IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1303: The Rules of Debate in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

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:Yitzhak Hen, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
Respondent:Jinty Nelson, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1303-aDirect Speech, Public Rhetoric, and Political Ideology in the Mid-9th Century
(Language: English)
Mayke de Jong, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 1303-bAlcuin and the Representation of Debate: Contrasts between Epistolary and Didactic Modes
(Language: English)
Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 1303-cPublic Religious Debates in 4th- and 5th-Century Africa: Fulgentius and the Vandal Kings
(Language: English)
Hildegund Müller, Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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.