IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1304: The Mechanics of Literacy

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Jason K. Glenn, Department of History, University of Southern California
Moderator/Chair:Hanna Vollrath, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum
Paper 1304-aLay People and Documents in Carolingian Europe
(Language: English)
Warren Brown, Faculty of Humanities, California Institute of Technology
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1304-bDiocesan Ideology, the Laity and the Purposes of Literacy
(Language: English)
Theo Riches, Departments of Medieval & Modern History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities
Paper 1304-cMaking it Official: Creating Charters for the Nuns of Champagne, 1150-1300
(Language: English)
Anne E. Lester, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Trade, Gender Studies, Monasticism

During the Middle Ages literacy and textual production became the preserve of an elite male ecclesiastical culture. This session examines how the production and social function of texts changes over time (from the early Middle Ages to 1300), and addresses the consequences of these changes in three specific contexts. Particular issues addressed by this session concern the relationship between ecclesiastical and lay culture as mediated by texts (Diplomatic as well as historical narratives), and the creation of textual communities. Papers in this session explore the interaction of literacy and ideology, as well as their role of the laity and the function of gender in the production and preservation of charters.