IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1604: Religious Praxis and Pastoral Care in Early Medieval Iberia, I: Liturgy

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Presbyters in the Late Antique West Project, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Organisers:Kati Ihnat, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Marta Szada, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Jamie Wood, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1604-aThe Best Faith: Showing Christian Superiority through Liturgy in 5th-Century Iberia
(Language: English)
Purificación Ubric, Departamento de Historia Antigua, Universidad de Granada
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1604-bEffective Experience: Religious Orthodoxy, Ritual Performance, and Contacting the Divine in 7th-Century Iberia
(Language: English)
Molly Lester, Department of History, United States Naval Academy, Maryland
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1604-cSpace, Cult, and Community in Early Medieval Iberia
(Language: English)
Jeffrey A. Bowman, Department of History, Kenyon College, Ohio
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life

In this series of sessions, we will explore religious praxis in early medieval Iberia, c. 500-1100, from an interdisciplinary, socio-cultural perspective. Early medieval Iberia saw lively discussion about the proper performance and ultimate aims of religious practice and scholars have long struggled to unravel the relationship between the many rules that were laid down during the period and their practical applications. The rituals of the medieval church were first and foremost expressions of Christian religious commitment and identity – pressing issues in Iberia following the Visigothic conversion to Nicene Christianity. But there is growing interest in additional dimensions of medieval ritual and legal practice that could usefully be explored in the Iberian context: how they built community (particularly through ritualising memory, learning, and law) and set boundaries, engaged with the senses and emotions, and shaped Christian values and ideals.