IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 406: Rites and Rituals: New Perspectives on the Study of Medieval Liturgical Rites - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 7 July 2008, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Sarah M. Hamilton, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Sarah M. Hamilton, Department of History, University of Exeter

This round table builds on a British Academy-sponsored workshop held in Oxford in 2007 to explore the challenges and questions facing scholars of ecclesiastical rites from a range of disciplines and periods (including art and architectural history, musicology, palaeography, social and religious history, and theology) in attempting to write a new cultural history of liturgy, including: how to study the experiential aspects of the liturgy; why new liturgical books appear when they do; and the extent to which normative texts owe their canonical status to the efforts of modern scholars rather than medieval reformers. Panellists and audience members are invited to consider these issues, but also to raise their own perspectives on the subject.

Participants include Paul Barnwell (University of Oxford), William T. Flynn (University of Leeds), Helen Gittos (University of Kent), Yitzhak Hen (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva), Rob Meens (Universiteit Utrecht), and Helena G. E. Rose (Universiteit Utrecht).