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October 30, 2014
2:00-3:30 p.m., CFA Rm. 2100

Prof. Sarah Long will discuss how confraternities or lay brotherhoods in Northern France and the Low Countries constructed specialized musical devotions in response to the plague and other epidemics in the 15th century  By the early 16th century, masses in honor of St. Sebastian, St. Anthony, St. Roche, and St. Geneviève—all protectors from the plague—appeared with frequency in liturgical books throughout the region, demonstrating that confraternities were at the forefront of liturgical innovation in the late Medieval and Early Modern periods. 


Sarah Long is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Michigan State University.  From 2008-2013, she was a postdotoral research fellow at the Alamire Foundation and Katholieke Universiteit Leuvan in Belgium.  From 2008-2010, she was the primary field researcher for the Antiphonaria Project of the Flemish Government, which explored liturgical books residing in public and private collections in Flanders.  She is currently working on a monograph entitled, Save Us O Lord:  Music and Spirituality in Northern French Confraternities, 1300-1550, for which she received a two-year Marie Curie IEF Postdoctoral fellowship from the European Commission (2011-2012).  In addition to her teaching and research projects, she has served since2013 as North American Director of the International Medieval Society, Paris, and has been involved with organizing international symposia for the organization.




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