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

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

Conques is a unique site of cultural heritage preserving outstanding elements of visual, material, and ritual cultures from the ninth to the twenty-first century. This small village in Occitania is yearly visited by thousands of tourists and pilgrims, attracted by its charm and spirituality. Likewise, thanks to their immense cultural importance the monuments and works of art of Conques have been, since the nineteenth century, at the heart of historical and art-historical studies and debates. The historical memory of the abbey, its successive reconstructions, and its place in the history of art have been studied, its impressive treasure often exhibited and discussed, and its historical topography explored. However, within current scholarship, a systematic and complex monographic study considering all these different dimensions of the site is still lacking.

The CONQUES project (2021–2024) therefore aims to carry out the first truly interdisciplinary and integrative research on this site, combining expertise from many fields of study (art history, history, anthropology, music and performance studies, archaeology, archaeometry, digital technologies, and image anthropology) to strengthen the significance of Conques in scholarly discourse and its popularity among the public. The research team, made up of specialists from six European and two American institutes, in collaboration with local scholars and institutions, will investigate the main stages of the medieval construction of the village with the aim to reconstruct crucial elements of the development of the material culture of Conques and to rewrite the story of the ‘reinvention’ of the European Middle Ages in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This project is funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101007770. More information under


  • Coordinator: Masaryk University, Brno (CZ)
  • Principal investigator: Prof. Ivan Foletti
  • Acronym: CONQUES
  • Project partners:
    • Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte – DFK Paris (FR)
    • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte – Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome (IT)
    • Université de Poitiers – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR)
    • Association pour le Développement Economique et Culturel de Conques (non-academic; FR)
    • Viella Libreria Editrice (non-academic; IT)
    • The City University of New York (US)
    • Rutgers University (US)
  • Project type: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
  • Project duration: 1. 1. 2021 – 31. 12. 2024
  • Total budget: 943 000 EUR


Dr. Philippe Cordez, directeur adjoint

Dr. habil. Philippe Cordez

Deputy Director
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