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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1732: Reform between Text and Experience

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:National Endowment for the Humanities / American Academy, Rome
Organiser:William L. North, Department of History, Carleton College, Minnesota
Moderator/Chair:Fiona Somerset, Department of English, University of Connecticut
Paper 1732-aMaterial Culture, Identity, and Reform at the Lateran Basilica in the 11th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Cheryl L. Kaufman, University of Texas, Austin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1732-bApostolic Fantasies: The Report of Patriarch John, Calixtus II, and Dreams of Reform in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
John Eldevik, Department of History, Hamilton College, New York
Index terms: Hagiography, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1732-cGenealogies of Reform in the Franciscan Observance
(Language: English)
Lezlie Knox, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life

How is the reformer's imagination nourished and their energies mobilized? This panel explores the diverse ways in which lived (or imagined) experience combined with texts to challenge, transform, and re-stabilize religious life and structures. Through examinations of the powerful relationship between material culture of the Lateran canons and their identity, the impetus to reform provided by an account of a journey to the East, and the systematic recording of the lives and legends of Franciscan 'local heroes', panelists explore the essential role of 'textualized experience' in both articulating and institutionally anchoring visions of a better Christianity.