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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1253: The Monastic Dimension of Identity Politics: Hagiographical Rhetoric and the Construction of the Other, I

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Respondent:Massimo Rondolino, Department of Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Carroll University, Wisconsin
Paper 1253-aThe Second Renunciation: Meditative Retreat in Medieval Tibet
(Language: English)
David DiValerio, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1253-bCommunal and Individual Monastic Identity in Gregory the Great's Dialogues
(Language: English)
Nikolas Hoel, Department of History, Northeastern Illinois University
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1253-cAlbertus Magnus, the Albert Legend, and the Legitimation of the Dominicans
(Language: English)
Scott Hendrix, Department of History, Carroll University, Wisconsin
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism

The aim of our sessions is to engage with the comparative approach to the empirical study of strategies for the construction of identity by members of 'monastic' communities, broadly constructed, across a plurality of religious traditions in the greater regions of pre-modern Europe and Asia. In particular, it seeks to understand how the production, distribution and reception of hagiographic material (written, visual, and in music) served as a tool for the implementation of 'monastic' dynamics of legitimation. Ultimately, the panel will expand our scholarly understanding of the cross-cultural processes that characterize religious communities' notions of identity, further contributing also to the re-evaluation of our taxonomy as it challenges established notions of the categories 'monk'/'monastic' and 'hagiography'. By bringing together scholars who work with the historical (material, textual) evidence of broadly understood monastic material in pre-modern Europe and Asia, together with scholars of religious studies we hope to bridge the gap between 'empirical' and 'theoretical' that often limits discussions. This also includes the reflection over terminology that is intimately derivative of a European and Christian context. In order to provide space and engagement with the theoretical and terminological issues in each session we have formal responses that address themes from all the papers cross-comparatively.