IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 726: Investigating 'Liturgical Otherness': Liturgy, Cultural Exchange, and the Shaping of Identity

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:PSALM-Network (Research on Politics, Society & Liturgy in the Middle Ages)
Organiser:Julia Exarchos, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Moderator/Chair:Iris Shagrir, Department of History, Philosophy & Judaic Studies, Open University of Israel
Paper 726-aMulticulturalism in Italic Chant Repertories
(Language: English)
Luisa Nardini, Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Liturgy, Local History, Music
Paper 726-bThe Holy Sepulcre and Cyprus: Under the Umbrella of Local Saints
(Language: English)
Fedon Nicolaou, Centre d’études médiévales de Montpellier, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Index terms: Crusades, Liturgy, Local History, Music
Paper 726-cByzantine Liturgy and the Creation of Rus
(Language: English)
Sean Griffin, Fachbereich Geschichte & Philosophie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Slavic, Liturgy

Papers in the session will explore liturgical diversity, its possible conflict potential and its contribution to shaping identity in medieval societies. The presentations are dedicated to liturgy as a source and expression of possible cultural exchange as well as its ability and its usage for shaping identity. The session will look specifically at regions in which different cultures and faiths were living together and will examine potential cultural exchanges in the liturgy as well as possible daily-life problems in conducting the liturgical rituals. Further, it will investigate if, and if so how, liturgy could be used by the elite to shape its identity in regions in which the majority of the population consisted of other Christians or other faiths. This session is conceived with an interdisciplinary approach in mind and will therefore contribute to a better understanding of liturgy and its many facets as a factor and expression for both cultural exchange and the shaping of identity.