IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1629: Remembering Gifts

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:New College of the Humanities, London
Organiser:Lars Kjær, Department of History, New College of the Humanities, London
Moderator/Chair:Erik Niblaeus, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 1629-a'To remember a gift is to repay it': Memory and Reciprocity in Classical Literature
(Language: English)
Lars Kjær, Department of History, New College of the Humanities, London
Index terms: Anthropology, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1629-bRemembering a Generous Bishop: Bishop Sven in the Øm Abbey Chronicle
(Language: English)
Gunvor Helene Platou, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism
Paper 1629-cUnsolvable Disputes: Religious Donations and the Restructuring of the Social Order in High Medieval Denmark
(Language: English)
Emil Lauge Christensen, Institut for Kultur og Globale Studier, Aalborg Universitet
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety

This session investigates the ways gifts were commemorated in the central Middle Ages, and the problems and possibilities that the processes of commemoration presented. Lars Kjær looks at the idea of remembering as an act of reciprocity in classical literature and the way these ideas were transmitted to the Middle Ages. Gunvor Platou investigates how the monks of Øm Abbey created and utilised the memory of their benefactor Bishop Sven of Aarhus. Emil Lauge Christensen on the other hand focuses on the disputes that arose over gifts and the ways in which these were sought solved through legal innovations.