IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1724: Bishops, the Secular Clergy, and Otherness, III: Changing Narratives and Discussion

Thursday 6 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops & the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Sigrid Danielson, Department of Art & Design, College of Liberal Arts & Science, Grand Valley State University, Michigan
Moderator/Chair:Melissa Julian-Jones, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1724-aConstructing Roman Women into the Christian 'Other'
(Language: English)
Aneilya Barnes, Department of History, Coastal Carolina University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Gender Studies, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1724-bThe 'Other' Baldwin of Forde
(Language: English)
Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 1724-cQueering Late Medieval Male Intimacy: St Thomas Cantilupe and Edmund Cornwall's Shared Sepulcher
(Language: English)
Peter Carlson, Department of Religion, California Lutheran University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Abstract

Scholarship devoted to the medieval episcopacy and secular clergy regularly engages with their roles as establishment insiders. In keeping with the thematic strand this series of three panels explores how rhetorics of the ‘other’ have been used to define and interpret ecclesiastical figures in the medieval as well as modern eras. This final session combines papers with a discussion of approaches that broaden examination of the ‘other’ in relation to the study of the medieval clergy. Barnes considers the built environment of Rome during late antiquity to address episcopal attitudes towards the participation of elite women in religious practice. Byrne employs the 12th-century bishop Baldwin of Forde as a case study to interrogate conventions of historical method and perceptions of ‘otherness’. Carlson’s study of Edmund Cornwall’s acquisition of the heart of the bishop saint Thomas Cantilupe demonstrates ways the intersection of queer theory and historical inquiry render visible evidence of male intimacy. The closing discussion will reflect on themes shared across all three sessions with a formative conversation about ways the study of the medieval episcopacy and secular clergy can address issues of inclusiveness and interdisciplinarity.