Skip to main content

IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1107: Religious Polemics Compared, II: Polemics between Rhetoric and Politics

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Project 'Diversitas religionum: 13th-Century Foundations of European Discourses of Religious Diversity'
Organiser:Sita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden / Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Respondent:Sita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 1107-aGood and Bad Franciscans: The Construction of Mendicant Identity in Polemical Discourse
(Language: English)
Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1107-b'To eradicate their perfidy': Anti-Jewish Sentiment in Everyday Jewish-Christian Business Transactions
(Language: English)
Birgit Wiedl, Institut für jüdische Geschichte Österreichs, St. Pölten
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life

Given their stereotypical and manipulative nature, medieval religious polemics are often considered problematical as sources. But polemics also present an avenue of investigation: They often connected the realms of written and oral as well as learned and unlearned audiences. The intrinsically comparative nature of polemics often went beyond simple 'othering' to enable complex (albeit negative) views of religious diversity. Part of a double session aiming to explore the construction of polemical texts in detail, the session compares different cultures to explore the way polemical utterances related to political, scholarly, or legal rhetoric.