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
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.
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
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
- President: Jean-Michel Picard (Univerity College, Dublin);
- Dominique Barbet Massin (Bibliothèque Municipale, Grenoble);
- Jacques Bujard (Office du patrimoine et de l’archéologie, République et Canton de Neuchâtel);
- Sébastien Bully (CNRS, UMR ARTeHIS);
- Gisella Cantino Wataghin (Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Vercelli);
- Roberta Conversi (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Emilia-Romagna);
- Eleonora Destefanis (Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Vercelli);
- Alain Dubreucq (Université Jean-Moulin, Lyon 3 et UMR CHIAM);
- Michèle Gaillard (Université de Lille, Nord de France. IRHIS);
- David Ganz (University of Zürich);
- Saverio Lomartire (Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Vercelli);
- Emmet Marron (National University of Ireland, Galway);
- Finbar McCormick (Queen’s University, Belfast);
- Charles Mériaux (Université de Lille, Nord de France, IRHIS);
- Conor Newman (National University of Ireland, Galway);
- Tomás Ó Carragáin (University College, Cork);
- Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (National University of Ireland, Galway);
- Jacques Prudhon (Président de l’Association des Amis de Saint Colomban);
- Christian Sapin (UMR 5594 ARTeHIS, Université de Bourgogne);
- Leandra Scappaticci (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo – Università degli Studi di Genova);
- Clare Stancliffe (University of Durham);
- Mark Stansbury (National University of Ireland, Galway);
- Ian Wood (University of Leeds);
- Immo Warntjes (Queen’s University Belfast);
- Alessandro Zironi (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna).