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Conques in the Global World. Transferring Knowledge: from Material to Immaterial Heritage

Project description

Bringing to light the medieval construction of Conques

A UNESCO world heritage site and known as one of the most beautiful places in France, Conques is an important tourist, historical and political area, bringing together architecture, archaeology and monuments from the 9th to the 21st century. While its cultural significance is widely recognised, Conques has not received sufficient scholarly attention. The EU-funded CONQUES project aims to reconstruct important elements of European culture by investigating the major stages in the medieval construction of Conques. This will help shed light on how Conques’ identity was built in the Middle Ages and how its history was reinvented in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Conques is visited annually by thousands of tourists and walking pilgrims. It is a unique site of cultural heritage preserving outstanding visual, material, and ritual cultures from the 9th to the 21st c. Regretfully, its cultural significance contrasts with the lack of comprehensive scholarly attention. Its date, level of reconstruction, and place in the story of the history of art have all been disputed. This is alarming, since a complex understanding of this unique site is indispensable for both the effective research of scientific communities and the expansion of interest among public audiences.
The CONQUES project emerges from an ongoing story of exchanges and interactions between scholars, institutions, and fields of research. The overall goal of CONQUES is to promote the first interdisciplinary integrative research on the site, combining the expertise from five different fields, and thus to increase its currently marginal role in public discourse. Our aim is to reconstruct crucial elements in the development of European culture through investigating major stages in the medieval construction of Conques, but also to reimagine and tell the story of the 19th and 20th century “re-invention” of the European Middle Ages.
We will break new ground in different disciplines by employing both classic and experimental methods. The key outcomes of this integrative analysis will include: a) a long overdue scientific monograph; b) the creation of a sustainable collaborative research platform working at the crossroads of different disciplines; c) an integrative protocol of research, which will be transferable and exploitable on other sites of the shared medieval European culture; d) the creation of a sustainable public outreach program sharing the results of this multidisciplinary research with a wide audience through exhibitions, and public lectures, and widely disseminated didactic books for the public and tourists.


Masarykova univerzita
Net EU contribution
€ 538 200,00
Zerotinovo namesti 9
601 77 Brno

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Česko Jihovýchod Jihomoravský kraj
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 538 200,00

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