The inaugural issue of Eventum: A Journal of Medieval Arts and Rituals has been released. Based out of the Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals (CeMAR) of the University of Cyprus it will be an open-access journal.
The articles of the first issue of Eventum entitled “The Arts and Rituals of Pilgrimage” examine the relational and complex practice of pilgrimage showing that its power and efficacy did not only emanate from its associated rituals, but also from its arts. The issue’s authors are both established scholars and young researchers specializing in pilgrimage.
Eventum aims to reposition the arts and rituals of medieval traditions and to provide an international and congenial forum for the presentation and discussion of research on: (1) all medieval arts in and as rituals; and (2) the initiators, participants, spaces, forms, structures, and artistic dimensions of all medieval rituals. Furthermore, Eventum provides a platform for the examination of the relationship between medieval, later, and contemporary arts and rituals, bringing to the fore the rich cultural heritage of the Middle Ages for a better understanding of both the past and the present.
Stavroula Constantinou, the Editor-in-Chief of Eventum, writes that this new periodical “aspires to become a channel for innovative approaches by bringing all types of medieval arts (visual, literary, and performing) and rituals (religious, semi-religious, and secular) under one roof and by inaugurating a forum of broader discussions across medieval cultures and later ones continuing the medieval legacy. At the same time, Eventum seeks to form future scholarship by introducing novel, interdisciplinary, and connecting research projects and methods for the study of past and contemporary cultures.”
Articles in the first issue range from a fourth-century travel account of going to Jerusalem and the Near East to a piece on how people in late medieval Vienna and Bratislava made bequests in wills to have someone else undertake a pilgrimage for the deceased.