IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1717: Shaping the Past after the Carolingian Empire, III: Material Culture and Rulership

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:After Empire: Using & Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050
Organiser:Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Paper 1717-aThe Transformation of the European Monetary Economy in the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Rory Naismith, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Historiography - Medieval, Numismatics
Paper 1717-bEmbodying the Past: Remembering the Merovingians at their Burial Sites in the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1717-cPasts and Presents in the Lothar Crystal
(Language: English)
Simon MacLean, Department of History, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Art History - General, Politics and Diplomacy

Material objects embody the past in multiple ways; their forms, associations and locations could bring to mind manifold memories of past individuals, dynasties and events. In the world after the fall of the Carolingian Empire, the memories of the past embedded in material culture could be used for new contemporary needs, shaped and reshaped for the political present. Objects were inherited, reused and created anew in order to remember, or indeed, forget, the dynasties that had gone before. This session inspects three different kinds of material memories in the 10th and 11th centuries: coinage, tombs, and artwork.