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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1317: The Materiality of Inter-Cultural Encounters in the Latin East

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:William Purkis, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Susan B. Edgington, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Paper 1317-aLatins, 'Others', and the Creation of Religious Technology in the Colonial Kingdom of Jerusalem
(Language: English)
William Purkis, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Crusades, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1317-bKnights, Monks, and Holy Oil: The Transmission of Relics and Their Stories from East to West
(Language: English)
Philip Booth, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Crusades, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1317-cUniformity and Difference: The Greek Monk as Seen from the West, c. 1200-1500
(Language: English)
Andrew T. Jotischky, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

This session will explore how attention to religious material culture might enrich our knowledge and understanding of inter-cultural relations in the Latin East. Papers will consider how and why the involvement of non-Latins in the invention of sacred objects in the colonial kingdom of Jerusalem was understood to add to their meaning and value; how certain relics, specifically the oil collected from Saydnaya and Mount Sinai, could become sites for inter-cultural dialogue and exchange; and how clothes could be used as markers of identity and thus also as indicators of difference in the multi-confessional societies of the Holy Land and the medieval Mediterranean.