Second Conference on Birgittine Liturgy: Vadstena, Sweden, 2-3 October 2014

Posted on behalf of Karin Strinnholm Lagergren, Almire Foundation / Linneaus University. 

For full information, please see this PDF link: Cfp Birgittine Conference

Second Conference on Birgittine Liturgy: Vadstena, Sweden, 2-3 October 2014

Birgittine liturgy image

This conference is devoted to the liturgy in the order of St Birgitta of Sweden in its most multidisciplinary sense. The first conference was held in December 2013 at the National Archives in Stockholm. This year it will take place 2-3 October in Vadstena in the Sancta Birgitta Convent Museum ( and expand from a national to an international conference.

Keynote address will be given by Dr. Hilkka-Liisa Vuori (Sibelius Academy, FI): “The Great Responsories of Cantus sororum – their background and a modal atmosphere”

A specialist on Birgittine chant, Vuori defended a doctoral thesis entitled Neitsyt Marian yrttitarhassa. Birgitta- laissisarten matutinumin suuretresponsoriot (In the Herb Gardens of Oure Ladye. The Great Responsories of Matins in Bridgettine Sisters’ Liturgy of Hours) in 2011.

A special session will be devoted to The Birgittine Church in the Middle Ages. The invited speakers for this session include:

Dr. Hans Krongaard Kristensen (archeology, Aarhus University, DK) Dr. Volker Schier, (musicology, Arizona State University, US)
Dr. Corine Schleif, (art history, Arizona State University, US)
Dr. Per Ström, (theology, Uppsala University, SE)

The session will take place in the abbey church (since the reformation the Lutheran parish church) on Thursday 2 October between 13-16. The speakers, with their particular speciality, will discuss the liturgical use of the Birgittine abbey church followed by a discussion with the audience. This session is also open to the public.


Please register by 1 September by sending an email to Karin Strinnholm Lagergren:

The conference will begin at noon on 2 October and end with a closing concert on the evening of 3 October (see below).

The conference (including coffee and conference dinner on Thursday 2 October) is free of charge but the participants pay their own travel and accommodation.

Accommodation can be booked at Vadstena Folkhögskola ( next to the ab- bey church and museum. A single room is 550 SEK and a double room 900 SEK, breakfast included. The rooms can be booked at the following address: Lunch on Thursday and Friday can be booked at 79 SEK/lunch.

Other alternatives for accommodation are: The guesthouse of the Birgittine sisters:

Vadstena klosterhotell:

Dahlströmska gården bed and breakfast:

Concert 3 October: Salve sancta parens anno 1728 with ensemble Gemma

The conference will close on the evening of 3 October in the chapter room in the Convent Museum. Ensemble Gemma will then give a concert with the Birgittine sister’s daily mass Salve sancta parens. The music comes from a manuscript written in 1728 in the Dutch Birgittine abbey Maria Refugie (see image above). Entrance fee is 100 SEK and the concert is open to the public.

This conference takes place within of the postdoctoral research project The Transmission of the Cantus Sororum in the Low Countries and is organised by musicologist Dr. Karin Strinnholm Lagergren in collaboration with the Catholic University Leuven (BE), the Linneaus University (SE), Alamire Foundation (BE), Sancta Birgitta Convent Museum, Svenska kyrkan, Vadstena och Dals församlingar. The conference is financed by the Swedish Research Council/Vetenskapsrådet and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond – The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.

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