IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1037: Investing in Memory: Civic Endowments, Material Culture, and Urban Communities, I

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung (IÖG), Universität Wien / Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg
Organisers:Elisabeth Gruber, Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, Universität Salzburg
Judit Majorossy, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Anna Adamska, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1037-aRemembering Papal Rome: Aspects of the Popes' Representation in Exile in Avignon, 1309–1377
(Language: English)
Tanja Hinterholz, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1037-bBuying Memory: Hospital Endowments in Southern Germany and Austria
(Language: English)
Herwig Weigl, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1037-cFor the Sake of Souls and Sisterhood: Founding Nunneries by Noble Women of Zadar (Zara)
(Language: English)
Zrinka Nikolić Jakus, Department of History, University of Zagreb
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History

This two-part session series aims at calling together scholars, historians, and art historians from several parts of Central Europe investigating Central, East-Central, and Southern European urban communities in order to offer a comparative and interdisciplinary picture for this region (which is less in the focus of such investigations in Western European scholarship) with regard to the characteristics and specificities of civic endowments as tools of preserving memory in urban context. The intention is to have a closer look at the various forms and functions of endowments and their material representation in religious or secular space. Within the framework of the session-string, the following issues will be addressed: how did built space and structures affect the practice of donating? How can endowments be an important institutional nexus for a certain community in an urban setting? Which forms did endowments take and what did it mean in practical terms: for example, an individual donation/bequest for a specific secular purpose, or rather an institutionalized endowment for a general purpose in a religious context? How the practices of the several social groups (nobles, average burghers, members of the ruling (administrative) elite, widows or widower, and couples) correspond or differ in their character. Finally, how the different urban communities invested in their memory and parallel to that how their investments served the common good of the town (be it a small market town or a significant maritime merchant city) as a whole.