IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1203: The Rules of Debate in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Janneke Raaijmakers, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Irene van Renswoude, Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, Den Haag
Moderator/Chair:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1203-aDebating Christ in the 6th Century
(Language: English)
Gerda Heydemann, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Rhetoric, Theology
Paper 1203-bArguing Impudently: Claudius of Turin (d. 827) versus Dungal of Pavia (d. 828)
(Language: English)
Janneke Raaijmakers, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life, Rhetoric, Theology
Paper 1203-cThe Matrix Reloaded: Late Antique Models for Conducting a Debate
(Language: English)
Irene van Renswoude, Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, Den Haag
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric, Theology
Abstract

This strand of two sessions deals with debates, discussions, and religious controversies in late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The speakers will investigate which formal and informal guidelines regulated these debates and analyse the methods of discussion that were employed. What were the social and rhetorical norms for Christians arguing amongst themselves? What was, moreover, the relation between oral debates and literary discussions or epistolary, intellectual disputations? Another issue that will be addressed in these sessions is to what extent late antique representations of Christian disputes provided a model for developing the procedures and modes of argumentation of early medieval debates.