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Barbara Abou-el-Haj
"What's the Matter with Pilgrimage Studies?
History, Historiography, Hagiography, and the Camino de Santiago
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Tuesday, March 3
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m. 

Art History Lecture Series

 

This paper examines the role of pilgrims and pilgrimage, fundamental to the historiography of Santiago de Compostela, to ask what is overlooked and who is excluded in a history that concerns itself almost entirely with the consumption, not the production, of the cult of Saint James. Abou-el-Haj review the production of the cult in the twelfth century, the documentary sources for Santiago and their modern asymmetrical circulation. Tracing the centerpiece of pilgrimage sutdies, the history of the Camino de Santiago (Route or Way of Saint James), its revival in the nineteenth century and its role in politcal ideology and cultural capital in the twelfth century from Franco's Spain to its incarnation as an icon for European unity and a premier destination in the trans regional heritage industry.

   

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