IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 122: Endowments, Renewal, and Reform, I: Internal Renewal

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:European Research Council Project 'FOUNDMED - Foundations in Medieval Societies: Cross-Cultural Comparisons'
Organiser:Zachary Chitwood, European Research Council Project 'FOUNDMED - Foundations in Medieval Societies: Cross-Cultural Comparisons', Humboldt Universität, Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Zachary Chitwood, European Research Council Project 'FOUNDMED - Foundations in Medieval Societies: Cross-Cultural Comparisons', Humboldt Universität, Berlin
Paper 122-aNeglecting the Founder's Stipulations: Strategies to Legitimize the Internal Renewal of Religious Foundations
(Language: English)
Tillmann Lohse, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 122-bChanges in the Royal Endowments of Medieval India
(Language: English)
Annette Schmiedchen, Seminar für Indologie, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg
Index terms: Epigraphy, Religious Life
Paper 122-cReform or Refounding?: Endowing Roman Diaconiae
(Language: English)
Philipp Winterhager, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Abstract

Although founders in the various cultures of the Middle Ages from Iceland to India almost invariably prescribed that their endowments should last forever, renewal and reform were constantly required to overcome existential threats (confiscations by the religious and secular authorities, impoverishment of the endowment, etc.) in the course of an endowment’s history. In these sessions researchers from a variety of different fields examine not only how endowments were reformed and renewed internally in markedly differing contexts (Session I), but also how endowments themselves became instruments of external renewal (Session II), for instance as tools of dynastic legitimation.