IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1310: The Boundaries of Free Speech, III: Speaking Truth to Power - Discussion and Conclusions

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

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:Irene van Renswoude, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Respondents:Courtney Booker, Department of History, University of British Columbia
Hildegund Müller, Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Paper 1310-aThe Insular Parrhesiasts: Alcuin, Boniface, Columbanus - Free Speakers Abroad
(Language: English)
Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 1310-bBleak Visions: Monastic Criticism of Secular Rulership in the 11th-Century Reich
(Language: English)
Stuart Airlie, Department of History, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Abstract

In this third and final session on ‘The Boundaries of Free Speech’ the papers will look at instances of outspoken clerics exploiting the ‘right’ to speak freely; the examples span half a millennium and several cultural areas and the juxtaposition may reveal both continuities and discontinuities in practice and theory – and results. How did early medieval clerics criticize rulers with impunity? What was the role of the rhetoric of free speech in practice? After two papers, there will be room to discuss the papers of all three sessions of the series on ‘The Boundaries of Free Speech’.