IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1210: The Boundaries of Free Speech, II: Silencing the Voice, Restraining the Pen

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Parrhesiasts Anonymous
Organisers:Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Irene van Renswoude, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Stuart Airlie, Department of History, University of Glasgow
Paper 1210-aVoice over Writing in Eriugena
(Language: English)
Paul E. Dutton, Department of Humanities, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric
Paper 1210-b'Writings speak after one's death when the writer is silent': On the Danger of Publication
(Language: English)
Irene van Renswoude, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric
Paper 1210-cThe Right to Speak Out by Publishing Books: Abelard and his Master, Anselm of Laon
(Language: English)
Michael Clanchy, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric
Abstract

This second session on ‘The Boundaries of Free Speech’ will examine the relation between speaking and writing when certain individuals were expressing unorthodox opinions. Which methods were available to silence heterodox thinkers, and how could those who wanted to go public circumvent restrictive measures? Did it make a difference whether one voiced a nonconformist view orally or in writing? What did ‘publication’ mean in this period? In this second session the papers will focus on the status and deployment of the spoken versus the written utterance.