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IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 954: Rethinking Reform: New Interpretations of Ecclesiastical Reform, 900-1150 - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:University of East Anglia
Organiser:Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent

How should we conceptualise the programme of institutional change which swept the western church 900-1150? The now-universal label 'reform' is essentially a modern creation going back to c. 1800, and its frequent use in modern writings contrasts with the sparse occurrence of reformare in sources 900-1150. This round table will introduce findings from the Leverhulme-funded 'Rethinking Reform' international network, which has so far investigated the vocabulary and narratives of reform and which is about to explore modern historical writing about reform in the western church in the Middle Ages. We invite challenges and responses.

Participants include Julia Steuart Barrow (University of Leeds), Katy Cubitt (University of East Anglia), Kathleen Cushing (Keele University), Anne-Marie Helvétius (Université Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint-Denis) and Ludger Körntgen (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).