Updated Programme and Readings


Location: Old Library, Garrod Building, Queen Mary Whitechapel Campus (near Whitechapel Station – District and Hammersmith & City lines)

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9:30–10:00 – Registration and coffee

10:00–11:15 – Professor Nils Holger Petersen (University of Copenhagen): The Medieval Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday and a Polemical Sixteenth-Century Derivative, the Devotion of the Forty Hours

Essential reading:

  • Nils Holger Petersen, ‘The Quarant’Ore: Early Modern Ritual and Performativity’, in Performativity and Performance in Baroque Rome, ed. by Peter Gillgren and Marten Snickare (Surrey: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 115–133.
  • Nineteenth-century textual transcription of the adoratio crucis ceremony (see pdf)

11:15–11:25 – Coffee break

11:25-12:30 – Professor Emma Dillon (King’s College London):  Listening to Liturgy: Perspectives from Musicology

Essential reading:

  • Susan Boynton, ‘Plainsong’, in Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music, ed. by Mark Everist (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 9-25.
  • David Hiley, ‘Gregorian Chant’, in Cambridge Introductions to Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), esp. pp. 7–12.

12:30–13:10 – Lunch

13:10–14:25 – Dr Beth Williamson (University of Bristol): Liturgical Performance at the Threshold of the Cathedral

Essential reading:

  • Craig Wright, ‘The Palm Sunday Procession in Medieval Chartres’, in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages, ed. by M. E. Fassler and R. Baltzer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 344–371.

Recommended reading:

  • Pamela Blum, ‘Liturgical Influences on the Design of the West Front at Wells and Salisbury’, Gesta, 25:1 (1986), 145–150.
  • Margot Fassler, ‘Liturgy and Sacred History in the Twelfth-Century Tympana at Chartres’, The Art Bulletin, 75:3 (1993), 499–520.
  • Pamela Tudor-Craig, ‘Bishop Grandisson’s Provisions for Music and Ceremony’, in Exeter Cathedral: A Celebration, ed. by M. Swanton (Exeter: Exeter Cathedral, 1991), pp. 136–143.

14:25–14:35 – Coffee break

14:35–15:25 – Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL) and Professor Sara Lipton (SUNY Stony Brook): Roundtable discussion

15:25–17:00 – Visit to St Bartholomew the Great Church

Note: All essential readings are available in electronic form in a dedicated Dropbox folder. If you are attending the workshop and have not received the link, please contact the organisers.