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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1606: Spiritual Nourishment on the Medieval Peripheries, II: Healing the Soul and the Body

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Literature, University of York & Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Organiser:Sara Ellis Nilsson, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Sara Ellis Nilsson, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Paper 1606-aThe Parish as a Place for Spiritual Nourishment: Parish Guilds, Indulgence, Preparation for Death
(Language: English)
Anders Fröjmark, School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Liturgy
Paper 1606-bNourishing Souls at a Distance: Healing Miracles and Geographical Peripheries in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Jenni Kuuliala, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Tampere
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1606-cMusic as Spiritual Nourishment (or Not) at the Periphery of Page and Sound
(Language: English)
Kate Maxwell, Musikkonservatoriet, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Music, Social History, Theology

The papers in these two related sessions share a focus on different forms of spiritual nourishment as food for the soul, combined with the notion of the peripheral in the Middle Ages. The second session continues the discussion through the exploration of the importance of music - both sacred and profane - and healing miracles. The first and third papers explore how music offers various forms of spiritual nourishment in its occupation of a peripheral space between sacred and profane, Latin and vernacular, condolence and challenge. With its focus on miracles, the second paper examines the role that healing had in the devotional and spiritual life of the peripheries.