IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 724: Credo: Medieval Conversion - Modern Concern

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Erzbistum Paderborn
Organiser:Arnold Otto, Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Erzbistumsarchiv, Paderborn
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 724-aChristianitas: New Aspects of a Supposedly Well-Known Term
(Language: English)
Tim Geelhaar, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 724-bChristianisation and Its Impact on Modern Times
(Language: English)
Daniel Steinke, Institut für katholische Theologie, Universität Paderborn
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 724-cEnvisioning Conversion: The Spread of Christianity in Contemporary Academic Teaching
(Language: English)
Arnold Otto, Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Erzbistumsarchiv, Paderborn
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

The conversion of Europe has been a common thread of Medieval history. Developments related to conversion are often taken to define the beginning of the dawn of the Middle ages as well as its completion may mark its end as in case of the Spanish Reconquista being completed in 1492. And even though Christianity split up into denominations only decades later, Christian faith remained the common origin to define a European or occidental identity. This session traces the origins of this identity, thereby marking new aspects what christianitas meant from the beginning, its later manifestations reveiling more contemporary perceptions of Christianity and at last ways to introduce a subject to an academic discussion most students and scholars are influenced by but only part of them aware of it.