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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1113: Sacralisation and De-Sacralisation of Space, II

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholms Universitet
Organiser:Kurt Villads Jensen, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Moderator/Chair:Kim Bergqvist, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Paper 1113-a'Burn the Idols!', but Why Actually?: High Medieval Christian Theology of Desacralisation of Paganism
(Language: English)
Kurt Villads Jensen, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Index terms: Crusades, Theology
Paper 1113-bDesecrations of Space: Disruptive Practices in Sacred Spaces in the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Gustav Zamore, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Paper 1113-cSacralizing the Court: Abbess Ingeborg's Devotional Advice to Christian I, c. 1457
(Language: English)
Biörn Tjällén, Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall
Index terms: Lay Piety, Political Thought

This panel considers the spatial aspects of medieval religious practice and conquest. It will consider space from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, all centred on the social construction of space and how it can be re-structured, challenged, and transformed through social practice. As new territories were added to Christendom through warfare, landscapes were sacralised and symbolically incorporated into Christendom through the establishments of churches and chapels on pagan sites along with crosses along the roadsides. As manifestations of power and hierarchy, sacred spaces were targeted during times of unrest and strife. Liturgies and processions were interrupted through carefully timed and staged interventions which collapsed the distinctions between sacred and secular spheres. During times of war, sacred statues were dismembered as if attacking them were an extension of the atrocities committed against the civilian population, as a way of depriving the laity of the materiality of the holy, and the assurance of a saint's presence and intercession.