IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 334: Forging Collective Memories: Power, Violence, and Identities in Medieval Spain

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Cristianos y musulmanes en el medievo hispano, UCM Research Group 930.347
Organiser:Marisa Bueno, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Moderator/Chair:Iñaki Martín Viso, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y Contemporánea, Universidad de Salamanca
Paper 334-aFoundational Violence and Memory as Divine Power: Episcopal Historiography in Galicia during the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Abel Lorenzo Rodríguez, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 334-bDeath Violent and Sacred Memory: Historiography of Martyrdom and Cartography of Christian Identity in Medieval Spain
(Language: English)
Marisa Bueno, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 334-c'ludicio Dei opprimuntur et asturorum regnum divina providentia exortitur': War and Divine Action in the Origin of Hispanic Historiography
(Language: English)
Gonzalo J. Escudero Manzano, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Political Thought
Paper 334-dA Justified Power?: Memory, Violence, and Jews during Castillian Civil War
(Language: English)
Gonzalo Pérez Castaño, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Historiography - Medieval

This session deals with the relationship of violence to power and religion in medieval Spain and their impact in the arena of memory. The emphasis will be on the analysis of different episodes of violence, both physical and structural, and the role of memory and narrative in the creation and preservation of religious, social, and political identities. The study of medieval violence opens up possibilities for interpreting social relationships, its various forms of expression were in fact key factors in maintaining political order in the Middle Ages. As working topics, the session will explore: a) The relationship between political order and sacred violence and their role on the enchanted memory’s construction, as key factor of political and social identity. b) Relationship between war and violence and their role in the national identity construction in the Middle Ages. c) What is the relationship between historical authenticity and the written narrative and its transmission? Formative historical experiences such as revolutions, wars, and religious persecutions will urge people to produce a variety of testimonies to communicate to their kin, their wider public or even across their political boundaries. In this sense, narrative acts as mnemonic institution, an historical reconstruction tool, to produce ‘collective memory’. But, how this memory is created? What about the internal stratigraphy of memory? Following distinct but interrelated interpretive traditions; José Ortega y Gasset, Karl Mannheim, Reinhart Koselleck, Paul Connerton, it can be argued that historical judgments and political identities are culturally transmitted through narratives created by political elites or by professional historians. Through different approaches to violence, we’ll explore different temporalities as working concepts in the field of memory: the fact and its timeline, the time of ‘consumption’; the transmission, and the time of information and media production. Our session deals with long term analysis of violence and memory in medieval Iberia, for this reason our session have four speakers for different topics: episcopal violence and memory, (Abel Lorenzo USC-CSIC) war and memory, (Gonzalo Escudero, UCM) religious violence and memory in High and Late Middel Ages ( Marisa Bueno UCM, Gonzalo Pérez Castaño, UVA).