IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1711: Shaping the Things to Come: Strategies for Securing a Future in Religious and Urban Contexts, 1100-1500

Thursday 7 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Universität Duisburg-Essen
Organisers:Miriam Czock, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Amalie Fößel, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Czock, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Paper 1711-aProtecting What is Going to be Left Behind: Crusader Strategies to Ensure Seigneurial Continuity at Home
(Language: English)
Alexander Berner, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Alexander Berner, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Crusades, Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Lay Piety
Paper 1711-bCharity as Precaution: Jewish Converts in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Franziska Klein, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Franziska Klein, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Mentalities, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1711-cPlanning for One's Old Age: Annuities, Bonds, and Rents in the Northern German Medieval Town of Lüneburg
(Language: English)
Anja Hoppe, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Anja Hoppe, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Urban
Abstract

The question how to shape our future in face of changes in global society seems more important than ever. The Middle Ages on the other hand were long believed to be a period in which only an eternal future was of any importance. Thus, the question of to what extent people in the Middle Ages actively tried to influence their future is yet to recieve full scholarly attention. Therefore, the session seeks to examine how different social agents like nobles about to go on crusade, the English king taking on the situation of converted Jews, and citizens facing old age took formative approaches to their very differing present situations using economic, political, or social networks. It will show how people in the Middle Ages looked at opportunities as well as obstacles and focused on priorities, modified their social and financial activities, attitudes, and even culture trying to shape the future for the best.