IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 211: Public Opinion, Debate, and the Medieval Public Sphere, II, 800-1500

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Leidulf Melve, Department for Archeology, History, Cultural Studies & Religion, Universitetet i Bergen
Moderator/Chair:Bénédicte Sère, Département d'histoire, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Paper 211-a'A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action?': The Relationship between News and Preaching in the Third Crusade
(Language: English)
Helen Birkett, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric
Paper 211-bHistorical Writing and Public Debate in Angevin England
(Language: English)
Michael Staunton, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Education, Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric
Paper 211-cPolemic Translated?: Latin and Vernacular Appeals to Public Opinion in the Secular-Mendicant Controversy
(Language: English)
Sita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Education, Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric

The sessions will investigate the relationship between the formation of public opinion and the emergence of public debate at different social and institutional junctures. Questions relating to forms of communication and networks will be of importance, but also the relationship between types of public opinion and the specific forms of arguments brought forward by the participants. The range of case studies, covering the period 800-1500, will enable us to put forward tentative conclusions relating to the characteristic features of the medieval public sphere.