IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 733: Confession in the Middle Ages, I: The Path to the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Network for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism / Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Organiser:Cristina Andenna, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Paper 733-aConfession in Irish Monastic Rules and Penitentials
(Language: English)
Elaine Pereira Farrell, School of History, University College Dublin / Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 733-bLament and Praise in Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés's Bella Parisiacae urbis
(Language: English)
Matthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 733-cManuals for Confession in the High and Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Mirko Breitenstein, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig / Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Theology

In his History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault described confession as the predominant way of producing knowledge in Western societies. The Western individual is, as he describes it, a ‘confessing animal’. Despite the increasing interest in penance and penitential literature, the medieval origins of confession, the transformation of confessional practices and the role of confession as a textual technique have hardly been studied systematically. We hope that the two sessions on confession form the beginning of a collaborative endeavour to explore the origins of confession as a religious and literary practice. Undoubtedly the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) with his famous clause Omnis utriusque sexus formed a turning point in the history of confession. The first session focuses on confessional texts and textual practices rooting in the pre-1215 world, the second session focuses on confessional practices emerging after the Council that imposed on every Christian to confess at least once every year.