IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 732: Memory and Hospitals, I: Biographies, Politics, and Ideologies of Charity

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Alle origini del welfare (XIII-XVI secolo), PRIN 2015 / New Communities of Interpretation, ISCH COST Action IS1301
Organiser:Marina Gazzini, Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche, Sociali e delle Imprese Culturali, Università degli Studi di Parma
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Frank, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Pavia
Paper 732-aPromoters and Protectors of Hospitals: The Memory of the Hospital of the Holy Cross in the Municipal Documentation of the City of Barcelona
(Language: English)
Pol Bridgewater Mateu, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia / Institut de Recerca en Cultures Medievals, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Paper 732-bHeart and Spirit United: The Cusanus-Library at the St Nikolaus-Hospital in Bernkastel-Kues as a Memorial Site
(Language: English)
Marco Brösch, Institut für Cusanus-Forschung, Universität Trier
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Paper 732-cCharity and Memories of Men and Women: A Survey on Central and Northern Italian Medieval Hospitals
(Language: English)
Marina Gazzini, Dipartimento di Discipline Umanistiche, Sociali e delle Imprese Culturali, Università degli Studi di Parma
Index terms: Lay Piety, Social History
Abstract

In the Middle Ages hospitals had a remarkable and complex role: places of care, religious practice, and social interaction. Hospitals were at the heart of public and ecclesiastical policies; they were also a strong attraction pole for human and economic resources capable of forging the physiognomy of cities and territories. As ‘monuments/documents’ of the society that produced them, hospitals will be at the centre of two linked sessions discussing biographies, policies, and ideologies of charity on the one hand, and archives, written records, iconographic sources on the other. This session, in particular, is composed of three papers focusing on Northern and Central Italy, Barcelona (Catalonia) and Bernkastel-Kues (Germany). Through a comparative approach, we intend to reflect on the link between the history of a hospital and the construction of the memory shaping the identity of individuals, communities, and institutions.