IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1023: Remembering the Saints, I: The Formation and Revision of Memory

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Cult of Saints Project, University of Oxford
Organiser:Bryan Ward-Perkins, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1023-aHoly Time in a Holy Place: Annual Miracles at the Feasts of Saints in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Robert Wiƛniewski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1023-bParadigm, Platonism, and Memory in the Cult of the Saints, c. 500-1100
(Language: English)
David Defries, Department of History, Kansas State University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Mentalities
Paper 1023-cAdapting Memory in Byzantine Hagiography
(Language: English)
Anne P. Alwis, Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, University of Kent
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography

These five sessions of ‘Remembering the Saints’ are all focused on the central theme of the 2018 IMC. They explore how the memory of saints was first moulded, and then progressively modified to fit changing circumstances. In most cases this was a successful process of adaptation; but there were also some saints who were quietly forgotten. A final session explores how the memory of late antique and early medieval saints has been presented and used in modern times – in colonial politics, in the cinema, and online.