The Catholic Studies London Christmas Lecture: Nativity Scenes

Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies and The University of Notre Dame host Nativity Scenes: A Live Performance.

Stefano Cracolici traces the history of the nativity scene as a seasonal display in art, cinema and popular culture. His lecture will also focus on its performative re-enactments as ‘living nativity scenes’ (tableaux vivants), in which real humans and animals interact. Point of departure of the presentation will be two little-known admirable paintings by Franz von Rohden at Ushaw College, in which living contemporary characters are featured. Some of the material presented in this lecture is part of the Rome in the World Project led by Cracolici at Durham University.

6:30 p.m. Talk begins

7:15 p.m. Q&A

7:30 p.m Reception


About Stefano Cracolici

Stefano Cracolici holds a Laurea in Italian Studies from The Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy); an MD degree from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (Germany); and a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto (Canada). He worked as Assistant Professor of Italian at Dartmouth College (2000-02) and at the University of Pennsylvania (2002-06). He is currently Professor in Italian at Durham University and member of the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition (co-director), the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, and Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. His field of specialization is Italian Renaissance culture, broadly defined as the period spanning from the early fourteenth century to the early eighteenth century, with a particular focus on the history of emotions and its social, medical and aesthetic implications.

Image used with the permission of the Trustees of Ushaw College