IMC 2021: Late Call for Papers

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Session 519Borders that Bind, I: Power and Peripheries in the Later Medieval Holy Roman Empire
Session 2308Carolingian Poetic Borders, II
Session 2217Changing Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, III
Session 2317Changing Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, IV
Session 215Crusades and Nature, I
Session 325Heretical, Mystical, and Poetical Innovations in and around Bohemia
Session 708Noblewomen Network, III: Female Agency and Legal Identities
Session 1616Practical Equestrianisms in the Middle Ages
Session 1621Religion and Belief in Early Medieval North Africa
Session 1813Representations of Temperate / Intemperate Emotions in Visual Art and Literature, IV: Mystical and Clerical Writing
Session 2319The Social Dynamics of Religious Dissent, IV: The Social Impact of Inquisitions and Anti-Inquisitorial Resistance in Italy

Session details

Session

519
TitleBorders that Bind, I: Power and Peripheries in the Later Medieval Holy Roman Empire
Date/TimeTuesday 6 July 2021: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorRegesta Imperii, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
 
OrganiserDuncan Hardy, Department of History, University of Central Florida
Benjamin J. Pope, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Lisa Rolston, Department of History, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
 
Moderator/ChairBenjamin J. Pope, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
 
Paper 519-a Nothing but Letters?: Effects and Effectiveness of Increased Written Communication in the Reign of Emperor Frederick III, 1440-1493
(Language: English)
Steffen Krieb, _Regesta Imperii_, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
Paper 519-b Breaching Borders: Late Medieval Responses Regarding Threats to Territorial Sovereignty
(Language: English)
Brian-Timmy Erbe, Historisches Institut, Universität des Saarlandes
 
AbstractThe Holy Roman Empire of the later Middle Ages witnessed a proliferation of borders and boundaries, as delimited and sometimes enclosed communities and institutions combined and coexisted with highly decentralized and fragmented political authority. But many of these boundaries went hand-in-hand with intensified 'cross-border' connections. This session will explore connections between the imperial centre and its periphery, and between cities and towns in peripheral regions of the Empire. It focuses on how power was both exercised and understood as a result of these cross-border connections.

Session

2308
TitleCarolingian Poetic Borders, II
Date/TimeFriday 9 July 2021: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorUniversity of Tennessee
 
OrganiserMatthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 
Moderator/ChairMatthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 
Paper 2308-a The 'Cruel Death' of Children in Carolingian Poetry
(Language: English)
Valerie L. Garver, Department of History, Northern Illinois University
Paper 2308-b Walahfrid Strabo's Models for Crossing the Border between This Life and the Beyond
(Language: English)
Kathrin Henschel, Independent Scholar, Berlin
 
AbstractWriting Latin verse was the literary form par excellence in the Carolingian world (c. 750-c. 1000), which produced the largest body of Latin poetry since antiquity. Nevertheless, Carolingian Latin poetry remains a largely under-studied topic. This session presents papers that consider how Carolingian poets explored crossing both poetic and cosmic boundaries in their works. The speakers will consider not only how poets haunted their poems with the dead and with ghostly echoes of other poets' words, but also how such texts presented readers with models for their own border crossing between life and death.

Session

2217
TitleChanging Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, III
Date/TimeFriday 9 July 2021: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserDavid Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics & Humanities, San Diego State University
 
Moderator/ChairBernhard Muigg, Institut für Forstwissenschaften, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
 
Paper 2217-a The Gold of the Pine Forests: Resin Production and Uses in the Early and Middle Byzantine Empire
(Language: English)
Sophia Germanidou, McCord Centre for Landscape Archaeology, Newcastle University
Paper 2217-b Predefining the Early Medieval Forest: Roman Management of Forest Resources
(Language: English)
Andrew Fox, Department of Classics & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
 
AbstractForests often represented border areas between cultivated land and wilderness and typically contained key resources the ownership of which was hotly contested and controlled. As hubs of changing and contested resources, forests expanded, contracted, and disappeared for a variety of reasons in the premodern age. The Changing Forests session series provides a cross-disciplinary approach examining forest use in a less studied but crucially important period for understanding forest dynamics, Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (3rd-10th century CE). Session III looks at technical terminology of forest management and non-timber forest products.

Session

2317
TitleChanging Forests: Forest Management in Long Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, IV
Date/TimeFriday 9 July 2021: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserDavid Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics & Humanities, San Diego State University
 
Moderator/ChairChelsea Shields-Más, Department of History & Philosophy, State University of New York, Old Westbury
 
Paper 2317-a The Early Irish Law Tract Fidbretha: 'Tree-Judgments'
(Language: English)
Charlene Eska, Department of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Paper 2317-b Forest and Tree Use and Misuse in the Visigothic Code
(Language: English)
David Wallace-Hare, Department of Classics & Humanities, San Diego State University
 
AbstractForests often represented border areas between cultivated land and wilderness and typically contained key resources the ownership of which was contested and controlled. As hubs of changing and contested resources, forests expanded, contracted, and disappeared for a variety of reasons in the premodern age. The Changing Forests session series provides a cross-disciplinary approach examining forest use in a less studied but crucially important period for understanding forest dynamics, Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (3rd-10th century CE). Session IV approaches the theme of changing forests from the perspective of legal issues surrounding the forest in Roman, Visigothic, and Old Irish law.

Session

215
TitleCrusades and Nature, I
Date/TimeMonday 5 July 2021: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserJessalynn Bird, Department of Humanistic Studies, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana
Elizabeth Lapina, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Moderator/ChairElizabeth Lapina, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Paper 215-a Celestial Phenomena in Fall 1097 / Spring 1098 in the Chronicles of the First Crusade
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Lapina, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paper 215-b Growing, Growing, Gone: Reconstructing Agricultural Cultivation Areas in the Kingdom of Jerusalem
(Language: English)
Heather Elizabeth Crowley, Department of Art History, Cabrillo College, California
 
AbstractAn understanding of Anthropocene - the history of human interactions with natural environment - has never been more pressing than today. The session will explore the intersection of crusader studies and environmental studies. It will address encounters with, responses to, and representations of a broad variety of natural phenomena (broadly defined) having to do with crusades and the Latin States. The topics include portents and marvels; encounters with familiar and unfamiliar fauna, flora, and natural phenomena; and cultivation, consumption, and trade in crops, fruit, spices, etc. The session will serve as a springboard for an edited collection of articles.

Session

325
TitleHeretical, Mystical, and Poetical Innovations in and around Bohemia
Date/TimeMonday 5 July 2021: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
 
Moderator/ChairArnold Otto, Stadtarchiv, Nürnberg
 
Paper 325-a A Mystical Cosmography: The Granum Sinapis - Poem and Pictures
(Language: English)
Philip Liston-Kraft, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Harvard University
Paper 325-b Oswald von Wolkenstein and His Literary War against the Hussites: From Sword to Prayer
(Language: English)
Dario Capelli, Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature, Comunicazione, Formazione e Società, Università degli Studi di Udine
 
AbstractPaper -a:
The Granum Sinapis, an early 14th-century, eight-stanza poem in Middle High German is a literary precis of the mystical theology of Meister Eckhart to whom the work has been sometimes been attributed. To assist in contemplating the poem, an anonymous commentator appended two crude diagrams to the manuscript: an empty circle bounded by a solidly drawn circumference; and a set of concentric, permeable circles each labeled with one of the rankings in a pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy. Together the poem and diagrams portray a mystical cosmography, collapsing light and darkness, the universe and nothingness - a space in which god may be found.

Paper -b:
Defeated on many battlefields, and at an advanced age, Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376-77/1445) retreated to a safer, but always pugnacious literary war against the Hussites. He had been facing them and their ideals since the Council of Constance and composed against them two poems, Kl. 27 and Kl. 32. Kl. 27 is Oswald’s only certified anti-Hussite song, in which the nobleman calls all his peers to fight against the army of geese in the name of God; Kl. 32 is a strict prediction of eternal punishment for heretics, Jews, heathens, and unbelievers. Realising how ruinous the crusades had proved, Oswald abhorred the incompetence of his allies, and started directly addressing God and the Virgin Mary for immediate intercession: Kl. 109b is a translation of a Marian hymn containing references to doctrines condemned by Hus’s followers; Kl. 134 is the beginning of a longer lost anti-Hussite poem in which the poet puts Christianity in God’s hands. This paper intends to investigate, from a lexical and semantic point of view, the changes in Oswald’s perception of the Hussites in his late works, and the turning of his vivid and aggressive exhortations into silent and almost resigned prayers.

Session

708
TitleNoblewomen Network, III: Female Agency and Legal Identities
Date/TimeTuesday 6 July 2021: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorNoblewomen Network
 
OrganiserHarriet Kersey, Research Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University / Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University
 
Moderator/ChairEmma Cavell, Department of History, Swansea University
 
Paper 708-a In Her Own Words: Margaret Paston's Agency in 15th-Century Norfolk
(Language: English)
Mikee Delony, Department of Language & Literature, Abilene Christian University, Texas
Paper 708-b The Heiress and Her Agency
(Language: English)
Alheydis Plassmann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
 
AbstractWomen frequently had to negotiate the intersection between society's expectations and their lived experience - at times working against the roles traditionally ascribed to them. Noblewomen occupied a unique position in society which, arguably, afforded them greater agency and access to power. And yet, they too had to navigate boundaries, often pushing beyond what was perceived to be the norm. Considering the themes of legal identities, agency and rebel women, this session draws on material from northern Europe.

Session

1616
TitlePractical Equestrianisms in the Middle Ages
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserTimothy Dawson, Independent Scholar, Tilbury
Anastasija Ropa, Department of Management & Communication Science, Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga
 
Moderator/ChairJürg Gassmann, Independent Scholar, Wexford
 
Paper 1616-a Running Blind: The Shaffron as a Form of Equine Control in the Tournaments of Maximilian I
(Language: English)
Emma Herbert-Davies, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1616-b Horse Head Position in Pre-Modern Times: A Textual, Iconographic, and Archaeological Analysis of 'behind the vertical' and 'hyperflexion'
(Language: English)
Jennifer Jobst, Independent Scholar, Texas
 
AbstractThe pre-industrial world was characterized by a closer contact with non-human animals, including equines, than a 21st century researcher can imagine. Most medieval people would have at least some idea about the basics of taking care of an equine or how to judge a horse - and a horseman - by appearance. The papers in this session explore different aspects in medieval equestrian practice, from the characteristics of various equines, both horses and mules, to the peculiarities of using specific tack, such as blind shaffrons. The authors come from a variety of disciplinary fields, including archaeology and Arabic studies.

Session

1621
TitleReligion and Belief in Early Medieval North Africa
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
 
Moderator/ChairAdam Simmons, Department of History, Language & Global Cultures, Nottingham Trent University
 
Paper 1621-a Salvian and the End of Public Paganism in Late Antique Carthage
(Language: English)
Mattias Gassman, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford
Paper 1621-b Clergy and Control in Late Antique Egypt, 5th-8th Centuries
(Language: English)
Joanna Wegner, Instytut Archeologii, Uniwersytet Warszawski
 
AbstractPaper -a:
In the 440s, Salvian of Marseille accused the Christian aristocrats of Carthage of sacrificing to the goddess Caelestis (De gubernatione dei 8.9–17). Often cited as a testimony to the continuation of public, pagan cult until (or after) the end of Rome rule, Salvian's account does not withstand scrutiny. Comparison with the sermons and letters of an African eyewitness (Augustine) shows it to be a rhetorical exaggeration of Christian concessions to traditional custom. It holds little evidentiary value, and narratives of the end of paganism must rely solely on the limited archeological evidence, the legal data, and works of locals such as Augustine and Quodvultdeus.

Paper -b:
In late antique Egypt, the institutional church and its representatives constituted a major social force. Documents preserved on papyri and ostraca, dated to the 6th-8th c., show clerics participating in legal acts or acting as instruments of social control. However, they reveal also circumstances in which the clergy were exposed to lay scrutiny or made reliant on social actors from outside the church. The paper will attempt to trace the complexities of the networks of control and assistance existing between clerical and lay agents, using documents produced by and for the interested parties in the course of everyday activities.

Session

1813
TitleRepresentations of Temperate / Intemperate Emotions in Visual Art and Literature, IV: Mystical and Clerical Writing
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserDafna Nissim, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
 
Moderator/ChairSara Offenberg, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
 
Paper 1813-a Overcoming Fears, Controlling Demons: Magic and Royal Behaviour
(Language: English)
Gal Sofer, Department of Jewish Thought / Joyce & Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Paper 1813-b Gender, Genre, and Divine Love in the Writings of Mechthild of Magdeburg and Henry Suso
(Language: English)
Alice Spiers, St Anne's College, University of Oxford
 
AbstractIn medieval philosophy, excessive joy, fear, or anger were signs of an imbalance in the human organism that had implications on one’s moral behavior, decision-making, and, ultimately, salvation. Medieval theological treatises, mirror for princes genre texts, fictional literature, and chivalric manuals wrote of temperance as a virtue that has to be practiced and achieved, a quality that demonstrated the balanced path between the extremes of excess and deficiency. Medieval texts and visual culture reflect many allusions to the importance of temperate emotions in realizing the virtue of moderation. This session addresses mystical and clerical texts. The papers reveal how the context of authorship and production, as well as genre conventions, influence expression of emotions in texts and the way the writers communicate them with their audiences.

Session

2319
TitleThe Social Dynamics of Religious Dissent, IV: The Social Impact of Inquisitions and Anti-Inquisitorial Resistance in Italy
Date/TimeFriday 9 July 2021: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorCentre for the Digital Research of Religion & Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET), Masarykova Univerzita, Brno
 
OrganiserRobert Shaw, Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno
David Zbíral, Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno
 
Moderator/ChairDelfi I. Nieto-Isabel, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
 
Paper 2319-a Repression, Resistance, and Politics in the Inquisitorial Trials in Piedmont, 1387-1388
(Language: English)
František Novotný, Fakulta Filozofická, Univerzita Pardubice
Paper 2319-b The Remodeling of the Axis of Power in the Communication of the Italian Inquisition and the Popular Riot
(Language: English)
Jorge Carrera, Facultad de Ciencias Filosóficos - Teológicas, Escuela de Filosofía, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito
 
AbstractThe records of inquisitions provide us with an invaluable source for the social history of the regions in which they took place. It cannot be forgotten, however, that the inquisitors who recorded these details also had a major effect on both dissident communities and wider society through their operations. While there has been much discussion of the way inquisitors ‘constructed’ heresy, or represented an increasingly persecuting society, our sessions seek to follow the pioneering lead of James Given in exploring the social stresses and strains created by inquisitions, social strategies for coping with investigation, and resistance to authority. In particular, the potential for regional variation in inquisition impact and dissident reaction deserves greater attention: this session will focus on Italy, the previous having focussed on Languedoc.