IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 103: Relics at the Interface between Textuality and Materiality, c. 400-c. 1200, I: Writing the Relic

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:NWO-VIDI Project: Mind over Matter - Debates about Relics as Sacred Objects, c. 350-c. 1150
Organisers:Elisa Pallottini, Dipartimento di Storia, Culture, Religioni, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'
Janneke Raaijmakers, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Julia M. H. Smith, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Mayke de Jong, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 103-aHidden, but Present: The Deposition of Relics and Their Labels in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Eva Ferro, Seminar für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Kirsten Wallenwein, Lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 103-bKeeping Track of Relics: Lists and Their Liabilities
(Language: English)
Julia M. H. Smith, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archives and Sources
Paper 103-cLithic Holy Relics of Medieval Rome, as Found in Pilgrim Guides and Indulgentiae Texts
(Language: English)
Grahame Mackenzie, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Local History

This panel focusses on the moments of production, conditions of use, reception and interactions of different kinds of written tokens that were used to identify the relics and to keep textual record of the presence of relics in cult sites (writings such as labels, lists, inventories and texts used by faithfuls), with the aim to explore how these writings, through both their material and textual dimension, participated in the construction and in the practices of the relics’ cult, and how they interacted with the materiality of the relics themselves.