Romania: Transylvanian Religious Heritage in Danger

On the evening of February 19, 2016, the church tower clock struck twice in Rotbav, then came the end of it. The clock, bells, tower and part of the church’s nave dropped down to the ground in the blink of an eye. And so, since that Friday night, the story of Rotbav’s fortified church, one of the oldest of its kind in Burzenland (Romanian Ţara Bârsei; Hungarian Barcaság), begins with “Once upon a time …”.

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France: International Conference ‘L’Avenir des Eglises’

For a conference on the future of churches, to be held on October, 20th – 22nd in Lyon, France, a Call for Papers was recently published. The conference aims are twofold and have both a more theoretical as well as a more practical focus. For one, it wants to build an international discourse about the extent and multifaceted consequences of deconsecration. Secondly, it wants to study possible ways and criteria of intervention and reuse of churches.

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Germany: Conference Report – Sustainability of sacred spaces

From 17th-19th of January, the conference ‘Stakeholder synergies surrounding sacred space. Convergence of multi- and transdisciplinary approaches concerning sacred space sustainability‘ took place in Bonn, Germany. The conference aimed at enlarging expert knowledge on the issue of the use and conversion of sacred spaces.

Altar Namen-Jesu Kirche Bonn - Klaus Simon

Altar Namen-Jesu Kirche Bonn – Klaus Simon

FRH was happy to be able to attend and was all ears (and eyes) during the three-day intensive programme. We were also very honoured to be specifically mentioned in the plenary welcome, as the organisers appreciated that FRH was among the participants. Also many prominent universities were present.

The presented schedule was very diverse, and included key note speakers, various presentations, case studies, a workshop, poster presentations, exhibition visits and musical performances. The three days were filled with very interesting and topical discussions during which many different approaches to religious heritage and religious space were introduced.

The conference followed a recent book publication and two seminars on the same topic by the Bonner Seminar of Liturgical Science and is planned to lead to a more in-depth research project later on.

Please find a detailed report on the conference here (with thanks to Kim de Wildt). For the original programme, have a look at our blog post of December.