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When does an object become religiously meaningful? How do you trace such objects and how do you study them? These questions were of central importance for those involved in the Ruusbroec Research Training Day (University of Antwerp, 26 April 2017) on objects used in devotional practices – and, more specifically, on prints and small relics. The workshop aimed to encourage reflection on the historical function, value and provenance of these small devotionalia. The renewed interest in these objects ties in with the increasing interest in lived religion, encouraging scholars from different disciplines to work together. This article gives a brief overview of where we stand today.

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