IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 113: Meaningful Gesture in Emotionally Exceptional Situations: Its Literary Representation

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Lehrgebiet 'Geschichte und Gegenwart Alteuropas', Fernuniversität Hagen
Organiser:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Moderator/Chair:Christoph Dartmann, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Paper 113-aUnintentional Gestures: Violation and Desecration of Churches in the Early Middle Ages, as Seen by Clerical Authors
(Language: English)
Miriam Czock, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 113-bHistorical and Symbolic Meanings of Body and Gesture in Medieval Miracles, c. 1000-1200
(Language: English)
Uta Kleine, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 113-cEschatological Acts and Language in Exciting Times
(Language: English)
Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Political Thought, Religious Life
Abstract

The three papers of the planned session deal each with a special kind of situation – church violation, miraculous healing, and apocalyptic fear – which provokes emotions in the people involved. These participants use gestures and words to express their feelings – the more a situation is habitualized the more gestures and words are ritualized, that is taken from a certain repertoire, and are understood in a more or less normative way by any observer, who describes the story, the gestures, and interprets it and them by their meaning – and the description is normalized in a very special way, if the observer and describer is a cleric. Each paper of the session will study its examples on these three levels of gesture – meaning and representation in order to distinguish between action, experience, and (morally) meaningful representation.