IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 847: Political and Liturgical Memory in the Central Middle Ages

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Politics, Society and Liturgy in the Middle Ages (PSALM) Network
Organiser:Pieter Byttebier, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Sarah M. Hamilton, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 847-aLiturgy, History, and Memory in the Medieval Mediterranean
(Language: English)
Sean Griffin, Department of History / Department of Russian, Dartmouth College
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Liturgy
Paper 847-bLiturgy in Historical Writing from Medieval Southern Italy: Lay and Monastic Perspectives
(Language: English)
Andrew J. M. Irving, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Liturgy
Paper 847-cLiturgical Realpolitik, Historiographical Memory, and the Restoration(s) of the Medieval Polish Kingdom
(Language: English)
Paweł Figurski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

Central medieval leaders often used commemorative practices, such as history writing or various rituals, to not only display and maintain power, but also to actively forge communal identities or conceptualizations of the world. Yet, the commemorative practice par excellence was liturgy, which has already been studied as a discursive space that could tie in multiple communal or leadership identities. However, Politics and Liturgy are still being studied too separately. Papers in this session will assist in bridging exactly this gap. By applying the perspective of commemoration, from a range of examples and sources of the central medieval world, speakers will investigate the reciprocal or overlapping relationship between political and liturgical dynamics, and specifically in acts of memory. This will also allow assessing the overly normative appreciation of liturgy within the volatile framework of politics and of memory that constituted it.