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Agricola Seminar

When:Mo 02-02-2015 16:00 - 18:00
Where:Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

Rudolph Agricola invites you for a session of the Agricola seminar on February 2nd, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen.

Kees van der Ploeg (RUG) will talk to us about:

A Gaze of Heaven

In recent years attention has been paid to the church space as a stage for the performing of (para)-liturgical acts of a more or less theatrical character (Hans-Joachim Krause, Johannes Tripps). Though it might appear from these publications that such performances were first and foremost popular in the German speaking world, new evidence has come to light which indicates that the use was equally wide-spread in the Netherlands, and moreover at a relatively early point in time. My paper will pay particular attention to two rather spectacular examples: the para-liturgical performances around Easter and Pentecost in Utrecht Cathedral from the early thirteenth to the late fifteenth centuries (including a farting devil preceding live doves and burning torches as the re-enactment of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost) and the performance on Ascension Day in the collegiate church of St. Lebuinus in Deventer around 1500.

The language will be English.

The Agricola Seminar unites all those at the University of Groningen who work in premodernity. For more information see