Communicating Sainthood -- Constituting Regions and Nations in East-Central Europe

November, 2010
Hungarian Scientific Research Fund

The project focuses on a range of different European regions using the cults of medieval saints and their modern appropriations as a vehicle for studying changing cultural values related to social cohesion and identity. Its main focal points are the interactions between centre and periphery, between the medieval Latin culture and regional interests, political and cultural agendas and their reflection in different media (images, music, liturgy, literature).The project is part of a collaborative research programme with other units in Austria (Institut für Realienkunde, Krems), Denmark (Rituals Centre, Copenhagen), Estonia (, and Norway (Department of History and Classical Studies, Trondheim); each of the constituent units are applying for funding by the respective national research funds in a EUROCORES framework coordinated by the European Science Foundation. The PIs of the collaborative project are Nils Holger Petersen, Gerhard Jaritz, Anu Mänd, Roman Hankeln. The proposed Hungarian project could be associated to the four EUROCORES applicants if OTKA accepts it as an international cooperation project (NN). The Hungarian project will be carried out by eight researchers; three of them will be employed by CEU for three years entirely on the cost of OTKA as post-docs. The research budget will also cover the costs of a major conference to be held at CEU in 2011, and will support the edition of two bilingual source editions in the series Central European Medieval Texts published by CEU Press, and contribute to the digital edition of sermons on Saint Elizabeth, Saint Stanislaus and Saint Ladislas, the publication of the English version of a monograph on the Hungarian Angevin Legendary, and finally a study-volume on the theme.