IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1254: The Social Significance of Memoria: Commemoration of the Dead in Urban and Noble Environments

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval Memoria Online Project (MeMO), Universiteit Utrecht / Memoria & Remembrance Practices, Brepols
Organiser:Arnoud-Jan A. Bijsterveld, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University
Moderator/Chairs:Arnoud-Jan A. Bijsterveld, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University
Tillmann Lohse, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Paper 1254-aTaking Care of One's Memory: Noble Representation and Memory Culture in Denmark, 1400-1537
(Language: English)
Tine Kondrup, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Heraldry, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1254-bMemoria Culture in the 16th-Century Low Countries: Between Commemoration of the Dead and the Abolition of Death
(Language: English)
Arjan van Dixhoorn, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University College Roosevelt / Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Mentalities, Philosophy, Religious Life, Rhetoric

The medieval commemoration of the dead united religious and social communities and shaped their identities. Through commemorative practices, foundations, artworks, but also in written works communities expressed their ideas and beliefs not only about life after death but also of their purpose and coherence as a society or social group. The higher classes in particular through the institution of masses and wills as well as the donation of gravestones and other visual objects could represent themselves in order for their memory to persist after death. But also urban communities at large could manifest themselves and thus be involved in the development of an urban identity and culture.