l’Abbaye Saint-Colomban; Luxeuil-les-Bains.

The Heritage of Columbanus. Memory and Cult in the Middle Ages
Bobbio, Italy.
Focus at this event will be on cults, reliquaries, hagiography and the Columbanian monasteries as pilgrimage centres.
21.11.2015 – 22.11.2015

The plan is that the papers from the three colloquia will be published in the near future.

The last event leads up to the commemoration of the 1400-year anniversary of the death of the saint in Bobbio on the 23.11.2015

Scientific Committee:

Further information may be had from a pamphlet produced by the organizers behind


Introduction to the latest publications inside ‘Columbanian Studies’





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